I'm with you, its a real drag. I'm allergic to methadone, so I don't take it. I also won't take it due to skeletal problems it causes and the fact that it is harder to kick than heroin and more life-threatening to kick. This is something you need to research and know about. I've been in several institutions and have seen several people nearly die from trying to quit methadone and the doctors told us that they would have rather have weaned them from heroin. I know many people who have had serious problems from it. It is a crime our narcophobic society is commiting against the ill and disabled.
That being said, I understand it greatly helps. I have a new respect for strong topical arthritis creams, and I use them liberally. They may burn, but they do take away the pain. There are some good topical patches with strong amounts of camphor and the like and they work great if you want longer relief. I use them liberally. Absorbine horse linamint and other horse linaments work even better than the stuff for humans and are made much better. Also, shots of cortisone into the joints help me. Glucosamine, chondroiton and especially MSM overthe counter supplements help pain, repair joints and add fluid. My horses used to get super shots of chondrointin in their stifles when they had probems there and with three big shots, the joints were repaired and cartilage rebuilt.
Then again, I feel if it hurts, don't do it. I know docs say that exercise improves it, but if you have bone spurs, the movement of the joint wears away the cartilage and really damages the joint. So resting up and taking supplements and topicals are good and shouldn't be too harmful, then wrapping the knees or wearing knee braces are good. You can use ace bandages or horse bandages, whatever is cheaper.
If its good enough for million dollar race horses, I say I'm worth it. I may not be running the triple crown, but I do like to try to maintain my joints as long as I can.
Do you get heat in your joints? Are they hot? Running them under cool water (we used the hose for horses but however you can do it, really takes the heat out. Then apply the liniment and bandage. Take the supplements, stay off it with mild movement until they start to work. That's the script we used for the horses.
Also, your shoes could be the real culprit. Good arch supports and well fitting shoes can definitely help, you can try a good pair of sneakers or running shoes for a while or put gel inserts or other types with good support and see if it helps.
And if all else fails, then you have the pain meds too. I worry about anyone on methadone. They give it to so many people who know nothing about it and treat it like any other type of pain killer. Several documentaries have been made about it and I just feel that drugs like ultram (another non-narcotic) taken regularly every day is very effective, and toradol is as strong as morphine. Then regular old narcotics are also appropriate. Maybe try a second opinioin if your pain management doc wants you to stay on methadone long term. Some docs just care more about their liability than they do about their patients longterm well-being. If you have a serious illness and are in pain, you have a right to safe, healthy medication.
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
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