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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:41 am 
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I have made an introduction post and a post concerning side effects of Suboxone. I am struggling to wrap my head around all this. Will try and make this short. Right now I am taking 3-8mg Suboxone films. I had a cervical fusion in 2008 and have been on opiates ever since. I have degenerative disc disease and other shit going wrong in my back and other joints. Uncle Arthur is a dear friend also. Ha! Through these years it has taken more and stronger opiates to manage my pain. Not to mention several pain management doctors. Besides the opiates my other vice is marijuana. Maryjane has got me kicked out of a couple PM's. Well last year I was bumped up to 6 per day 10/325 oxycodone. Also had tried MS Contin too. Well I had a Geneswab done a year ago (test that shows what drugs work well and those that don't) and it showed that all the opiates I've been on these years, Lortab, Oxycodone, MS Contin, Morphine only work at 40% with my genetic makeup. The drugs that showed would work at maximum were Suboxone, Butrans, and Nucenta. My pain management doctor did not really believe in that test (expensive) and would not prescribe any of those for me. Well in the past 10 months or so since I was given the 6 a day 10/325 oxycodone, it would take at least 4 before I could function, by the end of the day I had taken at least 4 more just to get things done around the house. I was running out of pills at week two and was begging, borrowing and on occasion stealing any pain med I could find. I was falling into a black hole I didn't think I could crawl out of. And the withdrawals were a nightmare. I finally got fed up with myself and decided to seek help 3 weeks ago. I have been on Suboxone for 16 days and I have to say I haven't felt this good in years. Shame on the doctor that didn't believe my Geneswab test! I am still concerned though because I have two major surgeries coming up soon and wonder how in the hell will they manage my pain after surgery. I have been assured the recovery center I am at will work with the Neurosurgeons. I have read Dr. J's pre and post op articles and that has helped a bit, but I am still scared. I am glad I decided to get help, but at the same time I feel like I wouldn't have to be in this situation if only the doctor would have took that test seriously. I like my recovery center but this out of pocket is expensive. Sorry this was so long but I feel better just getting it off my chest.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:14 am 
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I pay out of pocket and ur right, it can be very expensive. I've been paying for almost 6 years. If I do the math, it's a wholeeeeeeeeeee lot. Ppl who pay cash not only pay for the doctor bill, they also pay for the medication too (well not everyone I guess). I'm actually VERY good at not thinking of the negative anymore. I have no idea how I got so good at that and maybe I'm not good at it at all and I'm just ignoring anything bad for procrastination reasons lol who knows, but I'm just thankful where I'm at today and I know that I wouldn't have had the opportunity to feel this peace without buprenorphine treatment. It is worth the money when I always remember my active addiction, maybe the peace from all that will help u too when u think of the expense part :)

Try not to worry much about ur surgery, u seem to have doctors that are willing to work with u and I'm sure it'll all be ok. Of course ur nervous, who wouldn't be, but I think you'll be a-ok!

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