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I'm a British expat living in Spain for 45 years. I hope I qualify for this forum as I feel I'm getting very little help from the Spanish National Health system. I'm almost 77 and have quite a lot of medical problems but nothing has caused me so much discomfort and misery as trying to get off this awful drug. 15 months ago I was admitted to the Soc Sec hospital in Girona as I'd broken a small bone at the bottom of my spine through coughing during a bout of flu. I was in agony of course and they came to me with what they called a strong painkiller. They stuck the patch on and the pain eased very quickly and every 3 days they brought me another one. In my naivety I imagined it was a strong modern painkiller akin to paracetamol. Not one doctor or nurse explained to me what the patch was and before I left, after an MRI scan, they thought fit to double the dose, so I then had 50 microgramos to deal with. I was happy and the pain had eased so my GP gave me a permanent prescription for the patches. I did go back down to the 25 mgs as I'm not a great fan of medication anyway. That reduction didn't have any affect and I merrily continued with the patches for months, still totally unaware of what they were. Then, reading the Mail online one day, I read the report on the death of Prince and there was a photo of a hand holding a Fentalyn packet, saying they thought he had died as a result of this drug. I couldn't believe my eyes as that was my packet in the photo, and alarm bells started to ring....wow! So Imthen looked up Fentanyl on Internet and discovered that I had unwittingly become addicted to a drug which is 50 times stronger than heroin! How could it be that not one nurse, doctor or my GP had told me what it was? I'm housebound so I phoned my local clinic to speak to a doctor about this. She seemed to think I was making a big fuss about nothing but confirmed that I couldn't just take the patch off like that, I had to reduce the dose by cutting the patches with scissors and sticking to the 3 day periods and within a couple of weeks I'd be free!! I did as she said but did prolong the process by leaving them on for four days, then five, until,at last I was free, but I wasn't was I? It is now the 8th day and I can honestly say that I have never suffered from any of my illnesses as much as I am suffering now. I had diarreah for the first few days (which is unpleasant with a colostomy bag!), am shaking most of the time and very restless. I had 2 nights with no sleep at all and in the past 4 nights I've slept a total of only about 3 and
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