Hi there- I think your taper is too fast. I know it is...
We aren't allowed to give you a taper schedule due to forum guidelines but talk to your doctor or just go a lot slower, dropping small amounts at a time. The rapid drop is what's causing you the extreme fatigue and other symptoms.
Maybe for now you could stay where you are until you feel profoundly better. I would.
you need to slow down your taper. once you get to 50 mcg ask to be switched to 80 mg oxycontin and start tapering that. you can taper by 5 or 10 mg at a time that way. it is hard to do a slow taper with fentanyl.
it has been over 60 days since i got off 50 mcg fentanyl and i still have NO ENERGY. my legs and arms feel like lead and i have zero motivation and it is causing depression.
i did NOT taper. my doc seemed to think you don't get withdrawals from fentanyl if you used as prescribed. she is an idiot
it could just be me that i am still severely fatigued or the instant drop from it. not every story i have read has this long of severe fatigue
also, one other thing i noticed since being off fentanyl is NO pain meds are effective at all. i have a terminal lung disease that causes lots of pain on top of all my usual pain from falling off a roof and breaking my back, hip and pelvis so sometimes the pain gets so great my blood pressure and pulse go through the roof from pain and they try something new and it is no different than taking a sugar pill. so why bother, right?
Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it!
I agree your Doc is an idiot! Fentanyl causes severe withdrawal symptoms! If your doc took you off suddenly without tapering off, that's so irresponsible. I would report her. That would have sent me to the emergency room.
I feel the same way with the fatigue, you described it very well. It feels like lead in my limbs too. Yesterday I could barely stand. I've read other posts on line where people have still have severe extreme for months after stopping Fentanyl. One person was off of it for over 2 months & was still suffering with extreme fatigue. At least we can talk to each other here & we're not alone.
I think you're absolutely correct with that. I was so sick & the fatigue is so severe. I've been trying to detox while I'm home on vacation, & I have been rushing it. Now I understand that this is going to take far longer than 3 weeks. The nurse told me it would, now I know how right she was.
That's scary, I wonder if Fentanyl gets into the bone marrow like Heroin does. I had no idea would become dependent on it when I started taking it. I hope they find something else that can give you pain relief! Suffering in chronic pain is hard on emotionally, physically, mentally & spiritually.
Well, I do know this....the EXTREME exhaustion, not being able to move, is pretty commen to everyone on here that's coming off of whatever they're on. I came off of a high dose (for 7 yrs) of suboxone (previous from that was opiate use) and I want to say I was down for 3 weeks! Like bed, toilet, sofa, bed, floor, toilet, bed, toilet, bathroom floor. Taking the Epsom Salt baths I had to drag my *** out of the tub just to lay on the floor to get up enough gumption to stand up and go lay in my bed! It's normal, and will start to lessen as you get more of this crap out of your system. I also decided NOT to take the immodium until like week 3. I had massive #2 and trying not to be too gross, it was a black tar substance. Which I figured was the suboxone coming out of me....I say this b/c the quicker you can get this **** out of you the better off you will be. Lots of water, force yourself to move around, even if it's just down the street 1 time! This will speed up this process. Certain drugs i.e., methadone, suboxone, fentanyl, etc...take longer to come out of our system but I think you've alotted yourself a fair amount of time. Good luck to you!
I just looked it up, and it is bc your brain quit making dopamine while you replaced iy with synthetic dopamine, so it can take up to 4 months! 4 months! for your brain to start making it again. I feel so drained & weak myself... took almost 4 weeks for the chills to lessen..... I need energy!? OMG