About Me: Male, 64, Medina, OH, member since Nov 2012
After a ruptured disc in my late 40's, I had back surgery (2-level fusion) in 2000, and suffered chronic lower & mid back pain which put me on disability ever since. My pain management doctors have tried physical therapy 3 separate times with the same result - more pain
[More], an internal neuro-stimulator, and 2 times with a TENS unit. The results brought me no relief, and I've been on methadone which has helped tremendously - for 10+ years. At one time my daily dosage was 140 mg per day. After some years 140 had become overkill, so - with my pain diminishing - I decided on my own to reduce my dosage, informing my doctor of my actions. I actually got down to 10 mg per day with little if any withdrawal symptoms, likely due to my controlling the reductions on my own time table over 4-5 years. Here's the kicker - when going from 2 x 5 mg-to-zero, the pain in my lower spine has gone through the roof. I don't understand why, when I haven't had withdrawal in the past, what's happening to me now. I'm afraid my pain just hasn't diminished that much, or is this a normal withdrawal symptom?
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