I too would like to welcome you to Healing Well. I am so glad that you found us but always hate to see another new person come along that is stricken with CP. From reading your post you are a veteran when it comes to the pain dept, so unfair for someone your age to be afflicted with something that most tend to think only happens to the older folk.
Chutz really gave some wonderful input for you to consider. I do hope you have a good PM that will help take care of you. I am sure it is difficult getting a dr to understand that someone your age is having horrible pain. It is like being in a catch 22. Like she says if we go in to a dr and ask for a certain pain medication that pretty much writes your ticket out of that office. All of us here could say what pain medication we take, but since we metabolize medicine differenty, what may work for one person may have no effect on another. It would be great if you could get a long acting medication and then something else for break thru pain.
Uniquely Me is our lead person here on Methadone. She has been on it a long time and really knows the ins & outs for it. But, it is a drug that really should be used as a last resort since there are so many other potential meds that are effective.it can be a wonderful pain erliever no doubt. It has the half life time that has to be dealt with. Another thing about it is it should only be used as a long term medicatrion. It is not for short term use.
I hope you are able to get some real relief soon. Take care and keep us posted on how you are doing.
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.