referred to a great Pain Management at UNF- Shands Hospital. Called for appt. and was told they were backed up, nearly a yr:( Phone rings the next day and due to a cancellation, could I be there in the morning. My PCP had faxed All my MRI's, x-rays, pharmacy records... So I hopped the bus and went. Dr. Meanie said little, I peed in cup,& nurse drew blood. Waited in cold room for hours. Dr. Meanie came back and said after he analyzes all my pee & blood, the next time I came back, he would probaly prescibe Morphine or Methadone:( ... Next appt, over a month away. I was scared of what I googled..All the bad stuff and interactions of drugs I was all- -ready on.. To end this long blog-- I am now on 2 10mlg. methadone pills a day. I was ashamed to tell you all, but it is what it is. My pain is finally gone. I feel normal again and able to function. It has been a long journey, to get medicine & RELIEF:) Wow- I shared and I feel a new day has dawned. Please feel free to let me know if you think methadone was a big mistake...
Many people find good relief with methadone. If you have tried a lot of other things with no relief then methadone is okay. Methadone is just very difficult to get off of but if you are looking at a lifetime of pain management anyway, then it is neither here nor there. I tried methadone myself because a co-worker told me she was on it and it was a life saver but I couldnt take it due to bad side effects. I got terrible migraine like headaches and nausea with it so I went back to Oxycontin then on to morphine again. I'm happy for you that you found something that works for you!
Hi DD, as long as you were prescribed the morphine you have nothing to be ashamed or worried about. You were a great self advocate, took the bull by the horns, and helped yourself to live a better less pain filled life.
That's great news DD!! I hate to think of someone who is suffering and can't get no relief. In this day and age, I don't think I should ever happen! Funny you say your doctor's name is Dr. Meanie... I had a dentist name Dr. Meany at one time. I had the hardest time selecting him (because of his name), but he was the most convenient on the list of dentists I was allowed to see on my insurance plan. It turned out the Dr. Meany was one of the nicest doctors I've ever had! Sorry to say that he retired a few years ago, and now I have to see a different dentist. Thanks for sharing the good news, and please don't be embarrassed about it. If the methodology for you, then that's what you should have! Best of luck... Annie
Dear DD I'm truly happy to hear that you have found some relief! It is wonderful news and as everyone else has said, it's whatever works for you! Im very happy to hear that about you. Keep me posted. Seeking peace Tee
Hi DD! I'm so glad that you have found something that works for you. Yes, there is a public stigma about methadone because it is used to get drug addicts off of their "drugs of choice". But for pain management, I've been told that it is great. It is highly addictive, but so are all of the more potent opioids. Just be very careful about asking to increase your dosage. For some reason, methadone does not work at the same dose for long and the dosage has to be increased to get the same pain relief. The most important thing is that you finally have pain relief. As DzooBaby said, you will be on pain management meds for the rest of your life, so why not take a med that will actually give you relief. I'm happy that you can resume "living" again, like you did "pre-pain". That is great news DD! And who cares what med you have to take to control your pain? That is between you and your doctor. You don't owe anyone an explanation. Hugs, Kathy
DD, Oh girl, I am THRILLED for you!! You've been through so very much to finally arrive at relief! This is indeed a great day and fantastic news! A virtual toast to our DD for having such courage under fire (pain!) and for following through with this pain doc. Pop, there went that champagne cork! Love, Lara P.S. You've nothing to be ashamed of, DD! Methadone can be a great med and my doc has talked to me about it, too.
I've been on Methadone for 3 years now after 13 years on other opiates. It works well and I've had no stigma from other doctors, etc.. When they see I am also prescribed Oxycodone for breakthrough pain they know I have no addiction issues. I do believe it takes all the calcium from your body. I am losing my teeth, and I went from great bone density to osteopenia in just this short time. But, you gotta do what you gotta do! Take care - EJ23
Hi Eliza Jane; thanx so much for responding, and giving me some more info on this new medication I am taking. I never heard or read anything about bone density issues... Please feel free to PQ me with more info. Fondly:)~~DD~~
Hi DD, It looks like you got a lot of support on here with your methadone. Whatever works is a blessing. Glad that you found a doctor, Meany or not, who gave you something that has worked. Not everyone is so fortunate. Sara
Hi-I don't know anything about the pain meds you have been prescribed but if you are happy and your life has been affected positively then I am extremely glad that you became your own advocate and that your life has turned around for the better. No one needs to know what meds you are taking. That is your personal business. Best wishes and pain free hugs. Kay
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