Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 12/21/2009 1:15:41 PM (GMT-7)
Hey Jag....Methadone might be your answer...even if insurance won't cover it which they usually do with a PA it only costs about 55.00 for 360 tablets....that's really cheap considering how well it works... I know because I take it. Another thing is Opana ER...it's usually covered also...I haven't tried it yet but I may be trying it after the new year... I have been on Methadone for over 6 years and it works great...I also take Oxycodone IR 30 mg. 4 times a day for the BT pain...I can't believe that you only take the 5 mg. ones....that's like eating PEZ to 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
My meds were doing ok with pain management until the weather changed. I have some days where it works but any kind of front (which there have been alot) moves through and I am taking everything prescribed plus tylenol and my pain levels are too high.
White Beard, I think you are onto something with the oxycontin not lasting long enough cause I take it around 8am & 8pm but by 3 in the afternoon the pain gets really bad and even the oxycodone doesn't cut it enough.
I use Medco for my prescription meds so I will check their website to see about any generic ER meds available.
The Avinza I was using was to be taken 1 daily. It wasn't lasting long enough so doc had me try 2xday and that was too much. Got very nauseated & light headed. Couldn't do anything but lay down and wait for it to get out of my system.