If you’ve never worn a pain patch, I’ll give you my experience with it, so far. OK, so 4 hrs. before I change to a new patch, I’m usually in bed with horrible pain. Then I put the new one on & it takes about 4 hrs. for it to really start working. Yesterday, I put the new one on at 3:30pm. Up to that point, I had eaten only a little crab, (that pressed fish stuff that supposed to look/taste like crab). Just enough so the meds don’t make me crazy(er)!
So by 7:30pm, I’m feeling really good & VERY hungry. I have to be careful that I don’t eat too much or I’ll be miserable all nite. It’s now hard to go to sleep because I feel normal again & my brain is on overdrive thinking of all the things I need to do!
Next day (today), I’m out of bed at 7am, did a load of laundry, cleaned the bathroom floor, cleaned paint spots off the plastic on the living room floor, paid bills & did other paperwork, and generally put the house to rights. I keep making myself take breaks in between each thing so I don’t overdo it. This is hard to do when I feel good & know my ‘good time’ is limited.