I have been trying (unsuccessfully) to cut back on them. I had back surgery in August, but am still in a lot of pain. My doctor wants me to go on methadone, but I am not sure what to do. Right now, I have to take more and more of the oxycodone for it to take care of the pain; and I don't want to keep living my life in 4 hour increments. I have more surgery ahead of me, and dread it because after this surgery I felt everything. The pain meds they gave me just didn't take care of the pain. Right now I am taking 60mg of oxy every 4 hours. I will be 60 soon, and my life is very stressful because of the constant pain I am in, and I am also trying to take care of my 3 young grandchildren full time. I have some other health issues, and have applied for disability but got denied. So add financial stress to the mix as well. Has anyone been in this situation? Did you go from Oxy to methadone? Has it helped? Or did you just find yourself addicted to something else? I just don't know what to do.
It sounds as if you are in constant chronic pain, and that isn't good! Perhaps you need to talk to your doc about a longer acting opiate pain med. I know you do not want to take meds, but if you suffer so from chronic pain, what choice do you have? Are you beating yourself up over taking opiates? Feeling guilty maybe? If so, please, let it go.
There are many kind, compassionate people on this great site, and you will get some great advice from them. Just hang in there! I am sorry I could not be of more help to you, but the other knowledgable people here will help you!
Try to get a long acting pain med through a physician who is responsive so the pain relief will be throughout the day and not a roller coaster- I started last year taking oxycontin and take a lot less oxycodone now for breakthough and the days are much smoother. Continue to pursue disability although if you are a caregiver for the children you will have problems. Lawyers will help in the appeal process. I've taken methadone and it relieved pain but ended up making me too sleepy. you mentioned fearing being "addicted" to something else. All narcotic pain meds are physically addictive but with good pain management through a good practitioner feeling addicted should not be a problem. Good luck- hope this helps
I have gone from oxycodone to methadone and then back to oxycodone. I couldn't seem to get pain relief after being on opiates for so long. I would first recommend you try one of the longer acting pain relievers, they are still opiates, such as Avinza or MS Contin which are both morphine sulfate. You may still have to occasionally use oxycodone or hydrocodone for break through pain but at least you would be covered for longer periods of time.
If this doesn't work then I would give the methadone a try. It has to be tapered up to theraputic level, which is different for everyone, and then when you are ready to get off it you have to taper down. It can be very effective for pain control though.
If you don't have insurance to pay for prescriptions that has to be considered too. The doctor is the best to advise you as to what meets the criterion such as your type pain and the financial constraints.
Wishing you the very best,
I have suffered with chrontic pain for 40 + years. About 10 years ago they thought I was having a liver problem (which turned out to be a bad surgery I had in 1998 for a gallbladder removal)anyway they thought the Vicodin I was on was causing it & made me go to Methadone. I swear it was the biggest mistake of my life. By the time you get to a dose that helps your pain, you're just a zombie! I was on 50mg., & was falling asleep at red lights. Very dangerous. I weaned off of them & found a doctor just April 1st, that gave me my hydrocodone back, & I feel like he gave me my life back. I just had surgery Monday so he increased my meds until the worst is over. At any rate I would not reccomend Methadone to anyone with chrontic pain. My husband was on it too & he feels the same way. Would rather have a little pain, then be so out of it you can't function. Just my opinion...
I went from taking 80 mgs twice daily then i switched to methadone 100 mgs once a day. Now i dont feel to much pain and the methadone last all 24 hrs. Unlike the oxys that i had to take twice daily and still felt alot of pain. It was the best move ever made. At first it took a little to get used to beeing a differant feeling but after a couple of days ive been great so id suggest taking methadone 100%...
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