Every post touched me in some way...I decided to get off of the patch because I live on the golf course 24/7 in the summer and winter due to my career, BUT the summers are the worst. I sweat, I cannot wear them anywhere on my arms, ect or they show, so I wear them on my rib cage, and Im lucky to get 2 days with a patch.
when I was home last, I met with my PM and he stated that it was fine to wean off of them. I was on the 50's for a year, and was VERY hesitant to go straight down to the 25's BUT I did great! I did have to up my breakthru meds, but that was something we discussed and I had permission to do that if needed.
The only thing i felt was SOME of the "runs" but only on the last day of my patch. Im on week two right now from going from the 50's to the 25's and I wore my last 50 3-4 days. THEN i went to the 25's and wore them every 2 days...Im due Monday for a new script, and Im srtill debating if I even want them. I had a tourney this weekend, and wore a patch ONE day before it came off. Im sick of it.
Plus...I want to enjoy my family and son, age 11. Im sick of not remembering things, the patch did that to me terribly, and not feeling "in the moment" in my life. My income depends on my golf, and thats one reason, Im hanging on by my teeth in that area and still doing well, but the most inportant is my son. I think it hit me most a couple weeks ago when we were at a very very nice hotel, and he had gone thru 3 days of exhausting golf instruction, and he couldnt WAIT to get into the pool, and I couldnt or didnt get in with him, all becauswe of the darn patch... 2 nites we stayed and finally the last one I took my patch off, and didnt have another, but we were on our way home the next day. I hate it...Its not my kid's fault. He didnt say anything, but i felt like total *****. We are heading out again this next week, and i want to be free of the patch so i can swim with him. The patch has allowed me to also do more with my son and family, but yet do less. and "BE" less. Im thrilled that I made the decision to discontinue them.
Hes coming home from his dads after being away for 3 weeks, and I want to be "here" for him.
I have been very very blessed...I havent had any horrid withdrawls. Ive had rebound pain, but not anything that the b/t meds couldnt handle. I broke down and called my doc yesterday and asked him if I should be taking more of my b/t meds, and he told me to do what I need to do. Im so very lucky because he wont make me suffer for doing so.
I made up my mind that this was something that i HAD to do...And I think it made a difference. I didnt even LOOK for any w/d's or anything...I pretended that I had on my 50's and didnt give it a second thought. I can get myself into a lather if I worry, so i decided this was my best option, and it worked for me.
It can work for you guys too. PLEASE, I think its VERY important for you to be able to go a bit more over in your b/t meds. My doc told me id have to for rebound Pain, so we expected it. If it happens to you, you need to tell your doc yoou are experiencing rebound pain. Its VERY common.
The patch worked for me for a bit in the winter months, but right now, Im so glad to be rid of it, hopefully this next week, plus it made it HELL for me to wake up!
Im here for ANY of you who need support, advice or an ear while you decide to go thru with it. I cant wait to have my life back....I want ot be clear, and enjoy my life, not be drugged 24/7. the patch keept me that way. also I used to hot tub every nite after a HUGE day of golf, and the patch has kept me from that. I need that more than the patch.
Heres hoping and wishing the best for all of you...I was standing one the edge for months, and now Im glad I took the plunge. It remineded me of being a teeny tot on the high dive...I was scared to death, but it wasnt bad at all. you can do it!
Hugs to all of my friends, sorry for all of the typos...Im glad you all understand~I cant wait to hear what all of you decide and how you do!