1. angelo212

    There are a whole lot of doctors out there like him. I tried finding a doctor for suboxone and when they heard I was on it for 3 years and had no plans on tapering off none of them would deal with me. I even supplied a million websites where doctors are recommending long term treatment. I went back on methadone.
    You need to tell us the name of this doctor. Let his give him a piece of our minds. This dude has no idea about the disease of addiction. None. He is oblivious of life in general it seems.
    Tell your patient to find another doctor. I have a feeling this doctor is going to leave him in a great deal of needless pain.

  2. hatmaker510

    Wow, you must have left that conversation banging your head against a wall! At least your patient has you as an advocate…We all could use someone like you in such situations. At least now s/he knows they would be better off getting a new surgeon.
    Thanks for posting this. It’s good to know when we think we’re being treated like crap that we’re indeed NOT going crazy.

  3. Matt2

    Lol sometimes I really don’t think it even matters how many studies there are that prove that individuals on maintenance bupe/methadone are not “impaired” some people just seem content to continue looking down their noses at addicts. I suppose it actually has helped me though to feel less inclined to judge anyone else but I can’t say I don’t really wonder and worry about what might happen to me if I were ever in some kind of an accident or medical situation that was particularly painful. When I had my spinal fusion done about 5 years ago I neglected to tell the surgeon that I was an active opiate addict (lol wonder why) and so there was a GREAT deal of pain to deal with post op. I remember waking up in the recovery room and feeling like I was both in withdrawal and in an extreme amount of pain. Now it was obviously unfortunate that at that period of time I wasn’t able to be honest with myself or others about what was going on with me but I really doubt that had I told the surgeon I was an addict that things would have been any different. It’s just sad to me that some people are content to remain indifferent to the suffering of others. I really would love to have a Sub doctor that knows what it’s like to be an opiate addict just so I could know that if something should happen he/she would not be ok with just sitting on the sidelines and watching me suffer.

  4. ann

    I was lucky. I had double knee replacement last August. I was up front about my addiction from chronic pain control that led me to abuse. I made it clear I was on Suboxone and would nrrd a higher dose of pain med post-op because Suboxone gives you a higher tolerance. I was treated with respect and even given a pat on the back for changing my life. I received a PCA (patient controlled I.V. pain med) of dilauded with an occasional extra dose if needed. That good pain control made it possible for me to do well in physical therapy and go home in 3 days. I took percocet for 10 days and then switched back to Suboxone and used ibuprofen. I did have to take more than the usual dose of 2 every 4 hours. I had to take 4-6 because of my tolerance. I would suggest that a person on Suboxone be up front with the surgeon and anesthesiologist, and if the surgeon isn’t educated then immediately locate another doctor. As an R.N. who worked on an ortho-neuro floor for many years, I witnessed that patients with good pain control got well faster, had less of a chance of pneumonia, fewer blood clots, and in general just recovered faster. WE are the consumers and have the right to the best medical care, with an emphasis on pain control. The physicians work for us. Do your homework when deciding on a physician. Ann

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