going to a pain management doctor that ios new and have never been to a pain management doctor before?: Had to surgerys that have left me with disability in my hand.I take 7.5-325 perecoet and was wondering if it would hel0p with long term pain.
Can meathadone be take for pain control along with perecoet m7.5-325 and help with pain control ?
Added 25 Jun 2010:
Just to give alittle more back ground on my problem,i have not been addictive to this medicine perceoct before have been taking it for about 7 months no more than 5 or 6 pills aday and that is because the pain wakes me up at night and I never sleep more that 4hrs a night because the medicine wears out too soon and the pain and stiffiness in the mornings is so severve thyat I can bearly get my hands moving. This was the 2 surgury and I've been out of work for alomost a year and I just started working just a few hours 3 days a week and I stii go to physicaql thearpy 2 times a week .I need something that last longer than 4 hrs to maybe I would sleep better and would cut down on the number of pills I take aday. Thye percocet works everytime I take it it just doesn't last long enough.I was told methadone would work and just take percoect for breakthrough pain.I'[m so scared of going to a pain clinic doctor.I hope someone will please help me understand what will be going on when I go or what to expect. thank you.
Hi, I am a little suprised that your doctor would prescribe percocett for long term/ chronic pain. If your pain is going to go away after some period of reasonable time because of thearpy or more surgerys or whatever then I would suggest you have your doctor look at a long lasting or extended release form of percocet or even just a long form or morphine. If you end up doing that then you may need a instant release form or morphine to help with the break-thru pain.
If however this is something your doctor expects to last into the forseeable future then by all means get the heck off from the percocet that you are taking. You are wolfing down a LOT of asprin with every pill and thats not all that good for your stomach. I like Methadone for chronic/long term pain but you need to know that once you start your life will change. You will become addicted period.. Everyone that takes any form of opiods is addicted. That is not in itself a bad thing. A diabetic is addicted to insulin. But it does mean that from that point forward you must remember to bring your pills, you can't just pick up and go away for a week or so without first making sure you have your medicine needs covered etc, etc, etc. Again these are not bad things but using narcotics on a long term basis is a life changing event and one that I have never heard a doctor go into detail about. Ok I wil get off my box!!
Methadone as I said is a decent pain med and one thing it has going for it (it is very long lasting and because of that most people do not need break-thru meds that I have talked to) is also the thing that makes this med a tough choice. It is the hardest drug to get off from because it does last so long in your system.
Well I hope you read what others post here and that you spend some serious time with your doctor talking about these and the other issues that will be raised by other people that answer your question. It is a BIG decision to go on a chronic opiate treatment program. Good Luck
Methadone is a long acting pain medication and from what I have read, it is supposed to block any other opiates. With long acting pain meds, if you take another opiate and especially if you get carried away and take a few, you can still OD. The pain management doctor/clinic should make a thorough evaluation of you history, injury, surgery, treatment, and your comments on how bad the pain is, if it responds at all, and any progress you are making. They should work with you to help alleviate the pain with medicines and physical therapy. They can make you sign a contract saying you won't ask for other pain meds from other doctors and they will most likely make you agree to random drug tests and pill counts. I hope this helped.
Lil stevie and Pattishan61, thank you so much for your response,I'm not sure if I'm responding correctly but I felt the need to reach out and ask for help.My husband of 27 yrs has been through this withn me for over a year and it has been a real challange.My last surgery was december of 2009 with a six to seven month recovery time,that is why I'm still taking percocet7.5-325 and my doctor said I would probably need pain medicine for a while since i still need physical thearpy for a few more months and I can only work 12hrs a week and would have disability in my right hand and he can't correct all the damnage the first doctor left me with.He said I need pain management and I have never been to pain management and I have read horror stories about pain management centers and I'm scared .I just heard that meathdone was good for pain and wanted to hear what other people had to offer.I know I am taking alot tylenol and just wanted some help.If anyone else has any answers please let me know.I'm glad someone answered thanks, Scared in nc.
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