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Chronic pain meds assistance

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Lower Back Pain
I am 40 years old and have been suffering with chronic lower back pain due to the degeneration of several disks for years. I have already had one ruptured disk in my neck repaired but there is nothing they can do surgically now for my current condition. I am under the care of a Pain Management Specialist

I am currently taking Morphine Sulfate 100MG twice a day, Vicodin 7.5/500 twice a day as needed, and Cyclobenzaprine 10MG at night. I have been on the Morphine for several years now. I have also tried the branded version (Oramorph) with no results. Apparently, my body is becoming used to the morphine and my pain level has started to increase each day. It is time for me to switch primary meds again and I would like some suggestions. I have read about Opana ER and its results but the highest dosage available is 40MG, compared to the 200MG of morphine I'm taking now. Does anyone have more info on this drug and its performance? I have, in the past, also taken Percocet, Oxycontin, and the Fentanyl patch. (I had to stop the patches because I couldn't keep the damned things on) Anyway, I need to find a strong med that is going to be able to take the place of the morphine but be more effective. Any suggestions would be appreciated, especially from someone who is currently taking another drug or someone who prescribes pain meds. This way I can do some research and be prepared fo rmy next visit.

Thank you ahead of time.



  • I've been on MS Contin (morphine) before so I have a little experience with it. It made me really tired during the day and I found it not to be as effective as the Fentanyl 100mcg patches I was on. Fentanyl is 100x's stronger than morphine so a tiny bit goes a long way. Unfortunately my body grew tolerant and it didn't relieve my pain anymore.

    Opana is a hotly debated medication around here. Some do well with it while others swear it's overpriced crap. I don't know which way it'll go for you since we're all different, and the only way to really find out is to give it a try.

    You mentioned that you took Oxycontin before- it's really strong and effective against pain. Did you have bad side effects with it and is that why you switched? After MS Contin I went on to Oxycontin 40mg 2x's daily and oxycodone apap 10/325mg 40mg a day. I have chronic lower back pain, sciatica in both legs, severe DDD, scar tissue, and permanent nerve damage.

    Anyway, you can read about Opana under the "Opana Cadillac of pain meds?" post on SH under pain medications. It is eye opening to say the least.

    Another narcotic for chronic pain is Methadone and it's widely used in pain clinics. It not just for getting off heroin anymore but it still has a stigma attached to it. People say you don't feel euphoria and it works great. I personally wouldn't go near it because it is tough to wean off of and the withdrawals can last for months, so I've heard. If you do stay on it for a long time then it works out fine.

    Have you tried the other morphine meds like Avinza or Kadian? I know Avinza is supposed to last for 24 hours.

    Well, I hope you find the right medication for your pain. Take care
  • I have taken opana er and oxycontin, I am on Kadian now which is morphine sulfate, it does work well and it goes up to 200mg, also if you get prescription for it now your pain man. Dr should be able to give you a coupn to get it for free for 6 months as I am doing now, when that period is up I will ask them to put me back on the ms contin, Hope you get some help. Linda
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