Discussions By Condition: Sleep disorders

Sleeping for days

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 18, 2007
  • 05:02 PM

My fiancee has been disabled for many years (broken back). He is on Fentanyl patch 100 mcg, meds for breakthrough pain, Lyrica, Effexor, and Soma just to name a few. Since carotid surgery he has lost allot of weight. Dr. hit the vagus nerve and that has caused swallowing problems. He falls asleep for days when the fentanyl patch reaches the 48 hours mark. He is scheduled to change it every 48 hours but falls into a deep sleep before that happens. He has slept for as long as 7 to 10 days. NO eating (he lost 20 lbs during one sleep period), very little drinking of fluids. He gets the chills, probably because of withdrawal during that period. When he tells his pain management doctor about the chills, the pain doctor says it must be an infection and gives him antibiotics. When he tells the pain management doctor about the days of sleeping, the doctor gave him effexor for depression. When he changes the fentanyl patch he is then awake for almost 48 hours (insomnia). Any ideas???? Does he need to get off the Duragesic and go to Oxicontin????

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