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Pain meds - effective & ineffective

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:35 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I came across your messages as I was trying to find out more about Nucynta & Opana ER, which are the pain meds my new pain specialist put me on. I relocated to another state & had to get new doc. He took me off Avinza 120 mg & these new drugs leave me in agony & unable to sleep. I don't find them effective.

My prior docs needed me off Tylenol based & codeine meds and showed me encouraging data on Avinza, an extended release morphine, which indicated a very consistent level of medication in your body over a 24 hour period. It worked very well for me. I liked that I took only ONE pain pill a day and all the ups & downs of past meds were gone. There was no euphoria or "high" where you felt tons better followed by a "low" from the recurrence of pain few hours later like other meds that wear off. I wasn't constantly thinking about next doses of meds, feeling crappy when I was busy & forgot a dose, or in pain wishing time would speed up so I could take the next dose because my liver metabolizes everything else quickly after 15 years of pain meds. For me, I never "felt" Avinza working-it just took away the pain without highs & lows.

I have tried everything mentioned on these boards & am happiest with how Avinza keeps consistent levels of meds with only one dose every 24 hours. That also meant I didn't have to carry around such strong meds
with me.

By the way, anyone familiar with fentanyl patch problems? I tried those for awhile, but was allergic. Now I keep seeing these ads on tv for class-action lawsuits on behalf of those who have died using the patch. Now I guess my allergy wasn't such a bad thing.



  • I'm on MS Contin twice a day, which works great for me. I too love only having to take 2 little pills a day for good relief of my pain. Why did your new PM doc take you off Avinza, especially since it was working so well for you?

    Best wishes to you,

  • The Fentynal (sorry spelled wrong) patch had some that were defective and would deliver way too much medication at one time causing the patient to overdose and die. I first heard about this by watching Dr. G on Discovery Health. I later found some articles on it on the Internet. Personally I can't us that or Dilaudid either, only morphine or Oxycontin for me. They say that the others are stronger but they are 100% inneffective on me. While I was on them after 2 seperate surgeries I was in utter misery until they could change my meds.
    Good luck with getting back on the med's that actually help, if this dr doesn't come around then find another if you can. I've had to fire one before.
  • :H Welcome to the forum. :H

    I'm just curious why your new PM doc took you off Avinza if it was working so well for you. But, I'm sure you had no choice in the matter.

    I certainly hope you can get back on Aviza once the new PM realizes the other meds are not keeping you comfortable.

    Unfortunately, I have no experience with the drugs you are currently taking but I'm sure someone will post who does.

    Good luck to you and take care,

  • I used to be on 100mcg of Fentanyl patches but over time it stopped working for me. I tolerated it very well and the initial side effects went away. I went on to MS Contin which to me didn't work as well and it made me really tired. I became allergic so I'm now on Oxycontin. Overall I think this is the best one but nowadays you'll have a hard time filling it. Take care.
  • Not real clear on the reason for the switch-due to a Korean accent, he was very difficult to understand. Can't complain at the moment, as I had to travel to nearby city to find a doc. I think it had something to do with their "newness" , being synthetic (less addictive?) even though I could go w/o Avinza if I had to-ran out, etc. I go back this week & we will see what happens.
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