Hi! I just started pain management about two weeks ago (I see my Doctor on Tuesday Sept. 1st) for a follow-up visit. Prior to this my pain management had been handled by my orthopedic surgeon. But, it got to the point where my quality of life deteriorating that both my surgeon and myself felt that I needed a long acting med (besides the short acting Norco) I have been taking.
My Specialist is wonderful, she spent a lot of time with me and talked to me about various options - injections, etc. and long acting medications. She started me on the Fentanyl pain patch at the lowest available dose - 12mcg. per hour. However, I noticed very quickly a major difference in how I was feeling - at first I was hoping it wasn't the placebo affect, but I have found that I have slowly become more and more active again and feeling like my "old self" again and actually felt like I have been "coming back to life". I am also taking Norco for breakthru pain and am down from 8 per day to 4-5 per day. Anyway, the patch I am is the Mylan brand and up until today it has been great - sticking to my skin well with no issues.
Well, today I changed my patch and it seemed to stick like it was supposed to and I also did what I was instructed by Doctor - apply a bit of body heat to it with my hand to ensure the adhesive stays in place.
Well, I took a walk with my husband earlier and to perspire a bit (it's been very hot in my area). I also cleaned my son's room as well. I didn't think about it until I touched it this evening and noticed it was coming off. There doesn't appear to be any adhesive left on it! I did take a piece of medical tape and taped it in place. But, I can't help bu wonder how effective it is, if it isn't even sticking on its own?
I'm not sure what to do. I don't want to start experiencing too much pain and I don't want to have to go back up on my norco (I have been so happy with the results and taking less pills). My Doctor only gave me enough patches for two weeks - 5 patches that I change every 72 hours. So, I only have enough until my follow-up appointment. I don't want to bother my Doctor's office either.
I could be overreacting, I am not experiencing increased pain at this point. I'm just wondering if the patch is even effective. So, at this point it is taped and my question is it still releasing medication? I apologize for the long post any suggestions are appreciated.
~ Fiona Jo