Sudden onset of chronic pain nearly 5 years ago.Diagnosed with increasingly severe DDD, Spondylolysis at L5, many bulging discs from hips to skull and 2 herniated discs.Current treatment - Oxycontin 30mg/x2 daily. (No BT meds found.) Amitriptyline 100mg/nightly for migraines. Related?No surgical options to date.Botox denied by Ontario's workers comp. Up next - Methadone.
Post Edited (TonyMcGuire) : 5/28/2009 4:34:03 PM (GMT-6)
Finally a post that I have some expertese on...Methadone. I have been on Methadone for years...I also take Oxycodone 15 mg. for BT pain. Many people will tell u that Methadone is only for drug addicts...Not True!! Maybe that's what it started out as, but it has come a long way. Most Doctors will stick their noses in the air about giving Methadone, but that's only because they're not very educated about it's uses. My Pain Dr. didn't start me out on Methadone... We tried other pain meds first, for about a year. Then, when all others didn't work he said to me..."have you ever heard of Methadone"? Well, that was several years ago and I have only tried to take something else ONE time...and it only took a week to switch back. I couldn't get the same relief from Morphine..not even 360 mg. a day. I take 120 mg. of Methadone a day...split into 60 mg. 2 times a day and it has transformed my life. Before I was taking it I could only do minimal things like walking short distances. Now, even though I can't do much physical activity, I can do more than I used to do.
Methadone does have its pitfalls though. I read that you wanted to have children and you were told that Methadone was safe....Well.....Not really. Most of the women I know that were on Methadone throughout their pregnancies had their babies stay in the hospital for several days and up to a couple of weeks due to withdrawls from Methadone. It does depend on the amount that you are on I guess, but it's not like you're taking Tylenol...it is a Narcotic, so you do have to be careful with it.
It also has some Narly side effects...Nodding off is one of them. When you first start taking it you tend to fall asleep at the drop of a hat...but that only lasts for a while. Then there is the constipation...pretty bad. And you really have to take care of your teeth...
It's like an other pain med, but it does work better for a lot of people. So, just read as much as yu can about it and you'll make the right decisions..
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Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/15 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 5mg. 2X in the morning
Post Edited (TonyMcGuire) : 5/29/2009 10:17:23 AM (GMT-6)
The others here have given you some great tips and info on their experiences with Methadone. I know several people on Methadone for pain and they have done very well. They were put on Methadone when others seemed to stop being effective and these were people that would need pain meds long term. Methadone should never be taken as a short term pain medication.
Me, gave you terrific info on the effectiveness, for sure as she said any baby will be born with addiction and will experience withdrawals from the Methadone. It is no different than any narcotic it will affect a newborn. Think of it this way, if you stop narcotics suddenly that you have been on for awhile, you will go into withdrawals, its no different for a newborn so keep this in mind. The reason Methadone should not be taken short term as it can be a very difficult drug to get off. I believe it was Me that tried getting off of it not long ago, and she ended up having to go back on it after all. It can be a dangerous medication because it stays in the system and it is not a drug that you can taken more than prescribed if you feel it is not working, you would never want to take an additional dose, this is how people have overdosed on the drug.
Not too long ago, there was an excellent thread on Methadone, I really wish you could search back and find the thread. One of the nurses on here is on it and she gave some extensive info on Methadone that probably would be very helpful to you.
Good luck with whatever you decide. Susie
I have been on methadone. I was on 30mg. Started out on the liquid form and then was switched on the pills (methadol). Keep in mind that this is from my own experience, meaning you may not experience all of it.
The perks are the following: it has a long half-life compared to most opioids so for round-the-clock relief, it is one of the best. It is not very hard on the stomach and it is very well processed by your liver, so no short or long damage there. It can be pushed very high as far as dosage is concerned. Very cheap (at least in Canada).
The downsides are: it makes you very sleepy and oftentimes, suddenly and pretty much at any given time. Extremely hard to comeoff of. Constipation is awful.
Hope this will help.
P.S You mention Ontario, are you from Canada?