Hello! I have been taking Norco 10 mg about 80-100 mg a day for the last 10 years due to chronic pain. My doctor now believes that I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and I am still undergoing testing for that. I will admit that I have abused the Norco for a lot of years not to get high but because the pain was so intense I was willing to do anything to try and make it better. I had recently experienced the Norco not working at all anymore, I don't mean not working as good as it used to, it just flat out does not work at all, I might as well be eating skittles for the pain. I have been fighting with my PM doc about switching my meds he just didn't want to do it even seeing my steady decline in my health and overall apperance. I went to see him again to try and get my meds changed because the pain was unbearable and suicide was on my mind I just felt I could no longer live like this, I am only 34 yrs old. After spending an hour talking to him he FINALLY agreed to put me on something else, and he put me on 10 mg Methadone 3 times a day for chronic pain. I really don't know much about Methadone and I am wondering what I should expect from this drug. I have been taking it for 4 days now and I feel great, I don't even have to use my cane to walk. The pain is mostly gone however in the afternoon/evenings I do have quite a bit of pain still. I also noticed yesterday that while @ church I was nodding off it was weird cause it was not like that the first couple days of taking the Methadone. My doc said he only wants me on the Methadone for a month or two but this stuff is like a miracle drug I can't remember when I felt this good health wise, Idk what to do when he tries and take me off of it because it helps me so much and I can't bare to think about being the way I was before so miserable. Any advice or info would be much appreciated sorry this is so long :)
adub916, i believe that any opiate pain medication is very similar to heroin, and i do know that methadone is not only used to help manage pain, but it is indeed a synthetic man made heroin to help heroin addicts get off of heroin. i too live with severe tmj for the last 6 yrs. and my medication im on is percocet 10/325. which i am now trying to taper off of cause not only did it not help anymore, my dose amount kept having to go up, and i began to have withdrawls between doses. so now, what im dealing with is a horrible addiction that i call the devils pills. i refuse to go on anything any stronger then this, my hopes is to get off and just find other ways to relieve my pain. oh and yes, back to the nodding, its because its a man made heroin, and thats what a heroin attick does after taking a dose of heroin or methadone for that matter, thats actually the feeling of their so called high. hope this didnt scare you, and good luck on you trying to get pain relief, keep comming back for support
I feel for you, I am doing the same thing for many years, dealing with chronic pain. When I first started taking pain meds, they started me taking Vicodin, but they started wearing off to quickly and as with anything else (pain med wise) I had to increase the dose. My PM Doctor introduced me to Oxycontin and put me on 10 mgs. at first 3 times a day. I had never heard of Oxycontin back then (and wished I never did). They are only supposed to prescribe them 12 hour intervals, so that's only 2 times a day. They are a 12 hour suspended release med.. They really seemed like a miracle drug for me, but within 3 years he had me taking 100mgs. 3 times a day, totaling 300mgs. per day, besides the Vicodin. It became my worst nightmare. The withdrawal from Oxycontin and especially from that high of a dose, is unreal. I couldn't talk to anybody. I couldn't get out of bed and the hot flashes and nausea were really killing me. I just couldn't take it anymore and when he wanted to raise my dose Again I said "No Way Doc" switch me to Methadone. I had heard that Methadone is what some clinics did to help with withdrawal from other pain meds and Heroin. I hate to disagree with the answer regarding Methadone that I just read, but Methadone is not a man made Heroin. It is a man made Opioid and it doesn't have the same High or "Rush to euphoria" as a drug like Heroin does. In fact they say it isn't supposed to give people the Euphoria at all because it's an Agonist and an agonist is a chemical that binds to a receptors and they block, or attempt to block... lol... the Euphoria that comes from other Opioid medications. Having said that, I have been taking Methadone for 5 years now at 80mgs. per day as well as taking Dilaudid/ Hydromorphone, for the last 3 1/2 years, for any breakthrough pain. 80mgs. is too much, but it works for me much better then the Oxycontin or any of the other Opiate pain meds. Here is the worst part of it; Methadone withdrawal is Damn close to the withdrawal of Heroin or Oxycontin. They used to call Oxycontin "Hillbilly Heroin" but now it's the other way around because of the cost of street Heroin is so much cheaper for the people that, for whatever reason can no longer get Oxycontin from there Doctors, so they go to a cheaper way, to avoid the withdrawal. Methadone will give you some Euphoria in bigger doses and it gives me a whole lot more energy and the ability to get through my days with less pain. Methadone withdrawal is so rough, even though it's used for other withdrawal, that if you get to a high dose like me, you have to reduce the mgs. very, very slowly. That, I feel, is the only downside to Methadone and the only time I get the "Falling asleep in Church" feeling, is when I don't take the dose soon enough or when I first started taking it, probably because he started me on such a high dose. I hope I helped you, a little, to feel a little more at ease taking Methadone. I never want to stop taking it and go to those other pain medications. Take care
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