New Meds question(Methadone)

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

taracat86
New Member


Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 11/25/2009 2:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there.  I am getting new meds today Methadone to help with my chronic pain ..L5/S1 post laminectomy 2nd surgery Jan 09. Pain down leg left and low back has returned within 4 months with force. much worse than pain prior to surgery.  Drs dont really know what else to do, they think its from scar tissue.. an MRI is scheduled for mid December to tell. Meanwhile they have prescribed Methadone.  I take Ibuprofoen and Nuerontin (1200 mg 4 times a day). I am worried about starting Methodone on the holday weekend no idea how my body will react and scared that the pain will stop me from having the family holiday. Any help you have on how the medicine impacts a person would be great.
Thank you,
 

bsjaguar
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 974
   Posted 11/25/2009 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Wecome to the forum, Taracat!! I do use Neurontin but can't give you any info on the Methadone. There are others with more info that I'm sure they will share. Hope the MRI can show what if causing your pain. Have your doctors tried any injections to try to determine which nerves are causing your pain?
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


painsnbody
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 30
   Posted 11/25/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I have same problems as you scaring surrounding my S1 nerve! I to had to surgeries for L5S1 and have been DX with failed back syndrome. Sorry to hear your surgeries didn't work. Did you try Lyrica? That really helps my nerve pain.
 Meth is probable the strongest drug they could give you. If you used ER narcs first without luck then meth might be your answer. Oxycontin would be where I would start or MS contin if stomach can handle it.
I have always been told if you go on Methadone you should plan on being on it for life. Most Doc tell you its a life long commitment. WD very very bad. However, it works very very well.
Just wanted to inform you there are others that I think you should try first. Hope they find out things on your new MRI.
Good luck.
 

mrsm123
Veteran Member


Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 1228
   Posted 11/25/2009 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Methadone is an excellent pain reliever. You will probably experience some side effects with it, usually sleepiness will subside within a few weeks once your body acclimates to it. It has a really long half life, which means that the dose stays in your body longer than other opiate pain medications, so you need to be very careful when it comes to making sure that you take only the amount prescribed and only as often as prescribed. Doing anything other than that can cause you to overdose.
Methadone withdrawal is not as bad as some say, although it is more prolonged. Usually with opiate pain medications, the worst of the withdrawal is usually over in 3-5 days, with methadone, because of it's long half life, withdrawal can be more prolonged.
As I said earlier, it is an excellent pain medication , but it is usually prescribed for someone who has tried many other opiate pain medications and not gotten good pain relief.
Have you been on other opiate pain meds? If so, what ones? Methadone should not be an early choice for a patient who is not opiate tolerant, and by that I mean, having been on other strong pain medications for some time.
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
Avascular necrosis of left wrist- maybe hips too


Pete trips again!
Veteran Member


Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1899
   Posted 11/25/2009 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
hi Taracat!
Welcome to the best forum in the world for those suffering from C.P. and other health problems!
I've been on methadone for about 9 years now and it has been both a blessing and a curse! It without a doubt is the best pain reliever I've tried and I've tried most all of them. Without going into detail, I have back, neck, hip, and knee problems to start. Methadone lasts so long along w/ oxicodone for break through pain could be the best combo out there (what I take)! Of course everyone is different. I am a large man currently around 260lbs but have been over 300lbs in the recent past. Even with my size, I am still on a very low dose of methadone> 10mgs. x 3 ~ 4 per day w/ 15mgs. oxi x 5~6 times a day and it still works for me very well most of the time, that is the blessing. There are others here who take 3 times that amount and more!!!

The curse I speak of is that sometimes it works so well I get myself in trouble by over doing what I know I shouldn't physically! The pain is there but is masked by my meds and I'll as most my friends here know, continue to reinjure myself. I probably wouldn't if it weren't for methadone! But then again, I probably wouldn't be walking with out it either> I wasn't before starting it being on a cain or crutches!!!

Like the others have stated, it's probably one of the strongest and most dangerous meds they will give you. I've also heard about the nightmares of withdrawl but luckily haven't been there yet. Since I don't always take all that is prescribed, I have some extra so that I am SURE I will NOT run out!!! Some here might say that it's not right to keep a little surplus and that it's a sign of addiction!!! I can assure you, I'm not an addict!! If I were there wouldn't be a surplus!!!!!! I'm just terified of withdrawl!!

Again, welcome to the family! I hope you decide to stick around and definitly let us know how you make out w/ the new script!!!
Happy Thanksgiving,
Your New Friend,
Pete

taracat86
New Member


Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 11/25/2009 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone and thanks for your help. Today is my first day on Methadone and i see no results of pain relief. The docs say it could take up to a week to see any results. Unfortunately I have no break through medications, and the pain is pretty intense down my leg, especially around my left ankle and low back. It is excruiating to sit here to type.. :( but thats life i suppose.
I have tried many many meds, from vicadin to percoset without relief. The nuerontin takes the extreme edge off, so i am not curled in a ball on my couch like i was about 2 weeks ago. I heard too that Methadone is pretty much on it for the long haul. The dr's dont see much hope for me at the moment and are now trying to just manage the pain. I am starting physical therapy and pain clinic treatments, i see why they named it the pain clinic! I was in triple the amount of pain than when i went in.
Bummer is that i am young yet, 35, i have 2 young girls to care for, and am having a hard time with the fact that i cant work and cant do normal day activities like cooking or laundry. My girlies help so much, they are 10 & 12 so able to do things for themselves and me. I am dreading the holidays with no pain relievers I am doomed to be in pain at my mother-n-laws.. and that is rather embarrassing. I made a huge mistake and quit my job because the pain was so bad i just couldnt tolerate it anymore, unfortunately i learned the hard way that you dont get unemployment when you quit. So i am broke and in pain! eek. Working with the VA to determine compensation and disability factors. Hoping that something good will come of this.
either fix me, or label me nonemployable so that i can collect ssi and pay my house payments, etc.
We shall see.
Thanks for all your advice and I will be here often to talk.
-Taracat

mrsm123
Veteran Member


Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 1228
   Posted 11/25/2009 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Tara,
It is going to take a few days for the methadone to build up to a level in your blood stream. One of the hazards of long acting, long half life meds. Once it does though, you should get some good pain relief. Most people who take methadone take it between one and three times a day typically.
Give it a week or so, and if you don't start seeing an improvement in your pain levels, call your doctor and discuss it with him. I am guessing that your doctor started you at either 5 or 10 mg twice or three times a day? You should start feeling some pain relief in three or 4 days depending on your metabolism.
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
Avascular necrosis of left wrist- maybe hips too


White Beard
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 3610
   Posted 11/25/2009 11:53 PM (GMT -7)   
taracat85
Wecome to Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum. I do hope you do come here often, I think we have some of the most caring and compassionate and supportive people right on this forum that you will find anywhere on the internet, or anywhere else for that matter! I am sorry that you are having so much pain, hopefully the methadone will work for you and you will get your pain under control! We are not Doctors here and we can not diagnose or cure you, but we can give you a compassionate ear, and listen to you, so if you ever feel the need to vent your frustrations about your pain and or your treatment, this is also a good place to come,we will not only listen but give you what advice we can and of course give you our support! Welcome to out family taracat85!
I hope you have a Good ThanksGiving!

White Beard

uniquelyme
Veteran Member


Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 1037
   Posted 11/28/2009 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Hello Taracat,
I have been taking Methadone for a lot of years for CP... I have had 2 back surgeries, the last one was 4 years ago...Spinal Fusion L4-S1.  So far I have  had good results with Methadone... The only bad thing is that you build a tolerance to it just like any other pain med..and the constipation is yuk!!  You may have the "nodding" effect when you first start..but that goes away.
If you have any questions please let me know..my email is on my profile.
 
Me.

I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
 
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                                                                   

 

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Tuesday, December 06, 2016 7:24 AM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,733,453 posts in 301,124 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 151261 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Tickled6.
294 Guest(s), 10 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
don826, JayMot, Hol1979, Bucko, dolly23, w0hll, pmm73, TiredOfIssues, straydog, LanieG


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2016 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer