work and haven't for some time now, and my back problems are severe, even with surgeries it cannot be "fixed" to the point of not suffering severe pain, and my doctor tells me that I will always need pain meds. My question is this... what is stronger, and last's without needing more and more? Methadone's are out of the question, they make me super dizzy and sick, other than that, I haven't taken any other pain med. Thank you very much.
Unfortunately, with practically all narcotic pain relievers, you build tolerance to them. So you will end up having to take more the longer you are on it. You can switch them up a a few times which helps to keep your tolerance down some but it still goes up some. You can try Oxycontin, MSContin, Opana, or Fentanyl. There are several types of these drugs as well. Talk to your doctor and see what his thoughts are first though
I can relate so well..my chronic pain has caused me to become resistant, non-response to most all opioids. I am desperately seeking a new pain dr. in Pittsburgh who will put me on methadone. It really is the best second line choice for people like us who will need meds for the rest of our lives. Was the methadone prescribed to you by a physician? Maybe your dosing wasn't right. Anyway there are still other options for you.
Get a GOOD pain management dr. Maybe the fentynal patch would work or extended release opioids like ms contin. Here I am literally dying to get on methadone and you don't want it.
To bad there isn't a magic pill to help us all live a quality, functionable happy life.
I started out on 10 mg Oxycodone and was on it for several years and it stopped working and would make me throw up all the time. When I talked to my pain management doctor he put me on Fentanyl patches, first 25mcg (to make sure it didn't over power my system), then he increased it to 50mcg patch that I change every 48 hours instead of the standard 72 hours. It has worked wonders. It gives me around the clock pain control and I don't have to always worry about having pain medication with me at all time and watch the clock to see when I could take more because it would wear off LONG before I could take more. Recently I have had some breakthrough pain, but didn't want to increase the Fentanyl because I didn't feel I needed a higher dose all the time. I asked him about going back on a low dose of oxycodone and told me that I had to be off of that drug for at least 6 months before my system would not have a tolerance to it anymore.
Instead he gave me 10 mg Opana (oxymorphone) to take up to 3x per day for breakthrough if I need it. That medication has been wonderful, and since going on the Fentanyl ( 2 1/2 months ago) I haven't been to the ER but 3 times for a shot of 2mg Dilaudid, which I would have to have to bring pain levels down to make medicine work, where previously I was there up to 2 to 3 times per week. Enough where they all knew my name and what I was there for and was told that pretty soon they weren't going to be able to give me any more medications because they thought I had an addiction... Then they talked with my pain management doctor and found out that I was doing what I was told to do by his office. I tried to avoid going there unless I was balled up in the fetal position crying and my husband would make me go. I would advise that you see a pain management doctor if you already aren't because they have specific training in treating pain with medications and other options like injections, nerve ablations, and nerve blocks. I had to beg for a refferal to finally get some relief. If you see a good pain doc you will recieve extremely good care. Look up the doctor on the AMA websites, and do the research on the doctor you are placing your body in to be treated. Good Luck. I hope that you can find relief soon.
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