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oh my gosh I made it today on only 4 pills....and my no pill interval was 21 hours! my longest ever!!! and the worst symptom that I rememeber from earlier today was running nose. of course then I ended up taking some pills, so now i'm feeling normal. never got any good feeling...a few months ago when I started seriously trying to taper I would go for like 18 hours and then expect when I took a couple pills that I'd get a buzz...then I would inevitably take more and more until I was at or above yesterday's dose. but now today i was prepared that i wouldnt get it. The desire to be on a "lower dose today than yesterday" was stronger than my desire to get that head change. I was prepared and I knew for absolute certain that even after I took a couple after 21 hours that I wouldnt get a head change....the only way to get that feeling would be to take 5 or 6....but knowing this I didnt. and i'm kinda proud and happy!! I'm also glad to be tapering and fortunate enough to be able to taper, because I am withdrals free right now.
Good job!!! .I know exactly what you mean....At the end of me using it was only to keep the w/d's away, i never could get the energy back, and knew it had to end.....So here i am almost 5 months thanks to everyone here!
keep it up, being able to taper shows how tough you are ....
dont stop tapering maybe set up a schedule or calendar, post it. Were u can c it regularly. Set a final day n mark it. Get the right scripts to help with any unforcen w/d. Look at the calendar uv made like ur waiting for Xmas unless ur Jewish, and realize Santa will not be bringing any pills 4 u to play with.
GREAT JOB...That isn't an easy thing to do when you know you have them there to take. Tapering is a hard way to come off pills since many of us can't control the urge to get the head change.. Keep it up and you will be pill free in no-time.. By the way can I ask what your taper schedule is? And how mant you have to last you however long? Thanks, and great job
this is great to hear... my tapering is going well too.... I have minor symptoms (mostly a bit of anxiety), but am able to work my 40+ hours a week and even go to school to finish my BA (sitting in class is a bit tough with the RLS I can telll ya that!).
I am down to 20 mgs starting tomorrow (from taking anywhere from 30-50 a day before) and I am dedicated.
I am also in So Cal... we have some things in common...
maybe we should keep in touch....
hang in there and be patient... that's what I keep telling myself.... keep moving towards those lower doses (every time I make it through a day with a lower dose I want to throw a party!!!!
Hi...I tapered for 3 weeks and jumped...in the beginning I wasn't getting a buzz but as my body adjusted, I would feel my dose...at least for the 1-2 hours after taking.. Know what though? I just didn't enjoy the buzz anymore...I have some pain issues but otc helps and having my head clear is a very good thing...
8 days clean today....you can if you really want to..
thx for the replies...Its a rough cold morning. I want to do the same thing as yesterday though and try to make it the majority of the day without taking any norco. my taper schedule (goal) at this point is to make it on 4 per day and still be ok to sleep. My main objective is to be able to sleep! and I slept like a rock last night, with crazy dreams!
I really started getting it back after I began exercising.on Day 3 after quitting - ..30 - 45 min of cardio and 30 min of weights helps me plus I eat, drink lots of fluids, primarly water and I sleep 6-8 hours a night with exedrin pm...
Still get tired but I pretend that I don't what is wrong and I don't dwell on it...I just keep on pushing....no pun intended :-)
I will be down to 4 a day this Friday...I am so scared..It helps to know that others can do it...I already feel tired and have only cut my dose by 25% so far...I was taking up to 8 a day as of this past Sunday.....tapering is hard too....you are strong and hope I can do it as well
AWESOME!!! You can do this. I finished tapering last wk. and after you start the taper...there is no more buzz...i just wanted to get it over with. I really wasn't even getting a buzz before I started the taper, just spending a lot of time and $$ obsessing over these stinking pills! Keep up the good work!!
thx everybody for the responses..i have another successful taper day under my belt. i'm gonna shoot for a few more days like this then I wont consider myself to have a 5 (or 6) per day habbit, but a 4 per day habbit.....you know what sucks though, the thought crossed my mind to take another just now, thus making it a 5 per day habbit....but the only thingthat kept me from doing it is that I know it wont do anything for me except make me back to a 5 per day habbit. And the only thing keeping me in check from even doing that is cuzz I want to at least post some "good" news on here. This I consider good news that I am taking only 4 per day lately.
hey "longweekend" hows the weather? :-) So you were taking 30mg to 50mg every day? We sound pretty similar...If you want to keep in touch send me a message or somethin. I need all the help I can get....
can anybody relate to this...the emotions are up and down...like just a coupel seconds ago I was all motivated as heck to make tomorrow a 3.5 day.......but then I sat down and started feeling kinda crappy (minor w/d symptoms) and the motivation/excitement went away. I go up and down all the time with these feelings i'm having. Is it possible that I have a lot more feelings right now even just by tapering can feelings start coming back? I knoew the sneezing thing was great, again it was about 10years straight without a single sneeze, and recently a few rounds of sneezes. but also feeling of depression and interest and desires and erotic and perverted all these old feelings are in me all of a sudden and I dont know why they were not there before....mabye cuzz the taper? And the feelings come and go. its weird. I tell you the truth, I'm ready to jump completely off and quit...Anybody on here would agree that I have been tappering for a while now....down 30% or more from where i started (honestly) And I would do it, but I feel like the anxiety gets too bad and my heart starts pounding and my ears ringing, probably nothing too bad, but my paranoia kicks in and really makes it an issue. Like goto the hospital issue. I cant have that. I'd quit tomorrow if I knew for sure that i wouldnt have a heart attack or somethin. I'm 50lbs overweight and I eat fast food only. It takes it out of me to do a 9-10minutes jog mile. I'm in pretty bad shape. I sorta want to just keep my 4/day habbit up for a few weeks and try to get in shape, lose a few pounds, and then be healthy enough to quit. cuzz when I quit, its like I get all kinda of adrenaline rushes that have been supressed for years. I dont wanna talk to no stupid doctor about it either.
OK... I TOTALLY hear ya... I am tapering as well (as you know) and am experiencing the same thing. i have moments of pure happiness and then I wanna cry. It is REALLY dramatic... like i will think "I don't even need this ****... I am gonna be fine" to "I am not sure if I will EVER feel the same!!!" And it isn't due to whether or not I took a pill, it just fluctuates... I was gonna post something similar... I think that you and i are on similar trips right now... I am down to 20mg a day from 30mg - 50mg a day habit and my mood swings are huge... I am sticking to this because I am a father, husband, fulltime worker (40+ hours a week) and a student and i can't afford to be out of commision for 3 - 6 days... but sometimes I get impatietnt... I just wanna flush them all and suffer through it.... but i don't wanna lose my job or family, so one day at a time... as far as your weight problem, I am about 20 pounds overweight and used to be a pretty active person... but I figure, one thing at a time... i hate doctors too and all these things combine to one thing: I am sticking to my damn schedule NO MATTER WHAT!!! tapering takes two things: patience and determination... let's do this... it you want to jump off and go c/t, then I support that too... I feel you... I have had that impulse as well... and it may happen, but for now, I am riding out the taper and just taking it day by day... i WILL be off of this **** here soon (a couple of weeks)... I have to be... and YOU WILL TOO... however you do it... DO IT... I know that you can... hang in there and IM me if you need to....
With the taper you do ned determination and patience..The feelings bouncing all over the place are NORMAL part of wd's also...i have finally settled down a little into day 6, but I've been all over the map...its weird....i was like that the 2 months before i started tapering also, so i was just ready to be done.
Hang in there..it's not easy or fun...but it is doable... keep posting!
THANK YOU - I just read your post.....You know how I'm feeling because the tapering drains you!!!! I thought the cold turkey would be an up swing but all I can say is day 3 HURTS. I've come SO FAR I DONT want to quit now.
You keep going too!!! Belive me if I can get to 3 days clean after using over a decade you can too. Just make sure when your ready to go cold turkey you don't stash any around the house because I did try to look today then I took a valium and am so glad there was nothing. STAY STRONG :-) T
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