I’ve read what others have gone through with pain medications. Here’s a little history. In November of 2018 I quit taking hydrocodone (first was 10/325 which made me nauseous, then lowered to 7.5/325, then down to 5/325) as the first of many drugs my drs had me on. I felt like I was dying, my body was shutting down. Scary stuff. I was mostly on psych meds. Took a year to successfully get off all the psych meds which was hell. I started getting neuropathy due to my brain and nerves readjusting. My PCP has been wonderful and supportive in helping me. My psychiatrist was the one who wouldn’t get me off what he put me on. Well here I am in February 2020 and quitting hydrocodone again. Was trying to quit Xanax which I only take .5 in the morning and .5 in the evening. The pain in my body got worse, so I started taking hydrocodone again, Dr knows, only allow myself one pill a day of .5 or 7.5. I’ve decided I really don’t want this poison in my body anymore. On day 2 of quitting and having headaches, peeing a lot, cold/hot sweats, nightmares. Oh I also quit taking Ambien when I quit the hydrocodone. Now only take a Xanax in the morning and evening. I use melatonin to help sleep. It’s better than nothing. I don’t really know how damaging taking such a low dose every day of the hydrocodone is. I do know it sucks. I have real pain in my back and knee. I cannot eat Tylenol or Advil all day because it’s just as bad for my organs. I’m really at an impass as to what to do. Hate the pain, hate the pain killers. Any advice? I’ve taken the hydrocodone for years and never felt the need to take more than 1 (occasionally 2) a day due to how bad they made me feel in the past. Seeing a pain management Dr in a couple of weeks and haven’t found alternative pain relief through research without side effects. I used to be an extremely active bicycle rider, walked, went to the gym, all kinds of activities. Just want my life back. Afraid dr is going to say live with the pain or take medications they prescribe. Holistic only goes so far. Feeling crappy as I’ve not taken anything since Friday and today is Sunday. Looking for relief in a healthy way.