OK, when I moved to SC, I got a new GP and I really like him. He actually hears me when I talk to him. Anyway, as some of you know, I am a recovering addict, so I decided to try methadone maintenance because I was in so much pain that my old GP in CA put me on Vicodin. I didn't want to fall back into old habits. The methadone blocks the euphoric effects of the Vicodin, but I still get pain relief from it...or so I thought.
Obviously, I have a new methadone clinic, too, and this place is amazing! It's nothing like what most people think of when they hear the words, 'methadone clinic.' I actually have a counselor who hears me, too. He explained that the Vicodin isn't really helping me because the methadone blocks all the effects of the Vicodin. So, why the hell have I been taking it for the last 6 months? Because I thought it was helping. But, it does make sense considering I am still in horrible pain all the time.
So, my new GP and my methadone clinic all talked to each other and I decided to increase my dose of Neurontin (to 600mg twice a day), stop taking the Vicodin, and gradually increase my methadone to see if I can get some pain relief that way. BTW-right now, I'm on such a low dose of methadone, I don't get any pain relief from it. Oh, I'm also gonna take 800mg of ibuprofen 3 times a day.
I'm kind of happy about this, because it was my decision. Because of my past, it's better (even psychologically) for me not to take the Vicodin because that was my "drug of choice." BTW-I'll be sober 12 years next month!
I do want to make it clear that I don't think that anyone who takes opiates for pain is a "bad person." I know that a lot of people here need to take them, and I think that whatever works for you is the best thing for you. I am the last person to ever condemn anyone for taking pain meds. I just don't roll that way. No one else has to live in your body except you.
OK, I'll get off my soapbox now (OMG, that hurts!).
Also, if the pain gets worse, I will try and find another route to relieve it. Actually, my GP wants me to try Lyrica. I know that a lot of people have side effects from it, but I think I'd try it-I just can't afford it. I am so sick of all this disability bull****. There has got to be a better way for our country to help its middle class. Oops! Sorry, I guess I'm still on the stairs of my soapbox!
Anyway, I'll let y'all know how this new protocol works for me. Thanks for letting me babble!
FINALLY dxd with fibro on 06/13/08
Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what? Doesn't help!)
Chantix (quit smoking 08/29/08)
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
Post Edited (kelly71) : 11/21/2008 9:45:59 AM (GMT-7)