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Unread 08-22-2010, 05:01 AM
Fentanyl patch?

Hi ladies

What is the fenatyl patch? I guess I'll go google it, but, did it help you? Are you in pain all the time? Or just sometimes? I'm in pain at least 2 weeks out of the month. Don't know why. Its the same pain as pre-surgery and getting just as bad. I still have cervix and ovaries. Had adenomyosis. The pain is not in my cervix, its on the lower right side, but apparently the ovaries looked perfect. No cysts. Had ultrasounds but no cysts.

Thanks for any insight.

Oh, I work with people who take meth for addiction... is it stronger than Dilaudid then? That's what I take now but it does absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing, for the pain.

Thank you
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Unread 08-23-2010, 06:03 PM
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Hi Steph,

Fentanyl is the generic version of Morphine (sp?) It has helped me alot. I do hope to get off this patch one day, but as I wait, it helps keep my pain tolerable.

Have you had any tests during your cycle? You say you kept your ovaries and the pain is at certain times. Could be something when you are ovulating.

Unread 08-23-2010, 06:29 PM
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Actually fentanyl and morphine are two different drugs but are both narcotics. People with allergy to morphine can take fentanyl (unless they also have an allergy to that of course). Each narcotic has a slightly different profile and sometimes one or another does better for an individual. Fentanyl patches are the sustained release version of the drug and for some people they're a godsend. Mainly its important anyone who prescribes long acting, or high dose, narcotics be familiar with the drug, so many Drs are inclined to not use ones they aren't very familiar with. There are other narcotics that have sustained release versions (morphine and oxycodone) or are long acting like methadone, and there are low to high dose ranges for all of them. I guess bottom line is, ithere are a lot of options if a Dr knows enough about which to use for a situation, so there is hope of getting help. I hope you can find answers and relief soon.
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Unread 08-24-2010, 08:14 PM
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(((Steph))) Morphine, Fentanyl and Dilaudid are all opioid narcotics, and none of them does anything for pain for me, either. All they do is make me feel tired and woozy. Opioids work by interfering with the sensation of pain as perceived by the brain, they don't do anything to actually affect what is causing the pain.

If I were in your situation, I think I'd be focusing on finding the cause of the pain. For me, for most types of pain including post-surgical pain, meds which address inflammation tend to work better - my favorite of those being Toradol, but it can only be taken orally for short periods of time safely.

Have your doctors tried putting you on Lupron to see if that affects the pain at all, since it seems to be located near your right ovary?

Unread 09-03-2010, 08:30 AM
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I have been taking Fentanyl Patch for 6 months now and it has helped but it really is a double edged sword. I think the doctors has been less aggressive with finding out he cause of my pain because of the pain patch- I actually don't "show" them the real extent of the pain. They know I have a vaginal fistula but are taking there sweet time about locating where it goes too- taken 2 years already and several different gynies and general surgeons who do all the same workup on me to tell me that they know I ahve a fistula but don't want to fix it! If it weren't for the Fentanyl Patch and Tylenol 3 for break thru pain I would have went nutts long ago!
Unread 12-01-2010, 06:58 AM
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Hi. Been on Fentynal now for a month, and I do like it. I also receive oxycodone (5mg) for breakthru pain. I will be on this for awhile, was on oxycontin, and VERY thankful they took me off of that as it is VERY addictive and they had to up it and I was afraid, so afraid I'd never get off of it. Best wishes to you and ****hugs**** as well
Unread 01-11-2011, 11:12 AM
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Fentanyl patch is a very potent narcotic but it is slowly released into your system. It is 100 times stronger than morphine but of course you do not get that kind of dosing because it is slowly released over usually a period of 3 days when you have to change the patch to a new one. Usually doctors do not prescribe unless you have already been taking a narcotic for pain because they are not given to people who are opiate naive. (those who haven't developed an opiate tolerance).

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