After about a month I was pretty much aok.
But at that point, I was exercising (pretty intense cardio) for 30-40 min a day and I had found the right mixture of supplements that worked for me. (Green soy vitamin shake made w/ almond milk, osteo bi-flex, msm and St. John's Wort.)
I still have sleep issues BUT ... I've had sleep issues for years and doubt it has anything to do with opiates, or lack thereof. But nothing like the first several days of withdrawls where I didn't sleep at all.
I will say this: I feel better, younger and more alive than I've felt in years. (I'm 100+ days clean at this point.)
Hi I am pretty much right with Holly.The exercise the clean time etc.The exercise is all important with this pill addiction because it jumpstarts production of the endorphins we need to feel better.I was using way more oxy than you were and I was alot better at 30 days.
I think you will be better alot sooner than you think.Just be careful not to go back to the pills. Merry xmas
I am 39 days off Vicodin and feeling pretty good. The depression is normal from what I've read on other posts. I'm already on Lexapro and Zanax so depression was not an issue for me. Just remember everyone is different when it comes to depression and sleep. I have been sleeping 8 hrs every night since stopping those stupid Vicodin, I used to only sleep maybe 4 hrs before. I do get headaches but not everyday. Never had them before. My pain level is down and my energy is almost 100%. Just don't try to over do it, take one day at a time. I take care of my 14 month old grand daughter so she keeps me busy, but it has helped me to keep my mind active and me active! I also have a lot of support from my husband and kids. You will feel better, trust me. I do not miss those pills and I have no cravings for them. I hope this gives you encouragement to continue on your quest to stay off the pills. Have a Merry Christmas!
First of all-Congratulations on five days! The first five are definitely the hardest. Myself I am 17 days off of opiates and feeling much better and stronger every day. I have no symptoms of depression-in fact I feel way happier and more connected than I ever did on opiates. My pain levels are normalizing...my pain is there but manageable with exercise, diet, massage, lots of hot baths and saunas. I'm still very sleep deprived and that is what challenges me the most as my body has not had time to restore itself since detoxing. Everyone is different. Be kind and patient with yourself-and just stay in the moment...Keep taking it one moment at a time-and post whenever you need to....Merry Christmas....Lu
Thanks all for the advice and encouragement. Reading through these posts is very inspiring.
I'll start taking some vitamins today. Don't think I will be able to exercise for a bit, nothing intense anyway. Kinda hard to get motivated to do much of anything, but I guess that will come with time.
One day at a time, right?
exactly...one day at a time. But even if you can force yourself out side and around the block-it releases the natural endorphins that your brain is so starved for right now...Instant mood booster. I felt about a hundred years old when I started walking on day 4-but it really helped. I just bundled up and marched like my life depended on it. The vitamins really do help to-especially B6 and B12 and C and magnesium, potassium. Your body is starved for nutrients both from drug use and detox. I had crappy vitamins to begin with but went to the healthfood store and asked for help and they make a HUGE difference. You have to force the motivation thing-it's the only way to heal your brain. Good work...Keep going....Keep posting....Lu