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I posted long ago, in a panic because I lived alone in Asia, namely Seoul, Korea. I was put on 'fentanyl, not understanding what it was, only to be told that my doctor felt getting off it was not his problem and believed it to be "safe". I have since traveled to Thailand and am on a medical visa, staying with my husband (who took a leave to care for me), and I now feel my doctors are good. I made a choice to go off fentanyl cold turkey (50mcg) against their advice for personal persons. After 2.5 weeks of suffering I don't need to explain, I am now simply a neuropathy patient awaiting surgery to prevent a major nerve from being pinched in my face. I am cycling through moods: morning is good, and energy is lost fast...some improvement over 3 days, and the last fraction of a patch came off 2 days ago to no withdrawal symptoms.
I am now suffering from PAWS, and really struggling. My specialist was surprised but overall pleased as my vitals are good despite 2 seizures, and I was prescribed tramadol (max 400mg a day) and I refused narcotics. \she asked me to return in 10 days for assessment. Additionally: ritalin 20mg x 3, Cymbalta (I am dropping from 60 to 30 as I feel it no longer helps much), and clonazepam 0,5-1mg, 2-3 times daily for significant panic.
I have tried many, if not all nerve related medicines. I wonder if anyone can share insight on the duration of PAWS? Also, I forgot to request 5 days of ambien, or a comparable option as I am going days with no sleep. Thank you, bless you all.
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