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Vicodin Withdrawal/Restless Legs
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    star13 is offline New Member
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    Default Vicodin Withdrawal/Restless Legs

    Hello,
    I have been taking Vicoden for 7 years or so for chronic migraines/fibromyalgia pain. It is a very long story but I used to have continuous migraine headaches where I could not get out of bed for over a year...it was terrible. The only thing that helped when it was bad was Vicoden. I've tried most all preventative meds(anti-depressant, anti-seizue, you name it I've tried it). Mostly I've found I am chemically sensitive meaning that smells/chemicals trigger my migraines.
    Anways..now that my head is a little better, I find I am addicted to the Vicodin. Years ago I used to take 6 pills/day because the pain was so bad...but now I am down to 1 pill/day. Sometimes I can make it with 1/2 a pill per day. But if I get a severe migraine I may have to take 3-4 pills (which is usually once a week or so).
    I want to cut down so that I am not taking pills on the days where my pain is not as bad...but I find I get the most terrible restless legs. I have trouble sleeping as it is and it just is not realistic for me to not sleep at all. I've tried in the past but I will literally go weeks without sleeping at all due to the withdrawal.
    Does anyone have any suggestions for help with sleeping/restless legs from withdrawal?
    My Dr. had me go to a sleep specialist and they want to put me on Atarax. But I've read that can actually cause worsening of restless legs so I'm afraid to try that.
    I've heard that OTC cough syrup can help sometimes w/ the restless legs or even Tylenol PM?
    I'd be glad for any advice/suggestions. I really don't want to be addicted. It is just a tricky path because I struggle with chronic pain at the same time. Ideally I would like to be free from vicodin except for when I have a severe migraine (which is once/week or so). It is the only thing that helps when I have a severe migraine (I've tried all the migraine meds and they don't help)..and I do not want to go through a migraine with no meds.
    It just seems that I've taken the Vicodin so long that my body is used to it so that if I try to not take any on a day where my pain is less/I don't have a severe migraine....then I get terrible restless legs and cannot sleep...which then increases my pain and can cause a migraine due to lack of sleep.
    I'd be grateful for any suggestions or if anyone has any tips in dealing with this restless leg problem.
    I'd be glad for any suggestions.
    Thanks so much.
    Sincerely,
    star

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    Default Hot baths

    my nivice advice & from recent experience - definitely hot baths are the key - epsom salts also will help if you have it - potassium & magnesium pills will help a little too - i found these RLS sublingual pills from a brand called Hyman's Restless Legs that seemed to work ok - do a search for the thomas recipe to detox @ home on - basically get vitamins, gatorade, b-complex & L-Tyrosine for energy - but if you get a headache during the detox (which you will probably have a mild one) and hopefully it doesn't turn into a migraine i assume you'll have to pop a vic & start all over - if you can do a slow & steady taper that will help

    most will tell you to taper as slow as you can, but i was @ 15 x 10mg hydros for a few years & cut it by 5mg each day & i felt uncomfortable, but nothing a hot bath couldn't help - get some simply sleep or benadryl (same thing) which one is cheaper to help you sleep - you can try a valium or xanax during your detox, but make that a short trip - 3-5 days - good luck & let us know how you're doing

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    Restless legs for me have almost been the worst. I still have them after 14 days. Hot baths work, I have taken NYQUIL, that helped me sleep. I keep the room cool and if I can sleep alone that helps. When I'm with my husband I worry that I'll disturbe him so that makes it worse for me ( trying to keep still ). I have tried many things from the health store ( Potassium, specific pills for RLS )and non of them worked for me. Boy can RLS make you tired the next day. I'm really trying to catch up on sleep but these rls keep me awake for so long. Good luck...I'm told they will get better

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    Hi Star,
    I know excatly what you mean.When I was taking vic's and tried to cut back I had severe RLS.I eventually saw my doctor who started me on Requip 1mg.It worked like a charm since nothing else did not even hot baths.I have never tried any other drug but I know thereis another drug that is also used just not sure of the name.
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    Sounds like you're doing fine, and I'm happy for you. I'm 131 hours clean and have RLS myself. But IMHO RLS is a SMALL price to pay to be me again. And I hope it won't last a whole lot longer.
    I am a Recovering Opiate Addict, I'll help you any way I can.YOU CAN DO THIS!!

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    I'm going into my 13th day of being clean from a about 1 1/2 year 80 to 100 mg of oxycodone habit a day.
    And I do feel you the RSL is still my problem too. And not being able to sleep is a killer if there is one thing that really gets me it's those 2 and that's probably because after 12 days those are really the only 2 things that I feel.
    Tim is so right. RSL and lack of sleep for while is small price to pay. Try the Hot Bath with Epson Salt's they help some, exercise is a must if you can do just little can mean a lot. I found out that if you try and exercise as early in the day as possible it helps. A couple of times I took some walks late in the day. I'm talking like 9pm est 37f outside it felt good but my legs were pretty jumpy after that.
    You know your doing the right thing by quiting it's not easy but it's worth it.
    You will feel so much better I can't tell you how good I feel right now compared to last week at this time. WOW now that I think about it I have came so far. I do feel so much better then before and you will too. Promise.
    God Bless and keep up the good fight..

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    This sober stuff is better than drugs, eh??

    I am a Recovering Opiate Addict, I'll help you any way I can.YOU CAN DO THIS!!

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    I agree 100%. What a great feeling to have a clean mind and feel 'normal' w/o having a pile of pills in you to do it. I actually had a better night last night. The legs weren't too bad and I got almost a full nights sleep.

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