I have been taking Opana er 20mg for 7 months and add to that vicoprofen 7.5 mg through out the day for breakthrough pain! I suffer from chronic back pain and this is after 2 corrective back surgeries! I need to get a job and my doc would not approve me going off and back on the meds! So I cant ask her these questions! They are very strict on how you take the meds! If I mess up I risk them taking me off everything and I can not bear that pain! I would normally agree that honesty is the best policy but who wants a morphine addict working on their animals? I know I can handle it but they dont! How long and painful is the withdraw going to be and can I pull all this off in a months time before my next appt so when they U/A me it comes back dirty? Very confusing I know, but I have to get a job like yesterday and being a vet ass is all I know! Thank you
If you did test positive, you have a prescription and that will get you off the hook. If you have only been taking these 2 meds for 7 months, you may have a shorter duration of withdrawal since your brain neurotransmitters and receptors site may have not had time to become very damaged. The reason a person goes into withdrawal is because the neuro( signal sender) and the receptor sites ( signal receiver) are damaged and can not function properly. It usually takes at least a year of pain meds to do that, but each person is different and you are on 2 opiates. Google the Thomas recipe opiate withdrawal. Read through the list of otc meds and supplements Thomas used to help alleviate the various symptoms of withdrawal and read his journal. It will give you an idea of what will happen and for how long. Start walking if you can and are permitted to by you doctor. This will help reboot the neurotransmitter/receptor sites in the brain and also release endorphins that will help alleviate the withdrawals.
The ideal answer is to help the Vet understand that Opana is the latest recommended pain relief for chronic pain and this is legitimate. The employers are normally acceptable to this especially if it involves a Worker's Comp Case. In my unprofessional opinion, knowing that people react differently, placing a time enevelope of one month may be placing youself under a lot of pressure. Withdrawals can be rather challenging.
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