Methadone And Buprenorphine

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Jane Says:
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I've been taking 30mg of Methadone for a few months. I've had 3 severe back surgeries and started taking the Methadone until I could get into pain management. I had a medial nerve block yesterday and I also only took 10mgs of Methadone yesterday, too. The pain Dr. wrote me the Butrans 5mcg/hr patch. It's Buprenorphine, i suppose like Subutex without Naloxone. I'm in a lot of pain today, but scared that if I apply the patch i will go into withdrawal. Please help if anyone truly knows what's best.



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Well, i took 10 mg the day of my medial nerve block, they gave me some xanax for future cervical blocks. It had been 30hrs no methadone, so I applied the 5mcg/hr block along with a flexeril and 2mg xanax and slept. Got some sweats, don't feel the greatest this morning, but grateful for no major withdrawals! Such a small amount of this stuff is released per hour, per packaging, so i tried it cuz i was feeling so sick. Problem is this isn't cutting it foe the pain! Need a higher dose, or breakthrough, and my dr wont. Thanx to the new strict policies, people like myself have to suffer who have severe pain.I've had an anterior disctectomy with cervical fusion, my c2-c7 were removed and a titanium plate was implanted, then recently a lumar fusion of l4,l5 but a month later they remoced the hardware on right side. Im 37 with major spondylolethesis, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease. Every surgeon is horrified by my MRI's, but they don't treat me accordingly for pain. I don't want to be overmedicated,just treated kindly and fair, and medicated properly..... It's so defeating.

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Hello, Jane! How arae you doing, now? Has there been any change?

Buprenorphine doesn't help everyone with pain, unfortunately, though some people do achieve a good level of relief from taking it. There is a risk of precipitated withdrawal, if it is take too soon, after having taken other opiates, so I am very glad you didn't experience any severe issues, after taking it.

When will you be seeing the doctor, again?

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