I have read this forum and what i have found is most people who have an addiction to pain killers is because they had a event (Dental, Operation, Migraines) where they were taking them and then never got off them.
This is also true in my case... I had some major dental issues and i was taking a tonne of Nurofen Plus to get through it, as my dental work was very expensive it was cheaper buying OTC meds then paying for the work.
My dad agreed to pay for it and each dentist visit the pain got better..... I also had all my wisdom teeth removed and what do they give you for pain?? Panadine forte!
My other issue is i do suffer from severe menstrual migraines to the point i spend 3 days in bed, so i try to skip my period and then i am only having this issue about 5 times a year. Up to this point i have been taking Nurofen to cope with the pain.
I call myself a functioning addict, as in... i can work and do everything i need to do and the drugs take no toll on my work or family life. Compared to other addicts, i know i am not a heavy user at the most i will take 8 a day but then there are days i am busy and i will only take 4 without a second thought.
I am seeing a Dr tomorrow because i do need something for my migraines but i do not want anything with codeine in it!
I am wanting to lower the dosage so i can finally stop taking it!
I hate feeling dependent on a drug. Yes there have been times i have taken some because it helps get through a slow day but i know that isn't what the drug is meant for. I also know that there are times i am not in any pain but it comes to the time of day when i take it and i have to take it. Sometimes on the days i am not in pain and i know i'm taking it because of habit i try to only have 2 but then again there are other days there is no pain and i still take the whole 4.
I know i have a problem and i am pro active about doing something about it, starting with seeing the Dr tomorrow!
I also am aware that i have conditions where i am in a LOT of pain and i am wanting to use something else that has no codeine in it because i know i have an addiction to codeine. This process for me was a slow one and it's only been a year i have noticed i can't go a day without it otherwise i feel so unwell, almost like i have a stomach bug. Also the tolerance to the drug has slowly crept up, i remember when i first used to take 2 it had a massive affect on me and now i am to the point a take 4 twice daily and that is just to 'get through the day'.
I'm only 28 and i want to be healthy, my fiance and i are getting married in April and after that have a baby but i know i need to stop this before i get pregnant. I will not subject an innocent child to my issues. Any advice or support would be greatly appreciated!
I think its great that you'll see a doc tomorrow! Discuss the best way for you to come off these meds. It's either a gradual decrease or a Cold Turkey, which is what I did. Expect to feel pretty uncomfortable for the first few days and then it gets better each day believe me. I am on Day 25 from stopping cold. I was abusing oxycodone in much higher doses than u with codein and it was a few days of Helllll for me but after the 5th day it just gut better each day. Small price to pay for a clear head that will help you understand how this happened and how to prevent it from happening again.
Thanks heaps for your advice.
I am worried about going cold turkey because i do already have a 9yr old daughter and i don't want to be grumpy or unattentive to her due to feeling ill.
If i didn't already have a child, cold turkey wouldn't be an issue because i could come home from work and sleep if i needed to... sadly i don't have that option as a mum.
But like i said i am ready to get real and see what the Dr says!
Good...and if you decide to gradually decrease the amount you're taking then you have to be absolutely sure that you will follow it or else have someone else give them to u if possible. There's alot of support out here so I hope you stay around for a while and get the most out of it.
Honey if u go cold turkey, there is no way u could go to work & then just come home & take a nap. I'm now 9 days without oxycontin. The 1st 5 days sucked beyond imagination. My dr. would have kept me on those stupid pills forever! I'm the one who said no more, I have my medical marijuana card for pain. I do feel better everyday. U can do it!
I did stop for a week a year ago and the first couple of days were the worst.... the stomach cramps and the constant feeling 'somethings missing' haunted me everyday....
Then at day 7 i got a really bad migraine and i took some :(
But i am seeing the Dr this morning!! So i am going in a positive direction and am not reaching out for help before 8 a day becomes 16 and then that becomes 32 and so forth and so forth.
Thanks for the support.
Sadly i do have a family that would rather stick their heads in the sand than acknowledge there is an issue, the fact that my home is clean, i'm well presented and i am going into work everyday is good enough for them not to worry. However they must be aware i am popping pills all the time... sometimes its at work.
My fiance though would do anything i asked, if that means giving me the tapered dose each day and taking the rest with him to work, he would.
Then there are people on here and from what i read, everyone is so understanding and supportive plus of course it may not be the same substance but we are all in the same shoes, so to speak... So we all know what it's like to be taking something and wanting to stop... Plus we all know what its like to relapse and start again. People will fall off the wagon from time to time but as long as everyone supports everyone else there is a reason to keep trying :)
I saw my Dr today and i was precribed anagrain for my migraines and valium. Basically i stop taking codeine right now and i take 5mg of Valium instead for the next week or 2.
Does that sound right?
I have had valium before and never had an issue coming off it??
did you talk to your doctor about the codiene abuse? if you dont mind why valium? it will take tje edge off the anxiety... but what are you planning to do? this is about you and your recovery...and cold turkey is a hard shock to your body...you wont be able to work for a week. not possible. or at least i couldnt. im sorry your family dosent get it. most people cant. unless theyve expeienced this....its just that way...were here to support one another..what do you want to do
I think he thinks the Valium will take the edge off...
Originally i was thinking of tapering off it slowly, but i assume Dr's are meant to know what the best thing to do is.
The doctor also didn't discuss how long it will take until i am feeling better...
I'm not unsure as what to do.... Because Dr's give their textbook advice but unless they have done through withdrawal do they really get it??
What do you guys think?
My brother who i work for, i spoke to him today and told him what was going on... He thinks i should be right to work by Monday and thinks getting into work will make me feel better and that i can 'tallk' myself into feeling sick. So judging by his comments... he has no clue. Because i have been a functioning addict, they don't see where this issue is impacting my life therefore they think it's not as big an issue as it is.
Very frustrated right now...
Advice would be great
Slight update..... As this evening approached and I was feeling worse and worse, I asked my step mum If my daughter could stay with them for tonight as I was already getting snappy with her.
My dad came over and he was not happy, as far as he was aware I suffered from headaches. He told me someone with as many headaches as me should see a dr and I told him I did today but it's not headaches and I would talk to him another time when my daughter wasn't around.
He asked her to wait in the car and then I told him I was addicted to codeine. He has a broken back and is on morphine daily because of his condition, he told me he takes pain killers everyday and he is probably addicted too. Then he made a comment that I must be happy being unhappy. I was a nervous wreck after that conversation. So now not only do I feel unwell I feel unsupported too. I have the type of family that if everything is good they are fine but if u need help or support with a 'messy' issue they don't want to know. Oh and he also told me he was unimpressed I was keeping secrets from him!! I feel as though I have spent my life trying to get acceptance from my father and it never ever happens.
wow i can relate!! check this out...both my parents are alcholics yet when i tried to talk to my mom she couldnt relate. i was so upset. and my hubby is addicted to morphine and hydro...he went to detox...and hes my support amd so is this forum. mostly the forum and meetings...going to na meetings and my addiction counsler has made such a difference..i completely feel for you know where your head is at. all alone right? misunderstood right? screaming inside for help...support...scared...ashamed...embarresed...all of those feelings.right? i have and still stand in those shoes. even though you dont know me personally...you and me are alike. so i get ya...talk to me..pm me..i will help you. i am here for you...no judging...just geniune support...thats what this forum is about...addicts helping addicts..sorry i didnt respond last night...i was so tired and busy. im on all day today on and off. i have another knee surg monday so i have alot of free time right now...so come on girl...im here and together you can beat this!!
side thought...codine or any narcotics can make headaches worst...rebound headaches...have you ever used motrin to try to stop headaches?also theres a med called imatrex in usa that really works..and tordal..have you thought about seeing a neorologist for migranes? there is meds that are nonnarcotic that will work for migraines...and dont worry about your parents. i know it hurts but some people cant relate or dont want to...because they dont want to realize they are addocts too. chin up chickiedee..chim up...hugs bama
oh and doctors do their best...but its your body...ive got a brother who really supports me. even tho he never did drugs...hes had friends that has..and your brother sounds like he want to help you!! parents cant relate..i bet you struck a nerve woth your dad and thats why he got mad...sounds like my dad...go see a doctor. ugg...ive seen doctors...they just give me more pills...tell me im too jenked up..i need the narcotics to walk...well yes and no. yes i hurt no i dont really need the pills...too much damage has happened in my life for pills..
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