Methadone For Pain Control

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Lynda Says:
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How well does methadone work for chronic pain management? I went from 10 mg oxycodone then dropped down to 7.5 mg hydrocodone and my pain is totally out of control. I have no relief. I am out of options except methadone or Suboxone. Please help.


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Lynda GB Says:
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I was taking 10 mg oxycodone 4 times a day. I was forced to go to PM for my pain and got prescribed 7.5 hydrocodone 3 times a day, had to agree to mbnb injections if I wanted my meds. All I need is my pain controlled to get some quality of life back so I'm thinking maybe I should try methadone if it would help me. I need an honest answer.

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Bill Says:

I had back surgery (Removal of discs with fusions L4 thru S1), caught MRSA and had another 3 surgeries after that to clean my back out of infection, he nicked my spinal cord and I leaked out fluid, and after just 5 moths had to take all the titanium rods and screws out. The surgeon had me on 160mg of OxyContin/day!! Then he sent me to pain management. The PM doctor told me I was an addict!! REALLY??!!?? I went to a new PM doc and he put me on fentanyl patches 100mcg and Percocet 15mg for break thru. Not the best in hot or cold as temp affects delivery of the transdermal patches!!! I finally agreed to try methadone.... it was rough at first, but now I wish I had tried it sooner! Pain relief without the disabling side effects! I am on 30mg/day and it works well. Give it a chance : ) Good luck, God Bless You!

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Bill Says:

I meant 15mg oxycodone not Percocet (same active ingredient without the Tylenol).

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Lynda GB Says:
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Thanks Bill. I'm sorry for all you've had to go through I honestly can't imagine. My back isn't as bad as yours but I've been so close to a nervous breakdown over all the confusion and worry. Knowing that I'm not an addict and have zero quality of life with the pain I've been having to live with and in so many areas of my body, and once I go to methadone ppl say you're marked as an addict but I don't care about that anymore, I seriously need help. If it helps you it has to help me. I've never been one to take pills my whole life till I got disabled enough my working days were over having to draw my soc sec. early. A proud,now depressed person trying my best to keep going, reason to live. God wants me to I know. Thanks for your blessings and good advice. I'm mentally and physically drained fighting it all, explaining etc....... Got bless you and best of luck

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Lynda GB Says:
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I meant God bless you Bill. Another question though. Is it true that with methadone your pain is controlled enough to give you all day relief with only one dose?

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Vickie Says:
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I would say never to go on methadone, it's goes to your bones and it's so bad. Talk with another doctor first. It's not good at all for you.

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BL Says:

Lynda, Oxycodone is a little stronger than Hydrocodone. If your doctor put you on Hydrocodone (Norco/Lortab/Vicodin)7,5 after Oxycodone (Percocet) 10 mg. It seems the doctor does not think you need something as strong as Percocet.

There are a number of other pain medications you can try that are between Methadone, Oxycodone and Hydrocodone. I can't imagine a doctor prescribing Methadone to a patient that has only taken Oxycodone and Hydrocodone. Do you have a history of drug use or abuse ?

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Debra Says:

I went to my orthopedic surgeon on Monday. I have a trigger finger in 2 places. He explained what he would do and that I would have to take pain meds for a few days. But when I told him I was on 90mgs of methadone he changed his story and said he didn't give narcotics. I won't be in pain. If I'm not that's great but I don't know if I believe him. The methadone does not stop pain.

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Dennis Says:

I have had a spinal fusion (l4, l5, S10) and also had cages installed to support upper vertebra stability. Is methadone a good painkiller for my condition?

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Francoise Says:

I have had sciatica pain for 6 months. I tried amitriptyline, gabapentin and all of the regular pain relievers. None of this has made even a small dent in the intensity of the pain. Would methadone relieve this pain and if so, how much would it take?

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Drone Says:
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Is it difficult to get a methadone 10mg or dilaudid 4mg prescription for pain by a doctor?

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BL Says:

Drone (# 11) --

It depends on the patient and the doctor. But, I do not see any doctor prescribing these meds for a new patient. You will need copies of your medical records from your previous doctor to prove you have physical condition that might require opiates. But, that does not mean a new doctor will prescribe the same medications a previous doctor did.

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Bill Says:

Lynda GB (# 5) -- I take it three times a day. I also have break through meds as well. God Bless You - Hope you have it figured by now, but I wanted to respond for others.





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Lynn Says:
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I thank God everyday for Methadone.. I have chronic pain and have taken it for 18years. I love it b/c the only side effect is constipation.

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Lynn Says:
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Bill (# 2) --

I thank God everyday for Methadone.. I have chronic pain and have taken it for 18years. I love it b/c the only side effect is constipation.

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Stupblessed Says:
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Hope its working out for you, it has for me. No side effects like with other opiods. Your body does not crave more. It does take a period to build up in ur system, after that Im great. I dont know y they do not use this with all long term pain mgmt. I think there would be less abuse with it. I never have that crave for more. It makes sence. Hope you are feeling better.

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Lynn Says:
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Stupblessed (# 16) --

If you are talking about methadone i agree wholeheartedly! I was trying to find a closer pain clinic and told them I was on methadone and he immediately wanted to change it! I was like..this is the FIRST THING that has EVER worked for me. Why change it?

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Lynn Says:
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BL (# 7) --

Why would you ask if shes had a history of drug abuse?

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BL Says:

Lynn (# 18) --

Because they said they were out of options except for Methadone or Suboxone. There are many other options between Oxycodone 10 mg/Acetaminophen 325 mg and Hydrocodone 7.5 mg/Acetaminophen 325 mg.


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Lynn Says:
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BL (# 19) --

You gotta be kidding... Anything with tylenol or advil in it is bad long term. Plus they flat out suck.

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