Oh man how I dread today. I was injured in a car accident 20 years ago and have been on vicodin since. I have never taken more than five per day and have simply hid this fact from my employer. Now I am in deep doo doo. I was injured on the job two months ago and underwent surgery. I am scheduled to go back to work in two weeks. I just received a call and was informed that I must have a drug screening to get back to work and that screening is on the 10th of September. Now I MUST quit a 20 year habit cold turkey and am beyond scared. I took one vicodin when I woke up today and none since. My stomach is growling, I am in pain and jittery and I guess I am at the gates of hell from what i have read here. Worse, there is a big family party scheduled for this Sunday and I am afraid I will be sick and moody. God... I don't know what to do! The thing is... I have a ton of vicodin within arm's reach! My doctor is big time easy with the prescripts and never has questioned me about it. I don't think I can find the guts to throw them out because I have serious pain. Metal in the legs, neck, back, etc. God Help me.
Here I gooooooooooooooo! One week to get off of a 20 year addiction!?
Added 31 Aug 2010:
Ok... learning to use this site and wanted to update.... vent :) It has only been 10 hours since I took the last vicodin (actually Hydrocordone... i think its the same thing) and here is the deal. Sick to my stomach... jumpy and jittery, bigtime leg pain from the knees down, chills. Is this a typical reaction for 10 hours into the deal? I had a talk with the kids and my wife and asked them to hold on tight. I will work hard not to be a pain. Pain........ the operative word :)
Added 1 Sep 2010:
Wow! 12:40 am and no way to sleep wih the restless and painful legs and nausea. Hmmmm. Tomorrow should be a blast : It's gonna be a long night for sure. :(
Added 1 Sep 2010:
UPDATE: Ok.... Day two. Last night.... not good due to leg pain and movement, general sick feeling. So... I took an Ambien at about 12:30 and by 1:30 I actually slept :) I had the Ambien left over from a prescription years ago and never take it. On the one hand, I felt guilty for taking another "thing" but on the other... it was nice to be asleep and miss a lot of the battle within.
Now... this may be good news but the jury is still out. My wife is Vietnamese and they (once were Chinese) believe in a ton of thousand year old natural medicines for this that and the other thing. They believe in this stuff very strong and I guess if something works.... it lasts. Anyway... I had a deep conversation with her and told her the real details about my situation. She is my second wife and we have been married for almost 4 years now. She knew about the pain meds but had no idea that I had been on them for so long. By the way... I re did the math and its been 15 years... not 20 :)
So... she proceeded to go upstairs and work on a potion that is supposed to be used to detox and rid the body of impurities. She swears by it. I will get the full recipe from her after the testing (on me) is done and if it works... post it here. It's a strange mix of some kind of bean and rock sugar, cooked in some way and it looks terrible but tastes .... not bad.
Now..... Not having anything to compare this to..... its hard to say if its working but...... I will say that it is not as bad as I anticipated. I remember a few times that I let prescriptions run out and missed almost a day and it seemed worse than this. I will keep you posted on this. I can say that I just walked Charlie....(my best Golden retriever Pal) along the river for his morning swim and , though I did not feel great.... I was surprised that I could make it. One strange thing that might be a part of this battle... on the way home I began to cry for no reason. Scary :)
Blessings to all and best wishes for a safe and happy day.
Added 3 Sep 2010:
Well..... its the end of day three and is 11:30pm. I actually feel pretty good :) I took a friend's advise and have been doing a number of things that help. Those are:
Ibuprofen in large quantities.
Dramamamine... this has been a BIG help with the stomach!
Nyquil for sleep
And I added Theraflu for body aches and runny nose.
Green tea pills
I have to admit that today, I was weak and had zero energy and had pain in the injured areas... back, leg/knee, shoulder, neck BUT.... at about 9:00pm I began to feel almost normal. I even went out with my wife and bought a new chain saw! How ambitious is that? hahah. To think that I will have the energy and strength to cut firewood is a pretty good sign.
I dont know how I will feel tomorrow but as I write this.... this is the best I have felt since this began.
I hope that you are all well and good and I hope you know how much your being here for me is helping me cope. I mean that from my heart. Sleep well and God Bless :)
Added 3 Sep 2010:
Happy Friday!!! I have arrived at the steps of day 4 and I am almost afraid to say this. I feel pretty damn good! :) I hope its not a passing thing but today I feel like the drugs are out of my system. Is that possible? In any case... yea, my back hurts as do other injured sites but... my stomach feels great, I am clear headed and seem to have energy again. As a test, I will take Charlie to the river for a walk/swim and see how I feel. The past few days........ that walk almost killed me.
I hope that this day finds you all happy and safe and I will check in later. Thanks to all who have PMd me and commented here. I have come to look forward to your kind words :)
Why have you hidden this from your employer? im sorry but not very bright. Yes you are at the gates of hell 20 years is a very long time and no matter if you took two or five a day your still going to experience withdrawls and there is no avoiding it. Since you do have an understanding doctor why wont he write a letter to your employer explaining that you need this medication? If you truely do need and not want this medication you need to talk to your employer immediately its just to hard to stop without some sort of help and your going to have to let your employer know about this in order to get help getting off the vicodin or talk to him so you can continue taking your meds and work. Good luck my friend please get back to me a.s.a.p. michelle.
If you are serious about getting off the pain pills, please check out Suboxone, it is opiate replacement therapy. Most companies, employers, and businesses don't check for it with a urinalysis drug screen, most court systems don't either and it won't show up positive for anything other than bupenorphine, the active medication in it. If you are still going to need pain killers for your surgery, this won't be an option, as it blocks all other opiates. If you have a legitimate rx for your pain pills, and your doctor and surgeon write notes indicating the necessity of that medication, wouldn't that be enough to keep you on them until you are fully healed? Is there an employee representative you can ask about that? You can check suboxone here, at suboxone.com. and on YouTube.com. It is expensive, but it does work, only certaim doctors are licensed to write rx's for it.
When you look at the suboxone.com, write down and call ALL the docs in your area, the various fees and requirememts vary among the doctors. I am thinking you might be paying out of pocket to keep your employer from finding out. Good luck, i hope all goes well.
Hi Yadkin, Welcome to withdrawal hell! I went cold turkey off of prescribed OxyContin (160mgs a day) on September 11th, 09. I took that garbage for ten years. This is going to be unpleasant... to say the least! But it can be done! If I did it, so can you!
Like pattishan said, there is always the Suboxone route, but I hear that it is sort of like trading addictions. (I'm gonna catch hell for saying that!)
I hope your withdrawal goes quickly, mine took a while. If the anxiety gets bad you may need something like Xanax to help you out. If you can not take that because of work, try Benadryl to just get a little sleep.
Can you take time off to withdraw? You may experience vomitting and severe water pooh (sorry to be so crass) and working may be difficult.
Do you have a runny nose? Are you yawning profusely?
I'll be here to support you if you need help. I shall add you as a friend and you may Private Question me if you like, I'm an open book about my withdrawal.
I am leaving town on thursday, but I'll be here for ye til then.
Sorry to hear about your dilemma. I've always been the kind of person who bucks the system. Obviously you work for a private company. With that said, comes an 'employee handbook'.' Regardless of what the 'rules' are, ALL companies MUST comply with the law. Federal law supercedes all laws, including your company. It's called the ADA. If your doctor considers your condition permenant, you can not be fired. It's called descrimination against the disabled. Companies can set whatever guidelines they wish to, but does not allow them to ignore set LAW. If you are in a 'safety sensitive' position, your employer is required to offer you another position within the company at the same rate of pay but maybe in a less 'safety sensitive' responsibilities. Think about this... If your boss or the company owner, came down with something that required them to be on certain medications, would they voluntarily step down? Probably not.
What if you suffered from depression and needed to take an anti deppressant that made you tired? How would that be any different then your condition? Bottom line, no one, not even private companies can descriminate against someone with a medical condition that can be controlled with medicine. What would happen if you quit the meds, returned to work, and messed up because the pain was so debilitating? Just trying to help you look at this from another angle. Good luck to you. And please take sweetlemon up on her offer. She is a great supporter! my best wishes and good luck! chris
Hey so glad others responded to your post. I am a techno Gilligan as opposed to McGyver, and i am trying to do this from my phone. Please google the Thomas recipe opiate withdrawal and look for Thomas's journal he kept of how he felt each day after he quit opiates. The recipe is a list of otc meds and supplements that help quell the various WD symptoms. As soon as you physically can get out and walk, do it twice a day for at least 15 min. This not only helps reboot the damaged parts of the brain that are offline due to the pill dependence, but it also releases endorphins to help make you feel better mentally and physically. It speeds the withdrawal phase up and will help with the emotional upheaval. Depression can also start in people who just stopped opiates, not everyone, but quite a few. I know you just had surgery and am hoping you will be able to do the walking.
I also know you have a very limited time frame here, but you have strong motivation and support here, and Prayers. There are some forums here and i hope you can find them for additional private support. Hang in there, you should be a bit better everyday. The channel on youtube that has a wealth of info on suboxone is SuboxDoc. Dr. Jeffrey Junig, aka SuboxDoc covers most questions about subs. Subs stops withdrawal and quells cravings, but i don't know if it would be considered a narcotic. Dr. Jeff has an 1 8oo number, a forum,and a website for subs. There are other vids available on yt about subs. i mention subs again becuz not everyone can do the cold turkey method, or if the cravings get too bad.Cold turkey definitely has it's advantages and i salute anyone who can do it that way and stay drugfree. Best of luck.m
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