Long before Suboxone , a product containing buprenorphine , was marketed as a treatment for chemical dependency and addiction , buprenorphine was being used by veterinarians and anesthesiologist for the treatment of pain. In the past, buprenorphine was not readily available for outpatient use because it is not a traditional medication that is taken by mouth and absorbed through the gastrointestinal system. Buprenorphine has traditionally been an intravenously administered drug, until now. There are now products that are dissolved in the mouth and products that are applied to the skin. So, the buprenorphine horizon is expanding.
As an outpatient drug, buprenorphine became widely recognized as a chemical in the product called Suboxone, which is used to treat opioid chemical dependency . Tablets containing buprenorphine only, without the additional nalaoxone found in Suboxone, are also available but are not readily prescribed because buprenorphine is well-like by intravenous drug abus...
While its very important to make sure the pain is not
related to some serious organic issue such as cancer or
infection and while most
and other physicians are good at finding such causes, what many
physicians are not good about is pain.
Those who have read my
(background) blog essay will remember that I found out I had
prostate cancer because I initially consulted my urologist about a
severe pain I had in my testicles. This turned out to be unrelated
to the prostate cancer (which was diagnosed separately), but the
pain was extremely upsetting to me. The urologist said I had
epididymitis (definition: inflammation of the epididymis, a thin
tube that runs from the testes to the prostate gland).
But it turned out that my urologist, who had seen epididymitis
many times didnt understand just how painful it was. Nor did
he (or my internist) have the slightest idea how to deal with it.
Warm baths. Aspirin. Ibuprofen. All were prescribed. None ha...
My name is Stacy, and I am 24 years old. I live in Atlanta, GA, although I have moved all over the U.S. and have lived in more than 30 cities (my favorite being San Francisco!). I have had TMJ disorder since I was mauled by a neighbor's dog in 1992. I have been to more doctors than I can count, and have had symptoms ranging from migraine headaches, to chronic facial pain and vertigo. I have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder from the dog attack, chronic daily headaches and migraines, malocclusion from improper orthodontics, degenerative disc disorder in my neck, and various neuropathies.. all of which were symptoms of a much bigger problem, TMJ disorder. Treatments have included splint therapy, trigger point injections, physical therapy, cervical facet blocks and occipital nerve blocks, seizure medications, anti-depressants, and psychological evaluations. I have had 9 surgeries (mostly bilateral) starting in 2003. These include multiple arthrocentesis, bilateral arthr...
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