Problem with Suboxone

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   Posted 2/18/2011 12:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been on Suboxone for 11 months. I suffer with chronic pain from a "slip and fall" on ice in 2005, that effected my upper right quadrant. I've had 3 failed rotator cuff surgeries, a cervical fusion, and a shoulder replacement which was a failure as none of the tendons healed to the bone. After the shoulder replacement in 2008 I was placed on Percocet. I also was prescribed Soma to ease the severe muscle spasms in the neck and shoulder area.
I'm not a drug addict as I have never taken any meds that weren't prescribed. Percocet worked but I was starting to get a bit scared about the future and my need of a more potent med. I went to the first
I am in a mess with my left shoulder because it has been doing all the work. I just found out that my left arm has a full thickness tear that has to be surgically repaired. They also found that I have severe carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands.

I have been patient with taking the Suboxone but really can't stand it. My pain flares and there is nothing I can take for break thru pain. I can't take NSAIDs for the inflammation. So I have days that I am in at least 7-8 level pain. I sleep from mid-night till 1:30-2pm. The only good time of my day is when I'm sleeping. My pain is caused by movement. I've had it. I am now on my third pain management doctor. After the third appointment I was informed that he has no knowledge of Suboxone and that he is a physiatrist that specializes in rehabilitation from strokes, accidents. He says he isn't a comprehensive pain clinic. At my appointment on Tuesday, he told me to raise my amount of suboxone for 8 mg to 16 mg. I complained that I would just sleep and not move. He didn't now what to tell me. I came home and went to my primary care doctor the next day. He is referring me to a psychiatrist that treats drug addicts so that she can assist me in detoxing from the suboxone. The suboxone has killed my appetite. It's not a side effect but I have to force myself to eat. Believe that is not ME at all. I'm scared as I've lost almost 20 lbs in a year.
Has anyone had to have surgery while taking Suboxone? Has anyone been taken off Suboxone? Does suboxone cause anyone to not have an appetite? scool shocked shocked shocked shocked

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   Posted 2/18/2011 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi..sorry your in so much pain! Yes I've been on suboxone for quite awhile myself..but suboxone is not an addictive drug! So detoxing shouldn't b a problem and if your admitted to the hospital they will more than likely put you on dilladin for pain! Take care!

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   Posted 2/18/2011 5:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome. I'm sorry that I cannot answer your question, but wanted to provide some support. I don't know much about suboxone, but that the psychiatrist I see is certified in prescribing it and that Dr's who prescribe it have to be trained specifically.

As far as the other....I'm sorry you have had so many Dr's, but it may be time to continue looking. Perhaps the PCP can recommend someone to help you. I don't heal well or respond well to most surgeries (most fail), so I can understand that part well. I also understand the CP very we do have some things in commmon.

I think if this were me, that I'd start looking again...even if it meant a very long drive to find a Pain Management team who will work with me.

I wish you all the best!
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   Posted 2/18/2011 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. I am glad that you found us but sorry that you have to be here. Wow, it really sounds like you have had more than your fair share of medical problems.

I have no personal knowledge of the medication that you are on either. I think maybe one or two people here at the forum may have tried it or have been on it before. I can understand your concerns about medication in long term use, but studies have shown that CP patients rarely ever become addicted to their medications as long as they take them as prescribed by the dr. They may become tolerant to the medication but that is not the same as addicted to it. None of us want to take medication ever, but when quality of life issues are at stake sometimes we have no choice. There are so many different types of pain medication out there, I feel quite certain a good competent pain mgt dr could really help you out and restore some quality life for you. It sounds to me like you have suffered enough. You will have to get your PCP to make the referral to a PM dr. Otherwise, I see you getting no help for your pain as primary care drs will not write prescriptions for pain meds long term.

Please keep posting and let us know how you are coming along.
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