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Chronic sneezing after opiate withdrawal?
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    Default Chronic sneezing after opiate withdrawal?

    I'm on day 20 right now and have been sneezing alot for about the last 2 weeks. I don't remember this happening the other times I quit, so i'm not sure if it's related to quitting or not. The allergy pill I normally take doesn't seem to be helping.

    Does anybody know if this is normal or is it completely unrelated? Thanks.

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    Hey, I'm almost day 11 and my sneezing came a few days ago. I think it's all part of your body getting all the toxins out and running it's course. The thing that sucks for me is always having the chills! I feel like a freakin' ice box all day and stay under 100 blankets. The fact that it's 30 degrees out doesn't help but man! The other thing that is creeping on me is the anxiety for some reason. I'll just be sitting watching some t.v. and my heart starts racing and I start thinking about tons of stuff that shouldn't be going through my mind. But anyways, I'm pretty sure it's part of it!

    CONGRATS on 20 days! How do you feel? How's your sleep? How's anxiety/chills? How's your energy?

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    Wow that's funny, I had the same thing coming off roxi's... sneezing uncontrollably for a few days with no congestion but didn't relate the two things together.

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    I sneezed for two months when I got clean. Don't worry about it, it finally started making me laugh. I thought that I would never quit sneezing. It's totally typical of opiate detox. You're doing great. God bless.
    I am not a dr. My statements are based on years of experience and related education. Consult with the professional of your choice regarding matters of concern.

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    Sneezing was how my wife always caught me relapsing haha.
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    Thanks for all the comments. Glad to know i'm not alone with this. I don't want to spin my wheels with allergy pills or something else if it's just part of the detox. The sneezes seem to come in three's. Hopefully it ends soon.


    CONGRATS on 20 days! How do you feel? How's your sleep? How's anxiety/chills? How's your energy?

    On day 20: I don't feel to bad. No major physical symptoms left, aside from somewhat low energy. I'm not forcing anything physical yet. My sleep is actually pretty good right now. I have been sleeping for about 6-7 hours a night without waking up. My mind is significantly clearer, probably because of the better sleep I have been getting. The first couple weeks of detox, it felt like I was higher than a kite. My mind was just so out of it. It wasn't the feel good kind of high. It was more like the "i'm not in control of this high and I want to come down" kind of high.

    As far as lower energy, I think some of it is of course still related to the detox/PAWS process, but I think some is also the fact that I haven't been very physically active for a long time. I don't think my energy levels would be good even if I hadn't abused these things for the last several years. I really need to get going in the gym. I think that will make a huge difference.

    The part that is still lingering is the anxiety. It is letting up some as time goes on, but it is definitely still there. It is worst in the morning right when I wake up, then subsides, returns throughout the day while at work, and then fades at night when I get back home. I also have random thoughts that pop into my head and cause massive heart pounding. I believe that some of this anxiety was there before I started using, but is more pronounced now during my recovery. I guess it will just take some time. I want to make an effort to help myself with some of these issues I dealt with even before the opiate abuse (anxiety, OCD, etc), but still think it's a little to early in recovery to do so. Hopefully within the next few weeks to a month when my mind has had a little more time to clear.

    Thanks again for all the support. This board is my only support and is one of the major reasons that this is the longest I have ever gone since I stated abusing. The value of the reassurance given cannot be quantified. Many people here have succeeded in their quest to become clean, but continue to drop in and support those who are still trying. That's what will get people clean. I will also continue to do so. Peoples lives are on the line. I never would have said that about pills until I went through it myself.
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    Hey someday! Your posts have really helped me out and love hearing about your progress. I'm going on day 9 and I know we are about 10 days or so apart but I'm totally with ya on the anxiety stuff. Most of my physical symptoms have gone away but omg this anxiety is nuts. In the morning, through out the day, while watching tv, the whole nine yards...I've been taking valerian root through out the day and seems to help a little for the anxiety and at night for sleep. It really feels though that for the time I used I just covered up all the emotions I had and now that we don't have that mask on it anymore they are all coming out at once making a ton of anxiety for us. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one with this problem but if your on day 20 and still having anxiety then I know it will be awhile till I start feeling normal again too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IP 110 View Post
    Hey someday! Your posts have really helped me out and love hearing about your progress. I'm going on day 9 and I know we are about 10 days or so apart but I'm totally with ya on the anxiety stuff. Most of my physical symptoms have gone away but omg this anxiety is nuts. In the morning, through out the day, while watching tv, the whole nine yards...I've been taking valerian root through out the day and seems to help a little for the anxiety and at night for sleep. It really feels though that for the time I used I just covered up all the emotions I had and now that we don't have that mask on it anymore they are all coming out at once making a ton of anxiety for us. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one with this problem but if your on day 20 and still having anxiety then I know it will be awhile till I start feeling normal again too.

    Yeah the anxiety is still there, but it isn't terrible like it was the first week. Some of it i'm sure is anxiety that I have always had, and may always have. You may not have it as bad depending on how you were before. Just thinking about the future with a clear mind is getting me through. These thoughts are some of the best I have ever had. It weird how a traumatic event, or in our case basically many, many days/weeks/months/years of consistent traumatic events can change our perspective on things. Things that I worried about before seem to be bouncing right off of me. I wish there had been an easier path, but this experience has been life changing for me. I know there are things I will accomplish now that I may not have had I not gone through this. I guess there is a reason that we were chosen to endure this pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SomeDay View Post
    Yeah the anxiety is still there, but it isn't terrible like it was the first week. Some of it i'm sure is anxiety that I have always had, and may always have. You may not have it as bad depending on how you were before. Just thinking about the future with a clear mind is getting me through. These thoughts are some of the best I have ever had. It weird how a traumatic event, or in our case basically many, many days/weeks/months/years of consistent traumatic events can change our perspective on things. Things that I worried about before seem to be bouncing right off of me. I wish there had been an easier path, but this experience has been life changing for me. I know there are things I will accomplish now that I may not have had I not gone through this. I guess there is a reason that we were chosen to endure this pain.
    I know what you mean about that. I am NOT glad I became an addict, but somehow going through it and surviving it and getting into recovery has taught me some very valuable lessons about life. Those lessons were hard-won. There's got to be an easier way! But this is the way I chose, apparently.

    Some of those people you meet in NA and AA are so wise. They've just been through hell, and they really have learned how to live and deal with the world. You sometimes see a really amazing serenity there.

    Take care of yourself,
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    Post Detoxing off of opiates

    I see alot of you having trouble with sneezing and anxiety. Sneezing is normal, all those neurotransmitters in the brain are firing like crazy looking for the opiate so the sneezing is a result of that. Also if you are having anxiety and other issues, I have found that being on DLPA and 5-HTP (amino acids) help with the head. THe body is still tired, but the head is ok. No anxiousness, craving, etc. I hope this helps! Also, no sugar, because the sugar increases the craving for opiates. Its rough, but it works and you are able to go to work and function, just a little tired. It took a lot of research and helping others to get to this point. Trial and error, but if you have been on this stuff for years..and keep on relapsing, this is the answer. Good luck!

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    Hey!
    Just the name of this thread made me laugh!
    Normal for sure
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    Hello,

    glad i came across your thread. was wondering the same thing. My record is 12! I dont know if thats even close to how you are, but ya, weird. Ppl at my work are shocked after 4, and thats just warming up. lol

    Im also day 20 today. Tommorow will be my 3 week mark. Good luck to you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dopesick420 View Post
    ...Im also day 20 today. Tommorow will be my 3 week mark. Good luck to you

    Dopesick
    well.. where i live, it's only another 40 minutes til tomorrow.. (11:25 p.m.)
    so.. how's about an early CONGRATS!!
    you deserve to be proud (in a good way) of yourself!

    stay strong!

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    Default sneezing and withdrawal

    I noticed when I am going through withdrawals I will sneeze before I start a meal. And then that feeling of having to sneeze will be with me throughout the meal. Seems crazy but true.

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    The same thing has been going on with me! Almost to Day 8 and have sneezed several times every day....this is the weirdest thing...esp to see it going on with everyone else. My nose stuffed up yesterday to the point where i could barely breathe....but it was gone this morning. Weird.

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    I think it has something to do with the fact that your pupils are so used to be semi constricted from years of opiate use. When you stop using opiates it naturally dialates your pupils slightly more allowing more light it. I know I sneezed for almost a month after I got off of suboxone. I also realized it happened a lot (but not always) when I transitioned from indoors to outdoors. It goes away eventually. Stay strong, I was on opiates for over ten years and the last five strictly suboxone. It's tough but you have to do it eventually if you ever want a good job, as more and more are testing. Or an education that involves getting into healthcare.
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    Almost 20 days off and last 5 days out of nowhere sneeze 3-5 times in a row and passes .. Much today with crazy restless leg and impossible to lie still yet to tired to move ?? Thanks for thread thought I was getting cold ?
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    Default Sinuses no longer dried out and that makes you sneeze!

    Not trying to sound like Captain Obvious here, but hasn't anyone taken into consideration that the sneezing is occurring because your sinuses are no longer dried out? It's well known that opiates dry you out. Some people get constipated, others get dry mouth, etc. So, wouldn't it make sense that this drying effect happens in the sinuses as well?

    It makes perfect sense when you think about it. When you think about when the sneezing occurs...it happens when you come off of them. Because as the drug completely exits your system, your body is no longer getting dried out and your sinuses are allowed to run free opening them up to take in more allergens and have things such as post-nasal drip, etc.

    I'm not a doctor, but I have made this observation over time and it makes perfect sense. I hope that helps others understand what might be going on.

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    That does make sense. I love your name!!! Cracked me up when I saw you had posted. My mouth was very dry while I was on the drugs. I took 400mg magnesium to keep everything else moving!!! I hope I have not gotten gum disease from the dry mouth. I remember my mouth being gapped open in the night and my tongue was bone dry and stuck. What a life! Glad it's in the past. The nose and the skin were bone dry. I also got up and peed three or four times every night. I don't know why that happened. I should look it up I guess. All the fluids from the nose, mouth and skin went to the bladder!!!

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    I going on a year now it will be a year tomorrow, I just read all this post and I want to say you guys are doing great all of you and it's a lifestyle change that you have to get use to. When we were on drugs we were running 100% all the time and now we are not and are body is just trying to figure out why, but its so great to see how you guys are doing its really amazing to see. Continue on your path and you will be so much happier, I am off a year now and said I would post something on this site when I made it and I did but I want to let you all know I feel Increditable and I am now running 120% sober.

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    And also any questions anybody needs a answer to I can help don't hesitate to ask.

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    I just learned that sneezing happens. I'm a rare one. I have hay fever and cracked vocal cords. I have 3 types of Arthritis and I can't take Celebrex. It nearly killed me. So, my Rheumalogist and Primary Care have me on 5-300 Vicodin, 5 mg Valium and 325 regular strength Tylenol. Oh, I'm on 40 mg. Zocor. I get liver panels every 3 months and Thank God, no damage and I can walk with PT and warm water Therapy. I ran out of my 5-300 but my PC has ordered a new prescript and I'm being very careful. I keep my med locked up.

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    I am on day 2. Seems like such a small number when others are so far ahead. This is my third time trying, I've relapsed every time. I think the fatigue gets me. But this last time, I've been sneezing my head off. I thought I had done it right this time, I weaned off. I got down to 1 1/2 a day. Without symptoms. Why now am I going through withdrawal? I have the obvious symptoms like the restless legs all night, I don't sleep more than 20 minutes at a time before I wake. I feel like someone hit me with a mack truck. I thought if you weaned down, you wouldn't be hit so hard with withdrawal. I can barely get out of bed, and I have so much to do. Any advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1dayat-atime View Post
    I am on day 2. Seems like such a small number when others are so far ahead. This is my third time trying, I've relapsed every time. I think the fatigue gets me. But this last time, I've been sneezing my head off. I thought I had done it right this time, I weaned off. I got down to 1 1/2 a day. Without symptoms. Why now am I going through withdrawal? I have the obvious symptoms like the restless legs all night, I don't sleep more than 20 minutes at a time before I wake. I feel like someone hit me with a mack truck. I thought if you weaned down, you wouldn't be hit so hard with withdrawal. I can barely get out of bed, and I have so much to do. Any advice?
    I also weaned off of hydrocodone, and felt withdrawal symptoms. I had reconstructive jaw surgery, plus two surgeries after that to clean up infections, which has left me in excruciating pain. I have been off and on hydrocodone for 3 years. Every time i tapered, I still felt the withdrawal symptoms. Im only on day 4 right now of being off hydrocodone. Although my symptoms are mild compared to past experiences, its enough to make me want to request a refill from the dr. I started taking neurontin 2 weeks ago for the nerve damage, but it has also helped with the withdrawal symptoms. I know we all just want a miracle over the counter drug to make it all go away, but unfortunately there is none. No OTC medications that are recommended for withdrawal ever worked for me at all. The only time I have felt relief is in a hot shower or hot bath, deep breathing exercises, stretching, massage, and light house work. I didn't take immodium, I was ready to flush those toxins out and drank lots of water. When times got tough, I took robaxin (muscle relaxer) and melatonin at night. It didn't do any miracle, but something about taking a pill made me feel better and I would pretend and try to make myself believe It was a hydrocodone in hopes the sickness was just all in my head. I personally didnt wake up one day and decide I was ready to quit, I am in constant pain and wouldve liked to have been off hydrocodone, but didn't care enough to get off. The new law that has moved hydrocodone to a schedule II drug is what decided it for me when i learned my doctor can only prescribe every 30 days, and am only given a quantity of 40 pills at a time. I did a very fast taper and am now 4 days off. You'll find something that works for you. Keep your head up.

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    Hey I ve been clean for 26 days longest I've ever gone... I finally feel much better almost normal besides the sneezing and my stomach still not a 100%.... But I'm glad I did it!!! It gets better and it's worth it... Hang in there!!! There was a period of three days where I think I slept maybe a total of an hour, but now I can sleep... If anyone has any ??? I would be glad to help... GOOD LUCK!!

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    Hey just read the post before mine... I did the same thing and felt the same way and exactually I felt WD symptoms a day n a half later.... The mornings were the worst OMG thought how could this be??? But unfortunately some WD are to be expected at least that's what I told myself to deal! At first you feel real bad in the morning for like 2 hrs and by the afternoon you should feel better, showering helps!!! Everyday it gets less eventually it will stop after like day 5 maybe for 10 min U might feel bad. My advice just get up and move laying around makes it worse!!! And SHOWER def helps
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    Default Excessive sneezing fits from Methadone W.D.

    Quote Originally Posted by SomeDay View Post
    I'm on day 20 right now and have been sneezing alot for about the last 2 weeks. I don't remember this happening the other times I quit, so i'm not sure if it's related to quitting or not. The allergy pill I normally take doesn't seem to be helping.

    Does anybody know if this is normal or is it completely unrelated? Thanks.
    Hello, I'm on day 29, or more (due to overwhelming circumstances in my life, I forgot many doses just before quitting), and the sneezing fits started by day 2 or 3!! I found many others on another website stating the same symptom! Mine has been severe, though and I just want it to end!! Days 2-5 I counted about 7-9 sneezes. Days 5.5-16, I went to a relative's house, for help with withdrawal. The house was full of allergens I wasn't aware of. The fits went up to 12-15 sometimes, but all "convulsions" didn't produce a sneeze!
    On the plane, I swear I could smell all 85 people! My sense of smell was initially heightened immensely, but now I am congested. After returning home, the fits lessened, but have built back up to 4-7 sneezes (or just dry convulsions) possibly 5 times a day! My face and head hurt more than the intestinal distress!
    I swear I should come out of this with a 6-pack of abs!!LOL
    I 've taken Benedryl every night to sleep, but was sleepless until day 13, when I added liquid/sublingual Melatonin.
    My nose runs constantly, even though I only smell a few things now. A whiff of something totally new will set me off again.
    I hope you are doing better now!
    I'm wondering if anyone else has had such severe sneezing fits for so long, with face and head pain? I've been checking, but haven't had a fever in the 29 days--although I've been alternating Ibuprofen/Acetaminophen every 2-4 hrs the entire time.
    I'm also wondering if anyone has continued intestinal (especially liver area) distress through >1 month?
    Final puzzle piece is that I also went off Adderol/Amphetamine (after about 3 days without, then had frightening reaction to 1 dose), at same time. Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1dayat-atime View Post
    I am on day 2. Seems like such a small number when others are so far ahead. This is my third time trying, I've relapsed every time. I think the fatigue gets me. But this last time, I've been sneezing my head off. I thought I had done it right this time, I weaned off. I got down to 1 1/2 a day. Without symptoms. Why now am I going through withdrawal? I have the obvious symptoms like the restless legs all night, I don't sleep more than 20 minutes at a time before I wake. I feel like someone hit me with a mack truck. I thought if you weaned down, you wouldn't be hit so hard with withdrawal. I can barely get out of bed, and I have so much to do. Any advice?
    Hi 1dayat-atime! I think you are doing better than I did at day 2! I "was in the pit of hell" just like another said on a different site! Please, hang in there, you won't be sorry, when you get your mind back!
    My best advice is to do something to completely shake up your lifestyle! If you can't go stay with relatives/friends, have someone come stay with you! Even though it's painful and causes fatigue, you have to do physical stuff, and push yourself until you collapse, all day! Don't fall inactive. Showers hurt me, (I could barely tolerate in a shower chair when drug induced), but I had no choice where I was. In the end, it saved me. They wash away all the toxins you'll be sweating out with the chills. Also drink lots of water, but only room temp. The cold will increase intestinal distress, just like it does for those on chemo. Take it with lemon, or eat lemon things to help calm stomach.
    Also, if there is something big you can do to keep your mind on, start it now! Even if you can't finish, it will help take your mind off everything. I had a Pantry moth infestation that turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because of how much I had to push my mind and body (after I stayed with relatives day 5-16).
    If you know any "night owls" now is the time to re-connect with them and get out of the house, even to go sit at a movie. If you stop trying to sleep, it comes easier! The first night I didn't care, I slept 4 hours!
    Take liquid Melatonin spray, and/or Benedryl and/or Valerian root to sleep. These may make you tired all night, but if all you can do is lay in bed and read, I felt they still helped.
    During the day for intestinal distress, take 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar with the "mother" in 8 ounces room temp water. Add Stevia if you need it. Waaay better than Tums, etc. Give up food and make yourself protein shake smoothies if that's all your system can tolerate. Friendly employees at Whole Foods can give you lots of tips.
    For the restless legs, wiggle toes, ankles, and if you can tolerate, tap your fingertips all over them.
    Oh man, I certainly hope this helps you!!!! I'm on day 29 & I might have relapsed if my doctor hadn't blown me off, or if I didn't have my relatives, and sites like this! I still have a little more to go (sneezing fits and intestinal distress) but I won't EVER go back to Methadone, Amphetamine, and Oxycodone--even with a prescription!

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    Default Day 18 and we're sneezing too!

    My husband and I are 18 days off of suboxone, which we were on for about 2 years after many years of opiate abuse. Things are much better than last week, though anxiety and lack of energy are still present, but we have been sneezing constantly! It's both of us, always sneezing in sets of two or three, so in my opinion it is definitely related! No other cold-like symptoms, so I'm guessing it's our immune systems trying to get our bodies back to normal. Congratulations and keep strong!

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