... of me like many others before him. I have fibro, pain from radiation, and have something, though can;t remember the name, where my nerves stand on end and are touchier than other peoples. So I either can;t stand the side effects or the meds don't help. Have any suggestions? thank you!!
Like you, I am allergic to almost every pain medication there is and have also had bad side effects or some others didn't work like Neurontin.
Pain management is a trial and error for people like us.
My 1st pm doctor bless his heart went through so many different things to only find that I was allergic to it or it didn't help me with RSD.
11 1/2yrs later I was put on the old formulation of Oxycontin 11yrs ago (as they changed it this year to keep people from abusing it but it's not helping that situation and it's making many patients who've been on it for a long time very sick) and for well over 9yrs I've remained on the same dose but had to go to a generic version.
I know because of my age when this began; 31 and my age now; 43 along with having all these bad side effects from any other pain med I've tried that I will remain on this dose as long as God allows me to. It still works for me even though the generic is not as effective and I have breakthrough pain meds; Percocet that helps also.
I hope your doctor doesn't give up but if he does, find a better one who is patient and willing to work with you.
I wouldn't say that Methadone is a cure for all and wouldn't recommend asking for it personally. I was given this back in 2001 and I was vomiting and breaking out in hives after taking only one pill.
I would however make a list of everything you have tried and what worked or helped vs what didn't or you are allergic to including side effects.
Maybe by taking this to your next appt, it may help your doctor to help you if he/she is willing to.
If not, it will help a doctor who is a lot more patient with you in finding something that does work as no matter what we have that causes pain, we are all so very different in what works for each of us.
I hope this helps,
Most of the suggestions that you have been given so far are good ones. Methadone is kind of a last resort medication in my opinion because of it's side effects and strength. Have you talked with your doctor about Cymbalta, it is an antidepressant but does work really well for nerve type pain in conjunction with narcotic pain killers. I agree with making a list of all the different medications that you have tried and noting how the medication worked for you when you were on it or tried it. I have many lists, including a pain log (which may be a good idea for you to keep to be able to take to your doctor so he can see the time of day, what your activities were that day, and what your pain levels were that day.
I would reccommend you using the 0-10 pain scale to evaluate your pain levels on this pain log, also you would need to include when you take medication and what it brought your pain level number down to). Using a pain log with all the above information included was very helpful when I took it to my doctor so my medication dosages could be adjusted to the times of day, ie..first thing in the morning and at bedtime, that I needed a little bit more medication then other times. Using that gave me the ability to have different dosages at different times which has helped me considerably in controlling my pain, because when it is so out of control and at a 10 when I first wake up it is harder to get the pain under control, so being able to take a higher dose in the morning helped me be able to take lower doses throughout the day which actually decreased the total daily amount of medication I was taking. I wish you the best of luck in finding something to help you be able to well control your pain. Hope my suggestions were helpful.
No methadone... read my profile. Today is my first day off and being on here trying to help others is the only thing from keeping myself from killing myself. The withdrawal is worse than anything you will ever read. I don't think I will make it a few more days let alone months. And the worst hasn't even begun.
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