Posted 8/12/2014 4:19 AM (GMT -8)
Hardly a week goes by that I'm not asked how I maintain on such low dose opiate therapy after years of high use methadone. I think this is the perfect time with all our post-op spinal members to talk about just how I do that.
13 years of methadone use sometimes at extremely high dosing and for those of you who followed my battle recall how difficult getting off was. It was doing nothing more after that length of time but robbing me of my self and endangering my overall health. After getting down to a minimum dose with butrans onboard I began MS contin at 15mgs twice a day and could have up to 4 hydrocodone 10mgs a day b/t. Slept a lot at first, had some itching, headache issues but eventually they all got better. I started researching other modalities and non-narcotic meds as well as diets since the methadone carried a great urge for sweets I needed to shed all those little Debbie's cakes I had consumed that stayed with me!
I worked closely with my PM and found that the Voltaren gel worked better supplemented with the oral pill 3 months on, 2 off and so on. I also make biweekly trips to the hydropool and sometimes 3 if I'm especially in pain. I have an awesome therapist that works with cognitive behavior in chronic illnesses and found distraction therapy to my liking. I occasionally use steroid injections if my knees are giving me added issues but do not do spinal injections anylonger, the risk was greater then the relief here. I have a Tens but rarely use it and get more relief from heating pads. I have a tempurpedic mattress but much prefer my recliner for sleeping which I do little of so some of you say!! Lol
My PM also made me an appointment with a nutritionist and I had tried several diets and gained more then lost!!
Didn't have too much faith in how what I was eating was going to lower my pain any but as we say, try anything pretty much. She wasn't pushy about dieting and eating all healthy bland food at all! Gave me actually some homework and reading. This is the basic information.
Amino Acids : body produces them. Necessary for our own pain relievers to be produced and to what degree they function. Endorphins and neurotransmitters have to have amino acids and the more present the more powerful the Endorphins. Also responsible for new bone and muscle growth and health? Really?
Fatty acids? Omega 3 the polyunsaturated fats we've been pushed to eliminate from our diets? Or to at least moderate? Helpful for neuropathy and neuropathic pain relief associated with sciatica and migraines, cluster headaches.
Im currently on an Omega 3 vitamin supplement, fish oil, as I abhor all kinds of seafood's and have never eaten them. I'm also on a high protein diet, mostly meat, beef, lamb, pork, I again steer away from seafood but eat green leafy vegetables which are less potent as far as protein but I eat them a lot. Beans, peanuts also a good source, eggs another of I've never eaten them! I know use to batter meats I'm cooking and include in other foods I prep.
That's all the changes as far as dietary she felt was needed and I saw improvement in my sciatica as early as a week after increasing my amino acids and started omega 3.
I'm nolonger on the 2nd MS dose and the hydrocodone is nolonger needed at all.
I just wanted to share this with you all, clear up facts and let you know what I found about dietary requirements and changes that could have a profound effect for one of you to.