I started taking pain klllers to help with a work inury. Had two shoulder surgeries in 2 years, rehabed got healthey but still kept the pills going. My job is physically taxing so its been diificult to kick the habiit. Its been about 6 yrs now ive battled goin on and off. Ive tried tappering off but if they are in the house im gonna take em. Ive thrown out bottles of pills only to grab the on the street 4days later. I keep goin back telling myself that ive never takin more than the perscribed amount but i know it shouldnt be 6 yrs later. I hide it from my family. Bought 2 10mg percs today, flushed one ate one. Was clean 3 days before today. I see most people are taking so much more than me i feel like my issue so weak, i dont know. So now what?
i want to commend you for being so honest.. It is hard to kick a habit. I have been on fentanyl 50 and percocet 10s for breakthru pain, I have 2 compression fractures and a pinched nerve and something else I can not remember how to spell. I want to get off the pain medicine but until my surgery on thursday and after I heal I am on them. I have been taking both for 1 1/2 yrs and my Dr. tells me I am not an addict. I worry that I will want them after my surgery. I have ALWAYS just taken the correct amount no matter how awful I feel. I had an accident over 3 yrs ago and have been on pain meds ever since.I do not know you but it sounds like you might need to talk to someone about your on and off pill habit. good luck and your in my prayers.
Hi,,, been there... however no. 1 you are not weak. "started taking pain killers to help with a work injury" not recreational for the fun of it... you are not weak.
That you continue to take them... you are not weak they are highly addictive. I think you'd find a lot of people that relate and would support you fully in Narcotics anonoymous. I am on a drug called suboxone which helped me kick opiate addiction. there is a generic version out there because it is very expensive... generics aren't too bad and it helps a lot with withdrawl and desire to use. good you are asking for help and you admit you have a problem this is a very good sign. God Bless you... hope this helps and or you find just the help you need!!
you had a work related injury, needs pain medications... you didn't say whether your pain issues were resolved or not. I too, an old ICU RN, am having a lot of work related injuriesthat have turned into chronic pain. I hurt every day to the point of not being able to make the bed, plant in my garden and do everyting I love to do.
if this is your situation, i would go see a doctor to discuss your options. if not,
opiates are highly addicting, and oxycodone is especially hard, one because I get a buzz, dunno if you do, and two they relieve pain so well. if you want off, this is the way I did it... i cut down on the amount i took every day slowly, and after a month was down to 7.5 mg twice a day down from 60 to 90 mg a day. then i broke the 7.5 lil green meanies as i called them in half and continued my daily dose that way. Next thing I knew I was off and I wasn't having too much pain. Then i switched to hydrocodones, which will help with a bit of pain if i ever needed a pain med. I did not... and anyway they weren't much fun anyway.
so someguy, that 's my tale of the trip though the pain med nightmare. Or you could go to a 12 step program like NA, but from what you said in your question and your honesty with what you had been doing, i think you have the inner strength to do whatever it is that you need to do, and i want to wish you much luck in your life's journey.
The Sweetest Lil Hippie Chick,
First I wanna thank all who responded. I appreciate the time you took to help me get through this.
Someone asked if my pain issue was resolved. That's a tough question. At the time of my surgeries I was in peak physical condition. I was 25, played football on the weekend trained very hard to preform at my best. Also my job as physical as it is requires I stay in shape. My rehab was brutal to get back close to where I was. So the meds helped an I felt justified in taking them. It's been roughly 2 years since I felt pain associated with my rotator cuff/labral surgeries. However, I was takin meds for any pain after. It became ritualistic for me. After trainning in the gym, soreness after work. Developed some elbow tendonits last yr. and currently woking with a fractured finger lol. I'm aware that I will be in some type of pain while this is my life style in an out of work. I need to be able to manage the pain on my own without. Its a struggle. flushed about 100bucs of narcos down the drain last night. Deleted all my street contacts from my phone. This is day 2 clean.
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