It was simply a lack of understanding/education on opiate transdermal
This added build-up in your system
is going to make your withdrawal worse. Technically you have more drug in you that you think.
Opiate withdrawal causes a creepy-crawling feeling, like ants crawling over your body, restless legs, anxiety, itching, excessive pain. There are drugs that can help reduce these symptoms. Ask your Dr about an anti-hypertensive such as clonidine, and if it's suitable for you.