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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:56 am 
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Today is day 6 of suboxone for me. I was taking oxycodone for the past 4 years or so. I was getting legitimate scripts from a family doctor for severe neck pain but my tolerance kept building up until I finally decided to go ahead with surgery. Prior to starting suboxone I was taking 240mg of Oxycontin (3 X 80mg tabs) every day along with around 300mg of oxy IR (9-10 X 30 mg) every day! I am 5'4" 135 pounds & my neurosurgeon was shocked at the amount of medication being prescribed to me for how small I am. I think he was disgusted by the fact that I had been given such a high dose of such a powerful narcotic. Being on the high dose really complicated things for my surgery but luckily for me I had the best surgeon along with a great hospital to get me thru it. Last Tuesday around 10pm I took my last pill & started suboxone around 3:30 Wednesday. The withdrawals sucked, that's for sure & the next 2 days were a little foggy. I have to say that by Friday afternoon I was really beginning to feel better than I had for quite some time. I can tell after this short time that my body is way better off not having all of the oxy coursing thru my veins. I am just so happy that I decided to take this step & get off my pain meds. I was just so scared to give up the one thing that was "always there for me". After being on meds that long I definitely developed habits with the pills. There were such ups & downs with my meds, I felt like all I worried about were my pills & it was horrible. Anyway, I wanted to say hi to everyone. I had been reading posts on here prior to starting my suboxone & it was great to have some idea what to expect. I know things are only going to get better from here!


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Good morning and welcome, amberlee! Congratulations to you on starting suboxone. I'm glad that you're feeling better. That fog you mentioned is pretty normal, but as you've seen, it does subside.

I'm so glad to hear that the forum was helpful to you, that's what we're here for. Hope to see you posting more and more. Again, welcome!

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Hi Amberlee,

A big Welcome in is order today. That is great news the way it worked out for you. Isn't it nice to not have to think about your next dose or what it's doing to your health?

For me, Sub was a no brainer. People have some strong opinions about it and I'm not saying they're wrong, I'm saying Sub was the best alternative I had. I felt trapped in a corner with no way out until I called around looking for addiction specialists and found my doctor. His nurse talked to me for over two hours on the phone and I got off the meds a few days later. I am going to have to send them a big Thank You card for saving my life.

Life will get better and better for you. Don't worry know about how long you should be on Sub. At least six months to a year is recommended for a good chance at recovery. Some decide to stay on it for life. It's a personal decision.

Welcome to your new life of recovery!


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