Your at the worst of it now, in a day or 2 you'll start to feel better. Then the sleep and stomach issues might linger a little longer. I'm at a month clean now and feel pretty damn good! Hang in their
Welcome abbysue! Congratulations on tapering and a big congratulations for 3 days. Please don't cave!!
You have reached the peak! It will only get better days ahead from here. What are the symptoms that are over the top? We will support you through this. Let's us know what is happening and if you have tried anything.
I just read your other post. Please just stick with this one.
I'm glad your heart issues have been resolved.
Awesome job, giving the pain meds to your sister. The diazepam will help please though make sure you take it as prescribed and not long as theses can be a nightmare to withdraw from.
For the restless legs, yougo to your dr and see if clonidine is suitable for you to take. Clondine is an old BP medication which is now used in opiate detoxification.
Welcome to the forum, AbbySue☺
You are doing SO good, but I know you don't think you are. Days 3 and 4 are typically the WORST days....when you really feel like you're in the pit!
It WILL get better. Some things you might not know.....you will have what is called "rebound pain". Your pain receptors are used to being covered by the pain meds and now they are freaking out because they aren't getting what they have been used to for 3 yrs. Give yourself some time to heal and then re-evaluate your pain. It may take up to 30 days or so to truly know your pain levels. You will begin producing endorphins naturally as your brain and body heal. To boost endorphins, you can eat chocolate, laugh, listen to music, eat something spicy, sniff some vanilla or lavender, take a little ginseng, exercise, have sex, and also take the amino acid supplement L-Tyrosine (if ok with your doctor).
Some things you can do to get thru this first week or so: take Imodium for your tummy/bowel issues. Soak in hot Epsom salt baths. (or hot showers if you don't have a tub). Take these hot salt baths as many times a day as you want/need to. They help A LOT! This will not only help with the pain, but put much needed magnesium into your whole body. It also helps to leach out the toxins. For restless legs, you can wrap hot towels around them, a hot pad, compression stockings (if put on properly), or there is a natural homeopathic medication sold most places called Hyland's Restful Legs. Short walks help A LOT...and you may have to force yourself to do this during this first week. Listening to music is VERY beneficial...in so many ways. I read your history on another thread so know you'd love listening to praise songs and songs that feed your soul.
If you have other withdrawal symptoms that you need help with, just get on here and ask. The forum is full of people that have gone through exactly what you are going through and someone will have a suggestion for you.
Hang in there girl....you are right in the middle of the worst part...and you WILL make it to the other side. Making yourself do dishes, get dressed, put on makeup, fixing your hair, making your bed...just WOW AbbeySue!! For Day 4 that is simply AMAZING to me!
Giving your left over meds to your sister was a GREAT idea...so much wisdom in that!! Let us know how you're doing....post as much as you need to. While the forum has been awfully slow, I promise someone will answer you. Wishing you continued endurance and perseverance♥
Clonidine is a commonly used medication during withdrawals from opiates.
The added benefit is that it is also used to treat high blood pressure. (a lot of people experience temporary high blood pressure during withdrawals.)
Just go to Wikipedia and read the first paragraph on Clonidine.
Can you call your doctor and have them call in some clonidine at the pharmacy for you? It would help you IMMENSELY! Not only with the high blood pressure, but many of the other symptoms you are experiencing. (it will help with sleep, too)
As for the not sleeping (another VERY common withdrawal symptom), you can try some of the herbal teas such as Sleepy time or one by Traditional Medicinals that is REALLY good (organic too) called Nighty Night. It is loaded with plant botanicals that help to promote sleep. You can also buy some valerian root in capsules (or passion flower, lemon balm, or chamomile). I used ALL of them...haha!
As for the pain, unfortunately the rebound pain is one of the hardest things to endure. Taking the ibuprofen and acetaminophen may take the edge off some. I found that using Advil Liqui-Gel caps worked best for me. Something about their bio-availability worked better for me.
Keep your eye on the prize....this won't last forever and you are right in the middle of the worst time...days 3-5 typically. And just think, once you get thru this, you won't EVER have to do this again.
Keep talking to us.....keep posting. You're DOING it!!
P.S. REALLY consider having your dr call in some clonidine, ok?
Today is day 5 and I got up after sleeping 5 hours, getting up going back to bed and sleeping another 2 hours. I've lost 7 pounds and for the first time I felt like eating. I fixed myself a scrambled egg and toast and coffee. Was eating it and started getting sick! I feel some better but still a headache and just don't feel like doing much! This has been the worse thing I've ever been through. All through this I've written a journal of how I feel and what I'm going through so I can look back on it and help others that are going through what I've been through. I realize I'm not out of the clear but I feel about 25% better, which doesn't seem like much but to me, especially of how bad I felt it is a blessing. I've been listening to Christian music and it has really helped. I'm just wondering how much longer this will last. I have a one day a week job and that is coming up on Tuesday but I don't know if I will be able to do it. What do you all think about that? What does everyone do that has jobs and obligations like I have but just can't and couldn't do it! I had to lie (which I hate doing) and tell them I had the flu! That is horrible but I'm ashamed even though I didn't go out here purchasing these pain killers. They were prescribed by my Dr. and she knew I was in bad pain with my back. I do have a question for anyone that can answer it. I'm suppose to have back surgery in about 3 months and I know they will give me pain killers. The question is once you've been addicted to pain killers does that mean always addicted. In other words if I took a pain pill only if absolutely necessary (2 or 3) am I addicted immediately because of the addiction I had? If not that means I will have to have major back surgery with no pain killers but when I think about it I cannot go through this withdraw again! I guess I need to tell my surgeon about being addicted, but would still like an answer to this very important question please. I want to thank everyone for all the support they have given me throughout these 5 days because I don't think I could have gone through this without all of you. Thank you and I will probably still be on here just to talk and give you all an update.
Hi Abbysue, it's so good to hear you're feeling slightly better. Just keep taking it a second, a minute a day at a time. Who knows how you will feel on Tuesday, but Im fairly certain it won't feel as bad as last Tuesday!
AbbySue, I went through the exact same thing. I went off of codeine on March 2. I had the same symptoms. I was able to get some clonidine from my doctor to help with the withdraw. It helped IMMEDIATELY! I still felt bad but not nearly AS bad. It is a month now and I feel physically ok. Withdraw lasted about 10 days or so, but much better when I got the clonidine. You are almost there. Dont give up! You are worth it!! You should be starting to feel better very soon. Each day is a little better than the last. Praying for you!
Hi, Abby, I didn't read everyone's responses, but at 7 days, you are barely out of the acute phase. This is going to take time. Several weeks, til you get some normalcy back. You were on opiate for 3 years, it's going to take more than a week. And you mentioned that you are 70, unfortunately, the older we are, the harder it is. Sleep and level moods are the last things to normalize. There is someone on here who always says about withdrawl: you're going to have to be okay w/ not being okay for a while. I remember not even expecting to sleep when I was in early wds. For rls, I have heard that Hyland's restless legs helps. Also, bananas (potassium.)
Hello Hello AbbySue. Your doing awesome. Yes, all your symptoms are exactly the same as mine. I am over 3weeks in and I still sneeze, lack energy, and have the stomach issues. Just remember, this too shall pass!!! Eat lots of bananas, that seems to help my legs some!! Take care!!
Yup, sneezing and yawning and everything you said is totally normal. Opiates suppress absolutely every function we have, so that's why when we stop, everything starts acting up again, like a plugged in machine. I can't say for how long exactly it will take, but patience is the key. This will all pass. It's usually a symptom at a time. Little by little. None of these symptoms will kill you, even though they're awful. I don't know if you mentioned if you were an addict or not but if so, I strongly suggest getting into aftercare (meetings.) That will help more than you know.
Well, went to the Dr. and she has put me on extra b/p meds along with what I've already been prescribed. It was very high when I went in. She is concerned about my potassium levels and electrolytes. I have very little energy if any. I told her just exactly how I felt and I double dared her to even mention to me about getting back on Hydrocodone. She didn't, she actually said "I'm proud of you, good job. It won't be but maybe another week and you'll feel better!" Did my heart good. She stayed in the room with me a very long time and we talked a lot. One thing that was going on was I had a urinary infection which doesn't make you feel so good. She really took the time with me and talked to me freely. So, I guess I'll know the results in a day. If there is anything to report I'll let you know. I want to help others when I get through with myself. Can you tell me how to go about it. I've always been on this page and not sure how to find someone new to this seeking help and advice. When you receive you should give and that is what I want to do. Thanks everyone.
What a relief it is that you have gone to the drs with that high BP of yours and all your symptoms. Please if you feel like this again, get medical attention straight away. I so hope you don't. But I just had to write it. Did you have bloods done to check electrolytes out? Sounds like you have a wonderful dr.
If you see a post on here and you feel to respond then do so!
Again, all these symptoms are NORMAL. Especially at only 10 days. I could barely get off the couch at 10 days and I'm a lot younger than you. I was so weak, I called it the boneless chicken. That's how I felt. As I said, it takes weeks to start to feel some normalcy so please be patient. Good job on taking care of yourself.
At the top of your profile page you will see leave a message (thats an inbox private) you will see a number if you have a message. or leave a note, thats an uplifting note that people see. to the right of what should be a picture (I havent put a picture because I too dont want people to know of my substance addiction) but to the right you can update your status and say how you are feeling that day. I personally get more response if I start a new thread (a new question) Hope I am helping!