... 5 years ago we moved and he got a new doctor that prescribed oxycontin. He was taking super high doses. It was scarey and he decided to stop taking them and found out he couldn't just stop without becoming suicidal. (he started snorting them for rapid relief) We went to rapid detox and it almost killed him. He is still in pain and his head isn't right from the chemical changes in his brain from that drug. What can he do now? He needs pain relief... we are afraid of methodone -- it seems like another addicting substance with lots of side effects. Scared to death of having his teeth rot out and bones rotting. Is anybody dealing with pain successfully and chemical dependency issues? WHAT alternatives are there that WORK
Well i honestly dont know about "Au Naturel" pain management, but i will tell you things ive learned from detoxing/ rehab etc.
First off, i would STRONGLY suggest NOT starting methadone. That stuff is harder to get off of than OC, its not really worth it in my opinion.
Second, id suggest suboxone. Youll have to find a doctor with a special license to prescribe the stuff, which can be a serious pain in the ass, and the stuff is NOT cheap (but neither is supporting an Oxycontin habit i suppose). If youre looking at inpatient care then itll be even tougher to attain suboxone because not only does the doctor treating you have to have the license, but so does the facility, etc etc. Point being it can be hard to get. But its real good stuff.
Also i dont know if hes going through the DTs right now or not, but if he has blood pressure meds MAKE SURE HE STAYS ON THEM. Blood pressure can fluctuate really rapidly when someones detoxing. When i was in rehab (which was like last week :\ for depression and anxiety though, not any addiction) they gave everyone who was detoxing a clonodine patch that lasted for 7 days!! About a year ago when i cut myself off cold turkey from percocet and oxy i found an old bottle of clonodine pills in my parents med cabinet, i knew my dad had stopped using it a while back, so i took them to help myself get through the detoxing, it did wonders. Clonodine is usually just used to treat blood pressure problems, but ill tell you what, within 10 minutes of people putting those patches on they said they were already feeling better. They still went through the DTs, its no wonder drug, but it really really helped them. Point is keep the blood pressure under control as much as possible.
I wish you the best and i hope you figure something out. Everyones here for you and you can talk to nay of us, this is a really great community.
Well I have to say if you are in pain you have to find the right combo of meds and doses that will allow you to lead at least for me a life out of bed. I see you are afraid of methadone. But why? I am more afraid of the pain driving me to an early grave than any chemical. Non chemical treatments that give relief accunpuncture massage therapy swimming to get the muscles going. From my own experience I stay away from chiropracters. But any side effects you can look up on this page at the top about any drug. And of course personal experience from peope who have been through it is the strength of this site.
I have degenerative disc disease, herniated and bulging discs, arthritis of the cervical and lower spine, cervical stenosis which is rare in someone of my age, nueropathy of the extremities and fibromyalgia to add more pain to morepain, but I have found a pain specialist who is an injection specialist and I hate needles. I have done maybe 10 or 12 procedures with him and have to say some of my pain symptoms have receded. I am stabilized on oxycodone, gabapentin, valium, sumatriptan for migraines, and last but not least somas for the spasms. Yea I know what you are thinking so many chemicals but if lard sprinkled with sugar and koolaid flaoveo packs would make it stop hurting then the koolaid factory better ramp up production. I do take an anti depressant amitryptiline. This is after 5 years of fishing around in the back of wallgreens looking for the right combo. I didn't mean that literally but through my Drs. what is key is that you find a Dr that is willing to find that correct combo of meds that will work for you. There is no need to be in constant pain. Sounds like he has very bad pain issues to snort the pills and should change Drs or at least get a few opinions.
I am new to this site and you may have found help for your precious husband by now dealing with his pain - I am praying he is doing better sounds like you both are coping with incredible challenges.
I have had 9 major back surgeries and 20 years of minor surgeries and all known methodologies to deal with a spinal mess that keeps getting worse as the years progress - I am currently 47 and I started having surgeries in 6th grade.
I had an intrathecal pain pump put in in 2003 and that allows high doses of pain meds, muscle relaxers, numbing agents, neuro meds etc to be put into the pump and delivered in minute doses directly into the spinal space - thereby eliminating many of the side effects from oral pain meds.
Your husband sounds like he may be a candidate for this intrathecal pain pump (spinal pump).
I recently had the pump removed in 2011 and have been able to drop down to a low dosage of oral narcotics (10 mg oxycontin three times a day and 40 mg oxycodone throughout the day).
I never believed in physical therapy because it always made things worse for me and I have been through those programs - the ones they call comprehensive non narcotic back pain programs so many times I could be in the world book of genius records!
However, I found one physical therapist in the past two years who did miracles with me - I have to work hard every day no matter how much pain I am in to do the exercises but they have made a huge difference and I have been an elite athlete even with all the pain and meds and surgeries etc...
Also, I learned meditation - another thing I thought was only for the hippies or the crazies... It took a while but I was floored at how well it worked when you stick to the practice ( I got cds from the library on meditation and followed the cds)
I also have a TENS unit - I had one years ago that didn't do anything but now the technology has improved and the TENS unit works fabulously especially during pain jags when you can't even wipe your hinder (sorry for being gross!)
The biggest thing is mind set. You have to decide each day, each hour, each moment that you are going to be positive and keep trying... I know it sounds cliche' but it is true - You can decide when you wake up after a long horrible night that the day is shot or you can decide to do your best even if that means only getting up once - whatever it means to you - keep deciding to "just do it".
It takes a lot of practice and discipline to make your mind be positive when the body is suffering so intensely but it can be done!
If you want any more info - I have been dealing with serious pain from genetic issues and many failed back surgeries, arachnoiditis, deg disk disease, stenosis, severe arthritis, all the disks in my entire spine are ruptured, torn, herniated etc... so I have lots of tricks to use each day - and I have my own business which allows me to work the hours when I physically can and I still try to work out or I should say stretch, do my physical therapy, keep my body moving... or everything gets much much worse.
Let me know how things are going.
Kelli from Wisconsin.
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