I'm really struggling to quit percocet/oycodone (10-12x 5mg/a day for three months). I understand that it's not been for a very long time but the intensity of the problem is frightening. I'm no wuss, but I want to know if I'm in for something potentially bad here.
I've been diagnosed with arthritis in my neck (degenerate disc) and a torn tendon in my shoulder. At first, I needed the pain meds for pain, but then I found this nifty little trick of snorting them to take away all my cares and worries. Well, now I've certainly compounded those. I do have a history of alcohol abuse, I no longer drink but can feel how the obsession has been transplanted to these pills. It *****, I've kept it a secret, and I don't know how to get out of this one without really screwing up my life. The suffering of withdrawal has scared the crap out of me, my doctor has cut my dose the 8 a day, I'm struggling to take them the way they're prescribed (orally and at intervals - lol) but woke up this morning with major anxiety and sweating. My question is, how should I stop? Wean off? How long with withdrawal symptoms last? Particularly the anxiety, which I fear the most? Would asking my doc for a tranquilizer help me? I know I'm not in as deep as some here and I feel true empathy for what you're going through - good luck to everyone.