I have taken Methadone twice for pain control, and both times it worked well, however, I never got past the dopey-ness that comes with Methadone. It does take time for it to build to a level in your body, but I don't know about
6-7 weeks. It has a long half life, so titration up and down needs to be done carefully and you need to be aware of your body's reactions to it, and your doctor needs to keep a close eye on your titration.
Methadone is usually taken twice or three times a day, with a breakthrough med if needed.
It does have a lot of interactions with other prescript
ion meds, so you need to keep an eye on that, as well as your doctor and make sure that you make any caregivers/doctors aware of any meds you are taking, including herbs or supplements to make sure that you don't take something that could interact badly with the methadone.
It's also one of the cheapest pain meds out there, so that's always a plus when it comes to our finances, or at least mine.
Best of luck to you,
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..