Help. I used heavy narcotics for chronic pain for 12 years. I won't EVER touch it again. I only have to think of the hellish month of withdrawal I went through and what life was like before to even keep my mind from going that direction. I currently use 1-2mgs. Of suboxone tape, as needed, but still at least once or twice a weeks. So far no problem. Here's the problem... I will be having my knee replaced in 12 days. I want to use suboxone to treat the pain of this horrible surgery. Is this possible? How much can you take at one time? When they did my first knee, as a habituated pain patient, they gave me 40 mg oxy pills! It has been 14 month since I had anything more than 4 mg of suboxone a day, but will suboxone cover the pain of a knee replacement? Thanks, Harmony
My opinion is yes. I've been through many surgeries and will simply never take another pain pill, period. I've been on Subox. through everything, and now down to 1 mg. I know everyone will have a different opinion, but I've seen my entire family go through some nasty operations, including heart bypass surgery with NOTHING but 800 mg Ibuprofen, occasionally! I found it amazing. So, I will never fool myself into thinking I need another pain pill, although I was always convinced I needed one before I went through the nightmare of getting clean/sober. Also, the more the better doesn't work for Subox., so if you choose to go that route, I would never take more than ~ 8 mgs. If you choose pain pills, let someone else hold them because, I assure you, if you let that option in again, you WILL get addicted again. Once in your system, you will forget the withdrawal nightmare! That's my experience. Good luck and stick to your statement of "I will never touch it again"!
Great answer cetterferge. In addition to what she said I would contact your sub doc and let him/her direct you to how you should proceed. And yes if u do have to take the pain pills you must have someone in your support group help to keep you accountable. You also might want to ask your surgeon to prescribe Toradol which is a super strength NSAID. The only thing is that u can only take them for 5-7 days in a row due to irritation of the stomach lining. Sometimes right after surgery NSAIDs will increase bleeding in the first and second postoperative days. Again this is a question u must discuss with your surgeon and your sub doc to formulate a pain control plan.
Good luck and I hope that everything turns out ok for you...
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