I guess it was too soon to come off the Fentanyl patch yesterday afternoon. By bedtime I had some stinging & tingling above the surgical incision again (ACDF). I did not sleep good at all.
By morning I had definite pain in various areas of my shoulders, chest, neck, & face; from stiffness, tingling, throbbing, burning/stinging, & even pin prickling/stabbing. Above the incision into my face (lips, nose, chin, cheeks) it compares to trigeminal neuralgia. The rest of the areas are just general stiffness and achy pain.
I put a new patch on after my shower at 10 am but it hasn't helped one bit. I finally took a dose of hydrocodone about 4:15 pm, yet I feel no relief. The hydrocodone is suppose to be for breakthrough pain, but since I'm at a level 8, or even a 9 as I can't get comfortable. I'm just looking to get it back under tolerable control. Being new to using both meds, I'm not sure what to expect. How long before i should feel some decrease in symptoms?
I guess this will be one of the few surgeries it takes me longer to get over and come off rx pain med. I guess I have fibromyalgia to thank for that. I hope everyone else is having a much less painful day!! Hugs love & prayers to all! 🙂💕🙏🌸