Methadone week 6

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 9/18/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all!  I hope you all are doing great.  I hope your pain levels are a 3 and below!  Well I am on week 6 now with the methadone.  I am having trouble with breakthrough pain and severe constipation.  I have had issues with constipation before when I start other meds but it usually corrects itself a few weeks in.  I am a bit concerned because the constipation has gotten worse with time.  Also I have breakthrough pain which I have told you in earlier post my PM doc does not believe in prescribing b/t meds with methadone.  The methadone works ok for constant pain but during activities or work my pain breaks  through and I just have to deal with it.  I mowed the grass a few days ago and hurt bad until the next day.  Also I was vacuming and my pain broke though.  I just had to deal with it then as well.  The methadone does last longer than any long acting med I have taken in the past.  As I said before I was on oxycontin and oxycodone before and now I am on just methadone 50mgs a day.  I am going to see my PM next week.  I will tell him whats going on.  I am afraid he will just say lets just up your dose of methadone.  If I am having bad constipation now I would imagine more of the medicine that is causing constipation will mean more or worse constipation.  The best medicine I have ever taken as far as side effect go was the oxycodone products.  Does anyone know of something I can do for the constipation and breakthrough pain?  I have taken mirilax (which usually works like a charm for me), fleets supository, dulcolax, and sinikot and been drinking plenty of water.  Sometimes I get a small bowal movement but not a full one.  Now i am at the point my back side actually hurts from trying so much.  My stomach hurts as well from not going.  I have also taken advil for breakthrough (pm doc does not give b/t med with methadone) but it doesnt help that much.  I am so tired of thinking I have found a good treatment for my pain and finding out later the side effects suck.  I am so tired of all of this.  I am sure you all understand.  I also wish I could find a PM doc that listens to me and does whats best for me not whats best for him/her.  I have also tried swimming every day to try and help with the pain.  This is actually helping and my doc approves.  I thank all of you for reading and hope I dont sound like I am ranting.  Have a good day!

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   Posted 9/18/2009 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
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1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
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