First off, let me make it very clear, no one in this forum will ever judge you or anyone else about
their pain medications. My initial comment about
being on Methadone is because of the CDC & NIH targeted Methadone being rx'd for pain & they want drs to stop rxing it. Chronic pain patients have that certain stigma attached to them because we do require medication to function. One of the biggest problems with Methadone is this, drs were prescribing a drug for pain that they knew nothing about
!! Many PM drs were putting patients on it because they were abusing their medications, they felt Methadone would be a great deterrent for those patients. I am not pointing a finger at you & saying this was your situation. You had a PM dr that was just what you said, not a good dr. The next angle is its cheap & works on pain.
Our regular drs such as surgeons, PCP's & PM drs know nothing about
Methadone, I mean nothing. I know of situations where surgeons have refused to do surgery on patients as long as they are on Methadone. Why, because they do not know how to manage the post op pain & anesthesiologists do not know a thing about
it either. For them the risks are too great. Methadone has a completely different way of working than a regular opioid for pain & these drs are clueless about
this. This is why so many patients end up having tremendous issues trying to get off of it. The issue with it affecting the heart is a very real, hearing loss issues, destroying teeth & many other things. I do urge you to have your heart checked out by a cardiologist. In the archives here at HW there are lots of posts about
what happened to members that were on Methadone for pain.
You have a lot going on & I do hope that your drs can come up with a plan to help you. Your quality of life is not good & you are are too young to have to stay on this path.
Keep us posted on how you are doing. By the way since you posted this week we have members named Navy & Bott that are new to HW. Both have SCS units and are getting theirs removed.
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Post Edited (straydog) : 11/9/2017 9:42:51 AM (GMT-7)