Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Day 1 Duragesic
Started my day with no pain meds in my system. I kept my specialist appointment (actually saw their PA [endocrinology])and the meds were in at the pharmacy when I got there after the appointment. The pain was godawfully horrid by then so I was glad to get the patches and relieved they are cheap.
The patches are tiny - about an inch long by a half inch wide. I also bought some tape/tegaderm to hold in it place since you wear it for three days. I took phenergan before putting the patch on my shoulder. I was glad I did because I got a chemical taste in my mouth and some dizzy feeling nausea. As the day went on I noticed these side effects less and less. No vomiting no hives so I am pleased.
The pain relief is not as good as a full dose of the dilaudid but I don't have the side effects either. It seems to take enough of the edge off so I can function. The pain has been so overwhelming that I have had great difficulty getting dressed or moving. The Headache seems to be tolerating it so far, and The Belly has calmed down a bit. Hoping this is the med that does the trick in stomping out the nerve pain.
A secret fear I have is one shared by anyone who has had cancer: what if this is cancer related pain? It seems so awful and unremitting that I find it hard to believe that there is not some dreadful disease process ongoing. I guess I will find out more answers when I see Dr. House in April.
Hoping that tomorrow the patch works as well as it did today. I feel confident I will be able to drive into work. Yeah!!!