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bekka99
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   Posted 11/21/2011 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I was in a car accident 10yrs ago. While recovering I became dependant on pain meds and also became depressed. On and off meds for years,after losing health insurance I went to a dr in may who put me on subutex and I will soon wean off of it.And I am terrified!!!! I am 47yrs old and I feel the best I have in years! On a low dose because of high price of tablets, but I am out of bed, taking walks, my back,neck and leg pain is much less,takes a few mins in morning after I take morning dose, and then I am active all day and I am being social again. I am working on my hobbies again writing, painting,making christmas ornaments and soon starting a new job! I talk to my doctor next month, he's already cut me back from 3 to 2  8mg tabs a day. Since I have no transportation, my job will be from home and I am pretty stuck out here (no neighbors really,they all live on 10+ acres) so we don't see eachother much. Hard to find people who understand and who I can talk to. Just looking to expand my support system.

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   Posted 11/21/2011 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bekka99,

Welcome to the depression forum. I am glad that you have joined us. You will be able to expand your support system here. There are many great supportive members. From all over.

Is there anyway you can continue this med at a low dose? Or is the doc going to take you off completely? I am sorry for your pain. I have fibromyalgia and have to take pain meds too. I take a number of meds for different reasons. I don't know what I would do without them. Living with chronic pain is depressing in itself. I hope that you can continue to do the things you have been able to do. Do keep us posted on how you are doing. I do understand that the subutex is to get you off of the pain meds. I hope that it works well. I am sure that the doc is going to wean you slowly. But do keep us posted on how you are doing.

Again, welcome to the forum...

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 11/21/2011 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you getting treatment from a pain management clinic or your regular doctor,
if your not under the care of pain management then ask your doctor for a recommendation
to one...and do you seek counseling for the depression that chronic pain can cause, if
not then seek out counseling help...Counseling can help a lot, I go every 2-3 weeks
also, look into some relaxation cd's online...they'll help...you can also posts in the chronic pain forum on here...
Hope you can get a low pain day soon...many well wishes
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BigSky Country
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   Posted 11/21/2011 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the board. Hope to hear from you more!

CassandraLee
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   Posted 11/21/2011 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bekka.  Welcome to the Healing Well Board.  I am so glad that you have been feeling better.  It sounds like your doctor has been cautious and has been weaning you down slowly.  But if you're nervous you should really talk to him/her about it if you haven't already.
 
We would be honored to be your new friends and extended support network.  We look forward to getting to know you.
 
Cass

sos007
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   Posted 11/21/2011 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Bekka...Welcome to healingwell forum. I am happy you feel better, and I think your doc. will probaly wean you off. Talk to doc. about your fear of going off. I wish you luck an keep in touch. Your definetly at the right place you will get great support here.



Take care, Amy


Chronic pain, fibro, mild depression and nerve damage

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 11/22/2011 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
hi bekka chronic pain too. sending healing compassion your way. keep posting we care. jamie
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beagleman
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   Posted 11/24/2011 4:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Bekka, my mother is the best example i know of someone living with chroic pain. She had back surgery when she was 40, she got the injury while working in a nursing home. Anyway despite pain all her life she has no depression, she is still able to shop and walk limited distances but copes with pain, she now has major curvature and degeneration of the spine. As far as socialising I find this very hard even though I have no problems except for major depression. I think if you try hard you will find a way to go to art class or other activities some others may offer to drive you. I expect you will do well as it would appear you already have learned to cope with your pain which some find very hard, well done.

ak angel
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   Posted 11/25/2011 3:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I was just reading your post. Your story sounds just like mine. I am currently on subutex for chronic pain. I use to be on heavey narcotics myself but they have too much problems that come with them. I have tried many times to do without and I would end up in the hospital for severe pain. I have been on subutex for 4 years. I take 1 1/2 8 mg tab daily. There are lots of dr's using this drug for chronic pain now. You don't need a special Dr. To write the script anymore if used for chronic pain. I love the drug, it has given my life back to me. I know how you feel on the expense. I pay cash for mine, but my medicare if going to start in January. I hope you can come off the drug, but if not check on keeping it for chronic pain. I live in Alaska and there are so many people wanting to try this for pain control. I love not waking up in the morning with withdrawals anymore. I sometimes forget to take mine. It last 18hrs in the blood. Hope things work out for you. I suffer from chronic depression. But stay on the fibro site mostly.

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   Posted 11/25/2011 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   
thx for sharing ak angel. we are here for you. with healing compassion, jamie
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sos007
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   Posted 11/25/2011 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Ak angel...I have been on narcotics for about 5 yrs. I have never heard of this drug subutex but will be talking with my doc about on my next visit. How long has this been available? This keep your pain under control? Sorry for all the questions I am just very interested in anything that can help with my pain. I worry about what these narcotics are doing to my organs. Thanks for listening.

Take care, Amy



Chronic pain(nerve), fibro, and mild depression

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   Posted 11/25/2011 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Amy,

I believe it is the same as Suboxone. It is fairly new, but has been around a couple of years I think. I hope you can find something to help you. A lot of people go to methadone to get off of narcotics. Though in my opinion, it is one too. Just easier to get off of.

I hope that you feel better soon.

Hugs. Karen
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sos007
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   Posted 11/25/2011 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Karen...I am going to speak with my doctor on my next visit. I also think methadone is just another narcotic. I will let you know what my doc says.

Take care, Amy

bekka99
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   Posted 11/28/2011 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all so much for your responses. smilewinkgrin   You all offer such good information and HOPE. Sorry so slow to reply. I just typed like 2 paragraphs and hit quick reply and lost it all...oh..well start again, learning my way around.
 
Angel ~ so good to meet you ! our stories are very similar.I will check out the fibro site, you said you stay on there. Will have to find out what that is. I would love to stay on a low dose of subutex daily, because it STOPS the craving, and the pain and helps the depression. I am currently prescribed 2 8mg tabs a day, I usually only take one. I break into quaters because the taste is nasty. The only problem I have had is almost daily I experience moments where I feel I will spin out of control. I breathe through it, take a brisk walk and or meditate (have learned a couple chants) and I pray alot. That's nothing to what I know I would feel like off of it! Last week it really esclated 3 days before Thanksgiving and 2 days before I trained for a new job and I did not sleep fo 3 days, finally called dr wednesday and they called in ambien. I slept 7 hrs straight the next night. And have taken every night since . I think I am gonna try and sleep without it tonight. I hope we stay in touch and I wish you the best.
 
SOS 007 ~ if you have not seen a dr yet, I will help you find one. Here in fla either Internal medicine or a suboxone dr (they can write script for subutex also)YES it will control he pain. As begalman posted how is mother has curvature of the spine and degeneration of spine, I have that also. I am unsure how long subutx has been around. Ask all the questions you want, looks like you got answers already. I will check my email more often.
 
ALL of your posts have raised my spi*** and given me hope already. Hopefully I can return the favor. Have a great Monday!

bekka99
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   Posted 11/28/2011 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
jamiee~ funny you mention bi-polar, my sister suggests that I am. I am exploring alot of things. Have to be careful choosing or changing dr because of $$. I have wonder myself about some kind of personality disorder. I had to stop self diagnosing, googling symptons etc...it was literally keeping me up at night. thank you

getting by
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   Posted 11/28/2011 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bekka99,

Don't you hate when you lose a post? And it usually seems to be the longer ones that we lose. Typing it all over again is hard. trying to remember what you wrote in the first one. lol... i have done it many times.

I am glad that the posts raised your spirits, I think that is what you wrote, the computer seems to think that there was a bad word in there. lol... I know that there wasn't.

I hope that you are having a good day, just wanted to pop in and say hello.

Take care, keep posting.

Hugs, Karen
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bayoub2
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   Posted 11/28/2011 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL I was wracking my brain trying to figure out that cuss word!!!!

Good luck to you dear, sounds like you are on right track

Maggie
"We never realize how strong we are, until being strong is the only thing left"
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theHTreturns...
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   Posted 11/28/2011 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
we are here for you. jamie.
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RAPID CYCLING BI-POLAR DISORDER

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

bekka99
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   Posted 12/1/2011 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again all, I hope to be of help to someone else on day. It's funny how it's actually been the strangers/newer friends that have helped me through all this. Sometimes family and close friends, are just that too close. The reason I post in this forum<depression> even though I do have cronic pain, & IBS. First came depression, the meds I abused for depression cause me to have a car accident, then along with those injuries and "getter older" came cronic pain. I kinda "flipped out day before  thanksgiving, I think being my first holiday without my dad and best friend,it was rough, could sleep. Doctor called in ambien so I could sleep. WOW what a difference getting sleep. i feel much better. I wish everyone here the best and again your posts give me hope, thankyou

getting by
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   Posted 12/1/2011 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bekka,

I hope that you are having a good day today.

Hugs, Karen
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theHTreturns...
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   Posted 12/2/2011 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   
we are all here for you and each other. we care. jamie. keep strong and keep with us. :-)
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RAPID CYCLING BI-POLAR DISORDER

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

No Worries!
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   Posted 12/3/2011 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Getting By: i have lost several posts I was typing also. Now I type them up on my word processor first!

Bekka99: Welcome to the family! No matter what you are struggling with...you have already found out that you are not alone in many ways. If you haven't already done so, please check out the chat section. If you don't see anyone signed in the depression room, continue to sign in to which ever room you see others signed into. You will find that it doesn't really matter what our medical issue is, because we all enjoy each others company!

I had a work injury that caused serious neck, back and leg problems. I suffer from chronic pain and depression. I lost my job and have had several surgeries with more to follow. I was lost in my own woes and self pity until I found this awesome website, Healing Well. It gave me great pleasure and a new sense of purpose to be able to help and support others who are suffering like me. I've made many new friends who truly know what I am going through with CP and depression. I value their support and every opportunity to pay it forward! I welcome anyone who would like a more personal dialogue to email me with any questions or concerns, etc. Just be sure to add Healing Well in the subject line or I may delete the email by accident!

Have a wonderful and pain free weekend!

Charles

getting by
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   Posted 12/3/2011 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the wonderful post Charles. It makes me feel good to see all the support here. Makes me proud of this forum.


I truly hope everybody has a good weekend too. Raining here on top of the snow. Yuck. It is very damp. Hope the sun comes out later. We'll see...

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 12/4/2011 12:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Wonderfully put What'done,,,I could not agree more. I am sorry for all your pain, I will keep you in my prayers



Bless you, Amy
Chronic Pain(nerve), fibro, mild depression and a few others
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