I suffer with chronic pain daily due to my back. I've been on MsCotin and Morphine for years. But, since my husband walked out on me I no longer have health insurance or prescription. I will be able to get on Medicare in October, but thats a long eight months away. So, since I cannot afford the out of pocket expense, my Dr has decided to put me on Methadone instead. I am scared of my withdrawals, how bad will they be? Does Methadone also help with chronic pain? I am so tired of chronic pain, depression, and just not wanting to do anything. My life has gone to the birds since my back issues. My pain is T8-9 in the Thoratic area. I had back surgery which was risky they said due to it being the core of the body. I don't know, I have been reading y'alls post and I can only pray that it will be the answer to my prayers at having a decent life. I want my life back. I want my energy back. Hell, I want to wake up without pain. I also have osteoarthritis, fybermyalgia, and the Degenerative Disk Diease. I used to take Lyrica, which I love..but now I'm going on a generic form of it called Gabatpentin. It sucks when you don't have any type of insurance. I already live off a limited disability check, and now I hv to pay full price for meds.
I hear your frustration and encourage you to hang tough. The insurance issue is a tough one. Do you receive disability? If you do there is help for low income people, either through medicare or medicaid, with there drug costs.
I use to take methadone for pain. It is addictive, like the other meds, but you'll be ok as long as you follow the doctors orders carefully. When you decide to come off of it, taper down very slowly over several months time otherwise the withdrawls can be wicked.
My sister takes gabapentin for her fibro with great success so hopefully you'll be ok with that too. You'll have to give it a try anyway.
I'll be happy to share more about the medicare low income help if that is a possibility for you, let me know,
If you choose to go on methadone plan to stay on for life. It is an effective, inexpensive choice for chronic pain. Getting the right dose takes time because you need to start on very low doses and work up to the point where your pain is under control.
Be sure you get regular EKG's after starting it. Methadone can cause prolonged QT's which can cause sudden death. Read my profile for more information on this. The methadone nearly killed me at 90mg
I guess the fentanyl patch is not an option because of cost.
Just be sure you tried every other narcotic you can afford before you start the methadone. As a chronic pain sufferer you shouldn't need to worry about coming off of it and the hell on earth withdrawal. I made it through them, but it wretched my body inside out. Now I am in the PAWS.(Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome) which is worse than the physical withdrawal and lasts very long.
I believe you will find methadone a miracle drug once you get to an appropriate dose. Be patient, it takes time. Also, all the rumors you may hear about methadone causing tooth decay, bone loss, weight gain, etc are all wrong. Methadone itself has no ill effects on the body in general.
I will add you as a friend. Please keep me posted when you start it. I may be able to answer any questions or provide some advise to you.
I really hope your pain gets under control. I just have to live with mine now. After my hospitalization of nearly most of November and December the doctors decided I can no longer take opioids.
God Bless and Good Luck, Sable
Hi MyPennyWorth, You may also want to consider the stigma associated with methadone. Believe me, there is one! Although it can work well for chronic pain, be ready for the stares and glares from anyone who knows you are prescribed it. I'm not saying you shouldn't, just be ready to grow some tough skin. My spine surgeon suggested MS Contin for me too. I pay only $91.00 for a 30 day supply. That's 120 of the 100mg. Comparable pain control from methadone would be about the same in cost. This is with discount cards of course. Otherwise, the price would be over $400 for the morphine. You have to shop around for the best price, after all, pharmacies have to be competitive too. I don't have insurance either. So it really CAN make a huge difference the more you shop around. As "youneverknow" pointed out, plan on staying on the methadone for life.
It's one of the hardest medications to stop. It will also take up to 3-4 weeks of gradual dose increases to reach optimum pain relief. The CNS respiratory effects last long after the pain relieving component of methadone has worn off. So be very careful during the switch over phase. This is when most of the accidental over doses occur. I'm sure your doctor will take excellent care of you! It IS a more affordable pain medication. Just be very careful. Good luck to you and hope you find good pain relief soon.
My husband and I have been married for 27 years... He had a car accident in 1996 and has chronic neck , back and head pain. He has tried many treatments. I could literally write a book. He got addicted to Oxycontin ended up going to ER's and buying extra on the street. After numerous times in treatment I convinced him to go on Methadone... from what I had read I thought that would end all the chaos and searching for drugs on the street etc. I wish someone would of warned us that it is almost impossible to get off of methadone... treatment centers can't help you get off this safely unless you go through rapid detox... we are considering going to Floridadetox... but it is $20,000 and not covered by insurance... and I am not sure he wouldn't go right back to the methadone... because of the mental addiction... It has ruined our lives... we lost our house... he pawned everything we owned..I could go on... DONT go on it...
It is a synthetic drug that is designed for you to be on for life... Go on the website floridadetox.com and they will show you what methadone does to your brain. I will be praying that God will lead you to the answers for your healing... dont give up.
Hello MyPennysWorth, probably you reado on one if the sites where I had written about insurance, I broke 4 vertebraes almost 3 weeks ago, before I caught the fall outside, anyway the Insurance I have decided there was no way they were going to pay for the Lidoderm patches, a #30 days supply of them I paid out of pocket (there was so much pain until the Opana itself would not do it alone) so it was $270, I had stuck it back for a rainy day but there is just no way that I could affor this month after month, the patches have Lidocaine in them and can only be left on for 12 hours and then have to come off for 12 hours, its easier for me to use them at night, it seems like during the day the oral pain medicine helps (or makes it bearable) LaurieShay and I often will be on the same question at different times, I know this is hard but I have heard that Methadone is a good pain medication (I have never used it) as long as you have no heart problems there are people it works for,
I have problems with a lot of pain medications, they Like MS Contin can make me feel very anxious, way to moody, something I wouldn't inflict on others, there are others that I have problems with, I finally got put on Opana and it is working better for me, of course what works for one person doesn't always for another. You've had a hard time but you keep on keeping on, I care and so do many others!!! You feel free to write to me and I am willing to talk with you anytime that I can, if I am off the computer then I will be back on, I have friended you and if you feel comfortable you can always write me with a private message. wishing you all the best!!
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