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In Pain Too
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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 12/13/2009 12:27 AM (GMT -6)   
This is my first time on this forum, I take 80mg a day of methadone but the pain still comes through it quite a bit. I have enjoyed reading some of what has been written on this web site and find the info helpful. I have had two back operations and It has not helped in fact in made things worse, I have two rods and six screws in my back and my back hurts all the time and my feet feel like they are on fire much of the time. My wife freaked out when she found out I was on opiate type pain meds but now she understands, she freaked out because I was a heroin addict until 10 years ago, I wish I didn't need pain meds but you can't always have all you wish for.  My doc is understanding to a point but the staff is another story. Thanks for listening.
In Pain Too

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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 12/13/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome in pain too.

Can you please advise what occured in relation to your back injury was it a fall or scoloiosis etc...
I am very sad to hear that after 2 back ops that you are in so much pain, that is just terrible.

These are the stories that make me think twice about any back surguery, nearly all forums and posts I read , most back surgeries are uncessesful I can understand your wifes concern with the meds, and this can be very frightening, we all here to wish we didnt need the meds, but to have some quality life we depend on them to get most of us through most of the day.

remember you have choices, and if you are not happy with your medical care unit, always get another opinion, i have just had to do this and thank god i did, i do hope you can get this all sorted im sure you will, i can feel your frustration becuase i understand how hard it is to wait to get things right, and this is very difficult when you are suffering in chronic pain and have sleep deprivation.

Im sure there will be plenty of people on this forum who will be able to give you some better suggestions.
Try keep your chin up, it will improve right!try stay positive,
Your lucky you have a wonderful wife who is supportive and stands by you and loves you dearly.

We are hear as a group to listen and supoort each other anytime .
Hope your having a relativley pain free day.

Land Down Under -Australia

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   Posted 12/13/2009 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, InPainToo,
I want to welcome you to the chronic pain forum of Healing Well. Sorry you have reason to be here. I've also had failed back surgery, after a bad fall, so I know what it feels like. I'm assuming you tried a lot of other modalities first like physical therapy, maybe even acupuncture. Even though we still have pain, most of us have to use a variety of strategies to manage the pain, and having to struggle to make peace with the fact that it likely will never go away completely.

With your history you would have difficulty with any other medications that might trigger a relapse, but fortunately methadone is being used for pain more and more frequently. It's possible you need a dosage adjustment. And I think as Jim had mentioned in your other thread, consideration of medications like cymbalta (an anti-depressant that helps with pain and depression) could be very useful. Seeing an Addictionologist would probably be best for you, because they can pull from all the medications that won't lead to a relapse.

A lot of people mistakenly think anyone who takes opiates becomes addicted, but that's different from dependence. However, in your case things could be different because of the physiology of many of the opiates. I can understand your wife's concern, but perhaps having her come to your physician with you might help. Understanding how methadone works in the body can be important, and may help ease her fears.

I don't know if any of this helps much, but thought I'd toss out some ideas. Also, some relaxation strategies which you can learn on your own or through seeing a therapist (psychologist, clinical social worker, etc.) who's trained in dealing with chronic pain can also be very helpful in teaching you many of these non-pharmaceutical methods.

Again, welcome.


White Beard
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   Posted 12/13/2009 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Jn Pain Too

Welcome to our Chronic Pain Forum, sounds like you have some major pain issues with your back! Sorry your having such a problem with the back pain but you have come to the right place for support! There are a few people here that are on Methadone to control their pain, they seem to be having pretty good luck with it! But everyone is so different what works well for one person doesn't work at all for the next! And then getting the dosage right is an entirely different problem! Anyway are you seeing a Pain Specialist that manages your pain? If not I would highly recommend that you ask your PCP for a a referral to one. They can do so much to control your pain, not just with medications either. Share as much about yourself and your condition and treatment as you are comfortable with! I am glad you have found us, and again I Welcome you to our family!!

I wish you well!

White Beard

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2976
   Posted 12/13/2009 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi In Pain Too,

Just wanted to add my welcome! This is a truly wonderful place for support! Welcome to the group!


Stella Marie
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Date Joined May 2005
Total Posts : 601
   Posted 12/14/2009 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Here is another welcome. I am sure you will find many forum members who sufferred from different forms of failed back syndrome that will be glad to share their experiences.

I have a pain pump and it has done a fantastic job controlling my pain levels. You might want to get a second option about your current therapy. Also consider asking whether in Intrathecal Pain Pump might better help manage your pain. Their are several previous threads on Pumps. You can use the search feature to search on: Pain Pumps or Intrathercal Pumps to read what members have said in past inquiries.

Keep up posted.

Stella Marie

 Moderator for Chronic Pain and Epilepsy

Rare neurodegenerative /movement disorder called “Multiple System Atrophy”.  Mobility issues,, neuropathic pain,  spasticity, central apnea, collagenous colitis, joint and body pain, swallowing and respitory  involvement,  Implants: intrathecal pump  & neurostimulator.  Extra features: O2 & wheelchair


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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 12/14/2009 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi In Pain Too,
I have only been on the forum for a few days now. Welcome. I am sorry you are having back pain. I have been having a lot of that of late. Take care and again welcome
Happy Puppy

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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 33
   Posted 12/14/2009 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, I am new here as well. It seems this site has given me alot of help. Im glad your partner is coming around. Alot of people relate other things to chronic pain. There is no problem with not wanting to be in AS much pain, especially with CP.

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