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Has anyone else been prescribed Fentanyl like they're giving you sweets?!
I have a long history of back pain. My first surgery in 2014 failed. I had a revision done privately in July because the NHS said it was too risky (read too expensive, and even though I was going through the equivalent of going into back labour every night and on huge doses of morphine, 600mg Oxycontin daily, plus 60mg of morphine every 4-6 hrs. I was sent back to Pain Management, who suggested a 3 week residential course on "how to live with severe pain". Like I didn't know that already!!). After my 2nd surgery, I thought once the epidural wore off I was going to die the pain was so bad. It still brings me to tears thinking about it now. About a week into my post op stay a nurse handed me a pill, which she told me to stick under my tongue. I had NO idea what it was. I just used it and my pain resided. That's all I cared about. So they continued giving to me. To cut a long story short. When I got home I said to my Husband "I've run out of Fentanyl" . So he asked my GP for some more, which she duly did - a box of 56, 200mg buccal tablets. I took two whole boxes over 3 months. Normally, I'm pretty clued up on my drugs. But I honestly thought that other than Morphine, Ketamine was the strongest prescription drug I could be given. I thought Fentanyl was in the same family, but perhaps a slightly different composition, like Bupronorphine is. How wrong was!! Fentanyl is 30-50x stronger than morphine!! 😮 Yet my GP gave me absolutely no warning whatsoever. She knew how much morphine I was on and even made me sign something to say that I would not take any more than my current dose. Yet she gave me this! I am so angry at her! 😠 I can't even bring myself to contact her, which I really need to do as I am going through morphine withdrawal at the moment (not touched Oramorph in nearly 3 weeks now, and down to 200mg of Zomorph Slow Release a day . Starting to feel pretty hellish though 😵. How could she be so irresponsible? I discovered via a Google search, that this stuff has become a HUGE problem. Particularly in the States where it is mixed with Heroin, Crack etc. There has even been a 'National Public Health Emergency' declared over there this week because the abuse of opioids led to 64, 000 deaths last year, and the abuse of Fentanyl played a key part in this. Ironically, the very same night my Husband watched a Louis Thereux documentary on a State in America where they were picking up Fentanyl addicts off the streets, left right and centre, and pumping them full of Naloxone to bring them back from opioid overdose. He came upstairs and started to tell me about it and I just replied "I know" and burst into tears. I stopped taking them immediately. Knowing I could have got hooked on Fentanyl or potentially accidentally or even deliberately overdosed on Fentanyl (I am suffering from severe depression, which ironically is lifting since I cut down on morphine) just has left me totally shocked and upset 😢. Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Know it's quite a long one, but I thought it was an important one to share. I'd be happy to talk to anyone about their experiences of Fentanyl in private if they don't want to post to forum.
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