My husband suffers from chronic pain. Terrible diabetic neuropathy in his feet. He also has back pain. He had a spinal fusion done four years ago. He also had arthritis just about everywhere.
His doctor has him on Oxycodone 10mg,3 to 4xday. It seems to help him. He's also on diabetic meds and Lyrica. He hasn't had any problem with this. He's been on this regime for close to 10 years, and with this doctor for three years.
When he saw his doctor the other day, his doctor changed his medication to Methadone 10mg, 2x day, and one 10mg Oxycodone a day. He told my husband that the Oxycodone was bad for his liver and kidney. I don't know why he just doesn't prescribe it to him without the Tylenol.
I suspect something else is going on here. We have the same doctor, and I'm also a chronic pain patient, much worse than my husband. I've got cervical spine pain, arthritis and I'm disabled with Fibromyalgia.
He prescribes Methadone to me. I hate it, but Oxycontin stopped working, so I had no choice. It makes me tired, made me gain weight with less eating, makes me sweat. I also take Oxycodone for breakthrough.
We both signed a pain contract, and we're very compliant patients. My husband does not want to take Methadone. He feels it's too heavy-duty, and I agree. He's semi-retired at 68. He's up on ladders, etc, and needs his wits about him.
Why would a doctor change his pain regimine when my husband wasn't complaining? I don't buy that he's afraid of organ damage. He rarely sends him for bloodwork. If he wants to send him every three month, he can do it. Does my husband have a say in any of this? He supposed to start this week, and he really doesn't want to. He sees how Methadone makes me nod off, and how it's hard for me to stay awake for a movie.
This doctor is skittish about drugs. Last year, he wanted to cut me down. It wasn't until I broke down and cried in his office that he changed his mind. I never complain about my meds. I tell him everything is fine. I know this pain game. I have suicidal pain. It's terrible how good honest people are treated when chronic pain enters their life. I'm 53, and took my first narcotic when I was 48. Fibro hit me like a ton of bricks.
Sorry so long. Just trying to get all the facts in. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Can he call the doctor and tell him that he doesn't want to commit to such a strong medication like Methadone?