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Hi I am new to this board. I am so glad to know I am not the only one addicted in this world. Qucik story I have 3 herniated discs and two protruding. Started out with percocet, then led to oxy then dosage kept getting bigger and bigger and so on... i liked the feeling plus it took away the pain. I was running out early and it would make me sooo sick. Then I started buying fromthe streets and getting presciptions from my DOC. Well, I tried to quit cold turkey and could not do it being a full-time mom and working full time. I was way to sick. After weeks of thinking and sooo much anxiety I thought about going to my pain management Doc and letting him know the situation but, I was afraid of him kicking me out and emotionally did not think I could handle it? I also thought about him asking me to switch to methadone but, I did not want o throw up any red flags he is very strict.. Well I decided to go to the meth clinic and even though I am doing ok on it I AM SCARED TO DEATH!! I am hearing losing your teeth in your bones and so on... Here I thought I was doing the right thing and I am starting to think this is a death sentence. I am trying to get my life together. I have lost everything (financially wise) I was trying to get my life back and possibly my pay check. And wanted so badly to be a mom again a wife but, this METHADONE stuff everything I'm reading is scaring me. Please if anyone has experience with this will you please respond!! So I can sleep toninght. I am still in pain with my back but, it seems that the methadone is starting to help easing the pain but, I dont want to end up toothless or boneless j.k ha!! Anyways, thank you so kindly for reading I know you all are so helpfull on this board and very encouraging all posts would be greatly appreciated!! god bless!!
Hi there...Sorry I don't have experience with methadone as I went c/t....It was hell, but now 13 days clean I have survived and I feel really good...I also have back issues as well....I had surgery (discectomy) at the age of 20 and I still deal with it to this day (almost 7 years later)....I was addicted to hydro's....they are definitely the devil..lol...have you tried naproxen? That is what I take now and it does the trick...I am also a mother so I can relate to your pain in that department...I have 3 children (twins that are 4 and son that is almost 9) it is very hard to try and manage life and that is why I took the pain pills to mask myself and try to appear "happy" which I was NOT...I wish the best for you in your recovery...but honestly it does get better EVERY day when you go c/t...it sucks in the beginning...but there is hope..best wishes!!
[QUOTE=hopeintn;2851019]Hi there...Sorry I don't have experience with methadone as I went c/t....It was hell, but now 13 days clean I have survived and I feel really good...I also have back issues as well....I had surgery (discectomy) at the age of 20 and I still deal with it to this day (almost 7 years later)....I was addicted to hydro's....they are definitely the devil..lol...have you tried naproxen? That is what I take now and it does the trick...I am also a mother so I can relate to your pain in that department...I have 3 children (twins that are 4 and son that is almost 9) it is very hard to try and manage life and that is why I took the pain pills to mask myself and try to appear "happy" which I was NOT...I wish the best for you in your recovery...but honestly it does get better EVERY day when you go c/t...it sucks in the beginning...but there is hope..best wishes!!
Thanks for responding. It is hard when you still have pain. I have tried naproxen and other non-narcotic pain relievers and they just seem to not work. I am a mother too and i felt so guilty. I have tried the methadone route. I am hearing such horrible things aboutit? Like how it's impossible to get off and it stays in your bone marrow. It almost makes me want to go back to oxycodone? I don't know what to do? Everytime I have tried cold turkey I just could not do it with working full time and being a mom full time. It is hard I don't know how I ever got this far caught up in this addiction. But, still today i am in pain well, back pain. It's like never ending. Sorry to be so negative!!
Hi Nicole! I read your post with great interest because it sort of reminded me of myself and what I've gone through as far as needing pain medication but being afraid of the things I had heard about many of them. I have had chronic pain for about 7 or 8 years now. I have osteoporosis and have spontaneously broken many of my vertabrae, my hip, my femur, my foot, and many ribs. In my search for adequate pain relief I have taken just about every narcotic (and non-narcotic) drug that is on the market. The problem with taking those kinds of meds, of course, is that I became dependent on the drugs; needing more and more to get pain relief. I can't tell you the number of pills it use to take to get me comfortable, but it was probably enough to kill a small pony!

When I finally discovered the specialty of pain management I really had little hope that there was anything left that could get me out of my chronic pain. But, the doctor I saw looked at my long drug history and recommended that I take Methadone for my pain. I can tell you that I had immediate visions of having to go to a clinic, stand in line, and drink some orange juice spiked with methadone every single day in order to get the med. The doc sort of laughed and told me that Methadone was now being used for chronic pain and that it came in pill form and that most pharmacies carried it routinely.

Nicole, I can honestly tell you that Methadone has saved my life! I know that sounds so melo-dramatic, but it is the truth. My pain level has gone from 8-10 down to a 5 or 6 and sometimes as low as 3. The drug has never given me any of the side effects (except some initial "zoning out" until I got used to the drug) that are often mentioned. The Methadone does not give me a high or a buzz or a warm, fuzzy feeling. It just takes care of the pain! I do have to take what's called break-through meds when my pain really spikes. I have oxycodone 30mg. tablets for those times.

So, in my opinion only, I think you should give the Methadone a chance to work. It should also have the added benefit of stopping the cravings you may be having for your drug of choice. Why don't you give it a good trial period before you decide to stop taking it. I think you'll be suprised at how well you will feel. As far as the drug being stored in bone marrow....well, I've never heard that. It may be true, but I've just never been told that it's an issue. I sure hope you'll feel better soon. All the best - KathyMac
I was on methadone for drug addiction. It did stop me from using and stopped my cravings for drugs. The reason it did that is because it was the drug I really liked in it's purest form and the longest acting. If you have pain mg issues that you do not see going away and you need a drug for that then methadone is just as good as anyother and just as with any other drugs you will have to increase your dose on that too for the same effect. I do know that methadone quit cold turkey is not a pretty sight. It was the worst detox I have ever gone through and i have been through some very bad ones many times. It lasted longer...A LOT LONGER....it was rough. It took me five or six months to level back out or longer. But that could have been from all the drugs I had used for years with out ever quitting for longer than two weeks. But officially methadone's w/d's when done cold turkey last real close to a month where as cold turkey on other stuff usually at it's longest is ten days or so. That one hurt me. But I have thought about what I would do if I had pain issues and would for the rest of my life and it would not be good. i would be a active addict all over again and would probably be on methadone. That is not easy when you have pain issues. What are you supposed to do? Live in pain all the time? that is no way to live. Good luck. I posted on your other one too.
Hi Nicole...I normally post on the Pain Management board, but saw your post on Methadone and I wanted to give you some information I have acquired.

I've been on Methadone over four years now, and I still have all my teeth. I'm at 180 mg a day, which is not a huge dose, but substantial. The dental thing is somewhat true, as you have to keep up on your dental work and if you're like me, you will get "dry mouth" and need to have something to drink all the time. My drink of choice: Pepsi, so I make sure I have regular dental appointments and if you can drink diet drinks.

There are other side effects, especially at first, some KathyMac mentioned. You do tend to get drowsy, especially when you are doing non-stimulating activities. I get sleepy when I drive for long distances, read, and watch TV. At least those are the major ones for me.

I would reccomend you give it a chance. I have been on it for the four years I mentioned, and I don't have any BT meds. I also have not had a dose increase in four years. It takes close to about 5-7 days to get the full benefit from Meth, so if you're still hurting, talk to your doc about an increase. I think the average starting dose is around 10 mg TID. Like I said, I'm at 60 mg TID. Everyone is different, so what works for one person, may be different for you. I take my meds (my doctor knows this) at 10-20 mg doses throughout the day, as I feel I need it. I seem to get along better this way.

Good luck to you and I hope you're successful on the Methadone.
I have been clean and sober for many years, but along the way I did try methadone - once to try and detox (unsuccessfully I might add), and once for a short (about a month or two) maintenance.

I found that methadone very definitely got me high, especially the first hour after dosing. People say that methadone does not create any euphoria, but then after long term use of any opiate, including heroin, there is little euphoria.

As far as taking methadone for long term pain management, that makes no real sense. Unless the dose is increased, any opiate's analgesic properties will diminish down to about nothing.

Methadone will not make you lose your teeth or make your bones brittle or anything like that. At least, there are no documented cases of this happening directly due to the methadone itself. I have noticed some puffiness in the ankles and hands among long term methadone users, but it is not clear what exactly is causing this. The methadone, or something else.

There may be some physical effects that linger, such as drowsiness especially soon after dosing, and constipation. There may be others that we do not know about. However the real problems, in my opinion, with methadone are more subtle than that. The real problem is that as long as a person is medicating - especially with something so powerful and addictive as methadone - real recovery is not possible. Programs like N.A. teach us that as addicts ours is a spiritual malady, which is why we got addicted in the first place. As long as we continue to medicate, with any substance including alcohol, methadone, etc., we do not grow spiritually. In my opinion. And experience.
Hi Nicole. Thanks for getting back to us so we know what your decision was. I'm glad that you see improvement while on the methadone, however I'd still strongly encourage you to talk it over with your pain management doctor to see if he couldn't be the one to prescribe the medication for you in pill form from a pharmacy. On the other hand, if you think you wouldn't be able to control your dosage of the methadone if it were given to you in a monthly supply, you are probably better off going to the methadone clinic and getting it daily. Either way, I wish you lots of luck and many pain-free days ahead! You should also know that going to NA can still be an option for you if you feel you need the support and help that it gives to so many people. All the best Nicole - KathyMac:wave:
Nicole...My doctor prescibes my Methadone for me in pill form. I get 540, 10 mg pills a month. It is much easier and less embarassing to get it once a month at your pharmacy. I actually have my wife help me in controlling my meds. She gives me 18 tabs each morning for that days medication. From the sounds of your post, your husband would probably help you in this way too.

I'm with KathyMac, I would talk it over with your doctor and ask if he'll prescribe you the Methadone and then you're able to take it at home. My insurance pays for mine. I have a co-pay of $15 a month.

Good luck to you and I'm glad to hear you're getting positive results from the Methadone. Remember though, if you do have it filled at your pharmacy, don't let them fill it with Methadose. It has to be Methadone by Roxane, which is a much better quality.