I had Charite ADR L3/L4,L4/L5, ALIF L5/S1 April 22nd and have been on Tramodol for 4 months along with regular Ibuprofen and Paracetomol. Over the last 6 weeks I have replaced Tramodol with Fentanyl patches. Still in pain and went in hospital for tests and FJ, SI, TP injections last week. Stopped Fentanyl and tried Baclofen, Oxynorm, Oxy something else, Arcoxia, Amitriptyline and Diazapam. After a week of all that I felt really ill, nauseous, feverish. Had all of the injections on Thursday and since then have only managed to sleep about 3 hours. Stopped all medication over the week end but had to get some relief from Ib and Para. Been advised to go back on 20mg Amitriptyline but still feeling pretty rough.
Would coming off of opiate based drugs suddenly and changing to all these other things cause these kinds of effects? The worst thing is not being able to sleep at all!!! Since the injections my foot pain has eased but my back pain, although easier in the mornings makes itself known again by midday. I'm hoping the injections will start to work soon.
I'd like to hear from anyone who has experienced problems coming off these kind of drugs just to put my mind at rest. The pain doctor seemed quite relaxed about coming off suddenly.