I am a 30 year old and I have degenerative disc disease and bulging discs in my lower back. I've been seeing a doctor for 7 years and all thats been done is pain medicine management(oxycodone-30mg. 3 times a day, percocet-10mg. 1time a day, soma-350mg. 3times a day and klonopin-1mg. 3times a day) I have tenncare so I would like to get off most or all of this medication doing it at home,cause I can't afford anything else. I just want to be able to feel normal and play with my two kids and spend more time with my husband, instead of worrying about taking all this medication. I don't want to be on the meds cause it's been causing problems with family life. Please help me out with free home remedies so my withdrawls don't effect my life with my family for the next few days of trying to recover! I feel like I'm too young to be on all this medication. I'm only30, if I'm on this much right now,what about when I have more serious problems? I'm on so much, and I want off but I want to do it at home. Please help answer in any way you can, it would be so much appreciated!
How can I safely withdrawl from my presciption medication?
Added 14 Oct 2010:
Oh, and yes, I have been overtaking my meds. It's not an "I want to get high on the presciption.",it's more of a "I can't get out of pain,so I take more than prescibed and it still doesn't help" situation. So,if that's going on, I feel like I'd be better off without any,or at least so much meds.(but I would like to get off everything...I'm feeling like I'm too young to be on so much!)
PLEASE READ WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT DOING COULD COST YOU YOUR LIFE!!!
shan, you are very brave, and your honest and up-front attitude are going to get you through this. You know the saying re; overweight people... "you didn't gain it overnight, you won't lose it overnight." This absolutely applies to you. I am a retired nurse. PLEASE, PLEASE don't even waste your time reading from anyone that answers some sort of "home remedy" that can get you through this in a few days. It simply isn't possible in your case and your life depends on it. I'm being as serious as a heart attack when I say this to you.
You are really a super person and a great mom. You want to get off these meds for all the right reasons. Your quality of life with them now does depend on it.
And as you so correctly point out that what will happen later in life when you need pain medication. You're right on the money.
But you cannot safely withdraw from all these drugs in a few days and I strongly urge you not to try it at home. The mix of drugs you have mentioned all have their own different types of withdrawals. Some will make you feel extremly sick, some with make it highly likely that you will have seizures that, with the amount of drugs you're taking would likely kill you.
One thing you need to know here shan, the drugs you take today are still in your body weeks from now. Some more, some less. I'm AMAZED you haven't overdosed... whick killed my son. Many people don't realize that the drugs they take have what's called a "half-life." This means that a certain amount of the drug stays stored in your liver for a good deal of time and is only gradually leaves your body. So each day you've taken extra pills because you can't stand the pain, you've come dangerously close to overdosing.
Your Dr. has done you no favors, and the next thing I would urge is that you find a new one that will listen to the whole picture and help you GRADUALLY withdraw from these meds. I looked up your states Tenncare plan, and it looks (though I'm
not positive), that you would be able to go into a rehab facility.
Honey, I know this seems impossible, with 3 small kids to take care of, but your life is at stake. Where will they be without you? Getting a new Dr. that will understand your situation may give you a chance of withdrawing at home, only a chance though. For one thing, you'll need to be on phenobarbitol and only bloodwork will show how much you will need. Then there are other meds for other drugs... there is no one answer with a mix of drugs like yours.
It took 7 years to get to this point, and it's going to take a while to get out of it. There isn't even a chance you could do this in a few days.
If it takes going to more than one Dr. till you find one that truly understands your situation and how to best help you, than you need to keep looking. DO NOT STOP YOUR MEDS WITHOUT A DRS SUPERVISION.
shan, I will gladly help you find help or find the resorces your state has to offer. I will happily find a list of Drs. that accept Tenncare. I will call Tenncare if you wish.
I'll do ANYTHING I can to help you, just let me know. I'm going to mark you as a friend right now, and you mark me as a friend. Then we can talk to each other about this privately.
shan, I mean this with all my heart. You sound like a wonderful person, with great motivation and you're very brave. But this is something you can't do alone, you do need help with this.
I pray to God that you listen to me honey.
dr's often prescribe suboxone for drug addiction. it will also help with the pain. i would talk to my dr about this option. you are a very strong person for wanting to come off of your meds. i am not capable at this point to come off of my hydrocodone. i cant wait til the day comes where i am able to taper off. if you wish to try to come off of your meds at home, i would suggest cutting back half a pill per week. so if you take 5 a day, i would go down to 4 1/2 for a week... then 4 for a week, then 3 1/2 and so on. im sure you can do this. you seem to have the determination. we are here if you need our support. keep us updated xoxo
I know you probably think this might be pointless, but get a second and third oppinion on your condition and what else might be done or what might help. I can appreciate that your prognosis is dire, but, it sounds like you do have a reason to be in pain in the first place. Doctors have opinions too and you may find one who offers you at least some type of newer treatment. Best Of Luck. Pattishan
Shan, I've lived in chronic pain for almost 11 1/2yrs now; injured when I was only 31. I've never abused any of my meds taking more than prescribed but I understand your feelings and respect your honesty.
Please listen to the nurse on here. I too went off of Oxycontin for over 3mos but I did have my Percocet and other meds and it was absolute Hell for me. I now realize I could have went into seizures myself last year when I did this.
I agree that if you can in any way get into a real rehab facility if you know you must get off of some if not all your meds as it will not be easy and there is NO home remedy for that.
I have remained on the same dose of Oxycontin for over 9yrs now refusing any increases. I too was offered increases many times over refusing them realizing due to my age and also knowing I had to learn to live with some pain because there is no pain meds that can ever take it all away and we can fool ourselves if we think "one more pill" or a higher dose can.
I should have been IN treatment over going off of one medication but I refused and now feel so foolish for doing so.
I realized my chronic pain forces me to be on pain medications that I hate but taken responsibly knowing that I can't take any extras and truly learning to live with some of the pain and have some quality of life is so important.
Don't do anything without the help of a good doctor and some great advice from the nurse on here.
What I did was stupid and I regret it. I don't want you to feel the way I did either. It was worse than anything I've ever experienced.
My thoughts are with you,
Hello I did cold turkey from 200mg of hydrocodone but first I did cold turkey from valium which was not to hard but the hydrocodone was horrible I would def. do a taper down from your pain medicine..slowly take less and less just dont quit it... you will be going through hell and it is horrible! this is day 9 and im still on the toilet every 20 minutes!! ugh anyway add me as a friend and if you need any help let me know just message me takecare and Godlbess you..we know what your going through I am young also i am only 23 and I have a back disease called kyphosis and my back was curved at 89 degrees and they cut my back open and put it 14 screws and 2 long rods running the length of my spine and shaved off each disc in my back and that was in may of this year and I too started taking more then what was perscribed because the pain was not going away well I too was on soma and quit those also
Dear Shan, I know you are getting lots of advice from lots of people, but the one thing I noticed that no one told you to do was to drink tons of water... It will help "flush" your system. I recommend Propel Blueberry flavored water. It has vitamins in it and antioxidents. My doctor has me drink as much as I can when I take my Drug Holidays, but that's another story... Good Luck
shan, if my response to your question the other day upset you, I really didn't mean it to. Honey, you're so young and I see you floundering about what to do and who to listen to, and I'm TERRIFIED you may accidentally hurt yourself in the meantime. I'm so glad to see you did go back to the Dr. The at home withdrawal treatment refered to online depends on you having a prescription for Valium, and if I understood you right, he only gave you one Klonopin. Ater losing 2 kids to drugs shan, when I hear about someone in your situation, it really scares me.
Please do let me know if I can help,
Sweetie I totally feel your pain. I will be 30 in one,month and I have a bad back and u r right u take more than your posed to cuz your body is immunes to your dose and it doesn't help pain no more. I trued cold turkey and it was hell. U have 2 options which I would highly recommend if u have insurance or can afford it going to rehab. Yes it will suck being away from your fam but well worth in end. Unfortunately I didn't have insurance so I had to go to methadone clinic. It is basically getting addicted to another pain killer to get off others, but when u r ready they will wein u off. It takes longer. I have been there 3 yrs now but am slowly getting closer to being done. Good luck and if u find a good way let me know please. U will be in my thoughts and prayers:-)
I know that it's very hard, but like with any drug, you must try and cope with the fact that it's not going to be comfortable. If you don't want to feel terrible and dizzy etc, you must slowly wheen youself off. Day by day take a smaller amount so your not totally putting your body into a state of shock. It's easier said than done because you have physical pain. I on the other hand have pain from withdrawing. It's so hard to answer these questions because some people really do need it and are in pain without it. Try speaking with your physician and ask if there's something that you could take that's not addicting. feel Better!!!
You are a very intelligent mom. Thank the Lord you see where this is headed before you can't even think straight. I know, but don't know how to get help. I feel trapped, as I am my sole support financially, live alone and just keep trying to make it each day, but each day is harder and harder. the job is 100 times harder due to pain/medication. I feel so bad I just want to curl into a ball on the floor. I keep telling myself it MUST be the medication as Dr's don't find other causes, except at 54, I had a 70% blocked artery, which isn't normal, and I wonder if Oxycontin contributed to it. 10 years now. I had hoped that was why I felt so bad, but it wasn't. Things will not get better with the use of this medication, Myself, somehow soon, I'm going to be forced to make a move that I have know idea what the outcome will be.
Please do what you have to do NOW, before more years go by, and while you have family. I feel so bad, my poor grown children may as well not have a mom, Its a matter of time before I just can't make it at work, or they see it so bad, I'm let go. I am so proud of you for seeing this NOW... GET HELP NOW! We need to pray so hard for guidance from the Lord, and His help opening the right doors. God Bless you .
OH MY GOD WOMAN!! I'M SOOO GLAD I FOUND YOU!!
I am a 31 year old mother of 6. Married and struggling to balance family and career as a teacher. I too have and continue to struggle with NARCOTIC addiction. After reading your cry for help I sat back and evaluated everything that's gone on in my own life; and realized it parallels yours CLOSELY. After being PRESCRIBED narcotics for several years for Migraines, I had developed the habit of over-using them to PREVENT my migraines. That then developed into using them to PREVENT any pain at all!! After 3 years of using Narcotics, (the same ones as you), I FINALLY went to my physician to ask for HELP getting off of them.
Want to know what his reply was? Even though HE was dispensing & reccomending the use of them; his answer for my LEGITIMATE cry for help was "I SUGGEST YOU GO TO A 90 DAY RE-HAB." I couldn't flippin' believe it!!! I said, "YOU GOT TO BE JOKING! DO YOU EVEN REMEMBER WHICH PATIENT I AM??? DO YOU KNOW I HAVE 6 FRICKIN KIDS @ HOME & MY HUSBAND HAS 2 WORK TOO?" After I said that his UNBELEIVABLY FRICKIN' ARROGANT reply was, "WELL, SINCE YOU CAME TO ME ADMITTING YOUR ADDICTION IS A PROBLEM, AND IT AFFECTS YOUR LIFE WITH YOUR KIDS; THEN I HAVE TO REPORT IT TO DCFS. (child wellfare services)!!! " UN-FRICKIN-REAL!! He never did, but I didn't give the Prick the chance!!!
The next week a really nice friend gave me the name of a TREATMENT DOCTOR who specializes in the treatment of opiate/narcotic addictions. This doctor had helped her get off of pain-killers FOR GOOD. Even though I'd had a REALLY bad experience with my family physician over this whole thing; I "sucked it up", took the risk, and made an appointment.
Let me tell you... this man, and his methods for treatment, have LITERALLY saved my marriage, career, family, and LIFE.
NOW here's the really IMPORTANT PART of my story... you ready for the answer to all your fears of WITHDRAWELS and LIFE W/OUT MEDS?
*****SUBOXONE or SUBUTEX, (generic form is called BUPRENORPHINE)
Let me tell you, (LOL!, again,) this shit is amazing!! ABSOLUTELY curbs the CRAVING for narcotics. It takes away that little voice that keeps telling you "go take more, go take more, i hurt, i hurt, i hurt"! AND MOST IMPORTANTLY IT COMPLETELY GETS RID OF ALL, SERIOUSLY, WITHDRAWEL SYMPTOMS. No diarhea, upset tummy, shakes, shits, sweats, headaches, stomache cramps, shivers, ANY AND ALL OF IT!!
WOMAN, do yourself a favor. Research this med. I understand you may feel like "God! Your answer to my pill problem is to take ANOTHER pill?" Trust me on this, take it from someone who has FIRSTHAND experience with everything you're going through. LOOK IT UP!! If you can't find any info, which is impossible, or if you just want to talk about it; or anything else your going through; PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, contact me! I know so much about this, I really CAN help!!!
****your friend, who feels your internal struggle
********LILY M. ;)
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