Hi...and glad that you found us...This place has helped me, and others, so much. Just having the support is amazing. And we all have a story to tell, and believe me...they vary from one end to the other. The one thing we all have in common? PAIN!! Different levels, different types of course, but it's all the same. I have had Lower back troubles since I was about 20 and I'm 42 now...that's a long time... and I didn't know about PM Dr.'s until about 6 years ago... so until then I never had continuous pain relief. I love my Dr.'s!!! If it weren't for them I'd be in a very bad place..
Anyway, here's my story about my pain meds: I take 120 mg. Methadone a day along with 30 mg. Oxycodone IR up to 4 times a day for the breakthrough pain... the methadone helps me with the around the clock pain (most of it anyway) but I still need to take the BT meds. Some PM Docs don't like to give BT meds...why? I have no idea. So, I have been on a multitude of narcotics through the years and methadone...so far helps the best... I am going to be trying something different after January 1...Opana ER. I have heard mixed reviews about it, but have been on Methadone for over 6 years and I think I need to change it up. It will help since I have built up a tolerance.
Make sure that you talk to your Dr. about needing something for the long-term pain because taking Vicodin will only help you for a few hours. Good Luck.
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