I quit cold turkey 5 days ago after using oxycodone HCL 15mg for 3 years and before that lortab 10/500 for 6 1/2 yrs. I made it through the "flu" like stage and now I'm having troubles with feeling weak, dizzy, and faint like. Could anyone tell me when I can expect to feel normal again? In everything I've read about withdrawal symptoms, these are not listed. I have got or gone through everything on the lists I've read but this is freaking me out. I went to urgent care and I'm not dehydrated and my EKG is normal as was my glucose. Any advice to share?
It takes longer than five days to completely w/d from Oxy. I'm currently on day 2, and i've come off a number of times (never for very long periods clean). From my experience you can sleep by day 5, but the weakness and anxiety doesn't leave for another few days. I could surf after a bit over a week last time I think it was, still not 100% but ten times better than the lump of mud i'm feeling like now.
I don't really have any advice but I also experience plenty of dizziness and plenty of weakness. I think you should be turning a corner within the next couple of days.You will probably still be fatigued and have some anxiety and depression if you are anything like me.Great job on getting off of these pills.
You will be feeling better and better as the days go by.Keep up the great job and keep posting and let us know how you are doing.
I definitely still have serious issues with anxiety, depression, and general nervousness too. I really appreciate the advice from all of you and reading all of the real life experiences each person writes about that gives me some insight as to what to expect...thank you so much!
Hello there and welcome . . . I had a little bit of everything you are describing when I went through my detox and w/d. I felt weakness and like a heaviness feeling, as if I was off balance or something, for probably about a week to 10 days. The anxiety and depression seemed to last a bit longer but would come and go; eventually going more than coming! Something that helped me a lot with anxiety and depression was exercise. Especially if you can get outside and get some deep breaths in and out of fresh air. Then a walk, even a short one, can really help to get the endorphins going. I know that it was about the LAST thing I felt like doing, but once I got up and got going I felt the benefits almost immediately. Try to do a little bit, a little more each day. You may want to try magnesium tablets and potassium supplement for the anxiety and overall restless feelings (I took 1000mg of magnesium to start with and cut it down over the months - this helps with sleep too, if you take it before bed). Potassium helps with the anxiety/restless stuff - find in supplements, bananas or try Vitamin Water - "Revive" formula - FULL of things great for detox. Hot tub soaks may help with anxiety too - light a candle, play some soothing music. And finally, for the depression you may want to look into 5HTP - a supplement you can find at GNC or vitamin shop or CVS. I started with 300mg. per day for a few months, then went down to 200mg then 100mg.
In any case you should be feeling better very soon. Most people find the w/d 's start to ease up within a week. Congrats on the 5 days clean - keep it up - you WONT regret it :))
Thank you for all the info! I've read so many experts state that no one should go cold turkey when stopping Oxy's, but that wasn't until today. I should have done the research before but I was mentally ready to quit...so I marched into my pain management dr and told him not to fill my prescription. He was shocked and when I asked what to expect I was told a bad flu. Yeah right! It was a lot worse and on so much more! I still haven't slept but an hour here and there, so your post is very informative! Thank you birthday boy!
Hi..Yes c/t is abit more intense..I went c/t from methadone and 2 other drugs..I wish I could of tapered..Some of us just had to do it..You will come around in time..Get every thing they suggested...I am riding in my 7 month and every thing is good..It took awhile..But it is so amazing to get clearer and clearer in the brain..It takes more time for the brain to balance back.. Hey get some thing called "Calm" it has the magnz, ds, cal, and some thing in it that help you relax and sleep..OK hang on..You will make it...
Im sorry I was looking at my post and it was kind of worded wrong.I meant that the fatigue will lessen as the days go by.I felt much better by 21 days and I feel great now with no fatigue and very normal at 9 months clean now.You can do this and it will be totally worth it. hang in there!
Bad flu..HA! Got to love these folks who've never been there. So proud of you for refusing the scrip! You are going to be fine. What you're experiencing is completely 'normal'. It's just a question of giving your body/mind some space away from the Oxys in order to heal. Hang in there. You're doing Great. We're here.
Congrats on 5 DAYS!!! I was just like you in getting thru the symptoms that were more like the flu....and then entering a timeframe where I was dizzy EVERY time I got up; very weak; and I had super low blood pressure.
It was impossible for me to exercise or walk much during that phase as my b/p was running about 80/60 and I was freaking....I went to the dr eventually and checked out fine.....it was just part and parcel of the w/drawals for me.
I know you said you went to the ER and they said you were not dehydrated, but I still wonder how much water you are getting? IMO, we need half the ounces of our body weight in water.....ESPECIALLY during our initial detox days....so if you say, weigh 140 lbs....you would need 70 oz of water. It speeds things along.
Vitamin Water the "Revive" one.....(thank you Fourjays!) is REALLY good and helps get more water into you along with other essentials that truly do "revive" you lol.....electrolytes, potassium, B5, B6 and B12 and Vit C.
(Plus I read that 2000-3000 mg of Vit C (per day in divided doses) accelerates detoxification and lessens cravings)
You're doing great......we aren't given the burden of more than 24 hrs at a time.....yet we typically try to carry more than that....I figured if I used/abused pain meds for 5 yrs.....I should give myself an equally fair amount of time to heal and get my nervous system and brain pathways firing like they need to.
It is day 6 for me with my recovery....I decided to give work another go today. Please send me prayers of strength! I'm getting a little stronger everyday. I went to work Thursday and failed to make it through the day due to lack of strength, dizziness, and feeling faint so I left early and took the next day off too. I never gave in to temptation though! Thanks to those of you that have given me advice, wisdom, and strength! Xoxo
Hi girl..You are most likely at work now..Are you still a bit dizzy? I am a bit concerned about that one...So come on back and let us know how the day went..You are a trooper going to work from c/t..You go..What Courage..and Strength ...
I'm on my lunch break at work and so far I've been able to push through a couple of dizzy spells! It feels so great to be able to get the exercise that I know helps release endorphins that my body so badly needs to get better! I'm taking it hour by hour in case the anxiety gets to be too much as well as the weakness and dizziness. Today I've got more strength than yesterday so one day at a time right?!
Now Listen to you..Or shall I say I can read you Ha!! You have changed so much already in such a short time..That is sooo awesome..I just love to read these post that people stay in from day one..It is good for you too..You can go way back and read and you can see how much more calmer and more positive you become..You just hang in ..I am very proud of you..OK
I made it through the entire work day! Yeay me! I know this may sound silly but it was something I really wanted to do for myself...to get through one whole work day without any recourse. I had a couple of spells where I felt a little weak and lightheaded as well as some anxiety issues but I pushed through it ALL and kept telling myself that my body NEEDS this (exercise, distraction and sheer determination! I'm sore as hell and wiped out so hopefully sleep will be easy to come by tonight! :) I had all of your supportive words with me throughout my day and they aided and assisted in my motivational pep talks with myself! Thank you for your help...TRULY! Xoxo
what an awesome report!! im so glad you made it through the day and with such a positive attitude!
you are such an encouragement!
i do hope you get some good rest tonight....and i hope you have an even better day tomorrow!
hang in there and thank you SO much for sharing your journey with others...its so inspirational to those of us who need to witness that getting clean CAN BE DONE!!!
Thank you Paige! I've read your posts and know what you're going through! Did you end up going to the pharmacy for the Fent or did you talk yourself out of it? I'd love to hear that you're ready to commit to stopping the addiction however, you're the only one who can make that decision and it can't be taken lightly. It requires total dedication and determination. I struggled with myself for what feels like too long until I decided to take the plunge. It's only been 6 days for me and I've surprised myself at how fast I'm progressing. I do hope you come to the same decision and get off the roller coaster ride you're currently on, when you do...I'll be here for you along with everyone else who have helped and continue to help me with my journey.
thanks for asking......no i did not go to the pharmacy yet. im not sure about tomorrow but today i stayed within my dosage and chose to not fill the new script.
thanks for the encouragement.....i did the best i could for today and i am starting to realize that is all i can do!
tomorrow will give me another chance to make more decisions and i am just holding on and hoping i make good ones!
I'm so proud of you! Yeah you! If you want to talk, I'm here! One day at a time is definitely the mantra and state of mind you should have throughout the entire process...you'll get there, I believe in you!
Amen & Kudos to you both! So proud of you guys. Congrats on day 6 and Congrats to you too, Paige for not going to the Pharm. today. Keep up the great work. I'm here for you both if you want to talk, etc. You've got grit Could use some advice. Keep up the stellar work. Hold fast!
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