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1490116 tn?1304817137

Methadone detox

Hi, I am new here. I am at the hospital detoxing from methadone, soma and Dilaudid  because I am sick of being out of it. I have two ruptured discs.  Does any one have any suggestions to help me? I am day one.

Inga
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1416133 tn?1351123217
I'm sorry but I have no personal experience with subs.  I take it from your posts that you were addicted to soma, dilaudid and methadone?  Is that why the Dr. wants you to start the subs?  Either way, whether you begin the subs or not, you're going to have to experience some kind of withdrawal and how long it will go on for is different for everyone.

Typically the physical stuff lasts around 5 to 7 days (I wasn't so typical as mine went on for about 2 weeks).  And that's when the mental side of withdrawal really kicks in but the symptoms can be managed by a lot of different home remedies.  What is your intent here?  To give up all the drugs?  If that's the case, it is possible to quit cold turkey - YES you will be uncomfortable for a while, but it will pass.  Kind of like a really bad flu.  And as I said, then you can manage those symptoms with various things - supplements, vitamins, and most importantly, some form of aftercare (i.e therapy, NA/AA, addictionologists, etc.)

And there are a lot of members here who have experience with the sub route, and I'm sure they can offer more insight into that process.  It tends to get pretty quiet here on the weekends though but keep checking in I'm sure someone with that experience will respond to you.
Avatar universal
Hey Inga! Not sure how much help I can b but don't want u 2 give up on this site! I'm on day 11 now n found this site yesterday n fell in luv w it. I wish I could give u some advice but my thing was loratabs. Someone who can answer ur questions soon! Hang in there, u already took the hardest step, finally realizing u need help n asking 4 it. Listen 2 the dr n if u need 2 message me! I may only b able 2 listen but I have found over the past few days that's all I need! Stay strong


Theresa
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Inga, welcome!  You'll get a bunch of help here. So are you in a detox/rehab type hospital?  Or a regular hospital?  Are they keeping you comfortable?  Once you leave you will need some support to help you stay clean. For now concentrate on heeling physically. Let us know how you're doing ok?
1490116 tn?1304817137
Hi. I am in a regular hospital, jumping off at 20 mg methadone. I am starting to feel the aches come on. I'm starting to think this was a bad idea. Kinda like that feeling right bf you know the baby is about to come and there is no turning back.-inga
1490116 tn?1304817137
The Doc just walked in my room and offered me suboxone so I said ok , she said she would start me low. I am a newbie at this since I was taking the meds bc my Doc told me too bc of back injury.  I felt trapped and couldn't get free. Then my husband tried to take custody of my kids and told judge I was a pill popper. That's why I decided I am getting off and going to yoga, chiropractic whatever to manage back pain. Then my husband will have nothing on me whatsoever.
Even though he physically abused me and the kids..i guess it was the only thing he could get on me so he used it. Anyway, my tale is a pretty mixed up but the truth is  I am working on me right now. Trying to keep my side of the fence clean. Just post if you have any tips you can think of. Thanks for listening.
Inga
1490116 tn?1304817137
I am two days out of hospital and I am feeling REALLY awful. I'm having doubts here. Help me out team! I've got shakes, hot, cold, eyes tearing, nauseous, dear God! I am ClINGING to the fine art of distraction with withered frail fingers.....tell me that there is happiness on the otherside of methadone madness. (I'm serious.)

Inga
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There is freedom and you are heading towards it now instead of away! You might feelnswful but it WILL pass!
1416133 tn?1351123217
Well I don't have any personal experience with methadone but I CAN reassure you that there's happiness past withdrawal.  It will happen for you you'll see.  Just keep going, and keep doing what you're doing.  Each day will be a little bit better, even each moment will be a little bit better.  Gauge your progress in minutes/hours for as long as you need to.  That makes it a little easier and soon you'll be gauging that progress in days.  Good luck to you!  :)
1490116 tn?1304817137
Are subs going to make this worse?

I
1490116 tn?1304817137
They put me on subs in the hospital so now I am in full fledge withdrawals. I don't think I'm going to go on another drug just to go through this crap again. I feel like I have flu x10.if I can get through this night I will be happy and impressed with myself.

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1416133 tn?1351123217
You will get through this night.  Even if you don't sleep, stay in bed, drink fluids and distract yourself with a movie or just some TV.

Do you mean you're not taking anything now or that you are on the subs?  Either way, try to just take it slow for the evening, keep yourself as comfortable as possible.  A heating pad helps with that restless feeling, along with a really HOT shower before settling in.  Some melatonin can help with sleep issues so you might want to think about picking some up (pretty cheap found at most drugstores).  And a cup of tea can be soothing as well (some sleepytime is good).

But most importantly, don't put any expectations upon yourself for tonight or for the next few days.  Resisting all of the symptoms of withdrawal only made it worse for me.  But definitely do the hot shower you would be surprised how much that can relax you - or a bath if you prefer, I'm just not really a bath person.  And hang in there - I'm sure gnarly will be here soon and stay on the website as talking all of this out helps a lot.  And I'm happy to share some of the things I did as you begin to experience different symptoms so feel free to message me if you'd like.  I'll be rooting for you!!!  You CAN do this - I know it seems impossible right now, but you'll get through this.  Hang onto some blind faith for now.  Better minutes/hours/days will come I promise you that.  :)
1416133 tn?1351123217
And just to let you know those first few days I was taking up to FOUR showers a night just to get that temporary relief from the anxiety and they helped me SO much.  :) p.s epsom salts are good right about now if you have them handy (use as a scrub if in the shower).  The salts will draw out the toxins from your body (something to do with the magnesium).  And please remember to stay hydrated - I remember water was tough for me to keep down, so orange or apple juice, gatorade or just plain tea is good.
1235186 tn?1549257619
COMMUNITY LEADER
Hi inga
I know you are feeling really awful now. My husband went ct 14 months ago at 20mg of methadone and 8mg a day .it was very tough but he was finally sick and tired of being chained to the meth bottle and pills. Look at the health pages on the right side of the page. Keep yourself hydrated.get immodium.take hot epsom salt baths.vitamins and protein shakes. So proud of you to want to be clean. Life is so much clearer with all the poisons and toxins in your body. Many times much of your pain is actually in your head. Many ppl on this site are able to handle their pain with otc meds exercise acupunture . My husband also went into the hospital for 5 days and he was given the subs for just a few days. Don't plan on staying on them too long they are also really hell to get off. I will pray for the LORD to break the chains of bondage and addiction in your life.
Blessings to you
Debbie
1235186 tn?1549257619
COMMUNITY LEADER
Sorry Typiing on my phone I didn't type 8mg of xanax. Don't worry about the sleep right now. Just try to listen to music watch tv try to move around if you can. Also you can put valerian root in the sleepy time tea . Eat bananas that also helps with the rls. Post as many times as you have to for encouragement and support someone is usually always around lots of different time zones and ppl to represent them. Try to be strong .think I can and will beat this demon out of me and this monkey off my back. We are here to help you along the way.
GOD bless you
Debbie
1490116 tn?1304817137
Thank you for your prayers. It very much helps. I was in the middle of having a major pity party:(I'm not going to worry about sleeping. It was impossible last night. I'm going in between sweats and chills. Did the tub/Epsom. I may do it again. I'm glad that your spouse had you. My spouse is judgmental and I had to look for help outside. Thnx 4 encouragement.-ingrid
1235186 tn?1549257619
COMMUNITY LEADER
hey ingrid,
oh boy forgot more words.(correction)    life is so much clearer with all the poisons and toxins OUT OF YOUR BODY. do you have anyone close to you that you can confide in and talk to? or get you things from the store? it would be great if you had someone who could just even come sit with you....  i like your name, i  know a very dear woman from germany with your name she has been a blessing to us for many years.
yes just focus on yourself for right now.that is good to get your side of the fence clean. when my husband left  the hospital he went into a christian drug and alcohol rehab for 3 months. it was tough on us, but much tougher when he was using. i have 4 children, a son 25, daughter who will be 20 this month and 2 younger sons 13 & 11. we are all healing, how old are your children? there is definitely happiness on the other side of the methadone madness (i always called it insanity). my husband is more healthy and  happy now then he had been in 14 yrs. during his use. i know all about the mixed up tale we have (had) one too. but there is healing. time does heal our wounds and scars.
i will be thinking of you and sending you hugs,
debbie
1680450 tn?1306254193
Did the doctors put you on any other medications to go home with when you left the actual hospital? The reason why I ask, is because sometimes those meds can factor into whatever it is you're going through. I went through my WDs without the assistance of any medications or physician's watching over me. If I can get through it without these, so can you! You're a strong woman, and keep in mind that you're not only doing this for you -- but you're doing this for your kids as well.

I know one thing that really helped me get through my WD was reading this site. I never signed up, posted or anything else -- I just sat back in bed and read what others had to say to one another in their darkest hours and times of need. One of the most helpful things that got me through was going outside in the sun.
1490116 tn?1304817137
Yep, it's 1 AM. Still up. I would sleep for twelve hours on those dones easy. this is madness. I am staring at the ceiling, yawning and tearing but I am not giving in. Thnx for the encouragement. I am done being trapped. I truly want to be free more than I want relief. Please pray. I am pounding water.
1680450 tn?1306254193
I'm so sorry, but hopefully sooner than later you'll be able to get some sort of rest!
1490116 tn?1304817137
Well hopefully it's 3:15 AM. Still gone down every rabit trail in my brain. Covered all the "what if's" in my life. LOL.never helps anyway, I guess that's what this drug does shuts down all the places that you are too afraid to go otherwise in your mind. Takes courage to face them.

I will make it thru to 6 AM, I'm good.

Inga
1490116 tn?1304817137
Well , it is almost 5:30..this has been THE longest night save childbirth: (which was far worse).. I did that a la natural. So I can get through this I suppose, I completely rambling. The on slaught of awareness is startling. I can almost feel everything I didn't feel for the past 7 years bc come to think of it-I got myself in this mess with ultram first and worked my way up the pain management ladder. Sad.any comments would be fine.

Inga
Avatar universal
U r very brave.  So they started u on subs in the hospital but didn't send you HomE w any ? Maybe u r in WD from them? How long were u in hospital and how long on the subs? How was the WD in the hospital ? And high five on the childbirth ! Both my kids came via c sec & I was a wimp after !
1680698 tn?1304845815
Hey, I'm a recovered heroin addict, and the way I got clean was my dad rescued me off the streets and took me to a doctor I told he about my addiction and she told me about a new study of a blood pressure medication.. I can't remember the name of it.. sorry, but anyways i took it and I had no withdrawl symptoms. I would NOT recommend subs because there is a better way.
1680698 tn?1304845815
oh btw sickness does not last 2 weeks, I think it depends on how long you've been doing the drugs. I was doing them for 4 years and I had to take the blood pressure meds for about three months before I felt 100%  
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