I was on 24mg of Sunstone sublingual tablets, then the films, for a total of 9 years. When my insurance changed, and I could no longer be injected with steroids every 3 months, my pain doctor dismissed me for "failure to discontinue a controlled substance I had been ordered to discontinue." The entire nine years as a patient, the Dr, and his PA both knew that I was on klonopin for panic disorder, and I was ordered not to discontinue the klonopin by my psychiatrist.
So, my regular doctor sends me to a new pain Dr solely because he prescribes Suboxone. I've been seeing this new pain doc for almost 6 months, and he keeps prescribing Vicoprofen, then Norco, and now he has me on 20mcg patches of Butrans. I am getting zero relief from these patches. Some days I truly wonder if the patch is sticking to my skin sufficiently. When I was on Suboxone, I felt normal. Heck, I asked to try Suboxone back in 2008 when the previous doc said "after avinza, we are gonna have to start thinking about a fentanyl patch, or methadone." Both of those drugs scare me to death. Even hydrocodone annoys me because it doesn't last more than 3 hrs.
So, my question is this. I know there are others here who are on Suboxone for pain. What I am looking for is some literature regarding who can prescribe Suboxone, and if they can Rx it for pain. I found a couple of sites that said it could be written for pain management, but would be considered "off-label". My thoughts on that are, "so what! It's the only thing that has worked for me." While I was on Suboxone my pain stayed at a constant 2-3. Now I can't even sleep more than 3 hours without waking up and hurting and feeling horrible. On Suboxone I was able to work (at a bank, but it was work), since being off Suboxone I have had to file for disability, and it's been a horrible experience.
If anyone here can point me in the correct direction regarding literature on pain treatment and Suboxone, I'd be very appreciative. I see my regular Dr today just to tell him that this pain management with normal narcotics just doesn't cut it. ******************************************************************** Welcome to Spine-Health
It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
Here are some questions that you should answer:
- When did this first start?
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.
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It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have areI’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?
Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
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