Originally Posted by Broken_Medic
is oxy do-able with a more active lifestyle?
Yes it is doable. Having been on opioids as long as you have, there are a couple phenomena that may be helpful to know about, ask your doctor, and/or look into yourself.
When some people rotate opioids, especially after a lengthy period, they may find that a lower "equivalent dose" will provide the same analgesia as their previous medication.
Long term intractable pain, as well as opioid therapy, may deplete/suppress adrenal hormones, which can result in reduced analgesia - patients feel like their medication isn't working (as well) anymore. Testing for this is just a blood test, and these hormones can be replaced/supplemented, which can reduce the perception of pain, help the medications work better (requiring less), and improve overall feeling of well-being. See:
Also, as you mention weight loss, there is also a diet specifically for chronic pain patients. I've been on it for over a year now, and it's the only diet I've tried (out of many
) that has helped me lose and maintain with reduced activity due to intractable pain. You can find the diet here:
(Page 34, but the whole free book is excellent and indispensable)