I am allergic to all Nsaids products, Morphine, Oxycodeine, Codeine, and can only take hydrocodone. I have disk degeneration in my back, neck, bone spurs, disk protrusion. I also have Hemochromatosis, an iron overload disease that makes my joints rust out with arthritis and other organs. I am in pain so much but at the high dose of meds I am taken I am not happy with the results or the side effects. I would like to quit taking this medication, but it seems when I try to cut down I have a lot of problems and the pain and sickness is unbearable. Has anyone overcame the need to take this. I do not want to say I am addicted, but my body has gotten use to having it in my system. What if anything can I do to overcome this habit, addiction or whatever, so I can get to the point where i can let it go without going to a rehab clinic if possible because I have anxiety and panic disorder also and would like to overcome my addiction to the medication I take for it also. I want to be sober for once in my life. Any help would be greatly appreciated and any jokes would not.
David, there’s no easy fix for this mess. Doctors are very aware that long-term use of hydrocodone like this creates serious problems, but in your case, I suspect they felt those problems were the best of a bad bunch of choices, that your pain would be unbearable without Norco and the sedatives you’re taking for anxiety. The nerves become highly sensitized to pain with hydrocodone taken this way, so yes, withdrawal is extremely painful. I applaud your goal of sobriety, but I think hospitalization or rehabilitation is the best way to go. If you want to try without rehab, the next best alternative I could suggest is Narcotics Anonymous. Websearch it with your state name to find out where meetings are near you.
Sending you love and prayers.
When stopping any type of medication you should be monitored by a doctor due to the withdrawal symptoms that may take place. Your existing mental health issues will worsen initially but then subside with continued sobriety. You may also need to find ways to incorporate anxiety management techniques that are behavioral to help with symptoms. For example, distraction techniques or deep breathing may be a way to decrease your anxiety.
Also because you have legitimate pain you may need to stay on some medications but you can attempt to find those that are non-narcotic and doctors may have other options for you as well. You should not attempt to do this alone, have a support system of people who are aware of your goal to obtain sobriety. I am attaching more information about anxiety and addiction that may also assist you with more information about getting sober.
You can do this. Stay focused. пЃЉ
The question is this — do you need to go to a recovery center, or can you get off the withdrawal symptoms of an addiction on your own? You have a physical addiction, and your body needs to be weaned off the drug.
If it were me, I would do a one-month gradual withdrawal and try it.
Cut back to 75% of your level of drug the first week, 50% the second week, 25% the third week, and 10% the fourth week. Once you are down to 10% of your original level, you can try eliminating it from your system.
If you go cold turkey, and simply stop taking it, you will suffer massive withdrawal symptoms.
I think you can do this on your own with patience.
I know that’s what the dr.’s have told you but see if this makes any sense to you as well. When muscles tighten up they pull on the joint areas, pulling bones into them to cause the joint to lose it’s moving ability. Movements become painful as the material that is in them to help them glide is slowly worn away and the movements cause clicks or popping to happen. ( I would like to see rust in a joint) The pressure of tight muscles is pulling the vertebrae together to cause abnormal wear on them and puts the pressure on the discs that cause them to fail. When the muscles in your back are tight they can press onto the nerves, as they leave the spine, going to the organs. Pressure on those nerves is going to either cause pains in organs or make them act up, depending upon which ones have the pressure on them, to cause organ issues. To get rid of the problems causing your pains you have to free up your muscles in your neck and back to get rid of the tight muscles and to get the pressure off the nerves and here’s how to free them up for your relief:
Place your hands behind your head touching your fingers. Press into the back of your neck with them and hold the pressure on them. After 45 seconds slowly lower your head until your neck is fully extended. Release the pressure but hold your head there for another 30 seconds.
(do while sitting)
Place your left hand on your left leg next to your body. Place your right hand over your left shoulder, fingers over the back and the palm in the front and firmly pull down on them and hold. After 30 seconds slowly lower your body forward and to the outside of your left leg, keeping your left arm fairly straight as you do. When you reach your lap remain there for another 10 seconds, release the pressure but rest there for another 30 seconds. Then reverse your hand positions and do your right side. For both- for best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.