To give you a quick update about me, My name is Julie and I drove off a 30ft. cliff in 1999. I was going to Pain Specialist who wrote me Oxycontin 20mg. 3 times a day.
Well, after my Cobra ran out, I had no way to go to the doctor anymore, so I found out about a place called the Methadone Clinic. Formally "Tri County Treatment Center" and have been going there, since 2003. Well, after my wreck, I had to have both my legs reconstructed; my R knee and both my ankles. I now have scoleosis from the wreck, cause I didn't have it when they checked me when I was younger. I wasn't wearing a seatbelt, so I was really lucky. The doctors told me "you'll never be pain free another day in your life". I don't like blocks and for some reason "Methadone" seems wrong to doctors, but it's the only thing that I know that has helped my pain for the last 6 years, to where I can live in today's society, the drug doesn't make me feel all messed up, it gets in your system and it keeps you pain free for 24 hours. Now, that I have a 7 month old, I definetly need it. I still hurt, but at least the Methadone takes the edge off. I still hurt and do all I can each day w/my daughter, I wouldn't trade her for the world. I do hate taking her to the Methadone Clinic and would like to find a caring doctor that understands, that blocks don't work on everyone. I have a few other problems, such as my back is messed up from the accident too. I had to wear a brace for a long time, so I couldn't move and paralize myself. I hurt everyday, but at least the Methadone keeps me doing what I should do in today's society, as a mother. If anyone knows about how I can see a doctor, that will help me (w/cash) get put on this medicine, but a physician, rather than this awful Methadone Clinic, please let me know. I am still suppose to have two more surgeries. They say I am to have my R ankle fused and my R knee to be reconstructed when I turn about 30 and I'm 31 now, about to be 32 in a few months. So, I'd love to hear back from you, even if it's to tell me, there is no hope.
I'm sorry I missed part of your question. Certainly most people taking methadone for pain are able to get it from their doctors - so it's clearly available that way. You might want to see if you can find a pain clinic; they should have doctor's that are experienced with methadone that would be willing to give you a prescription.
Pain. com has a box you can enter your zip code into that will give you the names of the pain specialists in your area. http://www.pain.com/ Perhaps that'll give you a start.
I don't know but I'm glad you found something that works. Methadone is an interesting drug; researchers are discovering that it's good for alot more than addiction. It can be an extremely effective pain reliever - as you know - and people are using not for just injuries but for things like fibromyalgia as well. Hopefully at some point you'll get the resources to see an MD again and get the methadone that way. At least for now you have some relief. Good luck!