hello all... i have had many surguries (knee, hip, back, neck) over the past 4 1/2 yrs resulting in minimal pain relief. i've been on norco (10/325) for the entire 4 1/2 years. started at 4/day, then 6, then 8, then 10, then 12... doctor prescribed. when i hit 12, i knew i needed to change doctors. went back down to 8/day. in the past few years the pills started to be less effective. i realized i was taking them to prevent myself from feeling like crap... later realizing that what i was feeling was prob withdrawl symptoms inbetween doses. i have a stomache ache all the time, no energy, headaches, no sex drive, have become a hermit, and all with minimal pain relief. i don't know what came over me, but 5 days ago i decided to taper down my dose until i am norco free. after reading the horror stories about "cold turkey" detox, i thought tapering down would ease the pain. i feel like i have the flu. and my anxiety is through the roof (benzos help me sleep thru the night). tomorrow i go down to 4 pills, then 3 1/2, then 3 and so on. i have been taking epsom salt baths. they temporarily help. any suggestions as to how to ease the muscle pain? what to do to just pass the time inbetween doses? (i'm always watching the clock... minute by minute!) is tapering down better than cold turkey? i feel like i am just dragging out the agony. i never thought i would be in this situation. please help! i am new to this site... hope someone answers.