I started my regular routine this morning by sorting out the Methadone, Neurontin and Baclofin that I would need for the day and putting it in a pill box that I carry with me all day long. As I was opening each medication bottle, I asked myself, "How long am I going to be able to take this medication before it starts to have an effect on my body?"
I will be 37 years old in July. I started taking narcotics for my back in May of 2002. I had my 3 disc fusion in Feb 2004. I never came completely off the pain meds after my surgery and have been back on a regular schedule of pain meds for the last 2 years. This means I have been on narcotics for almost 7 years. HOW LONG CAN MY BODY HANDLE TAKING THIS MEDICATION BEFORE I START HAVING PROBLEMS FROM THE MEDICATION?
I don't smoke, I don't drink alcohol because it doesn't mix well with Methadone, I don't each greasy or fatty foods other than the occasional fast food hamburger but I am seriously concerned that the longer I take the meds, the greater chance that I am going to be dealing with problems resulting of the medication.
My wife asked this same question to me yesterday but in a concerning way; "What are you going to do when it is not just your back that is causing you to see a doctor on a regularly basis?"
Has anyone had problems from taking pain medication for a long period of time, i.e. 10+ years? What are the problems? I have faced the fact that I am going to live the rest of my life with pain and although I am putting off my next fusion for now, I eventually will have to have it done and more than likely will have multiple fusions over the course of my life time.
Does anyone else worry about this? How do you cope with this question?
I just wanted to throw this out there and see who else has asked themselves the same questions.
Thanks for listening,