(have had for years, epigastric (gallbldder type pain) which was so severe, my husband literally dragged me to the ER on my last attack. If I am on suboxone, and am given dilauded'demerol for the pain, I am basically not going to feel better. I also have to go through several procedures that involve opiate injections. My GI Doc is awarwe of the whole situation (abbreviated here). My Pharmacist of over a decade has researched bupenorphine (he's a very knowledgable guy who goes the extra mile). 'bupe' has been known to have epigastric problems. Pharmacist doesn't think 'bupe will help the degenerative dsics and other gymnastic injuries. My pain center is gung-ho on putting everyone on suboxone-I take pain meds for pain only. Was on fentanyl patch 50 plus opana-opana (5mg4xday) was too strong & I fainted several times. Before that I was on percocet #5 and fentanyl 50 mcs., for 3 + years w/o any incident. Question-can I have procedures done while only on suboxone? I feel like my pain med group (the only one in this small town) is only interested in putting patients on suboxone' (have had this confirmed by pharmacists-due to the medicaid paperwork-I am not on medicaid, but my Blue Cross program does not cover suboxone). Should I take this? I have been overly disclosing with the GI Doc.,and he said he can't do the procedure until he researches this medicine. He also wants me to go to the ER for any more attacks. (Personally I think the ER should be for missing limbs-or bleeding out your eyeballs.) I have detoxed all meds & feel awful ((since1/16/11). My script for suboxone is due to be filled on 2/7/11. (Don't know if that is an error-one of many from this office or how to see how my pain level was off all meds-they gave me 0 paperwork about that.) Oh, don't tell me to call the office. as I get in trouble! Direct quote "how are we supposed to run a business if you keep calling?" If this makes any sense please answer-I am not on any meds, and am very leary about the suboxone. And have had to be on total bedrest! what 'quality of life?' Pain person-never did street drugs.
First and foremost, let me say how sorry I am that you are in this predicament. It is one that most of us have faced and it generally is due to the fact that you are an educated patient who takes a real interest in what medications/procedures your physician wants to try. Apparently we are supposed to think that they know everything and we know nothing, while entrusting someone who truly does not give a darn about you, only their pocket book and own family. I detoxed off of Morphine recently only to have my pain Dr.'s assistant call me to see a detox specialist after being off of the Morphine for over 10 days. What was he supposed to do for me at that point, after I already did it on my own. I feel I was only referred to this detox specialist because I did everything that physician wanted me to do, yet did not get much better so therefore I was "faking it" and just addicted to Morphine. I was physically, but not mentally. Suboxone is used for people who are addicted to opiates like methadone is given to heroin addicts. You would still be tied down to a medication that you had to take every day or suffer the consequences and/or pain of withdrawal symptoms. If you have to go to the next city to find someone worthy to help you, then don't hesitate to get a second opinion. I had to drive 48 miles one way to see a physical therapist, but it was worth it because she actually knew what she was doing. I suffered from chronic pelvic pain for five years and she fixed it within just a couple of months. I was able to get off of all my meds and life was good for about 2 years, until I started to stress myself out and brought back my Fibromyalgia/Chronic Myofascial Pain. That maybe what is even bothering you, not sure because you didn't add your specific condition in your message. Anyway, if I were you, I would avoid the whole suboxone thing unless you know you will never get better and can accept taking it the rest of your life while being labeled as a drug abuser, not just someone who happens to be in a lot of pain and actually does need to be properly and humanely medicated. Hope this helps, I wish you the best of luck. Been There Done That, mfpdfibro
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