Hello everyone, first time blogger any where. I have been surfing and reading posts for about 2 hours now. I have had many questions answered but a few more have come up...so let me introduce myself before I do something else with my day. I am a 61 year old female. I have had issues with chronic pain since at least 1995. Despite fibro and multiple injuries I was able to function as an RN in ICU environments working 12 hour shifts 3-6 days a week.
Dec. 2009 I completely herniated my L4-5 disc to the right at work. Managed to return to work on alleve after 4 days off on oxy. But in April 2011 I blew out the L3-4 disc to the left. I was overwhelmed by this level of pain. I was on some form of oxy until April of this year. I won't bother ranting about our pain management system. Suffice it to say requests for non-narcotic measures didn't get adequate response. In addition I have multiple med sensitivities.
The started me on 2 strips of 8/2 suboxone strips. I was thrilled with the pain relief and so happy not to be a zombie. Then in our mandatory group meetings I heard people talk about the horror of getting off sub. Since I pay out of pocket for the $325 clinic + scrips I am anxious to get down and off. My Doctor is definitely not on board. When I told him I was taking 11/2 strips successfully he was angry. Told me I had no business reducing until he recommended and said he would not reduce until at least one year at the 16mg day regimen. That is when I started lying.
I am now at 6-8mg daily for the last week. Glad to know my sudden return to laziness and sleep problems is a not a failure of my character.
I have also been unable to tolerate the additional meds he is prescribing me. trazadone among them.
Currently main questions I have. Will my urine screen show I am not taking trazadone? Will it show the dose of sub I take. And is alcohol really going to kill me? I sure could use a cold brew or icy cocktail some days.
Thank you many times over. I will check in regularly to read for answers to this and all the info I didn't know I needed. P.S. will the Imodium used this way constipate? that 2 has been an issue on opiates.