I have had 2 surgeries on my wrist. I shattered it skating. I did not have insurance when I broke it and was on medical for the first surgery. Well after about a year or so, the pain became excruciating. As I had no insurance, I couldn't get it checked out. I kept going to the emergency room and they kept telling me all the hardware looked good. But they kept prescribing me norco. Well eventually when I couldn't take it anymore, I finally got an appointment with orthepedics at the hospital where I had my first surgery done. Still no answers, yet, still getting prescribed norcos. I had insurance by this time, called MIA which was offered at the hospital (arrowhead reginal medical center). It only lasted a year. Well for about 8 months I just kept getting norcos. They said it was probably arthritis or carpultunnel. Well eventually I demanded something be done. I was in so much pain. So finally Dr. Mudge said let's take all the hardware out and see if that helps. they did the surgery and the hardware was so messed up. The screws were stripped into my bone and the plate had fused into my bone. So esentially they had to break my wrist again to remove the hardware. (Chipped bone away) I was in a cast for about 2 months and was prescribed norco the entire time. So it had been about 1.5 years that I had been taking the norco and my MIA insurance had expired so was unable to go to docs anymore. I ran out of norcos and began suffering withdrawls. They were terrible. The worst thing I have ever had to deal with. I began buying norcos and vicodins off the street. I couldn't handle the withdrawls. Now I know that was dumb. I just dug the hole deeper and now I'm stuck. I have no insurance, I'm on uneployment, and most of my free money goes to norcos. I need help, advice, suggestions on what I can do to get off this drug. I feel its destroying my life. I NEED to get off this. What do I do? Please help.
Suggestions on how to get off opiates?
Added 3 Jan 2011:
ive decided that im gonna do the thomas recipe to kick my habit. Someone i know has been so kind as to offer me some of their xanax. that was my only concern with the thomas recipe was how will i come up on the benzo needed. they also offered me sleeping pills. so my question is how many xanax will i need for this? and should i take both the xanax and the sleeping pills? i also have recently been using melatonin. it works pretty well but only some nights. should i incorporate this into the thomas recipe? also can someone please give me a list of other things i need for it and directions on what to do? ive seen the list of what to get and take but i dunno i just want to see it from someone that wasnt posted years ago and i also would like to get directions or steps on what to do as i have no idea? thank you in advance
So sorry about your arm and surgeries, sounds horribly painful.
Please google The Thomas Recipe for a list of over the counter meds, and rx meds you will need while in withdrawal. It is not going to be a picnic. It will be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding things you ever do for yourself though.
I did it cold turkey off prescribed OxyContin, and it takes some real tenacity, yet it CAN be done.
Are you in WD's now, or still on norco? If you are in withdrawal, come here for support, there are many members that have done this, and are willing to help you out.
There is always the Suboxone route if WD is too much for you. Google it, see what you think.
Wishing you the best,
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