Over the last couple of years my primary care dr. has prescribed percocet for my back pain. After reading what some people have said about methadone I would like to try it but would not even know how to bring the subject up considering most people who asked for a specific drug are labeled as drug seekers. Does anyone have any suggestions?
I have extreme back pain that runs down both legs and makes both my thigs numb?
Added 11 Oct 2009:
Over the last couple of years my Dr. has prescribed percocet on three or four occasions when my pain was real bad but I don't ask him for them because they don't really seem to work and if they do take the pain away its only for a couple of hours anyway. I feel its not worth the hassle because they don't really work.
You are probably going to have to talk to the doctor about how bad the pain is and how often you are affected. You will have to tell the doctor about all activities that are curtailed by the pain. Has the doctor mentioned Sciatica as a possible cause? Has he/she recommended surgery or Physical Therapy? The reason I ask is because theymay ask you to try those things usually before they put you on any long term treatment like Methadone. Your doctor may even have to send you to a Pain Management doctor for that type of treatment. Don't refuse reasonable requests the doctor makes and that will help your credibility. You might want to make a pain diary so the next time you go in, you will have in writing how badly you are being affected. Good Luck and I hope you feel better very soon.
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