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I was on 25 mcg patch change every 72 hours Fentanyl for 5 years. Then my tolerance flew the coop. 1 year ago the doctor increased me to 50 mcg /72 hours. It lasted 6 months the 3rd day fall out was awful. At the 6 month problem time the doctor increased me to 75 mcg Fentanyl patch change every 72 hours. Since the increase things have been a nightmare. I shake like someone with Parkinsons, I am up for two days with no sleep after putting on a new patch and the 3rd day I sleep for 24 hours. Day 2 I am foggy and feeling crappy to where I don't feel like I am alert enough to drive due to mental fog. I want my life back. I am on the patch for severe back pain, chronic pain syndrome, and fibromyalgia. I have previously been on all types of opiates and even had a pain pump which malfunctioned and was then removed. The patch was a good option as maintenance was better and less stress on my organs. I am wondering if I went to the matrix patch , instead of the gel patch,and cut it into thirds and put on 1/3 of the patch each day for three days, and then repeated the cycle for each months useage would this work to alleviate the symptoms of day 2 & 3 burnout? ( Because I would have a fresh patch on each day) I also feel that maybe day one is too strong? My body seem to absorb & deplete the patch quickly. My doctor absolutely will not prescribe the patch to be replaced every 48 hours. If I cut the 75 mcg patch into thirds and used 1/3 per day would I be getting a dose of 25 mcg each day or a dose of 75 mcg per day? I just can't figure that out. Any advice on both questionswould be greatly appreciated. I want some semblence of life back. I feel like I am living in a bad nightmare Thank you!
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