I am a 50 year old female. Jan 2012 I was diagnossed with breast cancer. Had a mastectomy, chemotherapy and finally reconstruction surgery. All requiring pain meds. Started with 5.500 vicodin (after morphine in hospital) then progressed to 7.5 500. Which I am still taking. I did have percosets in there after my reconstruction but don't take them anymore. After my chemist was over in Aug of 2012, 8 months ago I still suffer with leg pain. Doc says the chemist damaged the nerves to my kegs and is calling it neuropathy. It is slowly going away but in the mean time I am still having to take the vicodins. I take usually 4 per day. Some days are worse then others but wontbtake more then one at a time or more then 5 a day. My question is if I will withdrawal when I stop and if when I do not take these in the middle of the night and wake up in pain,is that withdrawls or pain...after having this pain for so long it is hard to tell. Also I took one day and tried not taking any until about 2 pm. I had mild pain in my legs that day so I wanted to see what would happen. I eventually just wanted to cry. My whole body hurt and I gotvemotional. Is that withdrawl (withdrawal). Sorry to ramble but I'm so frusterated and dontbwant to be bloomed but dontbwant pain either
At home, the basic technique is to space out the pills you take on a consistent manner until you take only one at night, then half at night, than every other night and then none. You have not been on the opiate for long enough to have too much problem simply tapering, however if you do have some symptoms of withdrawals, here are some suggestions depending on severity: See if your doctor can write you a prescription for some Requip for restlessness, Neurontin for anxiety and malaise,(Neurontin may actually be a goo medication for you to stay on long term for your neuropaty), some Flexeril or Soma for a few weeks for muscle spasms and maybe some Seroquel low dose, for sleep. It will make your withdrawals easier. Valerian and Magnesium is sometimes helpful remedies over the counter. You are already on Klonopin which will be helpful for sleeplessness and anxiety. The residual symptoms of insomnia and depression can last another few months. Thus, it is not easy, but it gets better and better over time and you can look forward to a drug free healthy energetic you in the future. When you take opiates for a long time like you have, your body's physiology has been altered. Your central nervous system has created a multitude of opioid receptors that all are screaming for endorphins (opiates) to fill them, but your body has now forgotten how to make them by itself. It will take time - two to four weeks at least, for your receptors to down-regulate (for the brain begin to heal) and to start making its own endorphins. Brain heals pretty slowly, so it may take you as long as a couple of months to get rid of feelings of sluggishness, restlessness and depression. The best thing you can do is take good care of yourself, eat healthy food, stay hydrated, keep active and busy. Stay away from sugar, soda, and simple carbs. Do not consume caffeine at least 6 hours prior to bedtime. Take a look at my blogs about options for detox and recovery. You may also take a look at my clinic website where I also have my blogs and a lot of other info about drug addiction and recovery. Look especially into the blog and the info on Naltrexone therapy after getting clean. It really improves your chances of staying clean for good by cutting down your physical cravings. Look into my clinic website as well. All this can be done by clicking on my name in blue.
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