... group I understand if one is deleted. I wanted to know from fellow fibro fighters if anyone has been taken abruptly off narcotics and how you get through it? My rx was for Norco 10/325 4-5 x daily ..I took max of 3, we have an addict in the house and a few weeks ago my meds were stolen, it wasn't just them my muscle relaxers everything was taken ..now this is a family member and I don't want them in trouble so of course I didn't report them. I went to my Dr of yeeears a man I trusted and had faith in a Dr who held my hand learning about Fibro and RA and how we could manage it to give me a decent quality of life having two young boys and taking care of my mom who is 83. He freaked. Said I shouldn't take Norco anymore and stopped me cold turkey. I am on day three and I can honestly say this is worse then any pain I've experience in my life. Shivering, throwing up, muscle pain that is a fibro scale of 15 ..I can't remember screaming from pain and my arthritis omg ... my joints I want to remove them. I am in such bad shape the person that took them is willing to admit it to police, Dr whoever they didn't realize or intend for me to be stopped they figured I would go get more. I should have asked for a blood test, then they could tell I wasn't abusing them. I still am ..hell hair test! I don't care because I know the facts. Right now though, I don't know what to do..I am not capable of taking care of the kids or my mom and I am scared and any advice would be so much appreciated ... Sorry this was long
I'm so sorry about your situation and that you are experiencing withdrawal's. Can you ask your doctor about clonidine. It's a blood pressure medication but is used for a few things... one being withdrawal syptoms from narcotic drugs. I took it myself a few years ago when I came off narcotics. Just a suggestion for the withdrawal part of your problem. Best wishes to you and good luck. Ruth
If I may be bold & ask you, you are saying you told your doctor that they were stolen? Is this correct? If so, that is the reason he stopped giving you scripts. That is a real shame & shame on him! The reason behind this are new laws in effect for over a year now concerning opiate type pain scripts. The FDA & DEA have new rules for doctors that write pain prescriptions.Most, unless the are already in Pain Management have to go back to school for training to even write scripts, & even have to admisnister urine tests to the patients to make sure they are not selling or abusing their pain pills. It's made it a difficult situation for the real chrontic pain sufferers. Unfortunately you told the wrong person. In a situation like yours, you should have called the police instead of telling your doctor. Family or not, look where you are now. I am not chiding you or anyting.
You have my deepest sympathy for the pain of withdrawals that you are experiencing. This may last up to 2 or more weeks I am afraid to tell you. I would suggest if this was your PCP or rheumatologist, that you try to get a referral to a Pain Management doctor. Some of them, depending on where you live are also afraid of writing scripts. I live in Illinois, & my pain management put me on methadone & wouldn't write for regular 4 to 6 hour pain meds. Luckily I live right on the Mississippi river, & could go across to Iowa, to get better pain management. My new doctor told me they could have written me a script for vicodin or oxycodone they just didn't want to jump thru the hoops put out to catch the druggies! I might also add, that you are not doing your family member any favors by letting them get away with this. I understand your viewpoint about it being family & all, but like I said before look where you are now because someone in your own family decided their needs were greater than yours. I wish you all the best, & others will be on to give you support & better ideas. I just wanted you to understand why this happened... Mary
fibrofighter hi, This very same thing happened to me, my PA threw me under the bus. I don't see a Dr. they are so busy they have several PA's that see most of the patients. What got me cut off was the PA reporting to the main man my urine test showed insufficient norco 4 qid as prescribed. I was accused of either abusing the norco 325-10's or selling them.
What a revolting development this was. I did get a refill not realizing this was it!
Nobody told me nuthin... when next refill time rolled around I got a phone call that I was cut off, period! cold turkey city with no explanation. I got back on
the meds by sending a registered letter to the director and being very diplomatic and truthful saying I thought this was cruel and unusual. Because I have always heard one should never stop any medication cold turkey.
So you might try the same approach fibrofighter.
Good luck saucerman
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