Hi to all. I am new here and have been reading a lot of your posts especially about the pain factor and having such a terrible time finding a doctor who will really work with you, listen to you, and take your pain as seriously as it is. Well I have literally been thru hell and I mean hell for the last year. I have every doctor horror story to tell. Saw every type, neuro, rheumy, pain spec, physiatrist, etc. and basically became totally disabled at the age of 34! Not one of these dr's would help me and I literally could no longer walk, move, eat, sleep, work or function in any way. I was slowly dying, getting sicker and sicker and no one would give me anything for the pain. I became so depressed that it was just about as serious as one can imagine. Then last week I finally met a new doctor here in Florida who gave me methadone and within one night I was virtually pain free, able to walk, etc.
I am really just so grateful to have finally found someone who took me seriously and believed in my pain. I am like a new person and I feel that he really saved my life. Well, like I said, it's only been a week and of course there are many many issues I have regarding taking this substance, such as addiction which I am very concerned about but he seems totally confident that I will be fine and he assures me he will worry about that for me. It has been intense: I am about 100 lbs at this point so it really takes its toll on me and makes me very very itchy and totally nauceous but I take it, lay down, fall asleep like a normal person, sleep soundly for about five hrs then wake up and feel just fine, like I used to!
I had tried everything and nothing worked; neurontin, elavil, provigil, etc etc etc. Well, sorry to have written such a long first post! I would love to chat with you all about this more and hear if any of you have taken methadone and what your thoughts are. Additionally, if I am allowed to I can pass this lovely man's name onto you all.
Best to you all.