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Day 1 WD Vicodin

This is day 1, I have been these animals (Vicodin 7.5/500) for about 7 years and originally used for back pain. Once the pain was gone I ccon't like an idiot and became addicted. I have seen a lot of money, dr's visits etc go by trying to get what I needed to feel human. I would have to take in am just to move, and of  course all through out the day to KEEP moving. I hate what they have done to me, how often I look to obtain them and the person I have become. I DON'T spend quality time with my family because I always just not in the mood. This is just not who I am, I hate who I have become and want OUT now. I am feeling a bit emotional right now and not sure why, no appetite and didn't sleep last night. I want my life back. I want to be happy doing things in every day life with those devils anymore. I just want to be ME. I know this will be the toughest thing I have ever done, but I am 42 and am ruining my life completely. I can't enter a program but I can do is maybe post here and pray to god I get better and fight for my life!  I have a horrible taste in my mouth I can't quite explain, stomach is little nasty and hands a bit shaky. Looking for advise, wisdom and a friend here to help me. I can not let anyone know this, it is my beast. I will allow others in later possibly. Is day 2-3-4- any better than 1st 24hrs? I have been drinking a lot of water and peeing a ton, is that a good thing? Need a friend :(
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1801781 tn?1461629469
I promise it will get better!  I just hit day 30 and things are good...well, except for the Restless legs thing...gonna cut those legs off if they don't straighten up and let me sleep!  :)  Aftercare is a great idea.  Our brains are just messed up and wanting something we don't wanna give them.   You got a touch of that feeling last week..you know..the one where you felt good without the pills?  It will come back.
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285107 tn?1318707957
hi, welcome to the forum!!  this place is a wealth of knowledge and support!!  You can do this, i promise you!! the wd's are crappy, but they only last for a few days, if you go to the bottom right hand side of this page you will see a link for the thomas receipe, it gives u a list of things that will help ease the wd's.  When i was going through mine, valarian root helped me with anxiety and sleep.  Bananas helped with the restless legs along with really hot baths (they also help to relax you for sleep).

I am on day 13 and still new at this, there are lots of great people here who will have a wealth of information to give you which will help.

You are doing right by drinking water, it helps to keep you hydrated and flush the toxins from your system.

Have you any support?? From a loved one or your doctor??

You can do this!!

emma xoxo
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No, flying solo on this one. I have a Dr's appt Thurs and may tell him then. I will be 5 days free of it by then - I am hopeful! What day did others start feeling like a human being again? I want this more than anything. I have made a decision to regain my life. I feel soooooo bad for putting so much on back burner over this for so many years. I am 42yo male and could cry over it all. I managed to make it to work today as I have an office job, but it ISNT easy. I need a friend. I can't tell anyone right now. I just cant
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1416133 tn?1351123217
A NA meeting might be just what you need right now.  There you can open up while remaining a "stranger" basically.  But you'd have people supporting you who will understand what you're going through.

And congrats for deciding to quit!
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1416133 tn?1351123217
And of course this place will be a HUGE support system for you.  The knowledge here and the information, and the amazing members will help you too.  You are NOT alone.  :)
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great decision...I'm 66 and entering day 11...I did a medically supervised taper...7 days...can't lie...I was rough, but doable...when I say 11 days that's the time I have been "clean" at home...WD is manageable although as I stated...rough...worst symptom for me was and still is sleep deprived most nights...BUT...my "mental window" is clear as it's ever been and feels great...ask your Doctor for help...be honest...stay strong...your're a "puppy" at 42...you can and will do this and get your life back...God Bless...Tony
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Hasn't been quite 24hrs yet (5pm will be) I find myself peeing an awful lot even though I am not drinking a lot of fluid. I mean like really peeing every time. Like twice an hour. Normal? I have an awful smell going on that I can not explain. In my nose and everything tastes blah. I should expect to feel lousy for how long? Day 1 is surely a HUGE fight. Praying to god (I guess) I can beat this - I am so so ready to start a good life for me and those around me WITH OUT those darn things. They were everything, energy, euphoric everything. Now I have to try and live with normal feelings - scary
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Welcome! I'm 30 days clean from norco and vic's today! I basically took them to function daily. Well, that's what your brain is tellin' ya anyway. The first week i smelled everything 10x and everything smelled yucky. It's part of WD's. For me, the 1st and 3rd day were the absolute worst. It was the anxiety and insomnia that was constant for about 2 weeks, but OTC natural sleep aids helped a lot! I can't stress enough to use The Thomas Recipe!! I wasn't a vitamin popper at all, but now i am! We have to help our body and brain get back on track. I gotta tell ya... i said the same thing .."when will i feel normal?" I had to think about that and finally realized my "normal" was high. I don't really remember how i was without those pills.
But today i do. It's my NEW normal! I've been where you are and I know you can do it. Keep posting updates.. there are a lot of helpful peeps on this forum! Good luck and be strong!! xoxo
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1700643 tn?1464846682
The worst of w/d will probably b day3+after day4u will notice a big improvement.
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I am half way through my day at work, 1st day off Vikes. Chest is heavy and seem to be smoking more often, but they taste HORRIBLE. Gonna try and eat a little something as haven't had anything all day and thinking that cant be good. God this is an awful feeling. Good god this is going to be a Looooooong several days. 3 more shifts (12hrs each after today, Ugh)

Can use all support I can. Sorry if posting so much today :/
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1801781 tn?1461629469
Post as much as you need to!  This is the time you need the most support.  Be sure to drink as much water or gatorade as you can.  
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Thanks guys. I am really serious in this. My damn legs are just bouncing away and sit at a desk so moving around is hard. Everyone notices a difference in mood and my behavior so I am saying I am sick, yet can't go home cause need the money so bad. I will log on later once home about 7ish and see how I am then. God willing It wont be too much worse. I hate myself for going this long and not doing anything about it. I could be clean by now, YET I am just barely starting this nightmare :( Hopefully tomorrow and later will be somewhat better. Thank you all for being here for me - I will surely be returning the favor once I am well (and during the fight of my life) So, again thank you all.

Oh ya. I am peeing every hr, lots. Yet not drinking too much to make that happen. Is this normal?? Have my kidneys just woke up or what? I'm slightly concerned. Keeping the fight on this real - I will win!
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1801781 tn?1461629469
Maybe the toxins are peeing out!  Drink and don't get dehydrated.  It makes the WD worse.  There is something from GNC that some recommend called Hyland's Restless Legs or something like that to they say can help.  Keep it up.
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first 72hrs are the worse...i was addicted to norco, vicodin 500mgs or 750mgs. pop as many as i could get my hands on..i'm 11 days clean...but valium was the only thing that got me thru it..xanax was for night ..the RLS is horrible...immodium and lots of water...you can do it...trust me if i can..anyone can...cuz i didnt think i would ever be able to stop taking them...and the sick thing was...i have minor things wrong with me nothing to the point where i needed narcotics..but i sure found my way to them cuz i loved the high..eventually its never enough and i got to the point of taking them to stop from getting sick...no life to live...my family doesnt deserve..good luck and try to stick with it...it does get better...count down the hrs...after 72hrs then i started going by days...i'm 11 days clean and thats huge for me when i couldnt go 4hrs without popping 3 or 4 pills at a time...good luck...keep in touch
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oh one other thing...i dont want to recommend valium and xanax cuz they can be addicting to...thats why the dr told me to taper off after 5 days and i didnt even taper cuz my body wasnt addicted to them...dr said it takes many more days then that...it does help if u can get a few...HELPS ALOT...honestly im not so sure i could have gotten thru it without them...energy is all i want back...i have no other withdrawls really...yawning but i can deal with that..some sneezing...depression hopefully goes away soon...xanax was for night only the RLS gets really bad...lots of hot baths..
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Everyone here is so proud of you. We have all been there and there is nothing more powerful than one addict helping another. Just take it one hour at a time. That's what I did. That's all most of us can handle in the beginning. Before you know it, you have a string of day. Drink a ton of Gatorade. You mentioned your not drinking very much water but peeing a lot. Your body needs electrolytes and your dehydrated which makes all your symptoms worse. Try and eat crackers, toast, bananas. Force yourself to walk and soak in hot baths. Try everything that everyone has suggested. This stuff works.
Your doing great!!!!
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I will come back on here at 7pm (PST) I am hoping others can follow me, those on day 1 like me, and beyond of course. I so appreciate all of this you guys/gals. Forever appreciative of this. It WILL save my LIFE! I HAVE TO beat this stupid pill addiction :/
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HI Welcome to the fourm so buy now your into whats called acute withdrawal you got about 3 or4 more days to go the first thing I want you to do is get use to the phrase .....''you just got to be ok without being ok for a wile'' this to shall pass this is 1/3 physical and 2/3 mental it is truly a battle one or last in ones own mind never in your life is attitude going to be more important a positive attitude makes the difference between suffering or having some discomfort this really is a mind game...for your symptoms a hot soak will take care of most advil will help with the aches and pains you need to pick up a case of gatoraid and just keep a bottle open and in hand and sip on it all day it has electrolytes in it that you will need ......I hope you dont read this till morning but I know all to well how sleep goes so if your up shaking let this encourage you to keep pushing on many of us have been there I found prayer to be really helpful Gods all you got at 3am will your shaking tomorrow rent some movies for the next few nights your probably not going to sleep it will give you something to do it kinda slow at night but you be surprised if you post at 1am check at 2 you may have a response might even be somebody right where your at keep posting for support we alll want to see you get well good luck and God bless.......Gnarly    
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Gnarly & EVERYONE ~ Thank you so very much. I was going to post when I got home from work last night but all I could do was make a tv dinner try and eat something and LAY DOWN! I've been drinking water and gatoraide last two days now so that part is ok. Sleep? Fell asleep easy, but couldn't stay down. I took a half of a trazadone to help fall asleep, again couldn't stay down and legs just wanna move move move, Ugh. Stomach feels lousy but I've accepted that will be the case for a little bit. Cigs still taste awful!  ! However can't quit that just yet. Woke with damp clothes 2nd day in a row and still have this awful smell I smell and can't figure it out - nasty. Seems like I now smell everything 10 fold, flowers, smoke, everything. Is that normal?

Day 2 today and back to work again (day 1 here was almost unbearable) cant take time off so I am suffering, but mind is busy I guess :(

Feel like I just want to scream! I know my mind is going to be my battle and every time I think of pills, not taking but just in general I try and trick brain to think of something else FAST. NOT EASY!!!! I will see this through, I am thankful for everyone in here - you are all saving my life one post at a time. Please tell me this is going to get easier physically/mentally soon - THIS sick feeling is awful. Everyone thinks i just have a nasty cold/flew. Well, here is to day two I guess, right?
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1801781 tn?1461629469
It is possible the smell is part of the toxins leaving your body.  I have heard that here before.  I am sorry you have to work, but maybe that will keep you busy like you said.  You are doing the right thing.  
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Thank you. No one knows about this on my end and as of this moment it HAS to stay this way. I will fight! Fight for my life.... Emotions are everywhere, but sadness is kinda gone - kinda. mostly physical and brain cramps always sneaking pills pills pills in my thoughts. I try to think of something else which is kinda easy as I feel so damn lousy that it overides everything else. Feel like I'm cloudy today and also feel like I am riding an invisible bike here at work - damn legs, stomach, yawning and SNEEZING - What the heck. Check back in later as this is going to be one lone ars day for me, as was yesterday. Thank you all for helping me. I will surely pay it forward when I can....
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Good hour - bad hour - good hour - bad hour. Good god ! Day 2 can't seem to go fast enough
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495284 tn?1333894042
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Hang in there, this part is only temporary.  You can do this!!!         sara
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Hi there I don't know how I happened upon this site l went through SERIOUS pain pill addiction myself including vicodine ..  I went to a detox center 2 years ago and fought through.  
I have been through what you are going through.. YOU WILL SURVIVE!!  In regards to smelling that is your senses on high alert and your body reacting to not being DULLED by the meds and part of the physical withdrawal process is your body sweating it out!!    Try to continue to stay hydrated the next 3-4 days are the worst after that it is increasingly more MIND over matter.. If you need a friend or support I am available my email is ***@****..  I wish you ALL the best you made a great decision to get OFF the merry go round!!
Liz
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