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Opiate withdrawal

Hey,
I am a working mom (I guess my nickname gives the working part away) and have been on Lort 10 for about 2 years.  In the last year I have gotten up to 15-20 per day.  I recently quit cold turkey (despite having to work and be a wife and mom)and am on day 6. The withdrawal has gotten better, but I think that I fear the night time the most. I just can't seem to sleep.....almost at all. Any idea how long this will last?

I know that I am strong in that I have made it throught the worst part of this whole thing....having to function normally through most of this, but I cannot keep going with such little sleep. I feel so groggy in the morning I almost can't get going.

I really can't go to anyone...even a doctor...because of my and my family's position over here.  Can anyone please give me some advice or even some words of encouragement?

Thanks to all of you for allowing me to read your stories.  It has really helped me throughout all of this during those restless nights.  You are all so strong in what you have done!
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3197167 tn?1348968606
Attention Bamame:  the person who posted as an attorney posted 12 years ago in 2006.  The last person to post on this old thread on Dec 2nd is already clean for over 42 days.
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Oops, my bad. Good for them.
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Hi,
This I'm sure it's going to come across so rude and I apologize in advance. But you need to get help quick. I wouldn't want you as my attorney being strung out on opiates I just wouldn't. Wishing you the best of luck. But please get help before this really really gets out of control. Well a lot worse.
Because if you don't stop this Behavior you'll be representing yourself.
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I’m on day 42. All our bodies work differently. You seem to be very active throughout the day which can help with sleep. I just worked until I was too tired to keep my eyes open. Another thing that helped was listening to YouTube videos with running water like oceans....that and some type of otc sleeping aid.  Oh and taking a walk before bed helps. I started to really sleep around 23 days in. Now I’m sleeping like a log. Trust, it gets better. Each day gets better. I hope you get some much needed rest
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Thanks to insurance, was forced to fentanyl 25mcg from my Butrans patch. After 48 hours into my 3rd patch, I couldn't take the uneasiness that the patch made me feel so I took it off. Called my pain management doc the next morning and see him this coming Mon. I'm experiencing all the typical withdrawl symptoms, antsy, not holding much down, etc. I take percocet every other day but have since given it to my hubby to lock up b/c I find myself reaching for it even when I don't need it just to make these withdrawls feel better.  How long does this last?
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This can go on for months
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I'm on day 25 off of oxys and roxys for 5 years than decided to get my life back for me and my daughter and decided cold turkey is my only way out so i literally had 2 suboxine to help with withdrawls, I'm a mother of a 5 year old daughter and it's a struggle every day! For me my worst of the withdrawls for me were week 3 I don't know why this happened. The first week it was the crawling feeling, restless leg, not sleeping good (took xanas at night and few quarters throughout the day) So I started to take Kratom pills, some people believe in it but didnt help for me, But for some reason the worst for me was this past week, the diarreah was uncontrollable, couldnt hold anything down so then heard about imodium D and then seems to help, I took 2 than 1 after every loose bowel.  I think the reason I was so bad week 3 is BC I was not eating or drinking enough fluids and got really dehydrated, literally thought I was going to the end up in the hospital so had my husband brought me a lot pedialyte, even tho i did not want to drink it i had to make myself. the only thing i could attempt to eat was crackers and bananas . This was on Monday day 20. So I recommend anyone please keep hydrated I had no energy to eat the first 3 weeks and it was god awful! Never experienced anything this bad before but someone had told me to think back at what I took for the last 5 years do you really think it will go away in 7 days, that actually made some sense to me. So I'm fighting thru every day! The depression is still here and the ability to learn to live life sober is so hard it's like starting all over again.  But I'm noticing music helps and do anything to give you the chills or excitement. I just want to be back to my old self and natural energy!! Please email me at ***@**** if you have any questions need encouragement or anything that can help me in my situation please!
Thanks! Stay strong I no it's worth the battle!
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Natalie,
             How did you do?    Ron.
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I am detoxing off oxys15mg and at least 8 lortab10/500 per day i am on day 3 eating 3 times a day no stomach problems sleeping well THE TRICK IS GAPETIN any doctor will give it to you.Google it i take 600mg 3 times a day i was dumb founded to have no withdrawl from a year off every day use i am only going to take it 6 days total and then im on my own.i hope to never take pills again.i will post back later with my progress....best wishes to all there is a light at the end of the tunnel
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Hello day four of withdawals . I was taking up to 6 10/325 hydros a day for over two years. First three days were pure hell. Nausea,pain,anxiety,sleeping was extremely hard. Day 4 is a bit easier. I found benadryl OTC is great. It helps a lot. Now knowing the pure hell of this I will not return to pills again. See your doctor, they can help. I hope day five is easier. Most doctor's say the worst is 5-7 day's. I am sure it is different for everyone. Keep your head up. I wish all of you the best. Withdrawal is hell but their is light at the end of the tunnel. Life is better without pills. God bless
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I hope this helps, I am on day 11 of cold turkey from 180mg of perscribed morphine a day for a back problem, I also had a REALLY hard time sleeping & I got all kinds of different advice, I tried it all but the thing that worked for me was I soak in a hott tub every night then I have a vibrating massager that i set on the bed next to me & turn it on low, it doesn't have to touch me, just the vibration of it soothes me to sleep, i'm not gonna say i sleep thru the nite cause I wake several times but i turn that thing back on & i'm rite back to sleep, it has helped so much with my sleep. still @ day 11 i'm struggling with everything but it makes it so much more bearable if u can get some rest...
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I love what you posted - I've found myself crying over songs on radio, commercials then laughing.  This past 11 days has been so fraught with emotion overload and I know my brain is trying to recalibrate so that feels good.   I've experienced more "feeling" pain, sadness, laughter in the last week - it''s good.  
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I went from taking 2 vics to 6 vics before I knew it I was swallowing 10 perc10/325 at a time 4 times daily. That was street- I went to get on suboxone and tried it for a few weeks before convincing my pain doc I need something more. Then the journey began from perc10 to morph to 100mg fetanyl- back to perc10 (20-30)daily (some street) to OxyContin80 t.i.d. Along with 30mg oxycodone for bt. After a two year journey on these devil drugs, 2/6/2012 I quit cold turkey. If you have a good doc and must really want to feel the warm breeze, and smell fresh cut grass, make snow angels and feel the cold.  Their are some great things that help. Clonidine, benzos, some really good stuff for your belly. Just prepare yourself while going though this that you will laugh so hard you cry, cry so hard you scream, your emotions are all out of whack so prepare youre self. But it feels good to feel something again. I'm still not sleeping right. My legs are crawling. But this to shall pass. FYI marijuana is a huge help. Wishing us the best.
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I am on my 21st day post detox....42 years prescription opiates. Zanaflex worked great for me while I was on Fentanyl and Oxy, but has not helped with night spasm and sleep issues...still getting only  2 hours a night and that is not restful sleep. The only thing that has helped me through the long frustrating nights has been cranking up the music I enjoy and using headphones. If loud enough the sound seems to keep my brain preoccupied and the spasms stop.At first it helped to tap the rythum with my hands against my thighs seems to activate a different brain center As soon as I turn down the volume all 4 limbs resume twitching. This hasn't helped with sleep issues but has gotten me trough some very dark hours. I am using Zanaflex and Flexeril during the day for stiffness and pain. My  only issue with these is feeling very weak when on max dose. I also have been soaking in a hot bath a few times per night. Hang in there , we have to keep the faith that this will soon pass. Peace and Merry Christmas
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please respond
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Ditto:  Go back to the forum page and click on "post a question" on the upper left. You'll get more responses that way...
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Please advise me if anyone has taken zanaflex to help sleep during w/d
I took a couple my son gave me for muscle pain but I have a lot of side effects with them----dry mouth//weakness/fatigue/but I do get just a little drowsy...and not for long at all---I have been awake 3 nites now---any advice???
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Congrats---wish me luck---day 4
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I am a 40 yr old female who began self medicating myself here about 6 years ago for arthritis and fibromyalgia pain.  The doctors never seemed to want to help me with my pain management issues, so i eventually turned to the streets buying up as many vicodens, tramadols, percocets, just whatever i could find.  When my body became tolerant to that, I went up one step further- heroin.  I have been shooting heroin for two years.  In february, I had open heart surgery caused from my aortic valve being destroyed by toxins from an abcessed tooth.  I am told if I dont get off of all drugs, that next time, they may not operate.  I raised my kids myself, have always worked, and am now at a loss at how I am going to manage my pain, which by the way is worse when I have nothing because of the nerve ending damage caused by the drugs....The withdrawals are terrible, to the point sometimes that being dead seems like a better option....just saying.  I do know that suboxone works well, and also tramadol for stepping down, but with no insurance, and doctors who dont want to prescribe me anything, It is hard to even get these sometimes on the street to help myself.  Never thought in a million years at 40 years old that here I would be, and that my toughest challenge in life, with all that I have been through, would be getting myself off of opiates.  Any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate, and thanks.  I know this is hard for all of us facing this challange.
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start your own thread this one is kinda old.  You will get the help and support you need that way without being missed.  Click on the orange button at the top (post a question) cut and paste your info.  Good luck.
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Here's my story...I started on Lortab 10 back 7 years ago, and have now graduated to roxicodone 30...5-7 of them a day. I decided I wanted to see who I was without the meds....so here I am 36 hours without a pill...and to be honest expected alot worse.  I have sneezed about 6 times...no diarhea like everyone says...or not yet, I do have some stomach cramping this morning. And I am a little anxious this morning....but that is about it.
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For anyone trying to come clean off Oxys or anything stronger please take a look. Me and a friend tried to come off 20 percocet 10mg a day and 6 40mg oxycotin a day. The best way to come down is to talk to ur doctor. Any doctor is willing to take u off them if ur willing to. They will give u everything to help with the withdrawals and to help with all of the symptoms as well. For those who are trying to do it cold turkey more power to u and good luck. I understand what it's like to go through this and how ur always afraid to run out because of the withdrawals. But if ur seriously ready to quit just talk to your doctor and they are more than willing to help. They are really no way to stop the withdrawals from happening. From what I learned in rehab was that ur physical withdrawals only last for about 7-10 day. After that ur body will start making it's natural pain killers again and u should start to be pain free. The doctor said that the hardest part of actually staying clean is dealing with the mental withdrawals which can last anywhere from 3-9 months depending how much and how long u have been using for. So if u have been clean for 3-4 days keep it up the physical withdrawals are almost over. But drunk plenty of water and try to be active. The more u do the faster you help your body flush the toxins out. If u a gym to go to that is the best. Go sit in the sauna to help with the cold chills and joint pains. If mind starts to wander go for a walk and try to have company so ur not watching every seconds of the day. Don't try to eat big meals because if ur sick to ur stomach u will probably just pike it back up. So take little bites here and there throughout the day to get some nutrients in ur body. For any other symptoms they have over the counter drugs such as imodium for diarrhea and cold meds for the sniffles and sneezing. Hang in there for everyone trying to be clean. It's a tough road but you'll have a new life at the other end of it.
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I AM COMING OFF OF OPANA ER OC OP OXY 15S AND OXY 30S. IVE BEEN HOOKED 3 MONTHS. I CANT BELIEVE HOW FAST THEY TOOK ME DOWN. I CANT WEIGH BUT 93 POUNDS. ANYWAYS, LIFE ***** ON THESE PILLS. IVE BEEN THROUGH WITHDRAWL CT MORE THAN ONCE, ITS NOT FUN BUT ITS NOT UNBEARABLE EITHER. WHY WOULD SOMEONE USE METHADONE? ONCE YOU COME OFF THOSE YOULL STILL SUFFER AND BECAUSE OF THE HALF LIFE, IT LASTS A LOT LONGER. SAME WITH SUBUTEX, ALTHOUGH NOT AS LONG AS METHADONE.  EVERY EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN THE SAME. I BEGIN TO FEEL WD APPROX. 24 HOURS AFTER LAST DOSE SO DAY 1 IS BEARABLE, DAY TWO IS WORSE AND DAY 3 IS PURE HELL. AFTER 72 HOURS ITS ALL UP HILL FROM THERE BUT IT IS HARD TO SLEEP. AS AN RN I IMAGINE ABOUT 2 WEEKS BEFORE NORMAL SLEEP HABITS RETURN. IS 4 DAYS OF A REALLY BAD FLU REALLY WORTH A LIFETIME OF BEING IN A FOG? CONSIDER GETTING A BENZO OF ANY KIND FOR SLEEP. KLONOPIN, ATIVAN, VALIUN, XANAX ETC.  YOU WONT DEVELOP AN ADDICTION TO ANY OF THOSE IF UED FOR A HORT PERIOD OF TIME, BUT DO EXPECT TO BE EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE FOR ABOUT 72 HOURS.
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yes
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just looking for a good forum does anyone use this anymore? seems like its a good thing... ima quit with the pain killers... im 31 years old and have been taking them for at least 6 years.... please hit me up guys.. thanx yall
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does this forum still work
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