I have been suffering from chronic pain as the result of a lumbar radiculopathy and RSD of my left leg. I was treated with opoid medication for many years. My pain management doctor switched me to Suboxone 8mg/2mg last July. Although I did not enjoy full relief, I was able to get off Avinza and Dilaudid & was successfully managing the pain under the supervision of my doctor.
Two weeks ago, I was denied a refill on the Suboxone from the DOL OWCP (workmen's compensation) because the claims examiner determined that Suboxone was not for the management of chronic pain.
As a result of the denial, I suddenly stopped the Suboxone which I was taking 4 sublingual strips a day. My pain symptoms skyrocketed to the 8/9 level along with a withdrawal unlike I ever experienced before. I spoke with the OWCP claims examiner today who told me that she looked up the medication which is not used for pain management & would not cause any withdrawal symptoms...
I lost about 14 lbs, experienced the worst insomnia with only 2-3 ours of sleep with medication, sweats, runny nose, racing thoughts, and many other withdrawal symptoms. I am waiting to hear back from my doctor.
I would like to know if Suboxone is used by others for pain management.