One week on suboxone?
- 18 Oct 2010 by UNLVGRAD
- 9 November 2010
I have been on suboxone for one week now. I feel very good! Sleeping well and my body is healing..I can feel it! I've been going to therapy a few times a week and researching many things that can help improve my life. I even gave the house a good cleaning this weekend!
I am glad I made the choice to let go of the dependence I had to pain meds and get healthy. I know I will always have to live with my back pain but I'm going to find other ways to make it better!
Congratulations UNLV, the pain sucks, I know, but isn't it great to have your SOUL back???
Good for you! I wish you all the luck with continued pain management. Its just not so easy for me, wish it were, but at least I am alive and Blessed, so Best of Luck and happy for you.
Reading this post makes me feel like I am reading about myself. I have been on it for 2 weeks now and I feel the same way. I have had more energy than I have had in years. It feels good to think clearly again and to be happy. I am going to therapy also and I am going to go to a group tomorrow night that consists of people who are taking suboxone. I am really looking forward to it.
I also have back pain, but haven't had any problems in the 2 weeks so far.
I hope this continues to work for you!
Great story. Keep up the good work. Have a good taper plan ( there are many people on this site with great opinions on that ). You atitude sounds great. Eat healthy, get a good night sleep ( every night when possible ) and you will be fine. Remember at the end there still are minor withdraws but nothing compaired to the bad ones you would have went through. Before you know it you will drug free ( suboxone are still a strong opiate ) Living with pain is going to be tough but your attitude sounds so good I bet you will make it work. I like to hear a good soboxone story and you can tell your story from start to finish to others soon. Good Luck and you know you have support on this site anytime you need it. Your Friend John
Yay! Do u feel better on half film twice a day or on 2 whole like ur dr. said. The fact that u said u cleaned ur house says it all, the subs janitorial and housekeeping effect! Ahhh, how i remember that fondly, sigh, i mean PSYCHE, i hate house work, haha. that is a good sign u r on the right dose. How is ur BF doing? And from now on, if i read a superlative comment, i am going to state the comment and the poster, todays entry... from Booter42.@ 'It's too bad drs. don't go to subs groups meeting!' John, BRiLLIANT. they should come and listen to US, as we figure out how to fix us and more about dosage, taper, and adding or subtracting meds or treatment, our fears as we face life coming and going off subs. if anyone agrees with Booter, Give Booter a thumbs Up, all who agree w him. and feel free to nominate a comment u feel made u think and agree.
UNLVGRAD, I went to UNLV as well. That time is one of my best memories, except for the constant drug use :)
I am glad to see you make the choice to stop using even with the pain. I suffer from back pain as well from a head-on collision which makes getting clean a more difficult choice. I do what I can and physical therapy coupled with losing 40lbs by changing my diet has helped deal with the pain. What I have found to be interesting is that as my body is not being plied with drugs constantly my pain has lessened some over time. Maybe I am just able to deal with it more easily than before.
Be careful with the suboxone and stick to a taper. I made the decision to go back up on my dose after getting to 2mg. I jumped off too soon for me and the withdrawals were too great. I went back on subs and, in my panic, increased my dose to 6mgs. How dumb was that! Now, I am trying to do it correctly but the longer I am on subs the harder it has been to taper.
This cautionary tale is not meant to scare you, just a reminder to not play around with this medication as I have done.
All my best to you, my friend, in the decision to make your life free of dependence.
Congratulations honey, we are all watching you and thinking about your great attitude. Am from NV myself so altho I couldn't write at first I have been watching your progress. There are alot of positive people here to help you and meetings to go to also. People in recovery are the best people you will ever meet. You have to use your "instinct" you know. I had a hip replaced and I just use tylenol or aspirin for the occassional pain. It can be done - you are young and you will be happy in the long run to have done it this way instead of looking back 30 years from now and wishing your llife wasn't gone.
I took pain meds a year longer than I had to after my hip was done and I couldn't believev how hooked I was on them and then I tried to get off too fast and got even crazier so it is very interesting what these meds to our brains. Heed the warnings and you are in the honeymoon phase now of feeling good and glad to have your life back so just be cautious of letting your guard down. It is a sneaky thing. You are doing great!! kathy
Congratulations on one week under your belt! My brain isn't quite "normal" yet so bear with me. And please don't take this the wrong way. Right now you are on a suboxone high. Not the kind of high associated with opiates, totally different. You are feeling good and normal, like you have your life back! That is a good thing. But remember, it is a tool that is used to make the transition to a drug-free life easier. Not meant for long term use or chronic pain. The very best news I heard was that you are in counseling. That will help you as much (if not more) then the suboxone in the long run. It will also help you keep from relapsing and it's a great feeling to know you aren't alone. Patti made a remark somewhere (my memory is bad right now) that sub docs really don't have many good answers on how you get off the subs. I found that pretty shocking.
It seems that the docs get you on the subs, then kind of abandon you with no plan of how long or when you should begin to taper down and eventually take you off completely.
The other great news I heard was that you are trying to deal with your back pain with other methods. I can't stress enough how important it is to build up the core muscles that will support your spine, it is vital! Please start out slow, find the best PT you can, and even look in to swimming exercises. I was very skeptical at first when this was suggested to me. I relented and talked hubby in to putting up our pool. The feeling for me was very odd at first. I have no feeling at all on the surface of my mid-low back. So it was a sensation that kinda freaked me out. But once I relaxed, all the pressure was taken off my spine. I was a prune before I would get out of the pool! But please be extra careful when getting out. With me, it felt like I had gained 100lbs and it all was on my spine. Gravity really sucks when you have back pain. Sorry about the ramble. I just wanted to let you know also that Booter is right. Subs can be very very sneaky.
Good luck to you, stay strong, fight the good fight, and when you hit that plateau, DON"T be discouraged. It happens to many of us who have kicked habits in the past. It's only then where you need that little extra push to get you through. You have the strength, tenacity, and support to do this!
My very best wishes,
i am jealous subs didnt work so good for me
It's interesting how subs have such different responses in different people... Have you tried increasing your suboxone dose? I know that when I first started I was still having some withdrawal effect but after adjusting my dose, it began to work better. A week after being on suboxone I felt like a brand new person. So don't give up on it yet if you haven't tried anything different in terms of dosage.
Good luck... hang in there.*
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