Methadone is an excellent pain reliever. You will probably experience some side effects with it, usually sleepiness will subside within a few weeks once your body acclimates to it. It has a really long half life, which means that the dose stays in your body longer than other opiate pain medications, so you need to be very careful when it comes to making sure that you take only the amount prescribed and only as often as prescribed. Doing anything other than that can cause you to overdose.
Methadone withdrawal is not as bad as some say, although it is more prolonged. Usually with opiate pain medications, the worst of the withdrawal is usually over in 3-5 days, with methadone, because of it's long half life, withdrawal can be more prolonged.
As I said earlier, it is an excellent pain medication , but it is usually prescribed for someone who has tried many other opiate pain medications and not gotten good pain relief.
Have you been on other opiate pain meds? If so, what ones? Methadone should not be an early choice for a patient who is not opiate tolerant, and by that I mean, having been on other strong pain medications for some time.
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.
Avascular necrosis of left wrist- maybe hips too