I don't take methadone, so I can't comment from experience, but I remember your earlier posts. One thing I think is true for most of us is that medications don't take away all the pain - especially 24/7. So if the pain isn't too bad when it breaks through it may be something you have to manage in other ways - have you ever seen a pain psychologist or therapist? That might help to learn some relaxation strategies. And also learning how to moderate your activities.
Please don't interpret this to mean that I think you should suffer! It really depends on how much BT pain you're having. It's certainly worth discussing with your doctor.
As far as constipation goes, I think that's a problem for many of us as it tends to be one of the more common side effects from many medications. Actually, I find prunes often work although I have overdone it at times and was up all night - they worked too well!! LOL But again, I'd discuss it with your doctor. Unfortunately, there aren't any medications without some side effects. It's all a balancing act. If most of your pain is being well controlled that's great. You're on your way, then to making it "manageable", which is usually the best we can hope for.
p.s. Shaw - it looks like you accidentally started a duplicate thread. I think you can still delete it if you do so before anyone else posts to it (the other thread, not this one!). Just click on the "X" icon in the upper right corner to delete it. Once someone else posts, though, I think only a moderator can delete the post. It could get confusing. Then again, many of us are confused anyway!
Post Edited (PAlady) : 9/18/2009 2:51:06 PM (GMT-6)