on day 6. taking it hour by hour. down to 4 pills today. thank you for listening and responding. you guys r my support team. no one knows i'm going through this. my husband knows i take the meds, but is unaware that i became addicted to them and doesn't know i am detoxing. this forum helps me pass the time inbetween doses. is anyone an ex hydro addict that can tell me how great i am going to feel when this is over? :) some inspiration about the light at the end of the tunnel? how do you deal with chronic pain when you r opiate free? tried neurontin... didn't work. any success stories you can share?
I have dealt with chronic pain for a long time, but during that time I have discontinued the medication cold turkey the effects were horrid to say the least! I just want you to know how very proud of you that I am, You are passing through the worst times and going towards the time to which you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I had a similar situation (only a bit different) when I came here I needed to be able to focus, it's been an experience to see all the kind caring and compassionate people on here, it sure does make a big difference, I know you are going to be hearing from some of the others, they really do care about people that come to this site,
Hang in there, know how proud you need to be and how far you have come, Please continue to keep us posted. just give this a little time
You ARE going to be so much better in a few weeks. If you could only see how much better you are going to feel in a few weeks, you would realize that what you are going through now is all worth it.
Have you thought about medicines like Lyrica which is similar to Neurontin, or Cymbalta which is actually an antidepressant that is also for nerve pain? I have taken Cymbalta for foot pain with some success. Many people take it for fibromyalgia pain with great success. You may also benefit from a nonsteroidal anti inflammatory such as Celebrex. I have taken it for quite some time now with continued relief for arthritis.
Just my thoughts, hang in there, and YES, you are going to be glad you made this choice to be opiate free,
YES you are going to feel so much better, yet it takes time. Please google Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome to learn about the "mental" part of WD. It explains what is happening to certain brain chemicals, like endorphines, dopamine, and norepinephrine.
I was a success story for over a year and a half after a cold turkey WD off prescribed opiates. My pain levels went down to almost zero at first blush.
YET, after the year and a half, the pain came back with a vengence, so I am now taking a SMALL amount of Norco. I was a zombie on OxyContin, but the Norco does not affect me like that. Just letting you know that IF your pain comes back, and it is chronic, there are choices. But this is just my experience, you may find once you are off hydro's you feel absolutely great!!
I sure did for quite a while, so there IS hope!!
Best wishes to you justfranblue, and fight the good fight!
justfranblue, I want to wish you all the luck in the world in your endeavor to quit all pain meds. Congratulations to you. I want to know if you feel you have an addictve personality? Were you taking pills for pain or just in case you giot it? It makes a big difference. What type of pain are you dealing with?Sometimes we can get to a point with chrontic pain that we can build a yolerance to our meds which indicates we need a change or an increase. Do you feel ok lowering your dose or has the pain been getting worse? Was just wondering. Good luck to you & I hope you make it. Norco as mentioned is the same thing as Hydrocodone, by the way. Just wanted to let you know.
Hello there justfranblue. You ended your question with "any success stories you can share?" Ha!! You are a good example of success to say the least. Congratulations!!! I am not going to write a book here :-0) Just very happy for you and may all things that are good in life pass your way. Best of wishes to you fustfranblue and all the friends and members of our site.
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