If I rememer correctly, your knee is buggered up pretty good. Surgery is an option, but there were a lot of hurdles you had to overcome before you could do that. From the sounds of the post you made with "Your Plan", you're getting very close to considering the surgery option and that makes me happy. I don't know if your familiar with my injuries, I fell 25 feet out of a tree, I exploded my left heel bone (the Orthapaedic Surgeon counted 18 pieces and said the rest was dust), broke the Talus (forms the lower part of the ankle joint) and broke the Fibula (calf bone). The right ankle was similar, but the breaks included the Tibia (shin bone) and those breaks went 1/3 of the way up my leg. Oh yeah, broke my left arm too. Yeah, that was a pretty shitty day!!
Anyway, I underwent 7 surgeries over a few years time and without those surgeries, there is no way in hell that I would be working.....shit man, there's no way I would be active in any way, shape or form if it weren't for those surgeries. My surgeries were so successful that I don't take any pain meds, with the exception of 1 or 2 Advil once or twice a week. If you could have seen how mangled my legs and ankles were after that fall and then if you could see me walking around today, with no pain meds, you be like
So, I think your plan is good. Surgery will most likely help, Methadone can be your pain med, wean down the best you can after the surgery and you may find that you don't even need it anymore if the surgery goes really well!!
First and for most Romeo CONGRATS MAN REALLY YOU DID A GREAT JOB! Your story is very close to me in some ways but where I went wrong was to continue active addiction for pain control instead of going in for the operations. But at that point in time operations were not really a option if I wanted any chance to advance in baseball because one the rehab period would have taken way too long, two like I mention before scouts here shoulder injury they turn the other way 90% of the time scouts here shoulder surgery, say bye to any chance at advancing in baseball. And I think my biggest downfall was the fact that I was released from the ER within hours of showing up vs. someone with your injuries probably got much more attention and care. Keep in mind I was a drug addict at this point in time so most of the nurses and Doctors gave me those terrible looks and thought I was drug seeking after a few more ER visits I think I was on that black list or something like that because any time I went to the hospital closes to my house before I was even signed in they told me you cannot get any pain medications.
But as of my plan thanks for your input man wish others would let me know what they think. Anyways yea now that I am off suboxone all together and have none of it on my receptors the 50 50 operation ratios doesnâ€™t seem so bad anymore because most importantly I donâ€™t have to detox and put myself in withdrawal just too take a chance of one being in active addiction again from getting those type of meds post op and rehab period two having to go through all that bs with detoxing off Subs to find out the operation was not a success or made things even worst which is possible with my shoulder operation. But the way I see things now say it doesnâ€™t work I can still be in a healthy recovery with methadone and get pain management or it does work still be in a healthy recovery and maybe come off all opiate one day all together if all goes well and that is my dream. I canâ€™t lead a successful life if I am on hundreds of milligrams of methadone the rest of my life. Donâ€™t get me wrong I am sure many people have done it and are doing it but I myself donâ€™t think I can do it if my mind is not 100% clear.
Sorry I am so behind, crazy busy the past couple days anyways but the groups and 1 on 1 went great. My counselor is a great guy very understanding and understood what I was going through and actually has an understanding in methadone treatment which is a huge plus. And the group is great basically a 6 week orientation group to help you understand how things work and the group leader is actually a recovering addict which is cool. Then once I finish that group I have so many options to choose the next one the clinic offers. And that whole thing about methadone clinics being a huge drug dealing spot out front or near the building is not true well at least for the clinic I am attending which is awesome I mean they literally have security guards posted on each corner 5 blocks each way. And I mean they are on top of things you can get kicked out for the littlest things they donâ€™t play any games. There is no exchanging anything hand to hand from loose change to cigarettes lighters or anything else along those lines. Drug test every three days if you fail to give a urine sample you cannot get dosed that day must be there by 12 and so on. But I just wanted to let you guys know I am very happy with how the clinic goes about things and even more happy that this medication is helping my pain. Ill keep you guys updated and let you know how my next group on Monday goes.