Re: on methadone..don't understand
I have chronic pain due to scoliosis and ruptured discs. Spent about 5 years on Methadone going up and down through different doses and multiple medication holidays. At the height, I was on 80mg of methadone a day and the highest fentynal patch and still had pain. After two failed attempts to go on Suboxone which sent me into precipitated withdrawals, I needed something different.
Recently, I spent 3 weeks at a chronic pain rehabilitation program. Over time, they took me off all narcotics and replaced it with a large dose of neurontin. They also taught me to begin to strengthen my body again as all of my resting had only worsened my condition. I learned a lot about drugs and what they do to your brain and how what affects your perception of pain. The time there helped redeem my life and families.
I think the most shocking thing I heard was 75% of chronic pain patients don't respond to opiate therapy. Your body is no longer sending pain signals in reaction to an injury, but your brain is actually sending out pain signals to your body.
Methadone is tough stuff and I am sure provides relief for some. It also can have some devastating side effects including depression, anxiety, isolation, etc. Just be careful and be cognizant of the risk reward.
I am thankful to know that there are other options. I will always have pain, but can now weigh the opportunity cost of activities/pain and some days are better than others.
Hope you find your answers.