I am on several medications for pain, allergies & the normal stuff most people are on when they turn 50. My medicines are listed in a prior post. Until last month, I was on methadone among other things. I asked to give my body a break from the methadone because I was exhausted all the time. We went back to oxycodone (slowly) & I still had 2 days I was miserable & that is an understtement. I want to go off the muscle relaxers, the wellbuterin,neurotin, xannax. I want one drug that can take the place of all these. I doNOT want to go back to methadone but the oxycodone is not helping the pain. I have complex sleep apnea & now chronic gastritis from all the meds. If anyone can think of a drug that I can talk with my pain doc, please let me know. You can do a search for eyes on the sky to see the list of meds. Please help me get rid of half this stuff & find something besides methadone to control pain in between all the shots. God bless each of you for any input!
Dear Eyes, I am reasonably sure that there is not 1 drug that is going to replace the ones you want to stop. For one thing, they are different types of medications designed to do specific things, to relax the muscles, to elevate your mood, for nerve pain and to calm you. You may need to taper off the Wellbutrin and the Xanax, and possibly the 2 others as well but those 2 for sure. Methadone is ( if properly used) the safest long acting pain med there is. Think of it this way, say you used a rubber band to close something ,then you stretched out the rubber band and then you wanted it to close something up after you had stretched it out, you would have to wrap the band several times to get it tight around whatever you had closed up before you stretched that band out.
The brain receptors are similar to that in the fact they got used to a long and broad acting opiate, and the oxycodone isn't strong enough to do what you need it to at this point. I know the fentanyl patch and mscontin are long acting pain meds, not sure of whether they are suitable for you while you are on the other medications. Your doctor should guide you and your pharmacist may be able to tell you of alternate meds you can discuss with the doctor for you to try.
Dear "eyes on the sky" ! I first read your post, complete with your drug list, yesterday & it just blew me away. Can you not understand , that you have been blanketed and used by several of the medical profession ,totally and unscrupulosly, to pay for thier Boats , New Cars , New Houses , Kids Education. "In this situation , If anyone who cares , hasn't yet read this Womans drug list, please go back and do so"! "Blanketing a Human"! means simply... scrambeling ones brain and ability to think ,on an assortment of drugs, and then covering it all up with false reports.documents, and the like.It was done a lot in the military hospitals & clinics, to military wounded, with access to money. I have a friend (ex. Military) who's doing double life for a 21 yr. old murder that niether He nor anyone else is even sure He comitted. As an experiment THEY, even parolled him to see what he'd do.
I guess it didn't work as 3 months later He was back in prison. To E.O.T.S. Dear heart , I am totally afraid "OF YOU... AND FOR YOU"! The human body simply cannot accept that kind of harrassment. If I new how, or even new someone who new how to help you, I would direct you there but I don't. If anyone out there knows this Lady, or simply has an idea of who or how someone might help this lady, for Her sake , please post it. She speaks of "THE PAIN"... not "MY PAIN"! I believe someone(s) has convinced this lady that She is in pain, when , in fact . She is in no, or very little pain ,and she has very few ,if any, real problems..OH AND... "and the normal stuff most people are on when they turn 50"... "OH , MY , GOD"! Hey people, think back for a minute... How many "non- recreational drugs" were YOU on when you turned 50 ? ? I was on "Asprin & damn few of those,+ an occasional Ibuprofen tab. "WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP THIS WOMAN?? ... If Anything? Sacosam
E.O.T.S., I am not a chronic pain sufferer, more of an intermittent pain. Anyway, I have been on as many drugs (many of the same at the same time) as you, and there really isn't any one drug that's going to take the place of Methadone. The others are correct in their responses.
For me, Methadone was a 3 year miracle and 9 years of gradual Hell. Even though I wasn't on it for pain control, It did keep pain at bay. Hydrocodone is not strong or long acting enough to keep you feeling well.
I would try to do what Patti advised and get away from the Wellbutrin and Xanax first-neither one very good. As for the pain control, nothing short of Methadone or maybe the Fentanyl pain patch are going to cut it. I mean you could try straight Morphine, but there again, it is too short acting.
Dang, I feel for your predicament as I was on Methadone, Klonopin, Xanax, Wellbutrin, Zoloft, and Lithium at the same time. Boy, did I feel like, well, I didn't feel like anything but a blob of nothingness most of the time. It has been a struggle to clear my system of all these drugs that, as saco stated, made me feel as if the docs were trying to keep me in a drug haze. The Methadone should not be higher than 40-75mg for effective pain relief. Any higher and you'll just go back to nodding and sluggishness.
If you have insurance, I think you should go to an inpatient rehab center and let the professionals guide you to a soft landing off all these medications. Go to one with a pain specialist. Once you are detoxed, if it is a reputable rehab, they will determine what you really need.
I don't know if you realize this, but a lot of the drugs you are on can actually damage your brain because of chronic use. It can permanently wreck your ability to to feel pleasure, and may lead to many illnesses - Bipolar, depression for example. They change the structure and functioning of your mind. I am fully aware that your addiction is probably now throwing up heaps of denial - "My addiction! I am not an addict!", but, the label doesn't even matter - it is the long and short term consequences of your behavior that you will have to live with whether or not you decide you are an addict.
From experience, I can tell you that, at least for today, I wouldn't trade one moment of my sobriety and cool clear reality, for a whole month of the way my life used to be with drugs and alcohol - it was shit. My point being, you will have to deal with discomfort for a while, but life on the other side, at least for me, I tell you it is worth it.
I can't even fathom life the way it used to be. It was horrid, always chasing after some substance or another.
Just look at the consequences of living life the way you are.
Good luck, Eyes
There is a newer drug out called Nucynta (Which come in IR and ER, 50mg, 75mg, and 100mg). It does contain an opiate (Tapentadol), but is supposed to be less addictive without the euphoric side effects, and takes a longer time to need a higher dose. I am on 75mg of the IR every 4 hours for chronic pain and it seems to work very well.
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