... started 6 years ago when I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia/Myofacial pain syndrome, Arthritis and mild degenerative disk disease. At first I was so against treating my pain with narcotics. After some research I convinced my self that I needed to be out of pain to function and that I would only stay on them for a little while. Ha, was I a dork. So I started out with the 5/500 vicodin and the rest is history. I am now a pitiful fool at the end of my rope. A mad woman, one of those, I'm checking my whole house like a fool looking for a norco that doesn't exist. Anyways here is the situation... The last 2 times I have ran out of meds about 4 days till fill time. Last time my doctor approved the early refill because it was the first time i have ever been short. He prescribed me more because I admitted I was taking 10 a day. I was on average but sometimes 12 a day. Now I am out early again by 4 days and so he is going to fill them but not until tomorrow. It's 3 days into cold turkey no norco and I really don't feel that bad. I don't want to take them anymore and I know my script will be waiting tomorrow. My brain is playing tricks telling me to pick them up just in case, but 300 norco is not for a just in case scenario. What do I do?
I'm in a real pickle right now. I have been taking 10 10/325 norco tabs for about 3 months. It all?
- 20 Sep 2011 by Melissa3080
- 18 Oct 2016
- norco, rheumatoid arthritis, pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, narcotic
Added 20 Sep 2011:
I am still doing great with my adventures of norco withdrawal. I'm at the end of my 3rd day and don't want to give up. I would like to speak to someone who is off narcotics, and has a similar situation to mine. The chronic pain, programs, norco/Vicodin usage for the last 5+ years. I need support and inspiration. Can I get through this? Did I go stupid by trying to do this cold turkey? Facts about norco withdrawal with taper VS cold turkey.
Well you start splitting them in half or you go to a short-term detox facility.I am on lortab 10's my self and I split them in half also if you are getting prescribed 300 norco's a month with multiple refills you are taking them away from the people who really need them and to be quite honest are addicted as hell my friend!!Might I add that the maximum amount of tylenol u can take a day is 4000mg so that is 8 Vicodin max and you said u are taking in upwards of between 10 and 12.You seriously need to go to a detox facility before you end up overdosing my friend!!!
Nobody gets 300 norco's a month not in my entire life.Have I seen someone get that much not even a cancer patient!!Be careful and try to get yourself into a detox center!!
I think you have done quite well to admit to yourself that you are getting into having problems! That is a first big step to look at yourself and realize you are off in a wrong direction and are taking them just because they are there! I applaud you for that! It takes a brave person to admit to themselves much less others that they have a problem. If you are three days in you are doing well. I know it has probably been difficult not to pick up the prescription waiting for you. If you are tolerating the affects of withdrawal see how it goes. Just to cut all ties you might want to admit to the Dr that you feel you are becoming dependent and that they are not working for pain any longer and you are beginning to lose control over them. This way that Rx is not calling your name while you are detoxing. If you are very strong you might try to taper but I have a feeling that if you picked them up you'd be right back to 10 a day. I'm not an expert on detox.
I hope that Laurie Shay or Pattishan will answer you. they are the ones with the experience with this on the site. Hang in there and I'm sure they will chime in!
Hey Melissa, I know what you mean about the meds not working because you have adapted. I don't think you would have withdrawals because you are NOT addicted to them.
I was like you taking them 3xs a day and started to take them earlier when the pain came back. Then I thought this was wrong. I don't want to take more meds, I want to take less. So I decided that these meds would become my breakthrough meds.
That sweating you are having is the pain that you can't feel (that's from the fibro). I know that is weird, but that is what I get at night. I keep a fan on to cool my back down and dry the sweat.
What you need to do to deal with the pain is things you can do at home. Like hot baths with epsom salts before bed, destress yourself (stress increases your pain), learn to meditate to calm yourself and destress.
Just to let you know, I also have fibro, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, degenerative discs, bulging discs, and scoliosis. I KNOW where you are coming from!!!
Use the pills for breakthrough pain after a rough day. Get a prescription for Voltaren Gel 1%. Make sure to get a prescription for a 1000g. It's cheaper in the long run. It helps fibro and arthritis.
Good luck! If you need more help, you can contact me.
I know this was posted four years ago and I am so sorry I just found this. I have cancer and am in constant severe pain... I take norcos for my pain but have a VERY low tolerance to pain pills so I am blessed in that way. I just want to encourage you - you are stronger than you know and if you are still struggling please call me or text me... eight one four - seven seven seven - two one one two. Sorry for typing it out just feel like I should write it that way. I'm here if you need encouragement. I'm so sorry you have suffered so badly. You are NOT alone.
I've been on Norco 10/325 for 2 years. I've been on some form of hydrocodone too many years to count. Altho, I was taken off all pain meds for 5 months 2 1/2 years ago by the nurse where I live. Then I discovered I had neuropathy and needed Gabapentin. My doctor started me off on 600mg 3 times a day. You wouldn't believe how much better I was!! I had my memory back and could do painting that I hadn't been able to do in years! Oh, I still take Norco for other pain. I just had ankle surgery and am going thru intense physical therapy. I haven't walked in 2 years and been in a wheelchair the 2 years. I'm gonna walk now! I promise myself and my daughter who always been there for me. Don't get me wrong, I have a extremely bad back, had back surgery in 2004 for bad disc. Then I went to this pain clinic and learned so much more. This doctor is a miracle worker as far as I'm concerned! Now I'm still on Norco but take it only PRN (as needed).
Believe me, there are days I don't need any pain medicine at all. The nurses here (I live in assisted living center) don't even offer a pain pill unless I ask for one. But believe me, I know what you mean about taking more pills than I needed to. I abused pain pills for many, many years. My daughter would complain that I was abusing them and really didn't want her kids around me when I was "drugged".
I really didn't blame her but there came a time I lived with them when I fell and fracture my right humerus. I couldn't even take a bath by myself. So, I had to be careful about taking the pain pills. Now, I do not have excess to any of my pills till it's time to take them. If I can take myself off the pain medicine, you can too. Just believe and trust in yourself and take one day at a time.
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