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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 11:23 am 
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Ok, I am offthe Suboxone and I feel great. Everything is going well ! Sleeping 5-6 hours a night without waking and loving life.

My problem/question is I am only 29. I got started on opiates when I broke my ankle during a football game in high school when I was 16. I would take opiates when they were available or offered until my addiction became in control at 23-24 years old (everyday use to feel "normal").

I am still very prone to breaking bones, tearing muscles and straining every part of my body due to the fact that I do mixed martial arts 4 days a week.

What do I do when I fracture my leg or arm ? What do I do when I tear my ACL ? What do I do when I break something ?
The question is not " IF " but " WHEN " because it WILL happen. Am I supposted to tell the Dr. that I am addicted to opiates and some tylenol will be just fine ? That's not gonna cut it !

So then what are we supposted to do as addicts when we actually need an opiate medication ? Moderate it ? Not use anything and tuff it out ? So many factors come into play now and I would really like to know what everyone thinks ?

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Ryan


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I am not sure there is one right answer. First you will have to be completely honest with yourself should you get injured. Is the injury really severe enough that you will require pain meds. As addicts we have a tendency to over dramatize the pain because we want those pain pills. If your injury is bad enough that you require pain meds, you should give them to someone so you have no choice but to take them as prescribed, if we could control this we wouldn't have been addicts and gotten on sub in the first place. As far as telling the Dr I would have to say in my opinion this is a grey area. Ideally you should be able to be honest with the dr and still get the pain control you need and deserve bit some dr.s will hold being an addict against you and not treat your pain adequately. If it were me I would have to feel the Dr out before I decided if I would tell him or not. You don't deserve to suffer because of a Dr.s prejudice.

It is a slippery slope so should you require pain meds you are going to have to remember you are an addict and take every precaution possible to not get back into active addiction.


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