Yes it is a shame that they are willing to give you these much stronger meds, when you would do well on a "weaker" one.
Ask for SUBUTEX (it is pure buprenorphine, no naloxone).
SUBUTEX was developed to be used as an addiction med, but any doctor can prescribe it "off label" for pain. They do not need the special Subutex/Suboxone license -- that is only needed if they are prescribing it for addiction. They also do not need to use the DEA buprenorphine license number (beings with "X") -- again, that is only required when prescribing it for addiction.
There is also another form of buprenorphine called Buprenex (this has been used for many years for pain). It is in liquid form, and is traditionally given by injection. It can also be used intra-nasally (inhaled), but that is considered experimental at this stage.
I know of pain patients who are prescribed Buprenex and give themselves injections (under the skin or IM-intramuscular). Understandably, many doctors AND patients are wary of the route of use.
If I can find supporting info from a .org, I will share it here. Perhaps you just want to relay this information to your doctor. Remember to ask him or her...not tell. Doctors usually respond better when they can act like it's their idea.