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fentanyl & PAWS?

After a decade resulting in opioid resistance as treatment for fibromalgia, degenerative disc disease and advancing osteo-arthritis, I was given Mylan patches 100 mcg ,after 2 years, every 48 hrs because I would get the shakes before 72 hrs. Mental/physical decline prompted me to cut back rather abruptly, @ 50mcg/72 hrs. Thought i was going crazy, since bi-polar in family & I've had mild depression since childhood. Researched today and I think I have Post Acute -withdrawal symptom, Every 3rd day I am in bed, no appetite, flu symptoms, fighting severe depression. Weed helps, but not something I want to do everyday [email protected] 45 when Fibro arrived inexplicably, now 57 and wonder why I want to continue.Here for the family. severe Anhedonia. Osteo worse in both feet, use fentanyl to walk. Should I try Suboxone for withdrawal? Someone here mentioned Gabapentine My doctor did not want to try methadone instead for the pain when I asked a year ago. Want OFF this merrygoround! Reluctant to move, indecisive, what future with this?  
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It's not PAWS.  You're still in the acute withdrawal stage judging by your symptoms. The patch is wearing off on the 3rd day so you go into withdrawal. PAWS is diagnosed when withdrawal symptoms are still present months after actual detox.  Thankfully, it doesn't happen to everyone.

I'm not surprised you're experiencing withdrawal with that large of a decrease in fentanyl.  That's a BIG drop and it's going to take time for your body, and more importantly, your brain to adjust.  Depression is a major component of detox, but try to remember that like all the physical symptoms, it's temporary and it WILL get better.

Have you talked to your doctor about this problem?
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I did/do explain, from the beginning of the patch use, I experienced discomfort with anxiety, rocking, restlessness towards the end of the 72 hours, not so much pain. I was given a blood pressure med, or anxiety meds to aleviate symtoms - which I was reluctant to use. So then they put me on 100mcg, that was down from 125,  every 48 hours - but still i can't seem to think straight or concentrate. So that is why i forced myself back to 72 hours , then took measures to get dose down to 50 mcg/ every 72 - but now I'm afraid to lower it again. Last three months are uncomfortable enough, waiting longer is frustrating - want to get off this, some other doctor recommended methadone. I am just very depressed, can't decide, hardly eat, nauseous, very anxious
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I hope you're still out there. I am experiencing the same thing. i slowly cut down to 12.5 using percocets as a back up and then finally just percocets, losing my friends who don't understand. please hang in there. remember that even though we suffer from life=long depression that this is just a horrific version of it because of the withdrawal symptoms. i am in so much pain now but hope that percocets will not be as depression-fueling as the patches.
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