Hi everyone- I’d like to hear from those who have personal experience, or credible knowledge about the pros and cons of using methadone for chronic pain.
I’ve been in pain management since 2005, diagnosed with “fibromyalgia” and ankylosing spondylitis (a type of inflammatory arthritis). And in 2015 I was finally correctly diagnosed with late stage Lyme disease, which I had since 1995 (had the characteristic rash and kept the picture)
I’ve been on just about all the opiates, including the first 7 years on Fentanyl patches, which I would not recommend- very addictive! I was on 300mg/day morphine equivalent, and after 2 tough but successful years of Lyme treatment, I was able to taper down to almost half- 180 mg/day. But the damage to my nerves was done.
Plain morphine works best for me, confirmed by experience and genetic tests, but it causes intense anxiety in my chest in the mornings. I’m back on Nucynta again, which is insanely expensive and doesn’t do a great job with pain relief (also taking Lyrica)
Ok, after all the background info, I’d like to hear from those who can give me the pros and cons of taking methadone for what will be life long pain management. I would only deal with withdrawal if it causes the anxiety like morphine does.
Pros: effective pain relief? Little to no side effects? Able to find correct dose fairly easy?
Cons: doesn’t relieve pain well? Intolerable side effects (what)? Difficulty in getting to the correct dose? Etc.
Thanks in advance, Trisha
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