I've been on pain medication for about 15 years for fibromyalgia, scoliosis, 2 slipped discs, arthritis, etc... I started with vicodin & moved my way up the line to roxicodone & Oxycontin, now I asked to be put on methadone and I think it was the worst decision I have ever made. I have slowly been weening myself down off the methadone from 3xs day to 2 and now once a day. I'm suffering withdrawal symptoms but I want off this stuff so bad. I go to the Dr. on Monday (2 days from now). I pretty much begged her to put me on this crap n now I want her to take me off and put me on something I wont be so sick from. Any comments please will help me get through this!
You are probably going to had a not so great weekend, but, if it gets super bad, call the doctor. Most pain mgmt doctors RX methadone for long term chronic pain relief, but it doesn't seem to be working for you. There are different forms of this medication too. Tell the doctor that it isn't working, you feel sick now and hopefully, you can be lots better on Monday after your appointment. There is a recipe of over the counter meds and supplements listed in the Thomas recipe. You might google the Thomas recipe opiate withdrawal and see what otc's treat each symptom. Treat only the symptoms you are having. If you were still able to take some methadone today, you shouldn't be too bad as far as withdrawal goes, although withdrawal is no picnic, I know. Let us know how you are doing.
pauliwog, I have your same conditions, same medicine, Methadone, & went through the same thing. I was up to 50mg. & over a years time, weaned myself to 10mg a day. I went to my pain doc 2 days ago armed for a fight, but was so pleasantly surprised as how much she understood & was willing to try anything else. I wanted Vicodin, but she explained that they can't write for that because of the FEDS watching their every move, & it being such a popular street drug. My doc put me on a Morphine time release drug called Embeda. She is giving me Hydrocodone as a breakthrough pain drug until we get to the right dose of Embeda. Unfortuneatly the drug store had to back order it & won't have it til Tuesday so I can't tell how it acts or does. Be honest with your doctor is all I can say.
Like I said I went ready for a fight & to walk out with nothing, but she got me all calmed down & said she completely understood, didn't want me taking something that made me feel the way it did, & said there are LOTS of other things to try, so DON'T give up hope. Be prepared, and my personal advise is don't be defensive. Just tell him or her that it just doesn't work for you & you don''t like the way it makes you feel.
I am new here & I was reading blogs about the different pain meds. I read yours, & you have much the same pain as I do. I am in the process of switching from the Norco 10mg to something stronger & longer lasting. You mentioned Roxy?? What is this & how does it work ? Is it better than the Fentanyl patch b/c that's what I was thinking of trying. I've been on the Norco for 5yrs. now & it does not work unless I take 3-4 at once every 3-4 hrs. Not good on my liver... I know. Thank You
By now hopefully you have it straightened out. I did not get relief on Methadone until I got up to 20 mg x3 and then all the side effects just went away and it works well for my pain. I came off of Vicodin because it wasn't working anymore and it has Tylenol in it and long term it can be hard on the liver. With fibro I don't know how long I will need to be on pain medication. It is funny how the meds work different in all of us. I didn't like the way the Vicodin made me anxious and sweaty and it took a couple hours to kick in for the pain. I get better coverage with the Methadone and don't need break through medication but the hard part was getting to the right dose and coming off of one drug to go on another. I think part of the initial side effects were due to coming off of Vicodin. It's too bad they didn't bump it up to 20mg and not give you the Roxi on top of it.
I find it to work fine by itself as it is a long acting drug that it isn't processed through the liver. When it kicks in the pain is like gone and for many hours. For anyone else you may want to get the dose right before you give up on it. It has been a lifesaver for me and my pain. I hope you are doing better on different meds as you have many problems not just with fibro but with your back as well. Good luck!
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