Hi and Welcome....I have been taking Methadone for well over 6 years and I'm not dead yet!! I honestly have NEVER heard of it killing you because it builds up in your system....but then again, I am not a Dr. so......... but it does have some adverse effects... Like, you should be careful with your teeth. For some reason, the people I know that take it long term have issues with their teeth. Also, the constipation....but we all know about that here.
I don't think I would say it was a Last resort. I know that with me it works better then Morphine. I also know that it is being used more and more these days for CP.
Every pain med has it's drawbacks. Methadone seems to get the worst of it because of Anna Nicole Smith, but she was taking many other drugs too.
I am a Methadone Advocate, so I will say good things about it forever.... It literally saved my life....I was bad off with the pain until I started taking it. And even though I am about to change to Opana ER, I will always be an Advocate for Methadone.
With any Pain med. that is taken for very long periods of time you have to worry about building up a tolerance. And after many years I feel like I need to switch things up a bit. I want to get the maximum pain relief from whatever I take.
So, I hope that your stimulator works well for you and I'm so happy that you don't need as much pain meds as before... We should all be so lucky...
I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/ 30 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 35 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen