Due to a torn disc in 2007 and nothing else working to enable me to stand up for more than a few minutes, I ended up going to a Pain Management place. They put me on Oxycodone and Methadone and it worked great!. I take on a monthly basis 180 30mg of Oxy and 60 10 mg of the methadone. I want to get off of all of it and see how my back is as I do not like how I am starting to feel with the meds. What advice would you give? Also, what if I can't stand up if I get off the meds?
I think you need to begin a dialog with the doctor who writes for these meds, & tell him/her that you want to eventually get off all of these meds, for the very reason you put in your question: to evaluate just how much strength you have in your back. HOWEVER, since you were prescribed these meds quite a while ago, I would make some kind of an agreement, perhaps oral & written, that you will have the option to return to medications in the event that, off the meds& perhaps after some physical therapy, you find yourself unable to do the things you did, prior to the injury. Surely they would help ween you off the meds in a safe way.
I am also on a pain medication and I have been for over 4 years, I am also afraid of addiction, but I am still taking them just as prescribed, and know due to the ongoing pain even with the pain medication, that I still have some pain. So Im almost afraid of how bad my pain would be without it.
But if you really want to get off of it, and feel maybe youre pain is something you can tolerate, try talking either to you're pain specialist or family Dr about trying something called Sonoma (I believe its called). It is used to help relieve the withdrawal effects and is not addictive I have heard this will help you to get off of them. That is where I will go if I find the pain medication does not work anymore. Good Luck!
Hi captnwind. Forget about all the gibberjabber right now. Get off those drugs SLOWLY. Very slowly, or you will suffer some pretty bad withdrawal symptoms. Once you have achieved this, have a dialogue with your doctors about what you may want to replace them with. Wait to do so, because until the oxycodone & methadone are completely out of your system, you will not be thinking as straight as you will be, afterward.
If you'd like to speak more about this, privately, I'll add you to my friend list. You sound like you may need one with some medical experience. David
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