Your doctor may have taken you off the Catapress patch since your blood pressure is so low. Catapress is a blood pressure medication that is sometimes used to ease the symptoms of withdrawal. It works pretty well at doing that, however one of the main purposes of it is as a blood pressure medication and it can cause your bp to drop extremely low. In that case, your doctor did the right thing in removing it.
I'm truly sorry for everything that you are going through. I wish that there was some way to ease your suffering.
As far as the suboxone goes, now that you are through detox, suboxone is also used to treat pain, although there are some serious debates on how effective it is. I don't know what your dosage is, but my understanding of suboxone in pain management is that less is more.........meaning that suboxone in treating pain is only supposed to be used at extremely low doses, in other words dosages of .02 or .04 mg , that is considerably less than what is used in treating withdrawal.
Suboxone also has naltraxone in it, which is to prevent abuse of other pain medications. I would strongly suggest that you find another pain management doctor and discuss options with him since this neurosurgeon is not interested in treating any pain that you have, and I'm sure that you have far more than we can imagine.
Please find another PM, one who is empathetic to what you are going through.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.