... 5/325 for about 1 year and 1/2 but go through the script now in about a week and buy oxy 30s when dont have the percs. I went CT about 6 months ago but got on tramadol cause the pain is so bad and eventually got back to the percs and fly through them now. Any advice on what to do for the pain instead of narcotics?
Opiate Withdrawal - I have a herniated disc in the lower lumbar region and have been on percocet?
- 12 May 2011 by jbell23
- 13 May 2011
- percocet, opiate withdrawal, pain, back pain, tramadol, withdrawal, herniated disc, opiate
Added 12 May 2011:
Also, Im still looking for a successful way to get and stay off the narcotics because it takes so long(if ever) to feel back to the way I was before I was taking opiates so any advice would be great..
well good job on getting of narcotics and opiates, but cold turkey is never a good idea, for future reference. The only way i know how to deal with the pain is rehab. lots of physical therepy, you need to get your back muscles stronger to support you better and less stress on the herniation. i know this because i have had four back surgeries, one was because of a herniated disk and i did months of physical therepy, it helped, but then the disk got DDD (degenerative disk disease), so they had to fuse the disk. but exersice works and when your in terrible pain a very HOT bath, or a hot tub helps soothe the pain. that's the best i can offer.
Good thing you are off the Trams, as they can cause seizures if stopped abruptly, please don't go back to Ultram or Tramadol unless they are prescribed and you take them as directed.
It sounds like your pain is either very bad and the meds aren't helping or you just are getting high, no judgement here, I promise! But, if you have chronic pain, you really need to stick to the dosing schedule or your doc could terminate your treatment if he/she finds out how you are using your meds.
BRR brought up a good point about physical therapy. Perhaps that would help you feel better?
If you are going cold turkey off perc's please google The Thomas Recipe for a list of otc and rx meds you will need while in WD. Also google Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, knowledge is power friend.
Wish you all the best,
I have had chrontic pain for 44 years due to failed back surgeries & many other conditions. I would only take pain meds when I was hospitalized for many years, because of the social stigma of being an addict. In 1990 when I got on Disability, I realized along with my doctors' advice that I would probably be on pain meds the rest of my life. The way it was explained to me was that I do not have an addictive personality, but after awhile people with chrontic pain become tolerant if you will of the dose they are on, & need to have it increased or changed. For ten years I was on Methadone because they thought Vicodin was causing a liver problem. After surgery on a spatic coommon bile duct all these problems disappeared, but I still had chrontic pain by then everywhere due to severe Osteoarthritis, & Fibromyalgia, bone pain from many broken bones due to severe Osteoporosis. I got off the Methadone. It did not agree with me or it me with it.
I guess wht I am trying to tell you is you need to have a heart to heart with your doctor & be honest about your pain level. There are lots of new drugs out there to help with nerve pain. Just my thoughts...
There are alternatives to the narcotics for pain control. You may benefit from a nonsteroidal anti inflammatory like Celebrex or another type medication like Cymbalta or Lyrica. Physical therapy is a good avenue to take. It will train the muscles in the lower spine and tummy so to support the back better taking stress of the herniated disc. You need to be evaluated by an orthopeadist and get a doctor's prescription for the physical therapy.
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