I have never told my story and lived off drugs.com to keep me confident while fighting the opiate physical addiction. I was on opiates ,morphine, methadone,oxycotin, oxycodone, percocet extra strength for over 4yrs. My life was being destroyed i hated my doctors for destroying my wrist and my unla nerve. 6 nerve block( spinal injections) procedures and i was supposed to be opiate free. the opiates made 16 hrs a day of traction bare able but then ... The physical fight off the opiates was worse then the physical pain from my wrist. Getting of the opiates alone was hell and impossible. My family and friends saw me as weak and lazy. If i took the drugs i was an addict and if i lay in bed i was being lazy and weak. I tried for months to stop the oxy's but the physical body aches, head aches, twitching, tremors, stomach aches, no desire for food no sleep, was soooooo over whelming. I begged the doctors to get me off. They where confident in my strong mind and focus that they up my perscription and said it wasn't time yet. and to slow down. ALL I WANTED WAS MY LIFE BACK pain or no pain. So i went to shake it out and fight the withdrawls full force. BUT it was to strong to powerful no matter how strong my faith, my mind set my determination i couldn't beat it. the opiates where in my body chemistry and i was scared. my blood pressure and heart rate where becoming to high the body ache and sweating was unstopable. i couldn't even look people in the eyes when i talked cause my mouth and eyes would start twitching. i became embarrassed and ashamed of where my life was reguardless of the pain. i found www.opiates.com and began to get educated and started to understand how i needed medical help and needed a doctor to listen. I went with the opiates.com method and have now been opiate FREE for over 3wks. My pain in my wrist and left arm is a 1000% better. Do i still have chronic pain YES. BUt it is so bare able compared to life with opiates. NOW i am learning how to do life with Chronic pain and no opiates and let me just say it is 1000% better and i don't understand why Opiates are even allowed. I do take Neurontin and have taken it for over a year and that is helping. BUT my question is does opiates cause the brain to think its in more pain? opiates.com helped save my life and life with chronic pain now seems so easy compared to withdrawls. Thank God for the waismann method and opiates.com. Drugs.com has saved me from hating myself because so many of you who share the same story. Now that i have ME back i want to share mine. Thank you to all those who have fought the fight and to all those who are fighting... IT is HELL and life in PAIN is HELL but Opiates withdrawls are not worth it.. THANK YOU drugs.com for all your support and helping me get to where i am. and this is only a small part of my story. i hope someone knows the answer to does OPiates cause more pain. If you are fighting to get your life back check out opiates.com... IT SAVED MY LIFE...
19 Feb 2011
Thank you for sharing your story. I went cold turkey off of prescribed OxyContin, and noticed (after the horrible acute withdrawal period) that my pain level went to almost nothing.
It however came back with a vengence.
I am happy for you, that you got your soul back!!
19 Feb 2011
Your are very strong and very right. I was on every opioid over the years. My last and final was methadone for the pain
I had a failed right wrist fusion. I could never get enough pain pills and it still didn't relieve my pain. I was getting them from multiple drs and when my pain dr found out He cut me off.
Then I was forced to go to a methadone clinic. The methadone caused prolonged QT's in my heart and I almost died. The drs refused to give me narcotics because of my past abuse. I can't tell you the terrible things I did while I was abusing.
My pain now is definitely not as bad. I would never believe I could live without the opioids. I have only been off the methadone for 3 months. But PAWS has hit me hard. I would rather go through the hell on earth physical withdrawal of methadone again. At least that only lasted 3 weeks. I wish you good health and happiness in your new life. God Bless, Sable
19 Feb 2011
There is an article in the November 2009 edition of Scientific American where they show that opiates cause glial-sp cells to form in the spinal column - cells that cause inflammation. If you should get a paper cut on your finger - your finger sends the pain signal via the nerve to your brain saying Ow - hurt - avoid this area! Then these glial cells come - and they aren't sure what exactly they do, but they do cause more inflammation and reinforce that pain signal. Opiods cause these glial cells to form in abundance, so this article summarizes that, in essence, the opiates do cause more pain. Many chronic pain patients (certainly not all) do state that once they are completely off all opiates their pain levels fall. I haven't made it that far - I hope to someday soon, and I'll let you know. EJ
7 Apr 2012
I don't know if this will answer your question but awhile back my daughters pediatrician told me this.. He said its like this.. If u put a frog in a pot of boiling water it'll jump out, if u put him in a pot & then bring the water to boil slowly, the frog will stay there until it boils to death.. His point to this is that by when u take these pills for long periods of time & then u come down the pain u feel is worse because you've been so "desensitized" over a long time.. I took that to mean that yes your pain is worse after opioids.. Don't know if it's true but it seems logical. Congratulations on being on the other side, I'm going to look into this method you mention.. Is it something u do at home? I'm trying to stop taking norco right now and hope to b clean & sober soon. I too have been thru some of what u were. Keep up the good work! I'll remember u did it, & keep thinking I can too:)
6 Aug 2012
Yes, opiates add to your pain, sometimes subconciously. The more opiates you take the more your body craves them, manufacturing other aches and pains to justify taking more. But in general they add to the pain, by lowering your pain tolerance. When I took pain medication on a regular schedule I woke every morning in crazy pain till I took my pills. Now, I still wake up with the same mind numbing back pain, but the pain everywhere else is gone. I have not taken regular doses of opiates for one year now, Unfortunatly once every couple of months I have to take one or two for the massive back pain. But over all life is much more worth living without that daily crutch. Congratulations on being in the world again. One day at a time we get stronger.
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