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Hello there,
I truly empathize with the amount of pain you are experiencing and the daily challenges involved with trying to manage it successfully. I say “manage successfully” because I don’t know of anybody who suffers from severe chronic pain or acute chronic pain that gets rid of all their pain or neutralizes all of their pain. I’ve been successfully using opioids for over 30 plus years to manage a number of types, places and sources in my body that contribute to my ongoing, severe chronic pain. I’ve tried just about every pain management medication and protocol there is, (excluding anything surgically planted inside my body).
Firstly, a stronger Opioid isn’t always better or more effective for successfully managing your chronic pain. Finding the right medication and or combination of medications and dosages are extremely important.
Secondly, I did and continue to do a lot of research about opioid medications. Putting aside all of the subjective feelings, attitudes and beliefs etc. Opioids exist for a reason. “THEY ARE EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE IN MANAGING SEVERE CHRONIC PAIN WHEN NOTHING ELSE CAN PROVIDE EQUAL OR BETTER EFFICACY!”
In my quest to find the best pain management protocol for myself, I included trying SUBOXON as an alternative to my regularly prescribed Opioids. You are correct in describing it as an “Off Label” pain medication. FACT: SUBOXON is an OPIOID.
Its initial and primary use was to assist people with an Opioid Usage Disorder to assist them to reduce or get off of the opioids they were taking all together. FACT: Not everybody who has used or continues to use Opioids has a OUD! FACT, most long time Opioid users have a Opioid Physical Dependence issue. Although different, similar to a diabetic who is physically dependent on their insulin,
I was assured by the physician who initially prescribed Suboxon to me that it would be as equally effective and provide the same efficacy as my OXYCODONE. That proved to be totally inaccurate and not truthful for me. It provided me very little pain relief and I found it to be woefully ineffective for my pain management requirements.
Even worse, when I told him the truth about my experience and requested to go back to my Opioids he refused to prescribe them to me. It was bad enough that his initial comments about the efficacy were not true and misleading. Even worse, was his refusal to prescribed me the previous Opioids I was on that had been very effective and worked well for me.
This entire situation exacerbated my pain and created a very real and almost impossible situation for me to find another physician who would prescribe me my Opiates.
Keep in mind that there was nothing in my medical files or history that stated or even in the slightest way suggested that I had ever abused my Opiate medications or had ever taken them inappropriately.
FACT: Suboxon”MIGHT” be effective for some patients as an alternative choice to there current Opioid medication but there is absolutely NO GUARANTEES that it will be. If the physician feels so confident that they will be as effective than I would expect them to write a letter stating so and a guaranteeing me that he or she would prescribe me my previous Opioid medication if the Suboxon did not work out as well as they had promised.
Like many controversial subjects in life, about 50% of the people will support it and about 50% will not. I found this to be equally true when it came to the subject of prescribing Opiates to manage severe chronic pain. Like many people and or positions taken on a subject, they will innately already have made specific decisions about something without researching it adequately or utilizing FACTS and RESEARCH to arrive at their decision(s).
PAIN and PAIN MANAGEMENT are very personal situations. Everybody experiences pain differently. There might be some people who share some common or similar experiences regarding pain and the levels of severity they feel etc. However, one must be free to investigate and try whatever they find to be the most efficacious solution for themselves.
Best wishes and good luck.

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Hello to you all, please excuse all of my previous misspellings of SUBOXON instead of SUBOXONE. You misspell
it once and it threads through the entire piece.