Stray is right, it does sound like muscle spasms. I used xanaflex for a while after my first surgery and it did pretty well but has to be taken regularly to get the best result. When it stopped working so well and they had increased my dose a few times, we switched over to baclofen. It also works pretty well. I get them alot, especially in my lower back and the front and back of my thighs, to the point that they almost put me on the floor when they hit.....so I understand.
I'm sure that most of us here do too.
I tried methadone not long ago and was so sleepy, and would fall asleep at the drop of a hat. Not good with two little guys 7 and 8.....and two teens who are more interested in cell phones than keeping an eye on their brothers....LOL
Anyway, there are several other meds that you could try.......have you given Opana a try? Some report excellent results with it, and there are still others. I know that you said that the methadone works best for you, but if it comes to a point where it is not cutting it anymore, before you decide to go the pump route, try some of the other , newer and some of the older meds. You might be surprised at the results.
I was told that it was time for me to consider a pump too, but I'm not ready to go that route.....
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..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.