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How long do methadone symptoms last?

I was on methadone for a bit over 5 years. I started due to opiate dependence and that started from MS. I was at 120mg/day for 3 yrs. then saw a private pain mgmt. specialist that kept me on it but took me from 120 to 70 on the first visit. He then continued to drop me down. I went into rehab to stop it completely on 8/18/13. Today is 12/5, almost 4 mos. later and my knees and ankles hurt bad. I will admit that it is much much better than when I went to rehab!  However, I cannot seem to focus. I will not leave the house. I cannot get the simplest of tasks done and I've always been a go getter. Has anyone ever heard of this taking this long?  My pain mgmt. Dr. put me on Librium, clonidine, and backlfin last month and I cannot notice any difference. My psych, who I saw in the rehab and now see outside, also has me on Robaxin, .5mg Valium, Clonopin, and serquel to sleep. Is it normal for wd to take this long?



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90 days is a common turning point, but it doesn't stop there. Yes, methadone can take a long time to recover from. I was on twice as much as you and it took me 10 months to feel good. It is rough, but totally worth it. Hang in there. Are you taking vitamins and getting enough electrolytes and amino acids? That really helps. What are your other symptoms, maybe we can help with supplements to get you through.
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I was on metadone for 26 years. Been off for a year. Still sleep bad having lots of body pain. On legs also. Very depressed cause I have close myself away from everyone. Trying so hard not to take anything addictive. Need help so l can get up and continue fighting.
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That's a long run of methadone. It takes a while for it all to leach out of bones and fat. I guess it's been about 600 days and I am still improving. I abused my body on fake energy and feeling no pain. I got to feel it later. Swimming is best for me, gets blood flowing, low impact, and it stretches and uses every muscle in my body. It's push for a long while, I forgot I was aging on methadone. I'd say the last few months have been way better. I've been eating good and engaging in the world as much as I can. I was told to give it 2 years from a other heavy users. I sure hope it gets better, cause It's finally better than when I was using. Pain is less, stress is lower, and my baby steps are walking me to a new life. I've had hope, but I think I see a ship in the horizon, the fog is thinning.
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By the way, if click Post a Question at the top of the page, you can tell your story and people can keep in though with you. It's easier with your own thread.
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Thank u for taking out the time. I read your comment and it is all worth looking into. I do take vitamins. Jam going to get electrolyte and amino acids also.suffering from lack of sleep energy and depressin. Being that iam going through menopause it makes it harder. Its a fight everyday.but our lives r all worth it. I know I will see the light again.  Just. Need some help getting better. Thank u and good luck also
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Have you been doing any meetings, counseling, church, or anything that inspires you to be the best you. The craving, stinking thinking, resentments, all those things are wrapped in in our past and present. I am finding that dealing with my pre-existing issues is not all of my recovery, but a major part of it. The mental is really 90% of it all for me. Amino acids, electrolytes, good vitamins, and a clean diet help a lot on top of some exercise. I wish I knew and easier faster way, I'd be rich, but nobody I've met who stayed clean for years regrets it and those who keep using all do. Think about some hobby too, the distraction can really help reduce stress and create good sober memories to form a new past with.
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