The doctor didn't give you a schedule for changing over? The methadone has a long half life, so I would call the doctor back in the morning and ask him when you are to start taking the MS Contin instead of the Methadone. Methadone can stay in the system somewhere between 72 and 120 hours I believe. I can look it up for you if you'd like?
When I went off Methadone, I had to not take any meds for two days, and then slowly start with my new med, allowing for time for the Methadone to leave my system.
I wouldn't start the MS Contin, at least until I'd spoken to the doctor, not the nurse or nurse practioner either. She may not be up to date on Methadone and we all know that it is not like other opiates.
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.