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First post for me so here goes....
I suffer from a really bad lower back, and a worn out right hip joint which has a bone tumour attached to it. The hip can't be replaced for fear of agrivating the tumour. I had major surgery for this about ten years ago and have only just recently been discharged from Birmingham Royal Orthopaedic Hospital following very regular check-ups. Traveling 200 miles for each appt was a right pain, although it was necessary.
Anyway I've just been started on Fentanyl patches 12ug then upped to 25ug after three days, having being changed over from Dihydracodine 240mg which I had been on for about 10 years.
Once started on the Fentanyl I started to get severe withdrawl symptoms from the Dihidracodine inc diarrhea, sweating, flu like symptoms, achy bones, sweating, runny nose. And my legs, wow... my legs. I just couldn't keep them still for about 3 days, sleeping was impossible.
I'm finding now that I'm still sweating in the night even though the room I'm in is quite cool, and my sweats odour is strange, normally I don't stink at all but I can only describe the smell as a type of chemical type odour coming from my skin?
After my first week on Fentanyl I feel I'm still not feeling any benefit from it yet. I don't know wheather it makes any difference but I'm 6'2 and 18 stone? I know you have to start on a low dose but I'm thinking I should be on a higher dose to gain benefit from this medication?
Any opinions or thoughts welcomed.
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