Shaw...I take methadone, 120 mg. a day along with Oxycodone 30 mg. 4 X daily... My Dr. is very open about the fact that Methadone will not get rid of all of the pain..that's why I take the other for the BT pain. I know that Dr.'s have their own opinion about pain meds., but if you're in pain then why not give you something that will help? I have been taking Methadone for many years, and the first Dr. that gave it to me didn't give me anything for the BT pain...Let me back up a bit...the very first Pain Dr. I saw would only give me Lortab 10's at first...then he tried me on Fentyl Patches..when they didn't work he tried methadone..That did the trick!! It does have a bad rap, and some side effects...like you mentioned, the constipation (take colace every day), sometimes you "nod", and it may make your stomach upset....This will all get better. With you being on only 50 mg. it's not really going to take the pain away...but I think he'll get you on a higher dose eventually...just be careful...Methadone is tricky...especially if you want to stop taking it. But your Dr. would make sure that you don't have a rough time...
Methadone is an aquired taste...not everyone can tolerate it, and not a lot of people like it for pain..I happen to like it. It works better then Morphine for me.
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Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/ 30 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 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 35 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen
I am so glad Rhonda saw your post, she is our very own expert here on Methadone. She is right about switching pain meds if you are already on Methadone. Rhonda a while back was not sure if the Methadone was working much and she tried to switch to a different medication and she was not successful in getting off the Methadone. Something you need to understand Methadone is intended for long term useage only, it is not a short term use drug. It has the half life to it and thats why your dr is being as cautious as he is. It's like Rhonda said, the drs own decision on whether he will allow BT meds for people on Methadone. Methadone is definetly not a drug to monkey around with. It can be an excellent source of pain relief for many. You must realize that people with CP are never 100 % pain free, that will not happen. The only way any of us could be pain free is if we were drugged out to the point of being a zombie. Never take more than what is being prescribed by your physician. It is an easy drug to overdose on particularly taking more than what is prescribed. People go to sleep and never wake up again when they have done this. The very best thing you can do for yourself is educate yourself about Methadone. We had some older threads here on Methadone and there was some very valuable info on those threads. Maybe you can do a search and find the threads.
Take care and let us know how you are coming along.