I got hurt at work 3 years ago and have had 2 subsequent surgeries and 6 additional procedures. My pain doctor started me on Norco, which I maxed out after about 2 years. Then he switched me to the Percocets. After a year of that, I was up to 2 10/325 percs, 4 times a day. Along with 5 mg Opana, 4 times a day. One day work comp decided they wanted to settle my case which in turn closed out my medical benefits, so no more pain doc. Needless to say, I ran out of my scripts and was left high and dry to go through withdrawal on my own. The first 2 days were a breeze. On day 3 came the diarrhea, cold sweats, nausea, and excruciating stomach pains. I've DT'ed before and had all of the other symptoms besides the stomach pain, but that was off of Norco alone. I ended up going to the ER. Upon admittance, I was suffering from all of the above symptoms as well as vomiting, and high blood pressure (most likely from the pain). They had me there pumping me full of non-narcotic drugs to counteract each of the symptoms separately. Once I was down to a tolerable level of pain, I was discharged with 4 scripts: Bentyl - to treat the stomach pain, Zofran ODT - to prevent nausea and vomiting, Ativan - to treat anxiety, Naproxen - to treat the pain that I was originally being medicated for.
Body felt weak. Unable to eat. Stomach sore from all of the pain the day before. Moving slow avoiding sudden moving or bending due to stomach soreness.
Got some strength back. Appetite came back and able to eat again. Minor soreness in stomach area. Solid stool again.
SO..... that has been my ordeal so far. I'll add to it as the days go by. I'm not sure what to expect. If that was the worst of it and now I'm home free, or if I should go to a doc to start a suboxone treatment once the meds from the ER run out? Anybody that can answer that question, I would greatly appreciate it.
I'm looking forward to my opiate-free life and feeling "normal" again. I said "normal" because anyone that knows me, knows there's a fine line between me and being "normal".