The pains of opium

I mentioned that Dr. Easley had raised my Fentanyl dose, since the previous one wasn’t doing much for my headache. He quadrupled it actually: 50 micrograms an hour as opposed to 12. My head hardly hurts at all now.

However, tired as I am, I cannot get to sleep. I thrashed around in bed all night long. I would just get to the point of slipping under, then suddenly I was wide awake again. I recall that the same thing happened when I started taking MS Contin (morphine) early this year. God knows how long it’ll last. I hope I’ll get used to it eventually.

Ironically, the reason I asked Dr. Easley to put me back on Fentanyl was because my head hurt so bad that I couldn’t get to sleep at night.

3 thoughts on “The pains of opium

  1. marycarney September 30, 2011 / 1:16 pm

    I’m sure they told you this – but be sure with the colder weather setting in that you do not have that patch anywhere near a heating pad/electric blanket etc. Fentanyl patches are wonderful fro chronic pain, but they can release the drug at a much higher rate when heated beyond normal body temp.
    Glad it’s working for you.

    • Meaghan September 30, 2011 / 2:11 pm

      Yeah, it was in the instructions. I don’t use heating pads etc anyway. Just plain old blankets, albeit lots of them.

  2. perl October 4, 2011 / 12:17 am

    It’s weird, huh? Whenever I have to take Percocet for my headaches I cannot, cannot sleep. I remember after my second son was born and I didn’t know how the medicine affected me and they gave me TWO. I was like, wah hoo! I’m gonna sleep sooo good! But nope. Wired and tired is how I describe it. I can sleep with a tiny dose of morphine, though. It’s all so strange how differently the medicines affect us. I’m glad the pain is lessened!

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