quitting opiates cold turkey- on day 3 - Part 26

By smith9666 · Nov 29, 2014 · ·
  1. JD,

    I'll bring this up next time I go.

    Work is going good. I started at 6am today, off at 6pm so 4 more hours to go! Not too long thankfully :)

    smith9666 added 345 Minutes and 40 Seconds later...

    End of day 21,

    Today was good as far as WD goes. Not really feeling anything except maybe fatigue but that could also just be from working. I'm still having a little issues sleeping but nothing worth complaining about. I think I'm just getting anxious when it gets that time to go to bed and am probably causing unneeded stress over that. Zzzquil and benedryl just makes it worse and surprisingly makes me extemely restless throughout the night. I mess up about every 4 days and think its a good idea to take some and then I pay for it LOL.

    I've been doing a lot of thinking about work and realized something. I don't think I am as appreciative as I should be when it comes to the job I have. Although the hours are long I should be happy that I have a job with security and that pays extemely well. Police officers and fire fighters are constantly having to fight just for a 1-2% wage increase each year of they are lucky if they even get that....i consistently get a 4% raise. The hours are long but they do appreciate their associates and show it often so its a good environment. Still not my passion but all of those factors make it pretty hard to make a change for something that may not be any better. The grass isn't always greener on the other side I suppose. Just thinking out loud again LOL

    Other then that all is well. :)


  1. lostlygirl
    Hi Smith,
    You seem to be doing really well! I would say that the exercise is really helping. Not everyone experiences PAWS, and it may be that you will be one of the lucky ones and avoid it. Now, if you could just get into something that you love, like the medical field, and reduce your hours you would be set!

    As for pain, thats a tough one, especially when you have two broken vertebrae. Have you tried Lidocaine Patches? They take a while to work, but last up to 8 hours giving fairly good relief. I also find a heating pad works really well on my back to help the muscles not tense up so much. I also use ibuprofen, although probably more than I should. Gabapentin may also be a good long term option for you as well, even though it does cause some dependency it is fairly easy to taper compared to narcotics.

    I think that often when we get off opiates and experience anxiety we no longer have the tools to deal with it as well as we used to before drugs. I wonder if we are just not used to feeling a normal level of anxiety, and so it seems extreme or unusual to us? I think the hardest part of staying clean is re-learning how to cope with many aspects of every day life without the aid of drugs.

    I am glad you are doing so well! You are an inspiration to us all :)

    Hugs xxoo
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