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PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:34 am 
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I was struck by a vehicle a pedestrian walking. It was a Honda Odyssey Van. Vehicle was going 44 miles on a 25 mile zone.
For the past 10 months I have been using opiates for my pain i.e Fantanyl75 mg, oxycodone 30 every four hours. As a result of this accident I suffered a head injury, multiple shattered pelvis, 3 diffre S1-5 T11 fractures on spine. Although Im on opiates I have noticed I need more and more and my pain has not diminished, Im 24 years old just graduated college six months later I got into a major accident that was life changing and doctors are even afraid to operate because of all the damage. Im still seeking for the proper treatment. However I do not know what to do. My friend is a nurse and he mentioned Suboxone helps for orthophedic pain and perhaps I should consider getting off and take a break and if i need the medication again just get back on a lower dose so that it may be more effective. Im desperate for some POSITIVE INSIGHT 10 months later and the pain is still brutal. Im glad I found this forum. LAST BUT NOT LEAST DOES SUBOXONE HELP FOR CHRONIC PAIN FOR THIS MAJOR O0RTHOPHEDIC PROBLEM AND WHAT MILLIGRAM SHOULD I CONSINDER AFTER USING ALL THIS MEDICATION FOR THE PAST 10 MONTHS OR SHOULD I STAY ON THE OPIATES AND THAN CONSIDER GETTING OFF WITH SUBOXONE WHEN MY BODY HEALS??????


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Since you're in so much pain perhaps methadone may work a bit better for you

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Hi dancing and welcome to the forum. Some of us around here do take suboxone for chronic pain, but I dare say your pain is probably much worse (I'm sure it's worse than my own fibromyalgia and IC pain). Like Jamez suggested, methadone might be the better choice for you. It sounds like you might be dependent on your meds and not addicted? It is normal to need more and more of the full agonists ("regular" pain meds) over time to achieve the same pain relief. It's tolerance. So to reiterate, some people are definitely helped by taking sub and it does help their pain. But on the other hand, there are people who say suboxone doesn't help their pain at all. I would suggest you ascertain whether you are addicted or not - ie, do you take more than prescribed? Do you go thru withdrawals every month because you've run out early? Do you supplement your legitimate rx by buying off the street? Is you use causing you negative consequences in your life? Then I would talk to your doctor and discuss methadone vs suboxone.

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I too take suboxone for chronic pain and it works fairly well for me at high doses. However, I experienced some random leg pain the other night, either a muscle spasm of sorts or radiculopathy as it went all the way to my foot. Suboxone didn't seem to be helping that much at all seeing as I was miserable. So it really just depends.

I don't think suboxone is only for people who are addicted. I think suboxone is a good plan for some people when chronic, long term pain is inevitable and they have to find a way to LIVE. But I also think all other treatment options should be exhausted (surgery, injections, etc) and that you need to sit down with a doctor who knows about suboxone and decide if it is a good plan for you or not. It could be that methadone is a better plan. They recently came out with a new form of bupe called butrans which might be something that would work for you as well. The doctors know best about what milligrams you would need for pain control. You should probably research until you find a very good pain management specialist. They should know what might be best for you.

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