I think that Pamela's point is very valid - methadone is the black sheep of opioids.
I have a VERY high tolerance to opioids, as with Skeye.
However, while my pain doctor was putting me at or near the maximum dosages for most of the stuff he tried, I started at 10mg x3/Day with Methadone. He tried to explain it to me, but my brain was so befuddled at the time that I haven't even the tiniest understanding of what he said. I can always ask again though, and my curiosity is peaked. Now I just have to remember it between now and next appointment. Recently he moved me to 20/10/20 for a total of 50mg /day. And that change wasn't at my request for pain breakthrough or anything; I don't know why he made the change.
Why the low dose of Methadone? No idea; but I also think Methadone is somehow different
Pamela, Rhonda, All
"My doctor doesn't talk." Whoaaaa! Then change your doctor, not your medication.
I TRUST my pain doctor and his plan
for my treatment. If I thought I was running the show and knew more than, or even as much as, my doctor I'd be changing real quicklike. I have to agree with that plan, but he comes up with it, explains it and asks for my input. I'm beginning to believe I have really
lucked out with my doctors.
I also TRUST my Podiatrist and Gastroenterologist as well. I've changed from a different GE who I never met but whose office staff I couldn't tolerate and I've change a PCP because of how he acted.
Is part of the problem that the doctors aren't as UP on the medications as they should be?
I know I'll not change medications without the suggestion coming from the doctor unless I'm totally convinced that I should be changing doctors, first. And be on my way towards remedying that.
(Edit: added sentences on methadone being 'different'])
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Post Edited (TonyMcGuire) : 4/12/2009 10:19:54 AM (GMT-6)