I am taking Methadone again!!!!

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uniquelyme
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   Posted 4/20/2009 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Pamela,
Here is the new thread...although it's not the same as the other one...I got a call this morning at 10:00 am...duh,morning.. confused   Anyway, it was the nurse Jada....telling me that my lovely Doc wanted me to bring back what was left of the Morphine and get my script for Methadone...She said "you can come in anytime before 3 pm"...I was there at 10:40... tongue
 
So, now that I have taken my Methadone I sit and wait.....tic tock, tic, tock... I'll let everyone know how it goes..
 
Oh yeah Pamela...Guess what?  I was up throwing up last night...all night....what a coincidence!!!
 
We are so much alike... yeah
 
Me.

 
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
Hemi Lamenectomy/Spinal Fusion(Lumbar)
60 mg. MS Contin 2Xdaily/15 mg. Oxycodone as needed
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin 1000mg. twice daily (so far)
ME. (Rhonda)                                                                    

 


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 4/20/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
That >>>GREAT NEWS<<< Rhonda!!! I'll bet the methadone is still in you fropm the last time you took it and now yor're going to be fine!! Did he give you the same dose as you had before? I'm very happy for you! I'm glad your doc finally figured out the other stuff just wasn't working!
All my Best Biggest Hugz!
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Thailand and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 4/20/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Rhonda,

I'm glad you're going up slowley.

Since Our Angel8 put some thought in my ear, I've been a little happier
with Methadone. The pain persists.

Yes, if you were up throwing up, I certainly DO know how you felt. I thought
I was going to depart this mortal coil.

I'm still not 100% in how I feel physically. Pain wise I'm at about 8. (as
usual)

Rhonda, I'm happy for you. There is no good way but this may be the
best way.

I still haven't printed our all of Angel's work. Gee, I got the cardtridge and
now ... now ... now ... The printer won't work.

Pamela

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 4/20/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
PS

Why didn't he put you on a lower dose, Rhonda?! Do it the way you think
you should. The way we learned on the forum. By that, I don't mean all
at once. k? It works for Angel but the good lord knows where it might
send us.

Pamela
MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Osteoarthritis all levels of spine right down to Coccyx,Spondilytis,Myofascial Pain
Fibromyalgia,Bulging Discs,Spinal Stenosis,Scoliosis,Osteopenia,Chronic Constipation
Carpel Tunel Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder,
Depression & Anxiety

Methadone for Pain, Xanax for Anxiety, and more, of course.


angel8
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   Posted 4/21/2009 3:49 AM (GMT -7)   

If your happy your back I am for you!

You were being accustomed to taking that dose and would probably be OK since it hasnt been that long but remember didnt they keep upping the morphine over the weekend? That means you still have some of that dosing left around so I would take only as much methadone to start out til I was comfortable and then move slowly by 5mgs a day back. Who knows you may find you wont need the entire amount of meth for awhile!

Also since non of us can find the post about the methadone I am assuming that since Chutz I think said something about threads being taken down when they reached a certain large number of posts this is what most likley happened and we may have to start over. I guess if we had thought about it since that entire thread had such great info and covered so many basis of questions regarding a variety of stuff we should have asked if it could have been made a sticky or maybe they will let us make one with the info in it.

I am hoping one of the Mods will notice this and respond on how we should do this.

Good luck and great pain free days!


angel8
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   Posted 4/21/2009 3:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Wow sorry I just looked aganin and found it. It is on page 2 on my laptop and it is under the "no more methadone  for me" heading. Lots of info in that thread.

I dont know how long it will stay there so maybe the mod will let us know how to keep it.


uniquelyme
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   Posted 4/21/2009 5:54 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Thanks Angel,
I actually have been taking Methadone for a lot of years, was an advocate for methadone patients at one time...So, I have a lot of paperwork that I have found over the years...I didn't start back at my old dose, I wasn't comfy doing that.  So, again thank you for all your help and support.
 
I am happy to be back on methadone...the morphine just didn't cut it.  I know it Does help a lot of people, and I am glad that it does...for me not so much...
 
Me.

 
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
Hemi Lamenectomy/Spinal Fusion(Lumbar)
60 mg. MS Contin 2Xdaily/15 mg. Oxycodone as needed
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin 1000mg. twice daily (so far)
ME. (Rhonda)                                                                    

 


PAlady
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   Posted 4/21/2009 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Angel,
Threads aren't removed because of their length. If they get over 50 posts (sometimes we go into a page 3) then we're asked to start a Part 2 IF we want to continue the same topic. It's possible the thread may be locked if it goes too long, but it's not removed. It's only removed if there's objectionable material - that is violates the rules in some way. As I understand it, the administrator is the only one who can actually lock or remove a thread, although the moderators can edit any of our posts.

I don't think I'd make a sticky of the methadone post, but that's just my opinion. If we started making stickies of every post with good information there'd be pages and pages of them! LOL We can just do searches of HW, though, and can bring up old threads that way. You can also "bump" an old thread back to page one (if it's not locked) if you want to continue the discussion or it has valuable info. that's relevant to a current discussion. But even a locked thread can be read.

Hope this helps a bit.

PaLady
Angel - I do want to add I think your info. has been great!

Post Edited (PAlady) : 4/21/2009 1:40:34 PM (GMT-6)


Tony McGuire
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   Posted 4/21/2009 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I sure wish to thank the participants on both this and the 'not taking methadone' thread.

I take Lyrica plus Cymbalta for pain.

I also take Methadone for my pain, and Morphine for 'breakthrough' pain.

Until these two threads, however, I didn't understand the M&Ms well enough to even ask an intelligent question about their use.

Now, I believe I understand WHAT my pain management dr did in setting me up the way he did. And I may even understand some of the WHY he did what he did. I believe I have the best of both worlds, but only because I'm fortunate enough that my body reacts to both of these medications the way it does. And I'm really glad of that because it failed in reacting to every other narcotic and block it was tested against.

This thread, and that other thread, have provided me with invaluable information about my own circumstance, and once again I thank you - sincerely.
Wife: Liz, the choice of a lifetime
Dogs: Koshka Prayer & Chomp Prayer


PAlady
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   Posted 4/21/2009 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Tony,
Some of us use another variety of M&M's for medication! smilewinkgrin turn Although those aren't generally recommended by our doctors, sadly! rolleyes

PaLady (thanks for the chuckle!)

angel8
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   Posted 4/22/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks PAlady! I couldnt figure out the how's and when's of the locking thing. To "bump" it back to the current page do you just click and post a reply on it? How far back can we go to look at a post and then do you have any clue how to recall or keep a reminder somewhere of the approximate date or page it was on? I know tons of techie questions here but I really am far to old to try to grasp this puter world without explicit instructions. LOl

Is there a way to bookmark a page from my laptop? Say like the methadone thread? So when it falls way way back and I want to look at it I can do so without a page by page search? Help here anyone that might have an answer for this as it may help more then just dumb ole me.

Tony no thanks needed at least by me as I take something away from here each time I sign on to this forum. Some I store for future use and some I use right then. I think I actually get more out of others perspective on things then I do reading it in a book or something. I have found that some of the best treatments,most useful mix of meds,and even home remedies have solved me tons of issues. I recall early out on methadone how difficult it was getting the bathroon thing taken care of and another forum had a sticky with for help in general and lo and behold on there was a receipe for a paste like stuff you took and all natural and when all else failed I mixed up and my problems were solved in less then a day and I used it lots over the years.

I did want to ask you how you thought the Lyrica worked? Did you have alot of trouble adjusting to it or side effects? I have heard some really scary things from some folks on it and when they offered it to me awhile back I refused and I was thinking if maybe I did that too soon and I could be getting better pain relief if I hadnt been so quick to judge it.

Sorry didnt mean to hijack the thread but it seems this thread is alot about helping isnt it?

Thanks again PAlady and anyone with any answers to my tech questions I would be greatly appreciative.


PAlady
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   Posted 4/22/2009 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Angel,
I'm about the last person you want to ask about techie questions! I'm a point and click person myself! The "help" menu here has a lot of suggestions, but you might want to start a separate thread, or e-mail a moderator about other technical questions if the "help" menu doesn't, well, help!

I do know that to bring an old thread (that isn't locked) up to page one you just add a new post, or sometimes people will just say "bump" in the new post, especially if someone is asking questions about a topic. I think if you just want it for reference, though, I'm not sure how to do that. Maybe Tony could help; I think he's the technie???

PaLady

Tony McGuire
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   Posted 4/22/2009 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Angel, I'm about to find out about the Lyrica.

Up to this point, I thought it was wonderful. But if it is truly what is causing me to bloat, and causing or bringing kidney problems to the forefront, then I'd say something different. Depending on whether a dosage reduction gets me enough and lets up on the kidney thing. I tell you, this is an ever-running battle for truth, justice, eh, er, uh, different byline sorry. Battle for a little headway in the fight against pain.

('BUMP' to #2 position ok? :-) Cannot 'sticky' since they don't allow that on this forum, it appears, except to admin and maybe moderators (seems not))
Wife: Liz, the choice of a lifetime
Dogs: Koshka Prayer & Chomp Prayer

Post Edited (TonyMcGuire) : 4/22/2009 4:02:10 PM (GMT-6)


angel8
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   Posted 4/23/2009 2:43 AM (GMT -7)   

Usually the way of it Tony,find something that works and it causes all kinds of other stuff to happen. I had heard that about the Lyrica and wondered if that was the culprit. The kidney problems that is, others I know have done about the same on it,pretty much what you described with bloating and water retention,loads of kidney malfunctions going on and out of whack numbers at the lab.

I do know folks that swear by the Cymbalta and havent hear alot of complaints about it other then it worked for the pain and not for depression or vice a versa.

Hoping you get this thing figured out soon and get some kind of relief,gets old doesnt it?

Thanks PAlady maybe someone can help me figure out how to save it without having to search for it everytime.


PAlady
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   Posted 4/23/2009 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Angel,
Can you just bookmark the page on your computer? I'm taking a shot in the dark here!

PaLady

Tony McGuire
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   Posted 4/23/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
To make a page always available for YOURSELF ONLY, you just go to the thread AND PAGE of the thread if more than one, and BOOKMARK it. That is, and can only be, good for the individual creating the bookmark. It cannot take effect on anyone else's computer.

So yes, PAlady. You have the absolute right of it.
Wife: Liz, the choice of a lifetime
Dogs: Koshka Prayer & Chomp Prayer

Post Edited (TonyMcGuire) : 4/24/2009 12:38:21 PM (GMT-6)


Tony McGuire
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   Posted 4/24/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
angel8 said...

I do know folks that swear by the Cymbalta and havent hear alot of complaints about it other then it worked for the pain and not for depression or vice a versa.

Hoping you get this thing figured out soon and get some kind of relief,gets old doesnt it?


Yes, and thank you.

I'd be OK with getting 'just' pain relief and nothing for the depression, since I have a LOT of pain and no depression.
Wife: Liz, the choice of a lifetime
Dogs: Koshka Prayer & Chomp Prayer


angel8
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   Posted 4/25/2009 2:42 AM (GMT -7)   

Got that Tony!

Oh by the way thank you for the "bookmark" clue as I finally found that and it worked. I figured there had to be some way to do some kind of thing but I am just not real bright about this computer world.

 


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 4/25/2009 2:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Tony,

I get depressed occasionally - but not to the extent that I got depressed BEFORE
chronic pain hit me seven years ago. With the coming of CP, it seems like i
use ALL my psychic energy to fight fight fight the pain and try to find a way
to make life ok for me and my family. I'm a master of distraction.

The other thing about my chronic pain and depression, I just about don't dare to let
it stay with me for long. It could be dangerous. I've had glimpses of what despair
over pain can do.

Pamela

I finally found a decent primary care doctor. She's great. After I walked out
of the treatment room I reached up to brush my hair back from my face and
voila I found my grandaughter's special sticker.One was Ariel,
the Mermaid and the other was ... I'm guessing here: Donald Duck?
I believe my new classy doctor saw them but didn't comment. She probably
stepped out of her office and spoke to her staff, "It takes all kinds." blush

Tony McGuire
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   Posted 4/25/2009 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Better to deal with with the joy of granddaughters than that despair+pain issue, for sure.

I've been very fortunate in the despair area. It hits at times, but hasn't hit very hard - at least not yet.

I've only had issue with the screaming level of pain for a year (April 27th 2008 started it all), so I am seeing some glimpses of what is in store for me in that arena with a bit of what leaks out here at times. I don't envy you guys, and probably myself within another 6 months to a year.

Forgive me but I forget: do you use Methadone?

Not sure whether I am glad I wound up going down that path, now, or not.

(EDIT: Never mind. Found the answer to methadone in your first reply here.)
Wife: Liz, the choice of a lifetime
Dogs: Koshka Prayer & Chomp Prayer

Post Edited (TonyMcGuire) : 4/25/2009 2:03:42 PM (GMT-6)

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