I have had 2 back surgeries and also lost my right leg due to blood clots. I have severe pain in my back and my left leg holds all my weight now and in severe pain also my arms and shoulders the same I go up and down steps a lot. My dr. Has me on 80 mg oxycontin twice a day and 10mg percocet 4 times a day. He said something about going on opana. Should I do this and should I take 2 40mg twice a day and my percocet with it? I also have a very high tolerency to medicine what should I do? I may also lose my left leg and my knee is so so painful its not to bad getting up but when I go to sit down it feels like someone is stabbing me with a knife. It is so painful. I am in tears almost 24-7
I have researched a lot about methadone for chronic debilitating pain. Maybe you should ask your doctor about it. Any physician is allowed to prescribe it for pain. It is very long lasting and very inexpensive. It works particularly well in patients that are opioid resistant or have refractory pain. You are taking very high doses of very strong medications. To add opana to that combination sounds dangerous to me. Good Luck and God Bless
I agree with the person who also loves cats (I do too) that spoke of the dangers of Methadone. I just don't believe it is good for long term use at all and is more dangerous than Oxycontin due to how long it remains in your system and other meds you have to take.
Depending on your age my answer could change also as I was injured at age 31 and now 11yrs later I have remained on the same dosage of Oxycontin for 9 of over 11yrs only changing my breakthrough pain med about 4 times in 11yrs.
I get 3 40mg Oxycontin a day due to refusing any higher amounts because of my age as this "12 hour pill" only works for about 8 or so hours at best.
I did get put on the newer 60mg of Oxycontin twice a day but felt that the higher dose was too much for me at one time (as I've never had more than one OC in an 8 hour period in my life) and I never got the relief that lasted through the night even though 2 60mgs is the same as 3 40mgs.
Not many doctors would be willing to write 3 Oxycontin a day and we are all different on how pain meds work for us; not one of us is the same.
I am allowed to take Percocet with my dose of Oxycontin as it takes so long for the Oxy to kick in. The Percocet I can feel within 20mins or so while the Oxy takes over one hour to even feel.
I was also put on Opana 30mgs twice a day last year (going off of and even detoxing off of Oxycontin for over 3mos) and you could always try it but for me I am allergic to most pain medication there is and I felt extreme labored breathing with the 1st pill I ever took which scared me to death and I would only take 1 pill a day remaining in a great deal of pain due to fearing it would kill me. I've never been sick or felt labored breathing on Oxycontin.
If you don't have allergic reactions like I do, you have more choices out there for your pain. I'm sure my own tolerance has built up remaining on the same pain medication but one thing I have found is that NO pain medicine will ever take away all of your pain so you and your doctor has to find a combination of what works for you to receive hopefully 60% or more pain relief. Ask your doctor if you can take a Percocet with your Oxycontin to start with and if that doesn't help, then try Opana or other medications that could help you better.
Sometimes it is a matter of how you take your breakthrough meds or having the right one verses switching a stronger pain med.
I just don't believe going up on doses of anything strong is a good idea if you are young because there is nothing higher than 80mgs of Oxycontin and what do you do when that no longer works especially if you are allergic like I am to every other stronger narcotic pain med that I've tried putting me in the ER more times than I can remember early on.
There is pain we must learn to live with and I know it takes time to learn this and to be okay with it.
I was offered 80mgs several times years ago and refused it. I didn't want to go on the 2 60mgs but felt I had to at least give it a try. If it lasted long enough to give me relief enough to sleep at night, I would have remained on it.
We all must be extremely careful with these stronger pain medications thinking of our age, dangers of the medications, and also realizing we must learn to live with pain so that dependency doesn't become addiction.
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