Re: Is anyone taking methadone for pain?
I communicate to my pain doc using the 0-10 pain scale, with 10 being the worst pain imaginable. I told my doc early on that my goal was to be able to remain steady at a 5, that I could live with that. At the time my level was around 7.5. At 7.5 I was unable to increase my level of functionality as I wanted. So the doc raised my dose until we got to 5. By using this pain scale I gave my doc the opportunity to have the decision be as objective as possible. Then I was able to return to exercising, more involvement with the family, etc. This is what pain docs want to see, that if they prescribe these meds that it brings more functionality with it. What they don't want to see is us becoming couch potatoes on our meds.