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Paws how long could it linger?

It comes and it goes a few good days then a few bad , it's been this way 6+ weeks now and just seems to only be diminishing ever so lightly. Paws is just different I would just call it mentally transitioning and coping with reality. I quit opiates for my new year's resolution starting 2017. Thought this was far behind me and in a way still is but I read a Lot of people won't notice there symptoms or even get them at all.

Ive looked up ways to help the process of the brains healing. Mainly just vitamins and water little fish oil etc. But dieting exercising got a tan going. Sleep as much as I can. I do all this and still just blah.

Any advice? As former opiates addicts
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Question still needing to be answered if anyone has any input.
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I hope u can figure this thing out cause shew I think that's what I'm going through now I believe .....the thing is though is I'm confused if that's what is or not cause I'm in withdrawls does that make a difference? I know I didn't get to give u a answer and I hope u find out too
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..I CAN ONLY TELL YOU MY EXPERIENCE...USING FOR OVER 15 YRS...IM STARTING MY 10TH MONTH DRUG FREE....AND I HAD PAWS FROM MONTH 2-7...WITH A MONTLY 10% FEELING BETTER..FINALLY NOW AT 10 MONTHS I FEEL GREAT...IT WASNT AN ALL DAY FEELING..ID FEEL FINE ALL MORNING THEN IT WOULD HIT ALL AFTERNOON EVENING..THEN BE FINE ALL MORN...UP AND DOWN...THE MUSCLE ACHES WERE THE WORSE ALONG WITH CONSTANT THROAT CLEARING AND PHLEGM...URGG..BUT ITS SO WORTH IT....WE DIDNT GET THIS WAY OVER NITE SO ITS GONNA TAKE AWHILE...
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also forgot the anxiety from h.e.l.l..neck muscles so tight and tensed..feelings of gotta get outta here now...lol...back spasms....but I'm a lot older and prolly used since the year you were born...lol...I used opiods daily at 150-200 mg for over 15 yrs...urgg..so glad to be free from the pills tho...priceless...
also like to add, I tried every home remedy possiable...nothing helped but time...and drinking plenty of water and exercising...and eating healthy..and ..NO CAFFEINE AT ALL
Why no caffeine ?! I'm in hell pain an agony my nerves I'm about blow up my mind can't taje it
I PROMISE YOU CAFFEINE WILL MAKE ALL ANXIETY WORSE...when I couldn't take the I wanna jump outta my skin feeling any more id take a hot shower or bath..or jump on my elliptical for even 5 mins...just to release the tension....it will relax you..this is an up and down journey..please remind your self this...I did find few things like that to ease the paws, but only time really helps...sorry to say this...but its a slow healing process...but please keep at it...it will be worth it..im 57 and I did it now almost 10 months....I had to give up all caffeine...only drank water and plenty of it...do not fear these symtoms feel them, so you will remember to never use again...don't wait 20 yrs like I did to stop..the longer you use the longer and harder the withdrawl and recovery will be...be strong my friend...
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Nicotine seems to do what your saying about caffeine to me. I'm a couple months behind you and just wanting to see a tunnel.

A lot of symptoms you described I do, specially the throat clearing. Thank you for your response.
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I used PKs for 2 years very "recreationally" taking about 80mg throughout a 3 day weekend for example and 20mg going out on weeknights. Then over this last year that slowly started increasing, to the point of this last 6 months using at least 30mg a day and the highest was around 100mg throughout any given day.

My experience is very different from you but I will say I am 12 days off Oxys cold turkey. First week I felt very lethargic but now in my second week I feel great but that scares me. Because someone up here said they hit "paws" at month 2. I want this great feeling I have to continue. I'm 25, 6', 200lbs, muscular and workout 3-4 days a week..
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..you are very young and 2 yrs off and on I wouldn't worry too much about paws...I myself m an older abuser at 57 yrs old and used for almost 20 yrs...so my paws were worse...the more you use and the longer will determine your recovery time...ill be one yr clean next week...and feel 80% better...its been  up and down...but like I said you are very young..this is your future self warning you to .take this as a warning and never get your self in my shoes as a 20 yr abuser...I guarantee you will not like it...
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Hi and Congrats on your time so far.
Detox & Recovery goes in stages. First you got the physical and then the mental. It takes a long time for your brain chemistry to adjust back and fire up right again. I spent the last 4yrs om here studying all I can about Addiction and the Brain. This month I will be going on 5yrs and things keep on changing as it gets better & better to deal with life clean & sober. Or, find other natural ways to deal with the reasons why we used. The part that takes time is the Brain. Also, we groove these habits in our brain and there are some brain chemistry involved in this too, it takes time to change one habit and replace it with another good habit. As you grow, things just start to lay out right in front of us. The big thing to get through all of this is TIME & PATIENCE & SUPPORT.

Withdraws..after a persons has become adjusted to a certain level of the drug/experience removal of it affects the emotional/biochemical balance that has been established. The person then has to adjust to living without the previous level of stimulation, ect. Post acute withdraws can last yr or yrs or more. It also has a emotional and physiological aspects that are very difficult to endure. NOW...we are all different here. I know for me it took over 2yrs for me to really feel that my brain had balanced out a bit..but, I was 56 when I came off of my pills and had been using it all off & on since I was a teen. Therefore, I did more damage then someone young or someone who had not used that long. This part is NOT uncomfortable at all, in fact it is really interesting as we heal.Just take it day by day and try NOT to think about PAWS. YOU will be fine in time and so so so much better then ever. To me paws is just learning to change this habit of needing a pill, drug or drink. This is were you learn about boundaries and triggers. I learned how to deal with life and the things I needed to get done in a way better way. I wish you all the best..Keep on Trucking forward!
PS. Exercise, Sun and Music will help stimulate those happy chems that were knocked down, much faster.
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Vickie
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