I have been taking hydrocodone for about 3 years for back pain, Prescribed by doctors at first and then getting them from friends who take them. I am currently taking 3 -4/10-325;s a day. I want off so badly, I literally live thinking where I will get enough pills. Today I worked out a taper plan based on a plan that a doctor gave me a year or so ago. I didnt have many withdrawl symptons but just wasnt ready to give them up. I go to see family dr tomorrow and cant confide to him what is going on. I also suffer from depression/ anxiety and insomnia. He prescribes ambien for insomnia and cymbalta and zanex for anxiety. Is there anything else that might be helpful that I could speak to him about. If I tell him I am taking again he will go to my family and I will losse everything so that is not an answer. I am just terrrified of the withdrawl. Anyone that could help me with any advice wwould be like a life raft in the storm. Thank you,.
First let me say you are not alone. There are lots of great folks here some of which are going through similar battles as you. With determination, tapering off the hydrocodone is the way to go. Incidentally, your family doctor is bound by law to not tell your family anything you confide in him. It might be difficult to tell him, but telling him the truth is the best way to go especially if you want to get medication to help with any sort of withdrawal you may have. If your taper is slow enough, you shouldn't have any withdrawal but if you do I recommend some clonidine. It is a blood pressure medicine that helps with the restlessness that may occur. The xanax you take will help as well. The only way that you can honestly ask for something like the clonidine is to be honest with the doctor. The doctor must take into consideration you are on xanax when prescribing the clonidine as the two can cause hypotension (low blood pressure).
Honestly, if you taper is slow enough you won't have much in the way of withdrawal since you aren't on a high dose of hydrocodone. I know it has been a long time such that you have become dependent on them, but you can do this. We are here to support you in your progress,
I can not imagine whatever you tell the Dr he would pass on. There is confidentuality between you and he/she. I would aask him directly about your concerns. He may in fact be able to support you through more then you think. Having said that, like Lauri said you may in fact be close and your plan might not be as bad as you fear. No matter what you will want the pills. You have to make sure it you do not give into the cravings. be strong my friend and know we are all here for you.
Good luck to you.
Hi Nmaste... love your name. Welcome to the site. You will find great people here who have gone through what you are now going through. We understand, we care, we are supportive and knowledgeable, and someone is always here for you... so, take a deep breath and relax... you will get through this if you have the will to do so, minus the wd's.
Coby and Lauri gave wonderful advice. I respect them both a great deal.
The only thing I am going to interject that is different is to suggest to you that you go to a different doctor. As Laurie and Coby both told you the doctor is bound by law to keep your information confidential... unless u r a minor... and then, depending on the state, I am not sure they can confide to your parents. But you don't seem like a minor. Even if your family doctor may be a close personal friend or relative he is strictly bound by law to keep your information confidential.
The reason I am suggesting another doctor is that, even though if you felt "safe" that your FP(family practitioner) will keep the info confidential, I still think that going to him causes a great deal of anxiety for you. Why not go to someone who doesn't know you at all, and go to him with a clean slate although it will be necessary to divulge all of your history... even the opiate use... but someone who will not judge you for having known you or your family??? What about the doctor who gave you the withdrawal schedule a year ago??? Or you could go to an addiction specialist or a doctor on the suboxone website... I do not think you have to go on suboxone if you go to a sub doc. I think going to another doc would greatly alleviate your anxiety and would make this easier with the best chance to be successful for you. These are my thoughts.
One more thing... have you ever thought of going on short term suboxone to be able to get off the opiates without withdrawals?? I think it might also be a good choice for you... for you have been on opiates for 3 years with a moderate dosage, and it would definitely help with the cravings. The other plan you have will work with the schedule you have and the support you will get from us... I am just giving you food for thought... Good Luck... come back to us if you need anything, anything...
I will pray that God will help you make the right decision and that He give you the courage to do so... OK... go now gurl and let us know... hugs...
Hi Nmaste - Can't add too much to all the good advice you've already received. Just wanted to check in & see how you were doing. We've all been there, and it can be tough for a few days... because of the physical w/drawal, you'll want to find any reason to take just one again. But, don't believe your body because it wants what your mind is tired of being controlled by! Its over pretty quickly, and you'll be so glad if you can make it through, whether you decide to go the Suboxone route or the Hydro taper (with the Clonodine & Xanax). I support all ways through and off! Whatever works for you, alone.
I also wanted to say about the confidentiality issue. You don't mention your age. But, I also share your confidentiality concerns. You may be a minor or you may have already signed a release, long ago, if its a family Dr... one that you don't remember. There are many ways around the confidentiality issue for a Dr. and, as a Psychologist, I can tell you that, if the Dr. is at all concerned about your well-being through the detox (with the depression, anxiety, etc.), he can & will find a way to determine that you could cause "harm" to yourself (at least, he can use this excuse to let your family know what is happening). So, although I'm one for rigorous honesty, it may be better, in this case, to see a different Dr. for the detox. There's always time later to get honest with the family Dr., but in a safer situation, when you are through the detox! You seem to be very anxious, as pup says, about your family finding out. Just sayin'... whatever feels right, I back you! You don't want to jeopardize losing your health care, should your family find out and not understand. Good Luck!
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