Can’t get off long enough to see if I’m addicted?

I have an autoimmune disease called Dermatomyositis. It cause severe muscle, soft tissue and connective tissue inflammation and severe muscle weakness. In my case it is very painful.

I’m still undergoing treatment but and almost in remission. I’m on heavy duty meds, Fentanyl and Lortab.

The problem is every time I try to come off them to see if the pain from the disease has lessened, the withdrawal symptoms are so horrible I can’t get off long enough to tell.

Sweats, fever, spasms, severe muscle pain, runny nose, sneezing, coughing…it’s horrible. So I have not idea if the pain I experience is from the disease or the withdrawals.


Suffering and Solution

by: Ned Wicker

Wow! You are in a difficult place and I would not feel at all qualified to render any kind of informed or meaningful solution.

When doctors place their patients on medications they must be aware of the possible interactions of those medications, and certainly they are aware of the side effects.

I think your question is best asked of your doctor, or if you are seeing several doctors, they need to be aware of what the other ones are doing.

A responsible doctor treating chronic pain will take every precaution to guard against addiction. Doctors treating the disease must know the consequences, so ask direct questions and demand a straight answer.

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