Toward the end... "relieves my GI problems WITHOUT the use of Suboxne."
I don't know if this will be of any help but a friend of mine used to suffer with constant GI/IBS problems, she used to joke she had her own stall at work. A homeopath suggested she tried Peppermint Oil and that did seem to improve matters for her. I feel rather dubious recommending a course of action as you have already seen specialists, etc and such but it might be worth talking to you doctor about non-standard options like that.
Sub is probably the most controversial subject on this forum so not gonna get too involved in that having no direct knowledge of it but I agree it does seem an odd treatment choice. I hope you can find a solution to this, it can't be pleasant.
Hi clean house, I too was an oxy abuser, but for 4 years of steady doses along with vicodins, percocets, lorcet, lortab, patches, xanax for the cocktails and klonopin. I have not had an oxy in 5 months, but weaned my stupid way just with vicodin and xanax, I have doctor shopped every clinic within a 60 mile radius and its my 3rd day without anything, and you want to talk about horrible diaharea, oh my god. I have been in several treatment centers some for long term, always put on subs, but the minute I get off of subs, bam, i am back out doctor shopping again. I lost one marriage of 30 years on the count of 4 years ago, remarried 2 months ago and she found my stash. Now I feel dumb alone stupid, tried everything in the book, but the subs never worked for me. I am taking ammodiam AD chewables, and going to see a therapist. I am lost here in NC.
Just to be clear...
I don't have a problem with Suboxone. I have a problem with the way my situation was handled. I put my trust in these medical professionals, and I think they directed me toward a solution...however I know that it was not the best possible one.
There is a lot of drama that comes with reaching out for help with addiction. It pops up on here from time to time, but the strain on relationships with doctors, along with medical insurance issues really adds more stress to an already intense situation.
I would gladly take .5mg of Suboxone everyday if it were indicated for severe GI problems. But its not, and unfortunately there is a stigma within the medical community that comes with a record of anything relating to addiction treatment. So I am stuck taking an off-label medication for a physiological stomach condition that is being prescribed by a psychiatrist. I was happy with him treating my addiction...but my GI issues, not really. I mean, I doubt any addict would want a dermatologist treating their addiction. (not a great analogy but you get my drift)
Like any medication, Suboxone is a great drug when prescribed and utilized properly. Man, transitioning from dealing with all the Oxy BS to taking one pill under my tongue each morning was amazing. I saved thousands of dollars, excelled at my job, worked out everyday, reconnected with friend, my family, and just felt proud of myself during the first 8 months I was on Suboxone. I will attest...the drug will give and opiate addict their life back. For me it was that gift but even better... I didn't have the cravings for some other drug. All I craved was not feeling ill all the time...so when I got on the Suboxone I never looked back. It was wonderful.
So yeah...Suboxone...bottom line, great for getting your life back in order. Great for many people...a life saver in many cases.
Like I said, my issue is the approach taken by the doctors after I discontinued the Suboxone. And some can say that I am looking to place blame. But at the time I placed doctors on the highest pedestal. They had all the answers, they were always right, and I believed that if I followed their instructions everything would be okay. I learned my lesson on that. I had never understood the idea of second opinions...I definitely do now.
Hi I really empathize with you. My dr's have offered me anitdepressants for physical pain, and other stuff. Seems that they prescribe these drugs for things that they are not designed for. I would confront the dr. and ask why he is treating an abdominal problem with opiate drugs? Have you been to a good gasterentologist to help you with the stomach problem? I think you have done great as far as getting off the opiates, good for you but I would pursue finding an answer for your physical problem. Hope this helps.
Thank you for the kind words.
Suboxone is the only medication I can obtain that provides relief. Like I said, the specialists that I saw weren't interested in treating me. I don't think they thought I was pretending to be in pain to obtain narcotics, I just think they didn't want to deal with their perceived risk of treating a patient who was addicted to a drug in the past. And ultimately, it is that attitude that really darkens my outlook on the future.
I am happy to say that I have found an internist in my new city that does have the ability to prescribe Suboxone. I plan on seeing him, and am hopeful that his knowledge of physical medicine and Suboxone will lead to a resolution.
I'm a strong, honest person. Most of us recovering addicts are...many of those in the midst of addiction as well. Honestly, addicts in many cases are some of the most compassionate, giving, and ultimately respectable people there are. (in my opinion) I know that probably doesn't make sense to many...but if you agree with me, you know what im talking about.
Anyways, my point is that I am going to create a resolution to this problem. It may cost a lot of money. I may have to take a few shots at my pride. But I know that I am going to find a way.
we are all here for you. Congrats for stepping up, It doesn't make sense why a doctor wouldn't do their job and treat your GI problem without sub's or any onset painkiller's. And ofcourse Narcotics help with bowel control, anyone who has taken opiate's knows that for sure. What state are you in ? I just see your situation in a bad way, after only a 3 month oxy addiction, turning you to suboxone for 1 + years. I hope everything works out for you and we are here if you need us.
I have felt the same way about Doctors for a long time and resorted to NOT telling them that I am an addict. I know that this is deceving (sp.), but I want accurate treatment when I go to the doctor and I feel like when they know you are an addict, they will not treat you correctly. I am frustrated and mad at all doctor's for now it is always a money game and not in the best interest of thier patients that they took a vow to care about. I really hope you feel better and get the treatment that you need, because you obiviously have some kind of stomach problems that need treatment. I am sorry you have had to suffer for so long and I hope you gain support through every possible option you have.
Telling the doctors the truth I can see both ways. I didn't because I thought all they would see was an addict and be blinkered in their thinking. Well that and the fact I was unable to the truth about anything at the time but thats another matter.
However, as it turned out ALL my seemingly random symptoms were being caused by my addiction, even the sore feet and partial deafness for goodness sake. If I'd been straight with them it would possible have saved years of time lost in that hole.
Cleanhouse I know the above doesnt apply to you at all but I don't think you were wrong to be honest, that it might have messed up their decisions is a fault with them not you.
that sub doc is a whack job and comes off as another example of a money grubber, that has no clue about the drug he is handing out. or they just flat out dont care.
thats a fact.
all I can say is to study it yourself well
There are doctors and then there are doctors. Many medical schools and somebody was in the lower part of their class at the worst medical school. So my suggestion is to not give up on finding a doctor you can work with who is able to diagnosis and treat your GI problems. My suggestion is to find the closest teaching hospital, the most famous in your area. (For example: in Massachusetts it would be Mass. General in Boston). And ask for a consultation with the Chief of the GI service. If it is a different and good diagnosis your local doctor can then follow your treatment. Your health is important. Do not stop DEMANDING the medical profession for help. Sometimes you need to see many different people before you are helped.