I have been under pain management for several years and have been taking Opana ER 15 x 3 for eight months. My pain has become manageable now although my days pain free are very far and few between. The doctors nurse told me I had to start loosing weight, but they refuse to send me to rehab. Because my spine is very messed up all I will do as exercise is walk. I have lost about 38lbs in the last ten months and now walk 2 1/2 every day but she told me at my last visit I haven't lost enough weight for them. She further said unless I drop 5lbs this month they will stop my medication period. I arrive at the office every month proud of my accomplishments and leave so depressed I can barely function for days afterwards. I would rather be bed ridden and in pain 24/7 than go back again. Since they will probably refuse to give me my next prescription, how do I get off these drugs they put me on? I am desperate for help!! I have seizure disorder as well from a brain injury I sustained. I have heard I can suffer seizures just going off the drug by myself. What would you suggest I do??
Change drs. That nurse is obnoxious. They think they can talk to you like you're dirt if you need pain meds. I would have said I'll let the dr tell me what to do. You have to wean off it slowly. For example if you are on 4 pills a day you would take 3 for a few days. Then drop another pill, etc.
There are many methods out there that will help you lose weight. Proper hydration, sugar (all forms) artificial sweeteners, Gluten, Soy, Dairy, all these hamper fat burning. You can't get off this med without a medically supervised gradual taper over at least 3-4 months. They should help you look into nutritional solutions which should also show them you are making an effort,. I can't exercise either, including walking 30 minutes which is so important, but I have and continue to lose weight by learning how the body burns fat all on it's own. Fat, not calories.
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