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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 HRChronicPain, Community Member, asks

Q: Needed- Pain/Anethes. Doctor that currently prescribe Suboxone for chronic pain treatment-Oregon

I started taking Suboxone to help with my chronic pain problems (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Crps, Fibro) a while ago in CA which were prescribed to me by my pain management doctor as an alternative to what I had been taking. It is very effective for me. I need to find a Pain Management Doctor here, in Oregon, that can write prescriptions for it. I have called all of the doctors listed on the Suboxone Web Site and am told that either they don't priscribe it, the doctor is not taking anymore patients on for a minimum of a year who want/need it, or they are detox clinics or Psychiatrists. I am on Disability and SSI but do not have any other insurance at this time except Medicare Parts A, B, and D. I am also on Lyrica, Soma, Baclophen, Trazadone, and Ambien CR. I need blocks on occasion as well as rhyzotomies (sp.), and of course there will be further surgeries down the line (I've had a total of 56 in my 43 yr. life), but I am avoiding them like the plague now. Can anyone help me find a Pain Management/Anystheseliogist Doctor in the Northern-ish part of Oregon or Southern Washington who can cover all of the above issues? I'm desperate to find one who really can cover everything.

 

If you are interested in Suboxone and how well it helps, please feel free to ask. It really has made a difference for me in respect to reducing my daily chronic pain level at an exceptable and consistant level. Clearly, however, it's not easy to find a pain management doctor in Oregon, even Portland, who actually is licensed to prescribe it. You would think, that especially when dealing with patients who have chronic pain issues and who mostly end up eventually needing heavier and heavier narcotics and even pumps, that the pain management patients and physicians would want to find alternatives!

 

Thank you very much for taking the time to review and respond to this!

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
5/31/09 4:18am

Our Dr. Lasich just recently did a SharePost about Suboxone's new Here to Help Program that is supposed to help connect you to physicians who can prescribe it.  There's even a phone number you can call.  Here's the link to her article:  Suboxone: Here To Help Program

 

I'm glad to hear you've found something that helps you so much!  I hope this helps you find a doctor.

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kimber1964, Community Member
6/ 1/09 2:19am
GOOD LUCK AND I REALLY MEAN THAT... I LIVE IN S.E. OHIO AND HAVE BEEN TO THE SAME DOCTOR FOR YEARS AND SHE UP AND LEFT HER PRACTICE AND KIND OF LEFT ME HANGING ... I HAVE BEEN OUT OF MY PAIN MEDS FOR ABOUT 2 WEEKS AND IVE BEEN GOING THROUGH WITHDRAWALS AND VERY BAD PAIN AND IVE BEEN TO ABOUT 4 DIFFERENT DOCTORS AND A PAIN MAN. DOCTOR AND A RHUEMATOLIGIST AND NO ONE WILL GIVE ME ANYTHING FOR PAIN RELIEF. IVE BEEN IN THE E.R. 3 DIFFERENT TIMES AND 2 DIFFERENT EXPRESS CARES AND IT SEEMS LIKE NO ONE CARES OR WANTS TO LISTEN. ITS ALMOST LIKE I GOT 'DRUG-SEEKER' WROTE ON MY FOREHEAD OR SOMETHING.. IDONT KNOW WHAT I AM DOING WRONG OR SAYING WRONG AND WHY THEY WONT HELP ME. I DONT KNOW ABOUT HOW THINGS ARE WHERE U LIVE BUT I WAS RECENTLY TOLD THERE IS A BIG STREET DRUG PROBLEM AROUND THIS AREA AND IT HURTS PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF THAT REALLY NEED SOMTHING FOR PAIN RELIEF AND CANT GET IT. MAKES ME SO DAMN MAD!!~ KIMBER Reply
marissa, Community Member
6/ 8/09 10:55pm

try ohsu comprehensive pain clinic get a referal they usually tell your primary what to prescribe but they will go there im on 40 mg oxycontin with oxycodone for breakthru.  but i just got cAught having two primaries who were prescribing what can i do i feel horrible but i know what it was like getting nothing and got scared.

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chaos, Community Member
8/13/10 12:06am

im going through the same and dont know what to do i am truly sorry, some things did happen, but we all deserve a second chance

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Hometown, Community Member
6/18/09 12:18am

I'd like to talk with you about Suboxone.  However, by this time I hope that you found a Doctor who can help you!  

I am 24 and had to leave law school mainly based on a sinus surgery gone wrong causing nerve damage.  Now I suffer chronic burning facial pain and severe migraines that go in cycles of severity, but never stop.  Needless to say, the rest of my body likes to keep things interesting with fibro, chronic neck pain, digestion issues...I'll spare you the rest, we all have our problems, right? Wink  Anyway, my new pain mgt drs think that I also have Central Pain Syndrome and want to hospitalize me for at least 5 days and start me on Suboxone and watch me.  They want me to take doses of this several times a day.  How does your pain work?  How do you take your meds? Mine is chronic, but comes in acute painful attacks.  Does it help for that?  Has it helped your daily activities?  Were you hospitalized and on a lot of other medications at the time you went on the drug? 

I'm just nervous to start it....so many failed drugs.  I'm trying to start my life again and try a new, less demanding graduate program and this drug just kinda scares me.  I have been researching it and there isn't a ton of information out on it for the treatment of pain.  

If you wouldn't mind helping me out and letting me know your experiences, I would really appreciate it.  Thank you.  

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Tom, Community Member
11/23/10 11:59pm

Do not fear Suboxone. I went through it for morphine withdrawal. I too live in constant chronic pain. The suboxone worked well and if you left them monitor you for 5 days that may help.

 

I am planning on switching to Suboxone for pain management in December.  I will keep the board posted on progress.I have a good pain management doctor in Miami Beach and I am hopeful that he will help me find a good subox regimen,

 

Good luck to all you suffferers out there. It is a shame that Western medicine is really clueless about treating chronic pain beside deadening us. If that worked regulary I would be fairly content. But even that does not always work, as most of you know.

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chaos, Community Member
8/13/10 12:03am

Suboxone contains naloxone which stops the opoids from really helping block pain. Read the insert on your suboxone scrip ot is not for anagesic purpose, it is for therapy for heroin and opiod abusers

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Tom, Community Member
11/24/10 12:02am

I do know that suboxone is being used more frequently for pain management but I am having a hard time finding good info. It seems to be used in Europe.

 

I don't mind not taking narcotics as long as the suboxone helps with my pain. Maybe I am just grasping at straws but I hope not.

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sharyl_j, Community Member
3/16/11 5:25am

I have been on suboxone now for a year it gave me my life back I was just like you maybe worse I had been on almost every drug you can think of for my pain the pain patch,morphine,opana 40mg 3 times a day and 20mg 3 a day for break through pain with them i was still in so much pain then when i found the dr. to give me the suboxone I felt so good enegry was up i just cant say enough on how great that drug is I hope you found a dr. to give you something I have moved a few times and it is crazy to find a new dr. they all look at you as if you just want drugs so i took all my drug test results in with me to show that i never failed one in 4 years

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Olivia, Community Member
5/ 8/13 9:34am
I live in Westerly, RI where a few Doctors have been arrested for prescribing narcotics!g My elderly, paranoid and irrational doctor fired me since he said ,he was afraid he would lose his license if he gave me anymore morphine sulfate so I decided once again to try pain mgt. Think it would look better for him to the drug companies and the dept. of health to see that he was trying to decrease it? There is a lack of Primary Care Doctors across the country, so I can't find one; Especially if I write on the application, I'm on morphine sulfate! Pain mgt. doctors, here in Westerly, only give temporary solutions to chronic pain - injections every other week, TENS, Neurontin (thought they would have come out with something better after 5 years that I have tried this method), and I am still taking Morphine Sulfate, but only until the end of this month unless I find a reasonable Doctor who can give me the proper meds I need! The Dept. of Health and Human Services recommended Suboxone - I have as yet to try this - Don't know how I will react to this; Meanwhile the pain mgt. Doctor, of course, is telling me to decrease the morphine since I may not be able to get more and no breakthrough meds! So, for chronic pain issues, and if you need real meds, a Pain mgt. Doctor is totally against any kind of medication that will relieve chronic pain. Hope it's different where you live, but here, they only want to give one an aspirin, or an injection when one has pain throughout one's body! I would try a Rheumatologist instead since they do prescribe pain meds. Also, a lot of Doctors have no clue about EDS, and believe it's only fibromyalgia, and don't believe we do have chronic, debilitating pain! So, no instead of seeing 1 Doctor, Medicare is going to be paying tons more for all the Docs I now have to see - psychiatrist, pain mgt., physical therapy, rheumatologist.......Reasonable - No! Reply
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By HRChronicPain, Community Member— Last Modified: 05/19/14, First Published: 05/27/09