After having our son at 22 the pain was so bad, I cried for what seemed an eternity. Once I had been basically beaten to death by BC/BS and doctors, I found Dr. Ric Montiel. Every other doctor I had seen prior, were throwing Lortabs at me to take. I won't lie either, I was glad of it and in so much pain I'd feel like I was dying. So, needless to say, I ate them all. As my tolerence level went up and my appt. came for Pain Management I just knew this doc would never believe my problem having been so young. The Dr. Put me on the table to look with a floroscope. Next thing I hear is the doc asking the nurse to get 3 other people to see what he seen... After that, there was no doubt of the level of pain. My problem is a very rare birth defect causing my lower spine to "infuse" together and just shred anything in the way of it doing so. Over these last 4 years, I know I can say, at any given moment, I may just break out crying. Injections of every kind medicine, of every kind. Since starting Suboxone I feel much better but tonight ran out and of course everything is closed new years day. FML!!! Can anyone tell me the difficulty of getting off the Suboxone?
I never stopped taking Sub because it helps my depression and pains. So what I tell you comes from other people who have done it.
If you try to do it fast it is very hard. However, if you go slowly it isn't all that hard. It's probably not much different from any other opiate. I have to say that I don't think detoxing from any opiate is easy.
With Sub you need to cut the dose once a month. Depending on what dose you're on, you may be able to cut the dose by 2 or 4 mg in the beginning. But as the dose goes down, the cuts become smaller. Remember Sub stays in us a very long time. It's in us long after the 48 hour half life suggests. So go slowly and surely.
We have a dc member here who did 1 of the most successful Sub detoxes I have ever heard of. She was nice enough to write it up, exactly what she did, and she posted it in her profile. So rather than me try to explain it, go to Pattishan61's profile. If you don't know how to get there, then first go to your friend page. At the bottom is a place to type a member's name and search for that member. Type pattishan61 in and search. You will find her. Just go read what she did, and do that. If you have questions ask us. But always remember, go slowly. You can't get off Sub quickly. It's not possible. I think a few ppl have done it, but it's like torture.
If you post again tell us how much Sub you are on and how long you have been on it?
Best wishes. Keep Posting.
Hi Mandiann - I just wanted to concur with Thor. Some here have gotten off very successfully (runnermom56 & Robert_325, as well as PattiShan61). But, you may want to discuss with your Dr. the option of staying at a low dose, since the pain is still there, isn't it? Is there a procedure that will help alleviate the problem or is it there for life? Just thinking, as I believe I'd rather be on a small dose of Subox. for life than get into the opiate rat race again, if I had to make a choice! Good luck! Jillian
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