I am currently taking meadone for arthritis in back one knee and sciatica. I also have been having abdominal pain which I thought was GB.. Doc says all looks well. I was wondering how to approach my pain doc about switching med to another like percocet? Allergic to Tylenol w/ codeine and vicodin. Does percocet work for breakthrough pain? And can you even take it w/ methadone? If I have an option I want to get off methadone... Too strong for me especially now that Im having issues with my tummy... Any suggs?
I am on my way to become a doc, and I will try to answer this as best as I can. I became hooked on meds after a near fatal crash that left me temp paralyzed. They gave me meds, and after awhile I was hooked. I tried kicking it with methadone at the clinic, but it did the same to me. Although, I must note that MOST pain meds are going to give you a tummy ache. I was the same way, but methadone was extremely unbearable for me to take. I would get really ill on the stuff, and decided to go back to pain pills. It took many years to for me to develop a recipe for quitting opiates. If you want info on getting off visit the community/discussion boards/featured conditions and look for The Young Recipe. As far as your question goes, percocet will work for your breakthrough pain, but may or may not make you sicker. Many people can not cope with the sickness given by percs, but others swear by the effects. The only thing you can do is try. Tell him it makes you ill, you want to switch to a less powerful drug like percocet, and if it don't work go back. In my opinion I wouldn't tale methadone for any reason. I took it for a short period of time, and didn't like it. The withdrawals were awful, and I couldn't understand why! Pain pills didn't even make me feel that bad. Honestly, if I were you I would switch now to something like Lyrica. People seem to absolutely love the stuff... Goodluck!
Also, I found out later many of my tummy aches were due to constipation. The drug enters your body causing a reaction throughout. This may trigger your bowels, but if you are irregular it causes a lot of pain as it moves through. If you have already experienced a certain amount of irregularity, then perhaps it may be that, and you won't need to switch...
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