Can't Sleep - Addicted to Pain Meds???

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Can't Sleep - Addicted to Pain Meds???

by MEEMERZ on Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:00 AM

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I really need some help for my husband.  He finished treatment for SCC base on tongue, tonsil, spread to lymph nodes on 1-28-09.  He had 10 chemo - carbo and taxol and 37 tomotheraphy treatments.  He has PEG, and takes most nutrition through that.  He has strictures to esophagus due to damage from radiation - we are in slow process of stretches to help with that problem.  He is doing fairly well at this point.  He has been on pain meds since December - started with 50 Fentanyl patch and then 25 -  Lortab - 2x daily - but not every day.  He was in the hospital in April and the ER doc put him on prednisone - when the radiation onc. found out he was upset - he doesn't like his cancer patients on steroids.  Now that the history is told - here is the problem.  He literally has not slept much for 5 nights.  We went to radiation onc. yesterday and he said it is due to coming off of all of the meds - he came off prednisone as prescribed and took his last dose on Sunday - his 25 patch came off about the same time.  He hasn't had any Lortab in over a week.  He also has taken 30 mg of Temazapam on and off for several years - insomnia before diagnosis.  The Dr. said he would just need to get totally exhausted and then he would sleep.  He didn't say he was addicted but I am wondering.  Is this the only way to come off of meds - does anyone have any light to shed on this.  He is suffering - jittery - in and out of the bed - wow!!  I am not sleeping because he is not sleeping.  HELP!!
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