Good Morning Everyone,
I have some concerns about Methadone, that I would greatly appreciate responses to, from those with knowledge about this medication.
A brief history: PLIF Jan. 2008. Nerve pain began after three months in left buttock area. We have concluded due to scar tissue.
Was up to 240 mgs Oxycontin per day, along with 300mg Lyrica, 400mg Tramadol, 40 mg Fluoxetine, and Voltaren Gel.
I no longer have Insurance, so I needed to go to generic meds.
The Lyrica worked very well to ease the nerve pain, but with side-effects that I did not like. Memory loss, tiredness, lack of motivation, and in general, a loss of time awareness.
I had tried Neurontin in the past, but it made me very depressed.
I reluctantly asked my Pain DR. to let me try Methadone, due to it's cheap cost, and also it's effectiveness for controlling nerve pain.
My DR. started me on a low dose. 10 mgs twice a day. He also had me have an EKG done before I started, so he could monitor my heart condition.
To take the LOW and SLOW approach he advised, I have been taking only 10 mgs most days. I started Methadone just slightly less than 2 weeks ago.
It really does help control the nerve pain, but I don't like the way it makes me feel. I feel very nervous, and on edge. I also seem to have slipped into depression somewhat.
I still take a few Oxycodone 20 mg IR per day. I am slowly weaning off the Lyrica. I still take Tramadol, and Fluoxetine. My Dr. wanted me to stop Tramadol, but after a week I felt very depressed, so I started back. I have know from past experience that Tramadol can help relieve depression, at least in me, it does.
I hope I could get some responses from those with experience with Methadone.
Will this nervousness, and seemingly new depression, go away eventually? Is this my body trying to adjust to the change of Meds.?
Or should I start weaning back off of the Methadone, before I go too far?
Even though my pain level is much better now, I don't like the way I feel now.
I know when I first started taking Lyrica, I had some weird responses to it for a few months, after a few months they wore off, except for the memory loss, and lack of motivation.
Am I over-reacting, since I am still in the beginning phase of the change-over?
I just don't want to go down a road, with no return.
I was able to stop the high dose of Oxycontin, when I was required to have a Drug-Holiday, as written in my contract.
I went from 240mgs to zero, in about 6 weeks. I had about three very rough days...and then it was just the over-powering pain that returned.
So I know I can stop Oxycodone, but from what I have read, Methadone is the hardest med to stop. Is this true, or is this just over-hyped?
It seems there is a lot of confusing information about Methadone. I also realize my pain will most likely be a life-long issue, and Methadone is considered a life-long medication.
Experience is the best information available, that is why I come here to kindly ask for your help.
Thank you so very much, Robert in NC