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How long will this last?!

I'm a 24 year old female and I wish that I NEVER started taking vicodin. I was stupid and didn't take it for any sort of pain .. it's been a recreational thing. I haven't been on it for real long .. maybe a month and a half to 2 months max. I eventually got up to taking 12 of the 10/325 a day. Usually 4 at a time every 3-4 hours. I didn't take them every single day, but it was usually every other day to every 2 days. I have been HATING the way that I've been feeling afterwards when I wasn't taking them, so I decided to just stop cold turkey. I've been off them for maybe 3 days or so now and it's TERRIBLE. I've been getting the sweats/chills, diarrhea, difficulty sleeping, restless legs, leg pain and I've been feeling like I've been going crazy. I've been having crying fits on and off all day, and I can't help it. I've been suffering at work too because I haven't had any energy and I've had to go home early a couple of times and I called out today. I have a prescription for Gabapentin for my RLS and a prescription for Ambien because I have insomnia, so I've been trying to just sleep as much as possible through the withdrawal. But during the day is the hardest part. I feel like this is never going to end. Nobody knows that I've been taking the vicodin, so nobody knows that I've been going through withdrawal. I've just been trying to blame it on a cold or whatever else that I can. I'm embarassed that I let myself do this. I'm just hoping that all this is going to stop soon. Anybody have an idea as to when this is going to possibly start to get better for me given the length of time and how much I've been taking? I need some support. I've never been through withdrawal before so this is horrible right now.
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Day 5 and I am feeling really good! I'm eating and drinking normally, I'm not feeling like I'm going nuts, not so much with the restless legs (not anymore than I normally get it anyways) and I haven't had any sweats and chills. Only chills I've had are because it's been FREEZING here past few days, lol. I don't even have the urge to WANT to take it anymore. I feel amazing since being off of it. Never EVER again will I take it.
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1148241 tn?1294052796
You made me smile so much when I saw you weren't going to pick up that prescription.  Like you said ... you've made it thru the hard part!  And we'll be here for the mental part to help you.  Just keep logging on and chatting with us.  
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1476003 tn?1331227992
The same thing happened to me its like a cold  tell me about it....Force yourself to yawn and will unblock your ears

What is happening is because of the addiction, your blood is full of toxins and carbon dioxide.Your body is expelling these toxins and has a hard time doing so beacause it is week. So poor blood circulation is creating preasure in your brain hence the yawnig thing....Forcing a yawn will expell the carbon dioxide and will help,,,So Ive been told..by my dr but then again shes the one that told me I wouldnt get addicted....

Take some aleve for overall aches and pain including the tooth ache and and slowly make circles with your wrist then arms then do like you where spinnig a hoola hoop   then ankles legs you get the pic....Get your blood circulating... youl notice a difference i hope

Happy u didnt fill the tramadol  U know u can put yourself on a narco watch In Quebec anyways so pharmacies will Not give u a script unless a meeting is held w you and your dr

Happy to see day 5

N
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I'm in day 5 of my second relapse in a year this relapse didn't last as long as the first maybe a few months of having to have the pk's. But I need some help my ears are bothering me and I don't recall my ears ever bothering me when I DT'd before. It feels like I'm talking/hearing with cotton stuffed in my ears. My teeth hurt and I feel so shaky. I'm so mad at myself for doing this to myself again, but I accept ut is a small part of being an addict. I'm just ready to feel normal again cuz I'm fighting the anxiety and panic off but I don't know how long I'll last.
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i did change my mind as i was laying in bad last night,im not going to get the prescription filled,i have a prescription of 90 tramadol at the pharmacy,but forget that,day four is here and i see tramadol as a cover up for the other drug problem,or more like a replacement.I feel 95% better today,i can focus without the pills,im happy,not all depressed cuz i dont have anything.So i am going to keep doing what i been doing and take it one day at a time.I am taking naproxen and flexeril,nothing narcotic at all,i no one time i take one pill thats it for me again for probaly another 3 yrs,i have wasted to much time on this habit.thanks 3rddayoff,and god bless!!!
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1476003 tn?1331227992
U have to read tramaheters story NOW....Tramadol is verry addictive...VERRY dangerous and the wds are like hell worst than any other..I strongly suggest you try something else to take the ege of.....DONT FIULL THAT SCRIPT  PLEASE..........It is verry hard and youre on day 4 the hard part is almost over its gets BETTER I Promise

The thing is with tramadol is that u have to take UGE amounts to feels the high and u will take seiz=sure and could die.....

Try natural products..They help alot and as for taking the ege off it comes down to this....THE EGE OR YOUR LIFE

Think about it and congrats on day 4 keep your head up and keep on smiling  DRUG FREE smile mean alot more

Nick
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keep up the good work kitty,its hard and anyone that told u it isnt is lying,im having withdrawals from a 3 yr habit,im almost on day 4 thank god,you start to feel better after a while,the baths and hot hot showers really helped me.I am going to pick up my tramadol at the pharmacy tommorow,cuz i need to take the edge off a lil bit,i quit cold turkey and i realize its very hard.keep ya head up,you can do it,i am.and i never thought it was possible.............
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Thank you all so much for the support. Anytime that I've been feeling like I need to just take it again, I come on here and read the comments and it helps that feeling pass actually. My little nephew actually came over today because my mom was babysitting, and as I was playing with him, I realized that my symptoms were better. No more feeling like I needed to cry, no more sweats/chills. I don't know if it was just because it took my mind off it or what. But realizing that I could actually sit and play with him just made me feel SO good. When I was taking the vicodin, I didn't want to hold him or anything because I was actually sorta afraid to since I wasn't in a sober state of mind. But now, it just feels great.

My dad actually has a prescription for Lorazepam that he takes on occasion for anxiety, and I took 1mg of it and it actually sorta relaxed me when I was having my little panic attack type things. Obviously NOT something I would take all the time, but at that point, it helped. My legs are still pretty restless, but I took the Gabapentin and it's starting to work so it's not as bad. And I've been able to eat/drink without a problem. It just hasn't been a whole lot. I've been drinking the Ensure and actually in the morning eating Balance bars or Power bars because they fill me up for awhile.

I've just been finding little things here and there to do to try and keep me busy until it's time to go to bed. Then I will take an ambien and just pass out. I know you can get dependant on the ambien, but I've dealt with the lack of sleep the day after once you stop taking them and that's not a big deal to me. I just hope I'm getting over this hump. Thanks again everyone for the support. Keep the comments coming. It's really helping me to get through this.
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1481358 tn?1288295091
  Awesome advise here. Youre almost there. The physical passes then the mental. Be positive and realize all the feelings you have now will not be the same in a week or two. Nobody really meations the mental part. Its HUGE. And yes a NA meeting will help you. I was very scared my first time and for no reason at all. Like many of us, I have relapsed thinking, I can do it on my own. I couldnt. Thats me. I did awesome when I went to meetings. Cant wait to start again. Hope you feel better tomorrow. Its weird you wake up one day and look up at the sky and just know, its over. Oh what a feeling.
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HI....well your in the middle of this mess but your almost threw the physical part the mental will take some work....I would throw out the gapabentin and go with some stuff called highlands restful legs....its all natural and non addictive I took 2 every hr till the rls went away...it was smart of you to stop b/4 this really got out of control there are people here like me who have spent years on the stuff....it makes it that much harder to quit..since your a recreational user I highly recommend N/A to you....just because you detox dosent mean addiction goes away....im sure this ant your first rodeo with drugs but mabe the first with something that you can become physically addicted to...but take time out of your life now and start to treat the addiction as addicts we just tend to go threw life using one thing or another end the cycle wile your young.........you should be better in a couple of days but may find yourself a bit depressed good luck and God bless....Gnarly    
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As the above poster mentioned, you have a bunch of things going for you.  You are young, your dose is fairly low and most importantly, you use was short.  If you are on day 3 now you are sooooo close to turning the corner.  

WD gets harder and harder, longer and with increased intensity.  Learn from this experience and understand that it will never get easier than it is RIGHT now!!!  Wow do I wish I had your wisdom to stop using after only 2 months use instead of years.

I really hope it's a great wake-up call to you and you stay away from them.  You'll be feeling better real soon so hang in there!!!!

bob
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WDs vary from person to person but you weren't using very long and not as much as some of us. I was using over 30 vicodan 10/325 per day for a little over 2 months. I have WD before from opiates before and they say each WD gets worse, but I have to say that it wasn't as bad as oxycontin or methadone. For me (and I am much older than you and age does play a factor in Wd's) Day 4 and 5 were the worst. Every day got a little better after and I am now 20 days Vicodan free and feeling very good, actually. Hang in there and know that it does and will get better! You might want to try the thomas recipe at the bottom right of this page to help with the WD symptoms. I also made sure that I drank ensure or boost through the worst because that was the only way I was getting anything in me. Stay strong and know that you can do it! It gets better every day! Good luck to you and keep us updated!
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