A year ago I was addicted to 60-80 mg Oxy a day. I was in an abusive relationship and of course Oxys became a control thing for him. I got sick of it and quit cold turkey. I was on Oxys for 2 years straight at this point. I obviously had no reason to be taking them, I do have real pain though and after being off Oxys and any other drug/alcohol for 2 months I went to the doctor to be treated. I have been on Norco for 6-7 months however I have been through withdrawal many times. 5 times to be exact. This time I am on my 48th hour exactly and I am as depressed as it gets and sweating constantly. Of course I have anxiety and crazy restless legs. I am so sad. I left my abusive boyfriend and got on the medication I need to be on. It stopped working though so I upped myself not wanting to ask the doc to be on more pain meds cuz I dont want to be on them. I self medicated and ran out in 2 weeks. I have no money, my finances are so messed up and I am going through so much right now I just want my pill back. This is why I do drugs, I dont want to feel all this sh*@
16 Feb 2011
While I can't relate 100%, I did have my issues in the late 1990's, and have as a result lost many friends that are no longer in the flesh. The key thing to remember is that addiction is a disease, and not a weakness, and it's especially terrible to hear of someone exploiting your illness! At one point in my life, I was more or less self medicating myself into a non-stop non-reality cause I really hated reality so much. Back then, I remember going to my university classes high as h#... floating into the classroom, and was at the time a big fan of the G (out of many) cause it let me be numb and functional at the same time. Then I discovered coke, and used up all of my money. Shortly before I met my wife, apparently I got enough out of hand that an intervention was being planned. Luckily, I met my wife at the time, and lost the desire to be so messed up all the time, and the intervention was no longer needed.
I think that also getting mono shortly after meeting forced me to sober up, cause when your that sick, you just don't care. Years later, I now know that I have c-ptsd, and is the primary reason for all of my troubles, excluding the fibromyalgia. With therapy I've been able to tackle so much of my depressions, panic, anxiety, and really, my one time hatred of the world. You don't have to feel the way that you do now. If you talk to your doctor, he can put you on something to ease the pain more specific to your needs, along with medication to help with the mental anguish of life in general. There is hope, and it is a disease, a very powerful disease. There are people out there who want to help you, and I really do hope that you at least consider what I'm saying. I do know what you mean, and do know how comfortable it can be, but the road really only gets worse from there. I hope that this is of some help to you, and the LAST thing that I want to do is sound preachy (and I know I am... sorry!)! You know what's right for you, and I wish for the best. For whatever it's worth, I'm also trying to get off of Klonopin, something that I just don't need 3mg of anymore, maybe 1 or 2, but 3 for me is now too much. It's been a tough fight, but nonetheless, so far I've been able to taper down to 2.5mg per day. Regardless, I'm so so sorry to hear of your troubles, the past, and the money issues as well (can relate, I have no mental insurance, no mental medication coverage, and no job). Once again I wish you the best, and really hope that this all works itself out for you, even if it's going to be a tough fight!!
21 Feb 2011
Thanks guys, for all the responces. It helps so much just to know other people did it; why can't I?
It has been 6 days off the Norco. I am past most of the physical part, except for sweating and the jerkiness which is the worst part of it all lol. I have taken nothing since I started the w/d. I always get stuck right here though. Now I have these seemingly ENDLESS symptoms + depression and I can never get past them. It's like these small symptoms never go away.. or maybe my life just sucks this much. The messed up part is, I went to my doc., (same one that orig. prescribed Norcos and my Klonopins which I no longer take) and begged for some anti-depressants and she gave me Buspar (Completely useless btw). It's amazing because when I went in there for my anixety she shoved anti depressants on me for weeks before she finally offered klonpin, which I have never abused and NEED it desperately.. in fact if I had klonopin 1 .5 mg 1x a day just to sleep then I would never touch another opiate. I just want how I feel to go away. I know I sound elementary in the way I am talking, sorry, I still feel like crap and have had maybe 5 hrs of sleep in the last 5 days. But back to my doctor, it's so funny I wanted my anxiety to be treated, she pushes anti depressants, finally puts me on klonopin, 6 months later after taking the klonopin she just does not refill it with no warning. She says that it was for short term use (wtf) she knows what Im going through anxiety wise. I have PANIC attacks, much dif from anxiety and I would want to be on more klonopin but I dont want to get addicted like the norco so i thought i was being good by just taking the .5 1 x at night as directed. Guess not! Anyways so then I want anti depressants and she gives me some other crap. She sucks. She said she doesn't know about anxiety/panic so she is referring me to someone who does (he is booked up til April).
So right now I am stuck in this stage that never goes away, at least its better than 5 days ago. Does the depression ever go away or is that just my crappy life?
15 Feb 2011
I hear your pain and frustration. Please hang in there. The withdrawls will subside soon. Try googling the Thomas Recipe for some suggestions on what to get for helping the withdrawls. Even if you can't get a benzo, it has some good ideas.
I promise you that you can do this. I have done it, many years ago and I survived. May not feel like it right now, but you will.
Please continue to write and get support so to encourage you success.
16 Feb 2011
HI I also feel your pain coming in through your words. I've been there and on Norco 10/325's also. I just recently (3 days) got onto Suboxone, so I could stop the self medicating for things I can not control, and start medicating things I can control. I have a lot of anxiety, so I self medicated for years with alcohol. Then went to opiates when I was having migraines, but I found it also chased the blues away.
Now if I can get off Norcos, then Sub. I'll be medicating the right way, through anti-depressamts. anti-anxiety pills. Then maybe I caan gain back some of my self confidence I lost through drugs and alcolol.
If you had other questions, I friended you , and if you friend me too, you can send me a private message, I would love to try and help, or just listen, or give my experiences Thanks, Cathleen
16 Feb 2011
Life stinks! Period! I get that you are having a hard time, & I feel you need professtional help. You obviously cannot do this alone, but stay conected to this site for all the support you can get to get through it. Get to your doctor right away, & if you don't feel he can help you, you may need inpatient care. Go to meetings, ie; NA- AA. They also help with this self esteem issue you have. YOU ARE WORTH IT!!! The drugs are a temporary solution, at best, & you will be needing more & more to not feel anything. PLEASE don't do this to yourself! We here, all care. Write us anytime!!!
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