I have been taking Morphine slow-release 30 mg bid (twice daily) since mid-2005. Dx'd w/ Fibromyaliga, Spinal Osteoarthritis, Lyme Disease, Babesiosis
Reason for tapering: Condition improvement after one year on combo antibiotics (significant less pain).
On April 2nd, Rx went from 30 mg bid TO
30 mg am, 20 mg pm. I have read about opioid withdrawal syndrome, and since my health, although improving, is quite delicate, I have wanted to take things slowly. I read online on some site I don't recall that decreasing by 25% is good/safe. Please help me with a couple of questions:
1) Is it true that taking narcotics and/or opiods for an extended time period will saturate the pain receptors (so that your natural endorphins won't kick in)?
I have heard that it also depends on dosage and period of time taken, in my case slow-release morphine 30 mg twice daily for four years. I have heard conflicting opinions about whether or not your pain receptors will come back. This concerns me, because even if I become symptom-free from Lyme due to antibiotic therapy, I am still moderately disabled due to chronic back pain. I do not know if my arthritis is lyme-related.
2) How long do you think I should stay at this dosage before decreasing the dose by another 10 mg daily?
Thank you for reading my concerns. Take care,