Re: higher dose?
- --- In DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@yahoogroups.com, "Kristy" <kristykellymail@...>
>i , myself have a very progressive pain disease, and i am on a really
> I have been on the exact same dose for two years. Before that, I did
> adjust my dose every several months but I always found that it made
> no difference at all but with me, I think it was in my head, yours
> probably isnt. ( :
> When you have been on the same dose for an extended period of time
> and you begin to feel the need to increase your dose because you have
> pain, that may be BUT I've learned that you should consider these
> things first:
> A. Is the pain you have now, new and different from your initial
> pain? If so, more methadone probably will not help much.
> B. Our bodies use pain to tell use that something's wrong and if your
> pain is different or worse and you cover it with methadone, you may
> miss important clues about a problem.
> C. Have you tried other remedies yet?
> D. Are you taking your dose at the same time every day as you should?
> E. Have you talked to your Dr. about trying a split dose? Where you
> would take half of your normal dose when you wake and the other half
> about 12 hours later. That seems to work well for those that
> metabolize things quickly.
> I hope this helps. Believe me, I know what you're going through and
> you're not alone! Feel free to email me anytime.
> Good luck!
> --- In DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@yahoogroups.com, "bountysbaby"
> <bountysbaby@> wrote:
> > Im wondering if anyone out there (after being on same dose for
> over a
> > year), has had to get a higher dose because your regular dose will
> > help with your pain anymore?
high dose. i didn't want to go that high,but with the problems i have
which are all very degenerative and rapidly progressing, i had to keep
increasing. now, my doctors want to put me on a morphine pump, but
i'm afraid of that, so i just deal with the pain. the whole reason i
am on methadone is because it works so good as a pain control
medication without the high. i take my dose 4 times a day, and i have
morphine for breakthrough pain. i really hate being on so much
medication, so recently i have tried certain herbal remedies one of
which ia legal here in california if you get what i am talking about.
it seems to help with the muscle spasms that i get. i guess what i am
trying to say is that it all depends on exactly what type of pain you
have. i have fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple
organ failure, so i know my situation is not going to get any better,
and i just had to learn my limitations and not push myself. are you in
a pain management support group? i work closely with a suppport group,
so i am always accountable to others who help me make sure i am just
taking it for the pain, and not to numb my emotions. i hope this helps.