anyone know anything about methodone??

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   Posted 9/8/2008 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
After trying every long acting pain med, which ALL made me sick, dizzy and felt like puking. My doctor had mentioned that this drug methodone takes 6-7 weeks to get into your system, and the same 6-7 weeks to get out. Some people claim it works great without the feeling of the drug when first taken for the day.
I dont know, if anyone has had any past experience about it, I would love to hear it.I'm just bso sick of taking pills all day because the last one wore off and now I have to start from the beggining again to get some relief
Thanks for any replies!!!!!!! idea
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   Posted 9/9/2008 3:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Mike - I have been on just about every narcotic there is, unfortunately.  I've been on Methadone a couple of times, to be used for long-lasting pain relief (and then always had a med for breakthrough pain). 
I did NOT get much relief from Methadone myself.  They kept titrating my dose up and up - and even with that, my pain wasn't covered and so forth.  I say this not to discourage you, but to share my own experience.  I've read on here that some pople have a hard time getting off of Methadone.  I was easily able to transition to another opiod; but I would check your doc's advice on that. 
It is such a frustrating cycle to try to find the right medications - not only ones that work right, but that don't have miserable side-effects and that your insurance will pay for.  That's why - after a LONG 5 year journey - I'm going in to get the drug  pump.  I'm tired of having to  watch the clock ir order to take my medss, etc.  I just want to be free from ALLL of this.
Don't know if anything I said "helped" turn   But I do hope and pray that you find the right meds that work o=for you.\
(please forgive all spelling/grammar mistakes;I shouldn't even be on here at this hour!!)

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   Posted 9/9/2008 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
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 prescription 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,
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   Posted 9/9/2008 11:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Just Wanted To Say Thanks To mrsm123 andmomto6boys for thier replies.

It seems like this med has the same type of life as some of the other long term meds. By increasing slowly and trying to get off the medication is a horrendouse part as well.

Im just so sick of these kind of meds to find out if they make me sick or too eeak and then by 4-5 weeks later you get where you should be, and thats when I start to feel like crap and so an agony withdrawl starts to kick in because of the time.

I wish you luck on your pump, It seems more people i have read about have less problems with that proccedure that in years past, so thats a plus!

Also sandi Make sure you do think twice about that scs, I had one put in about a year ago and man did I want that thing out as soon as possible. They tried changing the settings 6 or 7 times and all it did was kepts shocking my ass very strongly and the parts of my foot that was not the erea where we wanted the range to go. Not that it doesnt work for some people, but I have met more people that it didnt work for that did

Hope Everone Has A Pain Free Day!!!!!!!

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   Posted 9/10/2008 2:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I took it for a month. I found it controlled my pain, but made me feel strange, sort of paranoid. I just didn't feel myself. I had been on Oxycontin with no problems, but had to change when my new insurance wouldn't cover it. I eventually got it covered. Everyone's different. I did a lot of reading online at the time I was taking Methadone, and I read a lot of positive experiences. Good luck, Mike.

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 9/10/2008 4:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm prescribed 12 Methadone a day, but I take ten. I NEED 12, but I'm afraid to
take them because there will come a day when I have to go off it for one reason or
I believe it blocks Narcotic medications should we need a surgery. That's real scary.
I read a lot of things. I don't know who to believe.
I'm afraid to complain to my Pain Doctor. If I tell him the true extent of my pain,
he'll send me to a Neurosurgeon and that could put me in a much worse place than
I'm in now. Ever hear of failed back surgery?
It does take awhile for Methadone to start working. I remember calling my Pain
Doctor when I first started. I'd cry and carry on. It did me no good at all on the
Many doctors do not know about Methadone. Some who live in the dark ages think
it's only for Heroin Addicts withdrawl symptoms. I had to go to ER with a serious
infection not long ago. (Terrible. I thought I was going to die) The ER docs saw
that I was taking Methadone and there was no Demerol for me.
If I was offered it again, I'd takele it. Oxycontin does nothing. Strong Morphine
doesn't touch it. (The Morphine problem is another post.) Not many people would
be interested in what happened so ask if you want to know. (or anyone else)
Good luck,
Pamela nono

Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 9/14/2008 11:15:12 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/10/2008 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
excellent replies from everyone I thank you. After hearing all of them I think I'm going to stick with my dilaudid for a little while longer and see where that brings me along with P.T
Pamela, Iwould be more than interested in hearing your morhpine experience, since I have such a horrendous experience of my own!
I had just recently had two 4 and a half hour long surgerys on back to back fridays to get the12 lead spinal cord stimulator in my back. It was just a miserable hell experience. Anyway the dr. gave me some morphine to take home and if anything comes up him...the usual. Well I was in soooo uch pain that I went through my script quicker that he liked. 4 or 5 days early on a month prescription so I call him and told him I was out and in heavy pain and needed my script filled a little early...and he just plainly said no.... So I had my wife call and explain how much pain I was in,therefore the shortage of pills and basically told her to take me to the er....... By the time I got there I was in maximum withdrawals and they called my doctors and he still refused to allow a script so the hospital said were not equipt to handle someone like you. So after 2 diludid shot over the course of 10 hours they shipped me to a stae run detox center for a week and a half, and In my life i never have been so sick with withdrawls from morphine,cymbalta,lyrica all at once.I didnt eat not one time for6 days I was in there and just complained about my headache and stomache ache It was the worst time EVER in my life and i will NEVER forget it for as long as i LIVE.......
Sorry I got carried away, but when something hits you so hard you just cant help it
Hope Everyone Has A Pain Free Day
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   Posted 9/11/2008 1:46 AM (GMT -6)   

Mike I just read your post, matter of fact I have read it a couple of times. I am floored that the hospital sent you to the detox hospital. Have you let your moron dr know what took place after he refused to give you a refilll? If not, I believe I would have to make an appt and take my wife with me as a witness and let this idiot know what happened all because he refused a refill. There is no excuse for that. Now, that you are out of the detox place what meds are you taking? Are you seeing a pain mgt dr or what? Sorry for so many questions. I don't know your situation at all, but if possible I would be looking for another dr. No one should ever be put in the mess you were put in.

My neighbor has been on Methadone for about 3-4 yrs now for CP. She has done very well with it. I know Pam thinks having surgery while on Methadone is not possible, but thats not true. Unfortunately, my neighbor has had to have many surgeries while being on Methadone. I was tried on Methadone but could not tolerate it. I do know it can be a very good pain reliever, but its like any other meds, may work well for some but not everyone. I do know if anyone is considering Methadone it should not be given for short term use, long term use only. From what I have read about Methadone, its one of those drugs that slowly builds up in your system and a certain amount stays in the system.  The people that have overdosed on it, were the ones that did not take it exactly as scripted and took too much thinking an extra pill would help. I know of a lady that has debilitating migraine headaches and spent most of her time in ER getting shots to knock her out. Her dr finally tried her on Methadone and she is able to function now, where before she couldn't. It is possible to get off Methadone but its a long drawn out process.

Since the SCS did not work for you, what are the drs proposing to do for you now? I sure hope you get some real help soon. Susie

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   Posted 9/11/2008 2:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Mike, your experience sends shivers down my twisted spine. I'm becoming so jaded with doctors. There are good and bad in everything, yet from my experience, most doctors don't seem to care. I'm sorry you had to suffer as you did. That sounds like patient abandonment to me. I swear, some of these docs have a sadistic streak in them.

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   Posted 9/13/2008 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   


I am currently on a combo of methadone and roxicodone and it seems to be the best combo for me that I have been on so far.

There are pros and cons to all meds, so just make sure to do your research.  And I agree with one of the above posts that methadone should not be used as a short-term med cause of the long half-life and how long it takes to taper off properly.

For me, it has helped SOOOO much!!  It is a great long-acting med and in combination with the roxicodone, it works quite well for me.

Best of luck in whatever you choose to do ....


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   Posted 9/14/2008 1:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Thamks H. W. with allyour great or interesting(more like it)Stories.
When it was all said and done about the withdrawrals we met him for more conseltations and just expresse It was one of th hardesest things he has evrdone, but he did'nt know me well enough to extend.We forgave him because I was so deperate for some closuer of miricle or make it beter and got anoyther name,Boston Pain Clinic.It is mt final medical rehab place for me. There all for mind,body, and pain. There is no B.S. here. It is top quality doctors and medication advisers. Urine samples are taken every week until they get to know you, and then its every other week. If you follow the rules here ,they will treat you like a human being and not some addict off the the street.

I always think that just because my SCS didnt work for me dont mean it wont work for you.

Theres no reason to be negetive all the time instead of just listening to life and warm your heart that your not in pain!!!!!!

Hope Everyone Has A Pain Free Day!!!!!

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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 9/14/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
My Morphine Experience:
The Oxycontin didn't work so my doctor put me on some strong Morphine.
I could only take one Morphine pill a day. Well, I took that ONE pill and
the pain continued on realllllly bad. I couldn't do anything else. It wasn't
safe to take anything else. The ER couldn't help me. This scenario went
on for about three days and then the AHA. I was detoxing too fast off
Mike, your story is very scary. It may be that the DEA was looking over
the shoulder of the doctor who prescribed the Morphine. That doesn't mean
he's an ok doctor -- just a possible explanation.
I guess we have to toe the line when taking our pain meds. Even at that, we
can still run into problems.
Pamela Neckpain nono

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   Posted 9/15/2008 12:56 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Straydog,

sorry I took so much time to get to your question. I've been out of the detox ctr for about a little over a year. While I was in there I recieved no meds that I was taking before I went into there(like morphinex6pd ,lyrica75mgx3,cymbalta60mgx2pd).....

I never got one pill while I was in there so its like a tripple withdrawal

that nobody gives a flying f__k about.

Now that the scs did'nt work I had that out asap, Igot introduced to a nuerosergeon. She basicaly gave me the shmeal about nerves that run along the side of my leg. So tomake a long story short within a week or so Im in the O.R .  again cutting out one of my side nerves, which did zero except start up my crps again. So Somehow at the time it made sence to go in there again on the other side and cut 2 more.Well after 2-3 weeks later there i was In my nightgown getting sliced and cut AGAIN trying to relieve the crps in my foot exept this one shocked my leg and foot into major crps to the point I dont know!!I was just floored how bad it was.
Both times I had to stay over night because I had a epidural in my back and not to remove it until right before I go home. mad
Anyway after crying a few days and seeing my primary, my nuerosergeon recommended me to this new place in Waltham Ma. and I've been going there ever sence. They are fantastic, with thier approch is not just meds, but have to talk to people even if you dont want to because its part of the whole concept and a P.T. in the building and they really have thier crap together, alot better than any other place I've been to and that ia 3 others. so susie sorry to chew your ear off again, but thse miserable things are certinally never easy!!!!!!!!!!! skull
I guess thats most of it, cry
I Hope Everyone Has A Pain Free Day!!!!!
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