... meds with little to no relief I had someone suggest asking my doctor to try me on methadone or meprogan. I'm a little leary about trying the methadone and have never had experience trying the meprogan either. Methadone doesn't have anything codiene- based does it, because I'm allergic to anything with codiene it whatsoever. Also, I was told that I had to be a heroine addict to get on it which I am not. Any advice on this would be greatly appreacited
I have never taken methadone but I AM on suboxone. The subs have helped my fibro pain. I have never heard that you had to be an addict to take methadone, but I HAVE heard that it is a terribly addictive med that is very hard to get off of. I have also read that suboxone is hard to get off of as well, but you can follow a taper plan and ween yourself down to a very low dose and then jump... when you are ready to be off of it. The few posts that I have read on here of members that have been on both say that methadone is harder to get off of than suboxone.
Having said all of that, you also have to consider your quality of life. If your pain has you in bed and never able to enjoy even the everyday things then it is worth it to look into some alternative ways to overcome/manage the pain. From what I have read, methadone can make you feel 'high' whereas suboxone does not. I can attest to that fact (of the subs) that you do not get 'high' unless you are taking way more than you should. But, by taking a low dose (2mg or 4mg) you can get relief and not have a fuzzy head or unclear thinking. And, you never have to increase your dosage on the subs either.
I hope this helps. Didn't mean to ramble.
Best of luck to you!
I also have severe OA and FM and RA and... stuff *G* I take very little meds because I found different ways to kill pain.
First off, what is your sleep like? I'm asking because we FMates need to get into delta level of sleep in order to generate the hormones that kill pain signals. If you don't feel refreshed in the morning, you may need a sleep study to see if you are getting to delta level. I had a sleep study done and not only was I not getting to delta level, I had sleep apnea. Now I'm on CPAP and taking meds helping me sleep at night. The pain is not near what it used to be.
Another thing that could help you is a couple of hours before bed, wind down and start relaxing. Find a relaxing book to read. Elevate your feet so your knees and feet feel good. Are your hands also affected? Ask your doctor for a sample of Volteran 1% Gel. Run the gel on your hands and knees and see if it reduces the pain somewhat if not a lot. It's an NSAID but won't hurt your tummy.
About 20 minutes before bed, draw a hot bath and put a couple of cups of epsom salts in it. I prefer lavender salts. Soak for about 15 minutes. This will relax your muscles and sooth your spirit. Then go right to bed. Wear a sleep mask to block all light out. Keep the volteran handy though. Have water handy too. You need to drink a lot of water.
One thing that has helped me is to take Vit D3 5000 IU a day. It builds bones and keeps everything running better.
Just some suggestions.
Hi! I can answer your question regarding Methadone. I was taking Tylenol #3 w/Codeine. I switched to a different health care provider who put me on Methadone to get me off the Tylenol #3. Then, the doctor kept me on it because that clinic had found Methadone to be an effective pain killer. He said it was addictive, but not as addictive as other narcotics. Also, it did not damage the body as much as, say, Oxycontin. So, no, you don't have to be a heroin addict to have Methadone prescribed. You do need a doctor who is knowledgeable about prescribing it or who follows the instructions given by a pain management specialist. It was a resident supervised by a professor/M.D. who first prescribed it. I took small doses at first -- two mg., three mg., five mg. The reason for this is that some individuals are so sensitive to it that they can't breathe or their heart would stop.
This happened to a girlfriend of mine. She did survive. The smaller doses did not entirely relieve all of my pain issues. My doctor doubled my dose to 10 mg. That was about 10 years ago. I haven't developed a tolerance to it and do not need to take more to get the same relief. The same can't be said about other narcotics and opiates -- judging by what I've read and heard. It's working for me and I don't see why it couldn't work for others suffering from Fibromyalgia. Just to tell you a little bit more about myself -- I have Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis of the knees and hips (possibly hands as well -- I'm not sure yet), Degenerative Scoliosis, Degenerative Disc Disease - Lumbar spine, arthritis of the lumbar spine, a torn rotator cuff of the right shoulder, bursitis of the right shoulder -- I think that's it. That's more than enough for one person!!!
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