Hi all, I went to a new pain doctor last week. I was excited to see that he is a DO (osteopathic) since I thought they were more about exercises than drugs. Not this one.
I'm allergic to all opiates we've tried. I've had lung surgery on both lungs so I've been strongly urged to not use opiates anyway. I live alone and would have no one to watch me if taking a major med that puts me out. I told the new doc all of this. He told me no physical therapy, no better brace... just a "let's try this med!" Great. He gave me Tizanidine (Zaniflex) and Salsalate and Amitriptyline 10mg (I was on 800mg Ibuprofen and 25mg Amitriptyline).
The tizanidine did not work out well for me at all. I took the first dose Thursday night and woke up crying Friday. Cried all day long. Woke up (only sleeping a few hours a night) on Saturday and cried all day long again. Sunday I woke up the same... and by Sunday night I was trying to break open a Daisy razor to finish myself off. Crying because I could not even break open the razor (someone was watching over me), I went to bed crying and thinking I would even screw up that.
I stopped taking the tizanidine on Sunday night since I was in such a horrid mood. By Monday night I was feeling much better. By Tuesday I felt like myself, emotionally, again. I actually felt a lot better just because I wasn't crying anymore.
This doctor told me to try those for a week until he could get some "real" medicine for me that he would have to order. He's going to put me on Suboxone this Thursday. I'm more than a little scared.
I'm really not sure what to do here. Disability turned me down partly due to it being my first application and partly due to my "unwillingness to try opiates" even though it's marked all over my records that I'm allergic and have had lung surgeries.
I have 5 bulging discs and BPPV with severe rotoscoliosis. I really don't know what to do. This suboxone seems like a pretty powerful drug. Has anyone had experiences with it? Any advice would be appreciated!