Hi. I am no doctor, (as I am only 19), but I too suffer from chronic pain and have been for 6+ years; I am currently at the max dose of Fentanyl (which is the strongest pain medication: 100x stronger than morphine), and after 2 years, even that is no longer controlling my pain. Like you, My pain doc also is wanting me to try suboxone/subutex/buprenorphine (all the same med, just different manufacturers/generics), and after doing some research, I have found that while it is most commonly used to treat drug ABUSE or drug ADDICTIONS, it has also been used for treatment of chronic pain, and/or chemical dependence as it does have an anelgesic property, and resets your pain recepeters in as little as 36 hours, so lower doses of meds may work even better in better in the future than the higher doses being previously/currently taken. Seemingly like you, I, too, was taken aback and slightly offended at first, but my doctor clearly explained that he knows my problem is chemical dependence not addiction- according to him, dependence becomes addiction when you harm yourself or someone else, or lie to get what you want- either your meds or money to buy them, or when you you do not use them as prescribed/ over-use. Suboxone use for pain is becoming more common, and though it is similar to methadone (which can also used to treat both addiction and pain), it has fewer side effects and more benefits. If you are interested, I have posted several links below containing much more info that you may, as I did, find helpful/comforting/informative:
I hope you find these articles helpful, and would recommend reading (or at least skimming through) all of them, as they each contain different bits of info about the med, its use, its effectiveness, etc. Please know that I will keep you in my prayers, and wish you the best of luck! If you have any more questions, or would like to contact me for whatever reason- even if just for support- just reply.
I am still having a lot of health problems, so it may take me a while to reply, but I do my best to get back to you as soon as I can if needed! God Bless, -Taylor <3
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