quitting opiates cold turkey- on day 3 - Part 15

By smith9666 · Nov 22, 2014 · ·
  1. My pain has been pretty consistent as far as that goes. Its not intense pain but enough to make sleeping kind of hard.. I don't know, its hard for me to judge pain because what I can say is a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10, most people I know will say 6.... Its something I will have to face eventually as far as long term pain relief but for now its okay. I don't think I will feel comfortable discussing it with my doctor or any doctor really because ive had a few over the last couple years and they all prescribed narcotics. At no point was anything else even discussed. Hell, even when i openly discussed stopping them my doctor at the time said that i didnt have an issue because it was actual pain relief i was getting from them. This again was the same doctor who prescribed both vicodin and ultrum (just figured out thats the same as tramadol) to me at the same time... I changed doctors who agreed and supported my decision to stop. Obviously not the way I did so but that's okay LOL

    I'm hoping most of my pain is just from running and will get better as I get used to it again. Its been a while since I ran consistently so I may need to cut back but it has helped a lot over the past couple weeks.

Comments

  1. Jungledog
    Smith,

    There are several options for pain relief that are non-narcotic. There are anti-inflammatories such as Mobic, Toradol, Celebrex and Ibuprofen. If the pain is partly from nerves, then Gabapentin is the wonder drug. Steroids from time to time can help. And of course there is heat and ice or topical creams that bring some relief. It is something to think about as the pain could eventually be a trigger to use opiates again.

    I personally know that I will need to use narcotics from time to time. My plan is to ask for a prescription for a low amount of pills...like 15 or so. That way I simply can't abuse them.

    Hope your back feels better.

    Hugs,
    JD
  2. Dano19191919
    I was a 8 year addict been clean for 4 years i used subutex to get off. I slept had no pains but its real fucking hard. Comes down to how ready you are and at a point you push though and wonder what was so hard.
  3. lostlygirl
    One of my very best friends from college that I talk to almost daily, was shot in the back on a humanitarian mission in Argentina. Thieves had broken into his apartment, and he had unfortunately come home when they were still there. When he entered one of them shot him. He is paralyzed from the waist down and has been since 1985.

    Due to a bunch of botched surgeries (as well as being dropped 3 times on his back in the hospital in Argentina) he is in tremendous pain and he doesn't use any narcotics. He just simply feels there are other better options out there. He swears by Gabapentin, he also agrees with JD in that its the wonder drug for neuropathic pain. He also uses a combination of the other drugs JD mentions above.

    He is in the unique position of being offered pretty much any drug he wants, and rightly so. He has tried every narcotic out there and they just simply do a lousy job compared to other options currently available.

    I sometimes wonder if Dr's prescribe narcotics so much simply because they are addicting? That Dr's know it will most likely extend the length of care, and therefore increasing profits, because they know the patient will keep coming back. Also, western culture almost expects to be prescribed narcotics for an injury and consequently dr's offer it first.

    Your new Dr seems willing to work with you, and you shouldn't have to live in unbearable pain. Having said that, your pain may very well be as you said, due to your body simply adjusting to running.

    I guess my point of the post was to agree with JD in that there are a lot of very effective other options out there if you need them.

    Hugs xxoo
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