I'm grateful you found this pain doctor, as the pain med cocktail you were on previously is absolutely alarming. Complete withdrawal off opiates is generally pretty much over in a week, but it's hard to say with you - since you continue to use other opiates. Your mind and body are going to resist the change, and that will probably stir up more pain symptoms. Klonopin is NOT the answer; it is yet another highly addictive drug.
Originally Posted by Brenda33
Frankly, it's next to impossible to know how much pain you'd have without any opiates or klonopin - until you try it. Addiction to pain meds can actually provoke a tremendous amount of pain. It's our body's way to assure it can access the drugs. I went through this with chronic, daily migraines. I had to stop the narcotics, and was terribly fearful of what pain lay ahead. The thing is, once I had the narcotics OUT of my body, the migraines actually lessened. I've since seen the same thing happen with many others who took meds for chronic pain. I've seen this a number of times with fibromyalgia patients. Our body's actually brought on more pain at the time, to justify the drug use.
Once we decide that we do not want to live our lives taking narcotics, and we take the steps to stop - we become much more open-minded to finding alternative treatments for our pain. It's like we can't even see what may work, as long as we're consumed by such powerful drugs. I hope and pray you decide to work toward stopping the opiates, and looking into other means of managing the fibro.
PS Narcotic use will also increase fatigue and depression.
I'd prefer to see someone clean and sober - and cursing me because I told them what they needed to hear ~
rather than see someone still lost in addiction - and liking me because I told them what they wanted to hear.