Hi...and glad that you found us...This place has helped me, and others, so much. Just having the support is amazing. And we all have a story to tell, and believe me...they vary from one end to the other. The one thing we all have in common? PAIN!! Different levels, different types of course, but it's all the same. I have had Lower back troubles since I was about 20 and I'm 42 now...that's a long time... and I didn't know about PM Dr.'s until about 6 years ago... so until then I never had continuous pain relief. I love my Dr.'s!!! If it weren't for them I'd be in a very bad place..
Anyway, here's my story about my pain meds: I take 120 mg. Methadone a day along with 30 mg. Oxycodone IR up to 4 times a day for the breakthrough pain... the methadone helps me with the around the clock pain (most of it anyway) but I still need to take the BT meds. Some PM Docs don't like to give BT meds...why? I have no idea. So, I have been on a multitude of narcotics through the years and methadone...so far helps the best... I am going to be trying something different after January 1...Opana ER. I have heard mixed reviews about it, but have been on Methadone for over 6 years and I think I need to change it up. It will help since I have built up a tolerance.
Make sure that you talk to your Dr. about needing something for the long-term pain because taking Vicodin will only help you for a few hours. Good Luck.
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
I too would like to welcome you to Healing Well. I am so glad that you found us but always hate to see another new person come along that is stricken with CP. From reading your post you are a veteran when it comes to the pain dept, so unfair for someone your age to be afflicted with something that most tend to think only happens to the older folk.
Chutz really gave some wonderful input for you to consider. I do hope you have a good PM that will help take care of you. I am sure it is difficult getting a dr to understand that someone your age is having horrible pain. It is like being in a catch 22. Like she says if we go in to a dr and ask for a certain pain medication that pretty much writes your ticket out of that office. All of us here could say what pain medication we take, but since we metabolize medicine differenty, what may work for one person may have no effect on another. It would be great if you could get a long acting medication and then something else for break thru pain.
Uniquely Me is our lead person here on Methadone. She has been on it a long time and really knows the ins & outs for it. But, it is a drug that really should be used as a last resort since there are so many other potential meds that are effective.it can be a wonderful pain erliever no doubt. It has the half life time that has to be dealt with. Another thing about it is it should only be used as a long term medicatrion. It is not for short term use.
I hope you are able to get some real relief soon. Take care and keep us posted on how you are doing.