I've been reading these posts hoping to get some help with my own withdrawal (withdrawal) problem. But I think I've found a solution that is working for me (I hope). I'd like to share it with you.
I have permanent nerve damage to my hip and also have herniated disks in my lower spine. I will live with pain for the rest of my life. I was prescribed oxyxontin 40mg 3 times a day plus 10mg Percocet for breakthrough pain. After my botched hip replacement (at age 51) I was searching for a magic cure and was willing to take the pain killers. When I realized this would be forever I wanted to stop the opiates. My doctor gave me a slow withdrawal - every week I went to a lower dose 2 times a day. But when I got to 10mg the schedule was 10mg once a day. Huh? That would mean 12 hours of relief and 12 hours of withdrawal agony. So here's what I did instead.
When I was taking 20mg I started spreading out the hours between doses. Instead of 12 hours, I'd take 2 at 13 hour intervals and so on. I wrote this all down in a schedule. It meant waking up in the middle of the night sometimes to take a dose, but it worked. I decided to stop taking the 10mg oxy when I had 3 pills left. That was a mistake. because I had to use my Percocet to get rid of the creeps. That lasted about 2 weeks. I took Clonodine and Ativan to help. Also Neurontin, which I take anyway for the nerve pain.
Now I have to wean off the Percocet. I'm doing it the same way, but I have to do it a lot faster because (since I took the Percocet to help) I'm running out of pills. Again, I'm spreading out the doses each day. Today my schedule was to take one at 5:00AM (really felt horrible at by then) and the next one at 3:00PM. No way. I've been feeling terrible. Really terrible. So I decided to split the dose. I took half at 10:00 and I'll take the next half at 3:00PM. I feel tons better. I hope this plan works like it did for the oxy. Wish me luck. I feel good right now, but I'm might not be when it's 1:00.
Things that I think would help with dealing with symptoms: constant input. listening to music.Blast it. Walking (if you can) or do something with your hands (LOL). Anything that can take your mind off how you're feeling. Talk on the phone. Facebook. Input input input. Wear your iPod at night. Or keep the TV on. I think this works better than meditation.
Anyway, I hope my Percocet weaning plan works with the pills I have left. Wish me luck. Maybe this plan could work for others who are trying to wean off opiates. Just make sure you write down the hours so you don't take one too soon. It's hard. I'm watching the clock with the Percocet. And listening to music music music.
hi alice,..you made good start posting here...get your plan n your head and do it...may need to use sick day or two...just to relax nerves...get thomas recipe and load up on gatoraid and juices....quick food that i liked kept me occupied and helpd with sleep..on day 8 today and its was worth the wds....good luck,keep posting.
This is the first time I've ever written in a posting board but your looks legitimate, intelligent and like I can totally relate to the posters who givr nurturing, great advice.
I am a 52 year old woman who has always been athletic and healthy. Never used drugs or alcohol. However, I was diagnosed ....you guessed it...with severe degenerative disc and arthritis in my neck and spine about 4 yesrs ago. Last 2 years been on heavy Vicodin and now Percocet. I have a huge tolerance and metabolism so I've always baffled docs with the ll evel of med I neef.
Thanks fo reading. I hate hate these addicting, miserable pills. Even if they help the pain...I despise the psych addiction and always fearing Ill run out before day 30. Always looking at the bottle. Always taking one too many. I want off. I actually want to take as directed which is 4 per day. I take 8. I've never said that to anybody ever.
I get sick and emotional and can't tolerate withdrawl. Well maybe with support I can. I long for my life before 3 pills to feel normal before I even get up.
I work full time and can't work without it now. Never feel high or euphoric. Mostly quells my back but I feel queezy, mild headache and dizzyish. I despise it! And I love the idea of actually having a functioning liver later in life...note the sarcasm...lol
Thank you for listening. My prayers to everyone struggling...I understand and I'm looking forward to your help and wisdom and encouragement.
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