I too have scoliosis C4-T4 and both it and injuries to my hip and SI from an accident cause me daily pain.
I understand what you mean about
gabapentin and that is a key reason why I stopped using it. I had a similar reaction to lyrica.
I don't know what other pain meds you've tried, but there are certainly many others that could help if the buprenorphine is not. I have also recently gotten relief from trigger point injections into what I think you mean by "hot spots". The doctor injected the various places that felt like burning spears and one has improved radically, others nothing substantial.
Sitting is also a problem for me and I've come to work out of a "zero gravity chair" -- sort of like a recliner. I have set up my monitors, etc. all to fit my position. Further, I've gone through many pillows and I now am using a wheelchair pillow with a gel core.
My father has lumbar scoliosis and when he sits, he uses a lumbar support belt to help his ribs stay up and not rest on his pelvis. That is also something you might want to look into.
Lastly, sleep is very important and you should discuss a sleep aid with your doctor. I've used ambien (time release is best), as well as various benzodiazepines (xanax, ativan, valium).
Welcome to the board -- I'm sure others will welcome you as well. Hope you find some good advice & some relief.
Post Edited (cogito) : 1/5/2012 8:22:09 AM (GMT-7)