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Anxious and can’t stay focused

For the first time since I quit taking vicodin, 66 days ago, I am very anxious and can’t stay focused on the task at hand today. I have a lot of things to get done, but just can get it together. I have been struggling all day, any suggestions?
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393709 tn?1295964416
Can you escape for a few minutes and take a brisk walk?  Sometimes you just have to get away from what you are doing for a bit.  Get the blood flowing a little it will produce some happy endorphines.  Don't forget to breath either..Deep breaths
401095 tn?1351391770
A brisk walk or a few minutes of exercise may help....I am feeling the same way
401095 tn?1351391770
same answer  LOL   perhaps I should go and follow my own advice
393709 tn?1295964416
I just did a little while ago.  CALL THE PARAMEDICS!  Pretty sure my body is in a complete state of shock!
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I snuck out the side door here at work and drove to the local Wal-Mart and did a lap. Still can't focus but the day is almost done, so maybe tomorrow will be better. Thanks for the help though.
356054 tn?1218552475
I love Wal Mart. It's the one place I get dressed up for.
393709 tn?1295964416
Oh, your poor wife.  Do you wear nascar shirts when you go out to dinner?  That's what rednecks do isnt it?
356054 tn?1218552475
I guess I deserve that for the treadmill joke.
I only have one Nascar shirt and two hats And that is dressed up for me.
393709 tn?1295964416
Love ya hops!
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nascar shirts r hot   lol....add a cap to that  omg!!!!  .....im so redneck
356054 tn?1218552475
I threw out all my Dale Jr stuff. Gotta buy all new ones now. I did get another 8 tattoed on my back so now I have the right # 88. Thank god I have a big head, I was worried I wouln't be able to fit both #s on there.
175734 tn?1225134440
Hey Vicuser.............hang in there. Maybe it is nothing at all.

I always watch other people that i assume are not drug abusers and i check to see if they are tired and if they can not focus and then it makes me feel better. I have to watch them b/c i forgot what normal felt like. So maybe these feelings are completly normal.

I love NASCAR!!!  I grew up in southern Maryland and NASCAR is way of life.
356054 tn?1218552475
I should of known coolio. I felt there was this special manly bond there. LOL
I do too. I have being going to the two races in FT Worth for the last five years. This last race in November a customer hooked me up with an infield camping spot and work let me take a nice motorhome to stay in. Way cool. I was like 30 feet from the track in turn one. Awesome is all I can say.  
175734 tn?1225134440
Cool!!!!  I go to Richmond and Dover. The company i work for sponsors one of the cars. The owner knew i was a fan so as a bonus after completing a huge job, he took us to Dover VIP meet the drivers check out the cars. It was awesome.

I had a pocket full of pills that day and by the time we left i was feeling like **** .
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"30 feet from the track in turn one"    i officially envy u........lmao
356054 tn?1218552475
Lmao. Thats what you get lol. It's wierd though because I would always get a huge refill before I would go too. Its always just my son and I and now I think back of how bad that was. Granted we still had a great time, I always was in good happy mode because I had so many but it was wrong to do that with him. The VIP thing is very cool. I want to go to Daytona just once,Richmond and Charlotte. Who knows maybe some day. If you ever get to go again you got to camp out and don't take a wife or girlfriend. Trust me. LOL
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yeah sometimes i think back about all the times i did stuff with my kids when i was high or worse when i couldnt do anything with them because i didnt have any pills for that day so they had to suffer........i think about all the times we didnt have money for groceries because of pilsl too and im so glad we dont have that problem now.......

have u ever been to a bristol race?......awesome.....
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I too, can relate to the inability to focus at times during the day.  Congrats on 66 days, BTW :)  I'm 47 days clean, from many years using Tyl #4.  Some days are worse than others.  When it happens the worst though, is when I'm trying to drive.  I drove all those years, using the pills, and never once had a problem.   I've never had a ticket of any kind, or an accident. (Knock on wood!) I have no clue how I managed that.  Now though, it's like I have to learn over again.  I find myself very distracted by people on the street, sale signs in store windows, you name it.  I catch my self rubbernecking, instead of keeping my eyes on the road.  I've had a few close calls, horns blowed at me, a few have given me the finger.  I deserved it too.  Not paying attention.  Good thing I live in a small town, where traffic isn't that bad, no huge highways with many lanes of traffic to navigate!  I find this is worse if I'm feeling especially tired.  I hope this goes away soon, before I do have that first accident.  I would feel absolutely horrible.   Has anyone else experienced this after getting clean?  When I'm at home though, and have a little energy, I'm very much 'with it', clear, sharp thinking, something I hadn't felt in many years.   What the heck changes in a car?  Wish I knew....
390416 tn?1275185087
I experience this quite frequently( i figure if i get in a wreck..at least i will be clean and sober...no police paranoia giong on anymore!!) lol...i chalk it up to "seeing " things again..i just want to check it all out, instead of just staring straight ahead at the road like i did when i was buzzed up!


vicuser:  It sounds like it's just one of those "off" days...hopefully tomorrow you'll be back on track...i assume you're out of work now...but maybe a short walk or something will help you get a little more focused....good luck and congrats on day 66!!
THAT'S HUGE!!!!
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I would suggest the 1st item listed on the Thomas Recipe for the anxiety. Which would be vailum, klonopins, ( or any benzos) . Klonopin worked for me
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I am going to chalk it up to one of those days. I think at this point in time I'd rather stay away from any meds. I think that tonight I will meditate for a while and get myself centered again.
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