OxyNorm Reduction Update: Week 17

Current Dosage: 80mg

It’s now week 17 of the OxyNorm reduction plan and as you can see from my current dosage, things haven’t gone to plan at all in the past three weeks. (I should be on 65mg!).
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wk17 OxyNorm Reduction Progress

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OxyNorm Reduction Update: Week 14

Current Dosage: 80mg

It’s now week 14 of my OxyNorm reduction plan.
That’s over 3months now in trying to come off the OxyNorm and it seems to be
dragging on for ever.  Mind you, you’ll notice the slight “hiccup” in
this latest update of the graph.
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Starting on Fentanyl Patches

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Ever since moving back from the US I have always resisted narcotic based medications.
After my last operation, I’d been placed on Oxycontin and Oxynorm, but I have been having a bucket load of complications with those.
So today I started on Fentanyl Patches and we’ll see what happens.
Personally, I don’t want to be on any any narcotic based stuff, but my new pain guru is insisting that it’s the right thing to do.
I’ll see what happens with the patches, as perhaps, it was the oral medication causing the complications and bypassing my stomach might actually mean that they work.

I’ll post a bit of history on why I’m switching in the near future.

The only thing with the patches is that my daughter thinks I secretly started smoking again and that these are the anti-smoking ones. She’s the main reason why I could never start smoking again, I could never face the disappointment she’d have if she ever found out.

It apparently takes about 24hours for the first patch to start working, so I’ve quit the slow/timed release (Oxycontin) and I’m just taking the quick release (OxyNorm) as and when I need them.  It’s 2.40am at the moment so I can safely say it hasn’t kicked in as of yet. But I’m not getting withdrawal symptoms, so it must be starting to work in some fashion.
Each patch stays on for 3 days apparently, and I can already see a possible reaction to the adhesive.  Nothing is ever simple in  life is it.
Anyway, time for a hot cocoa and an attempt to get back to sleep. I’ll update in a few days when I should know if these patches are any good.