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Please help with Withdrawals!!

Hi, I'm on day 5 of taking prec/vicodin for the past 3 years, I have MD in my legs, neck and shoulders, sometimes were worse then others with taking them... I still feel like crap, going to the gym and hot showers have been helping, but only while I'm doing it... Work has become really hard... What makes it worse is my family, who I live with all have pain meds for back problems and other things, so its in the house.. I just don't like being dependent of anything and I know they just make you numb, they don't help make pain go away... my mind has been racing...  I just want to feel normal again... this is making me feel crazy
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5 days is great!!!! It is a wonderful feeling being clean and not having to live with the guilt. Have you discussed your concern(pain meds in the house) w your family? I am not familiar w your situation so I am sorry. Try to stay as busy as possible, it keeps your mind off of it.
Also, and this is just my opinion, Maybe consider talking w your Dr about getting on a routine Anti-Depressant.
You WILL feel normal again, better than normal!! Keep exercising... also have you added any vitamins to your daily routine?? They work wonders as well. Keep posting and Stay Strong................ It is well worth it
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hi, you have done well to get to day5, i know its hard when you have the meds so accessible, but you dont want to waste the 5 days, hang on in there, have you seen the thomas recipe ,top right hand corner , health pages, lots of things to help you there, dont give up, its really great not being tied to the pills, best wishes,
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Thank you :-)  I appreciate you commenting!  I'm noticing that I'm having moments through out the day where its harder then others... I dream about them, when I actually do get sleep  ??  which is just not right!!  whats the hardest for me is the Restless leg thing, the aches, the feeling of you'll never feel normal again and the sleepless nights... I've told my family, they are supportive but watching me go through this, they keep telling me, just take one so your not in so much pain... I haven't I think thats more of a step backwards, as much as I want the pain to stop..  I never knew how serious this withdrawal thing was... if I would have known before hand I would have never started on them..  I'm been going to the gym with my dad, taking alot of vitamins, and drinking this red pepper stuff my dad drinks (he puts alittle Cayenne pepper in his water)  its detoxes your body.. my dad is the only one pill free so I try to stay around him the most when I'm not at work and he's home
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You are on day 5 of WDing? If so, EXCELLENT job on being clean for 5 days.....You have to remember there is rebound pain when you stop taking the pain pills......and you've been on the pain meds for an extended amount of time.
I have to ask, how many per day were you taking (how many percs and how many vics). Dide you taking them ONLY for pain or were you enjoying the 'high' also? Do you run out of your pills early? Have you ever used the other people's pills in your home?
Give us a little bit more information to go on. You will get LOTS of support here. Thank you so much for your honestly about the situation and you really are mostly through the physical part of the WD's so keep on with the 'NO PILLS' politics until we get somemore things worked out.

Stay strong and Congrats!! You will get a lot of support here.....
Greatgreebo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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1580085 tn?1400940838
you can get some hylands restful legs from walmart, also take hot baths/showers with epsom salts in, drink plenty of fluids, your doing well, its good youve got your dad for support, take care.
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I have those, what I call "moments" as well, where I think about pills BUT it pops in my head and right back out!! I am glad your family is supportive and I know it is hard to watch someone suffer this way. However you need to remember it only takes 1 to put you right back where you were. I learnt that the hard way nad I am here to tell you it was one of the biggest mistakes of my life that I have ever made. I think NOT offering them is the best support they can give you. It does sound like your family is there for you, lean on them and keep posting w us.Gatorade is great too, worked wonders for me. Stay strong because everything that you are feeling WILL PASS
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when i first started taking them it was just for the pain, i didnt even know it could give you a high until about a year into taking them and then yes it started to become not only a pain reliever but fun and something to do.. i have 3 jobs and they are all physical... I kind of got them to prove MD couldn't hold me back.. but i don't know if i've done more damage to my body doing that ... Its embarrassing to me that I let myself get that way, but thats why I decided to stop... I know this can't last forever but each day feels go long...
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Thats right, it will not last forever. We all started exactly where you did. I dont think a one of us just woke up one day and decided to become addicted to pills. Put that past you. It sounds like you are putting to much on yourself as well. Have you thought of cutting back on the jobs?? You need to FOCUS on you right now, and let your body/mind heal and it takes time. Every day is better, stay strong... you got this
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yes, I've actually took a couple days off... what is weird  is not working makes it harder because i have time to think about it... i'm going to quit one of them, just because it is to much.. talking to you guys is helping, knowing your not alone helps ALOT  
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use your off time to exercise, take a walk, enjoy nature, read a book.... ANYTHING that helps. We are always here, there are alot of fantastic people here that went through/ and going through the same thing you are
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Thank you!  I actually have to go back to work tonight, i think it will be good tho... I'll let you know how my day 6 goes :-)  
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Will Look forward to hearing from you. You WILL have a good night!!. Positive attitude goes a long long way and I can see that you are positive. Stay Strong!!! look forward to hearing about your night tomm.... YOU GOT THIS
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Hey there.

First and foremost, congrats on getting to Day 5.  I myself am on Day 7 from taking 20 pills of 10x325mg Hydrocodone.  I have Severe Ulcerative Colitis and all the pills were prescribed.  I convinced myself that the pills made my Colitis better and that I needed them.  The real answer was after the initial pain relief I was just going for the high.  I kept taking more and more and more to get back to that feeling, and guess what?  I never found it.

It took my family being there for me and telling me that I needed to get off the damn things because it had changed my personality.  I wasn't abusive or anything, but I was very 'matter of fact', aloof, cold, and detached.  That has never been me, and I have a feeling if you think about it, you will see where your personality has changed some as well.

Ok, done with the background.  The good news is that you have to keep telling yourself that it does get better.  In all seriousness, I truly believe that you are past the hardest part, or very soon will be.  I got through 4 days before I went to a walk in clinic and just asked for something to sleep.  I could get through the days, but the nights are just miserable for me.  THankfully, I went to a great doctor and she gave me Clonidine 0.2mg.  I take 1 of them 3 times a day and I can't tell you how much they have helped.

I was having terrible withdrawal in my whole body.  There was never a comfortable position and I constantly felt like my body was in a state of shock.  I couldn't get away from it no matter what I did and this was just ten times worse at night.  But once I took a Clonidine I started to relax.  It's a medication that was originally used for High Blood Pressure, but they have found that it can help in certain cases for withdrawal.  Now I'm not sitting here and saying it's a cure all and all your symptoms will go away.  But for me it made everything tolerable and I'm now on the downward trend.

I implore you to keep reading this forum, and also do more research on the internet.  It not only keeps you busy, but you learn so much about what you are going through and how much better it gets once you are off.  I hope I haven't gone on too long, but I felt that I should post something so that you know that there are people out there that give a damn, and really appreciate how hard what you are doing really is.

Take care of yourself and keep your head up.  It does get better, I promise.

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So sorry, that's all I can say, been there and I'm so sorry.  Bless you.
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its day 6 and I know it's only the morning, and i can say other then my restless legs, sleepless nights(I got 3 full hours of sleep tho!! most in a week) and the mind games, i feel great!!  I know I changed while I was taking them... its sad to think about the time you've lost BUT its a new beginning... and something I never even noticed till now, people i've worked with for years are saying to me you look good, what are you doing??  I just say I'm eating better and working out, which is true :-)   I knew this wasn't going to be easy but I'm hoping my physical fight is over
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Great Job.......... All mind over matter at this point, Stay Strong
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