Methadone

Hello, new guy here, just found this board while i was looking for a new pm Dr. to be as brief as i can here's my story.I broke my back at work in 1990 and since I've been a cp sufferer I've had 11 epidural injections countless trigger point injections. a disc removed and every therapy known now i have constant pain 8 blown disc's ddd, stenosis and arthritis in my spine. I was being seen at a pain management in N.Y. they had me on 100mg. daily with dilaudid 8mg. as needed for Bt. that was controlling the pain better than anything I've had in the 20 plus years, since we've moved to Va. and i had a Dr. that was giving me those meds. Now for some reason the practice has decided not to prescribe methadone any longer and I'm being weaned off the methadone. The pain is returning and life is going down the tubes as i can't find a Dr, that will prescribe methadone so I'm getting 3-40mg. oxycontin with the bt med. Question is does anyone know of a practice in the Roanoke area of Va. that writes this med? If anyone knows of a Dr. that does I sure would Love to hear from you. Thank you, Tim S.

I am so sorry to hear about

I am so sorry to hear about your difficulties. Here in Canada, new legislation is also limiting the narcotic medications being prescribed for pain. I take 300/mg per day of slow release morphine, and it is just not cutting it anymore. My family doctor dropped me when I requested an increase. I don't think I can say much to help you, it is so frustrating to know and have a treatment that worse, then not be permitted to access it - unfair. I am just wondering how methadone worked for you, as that is being suggested as a possibility for me, to get me off the morphine, lol. Does the meth work? What are the side effects?
Stay strong and hang in there until you get the treatment you need and deserve.
Peace

Serendipity2 wrote: Here in

Serendipity2 wrote:

Here in Canada, new legislation is also limiting the narcotic medications being prescribed for pain.

Serendipity, the new legislation I believe you are referring to is restricted to Ontario, not the whole of Canada. It affects not only narcotic analgesics, but also some commonly prescribed benzodiazepines and stimulants see http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/drugs/ons/publicnotice/monitored_drugs.aspx).

I'm not sure how the new law would limit the prescribing of narcotic analgesics. Basically, the law provides that prescribers and dispensers of the now monitored drugs must be shown identifiction by the person receiving the prescription or product, as the case may be, with prescribers having to see the patient's provincial health card as well.

It's all about tracking, not limiting, the prescription and dispensing of controlled substances. If it helps keep these medications out of the hands of recreational users, all the better for legitimate consumers.

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