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Posted by Laura on November 15, 2000 at 11:24:22:

In Reply to: Re: 1st day off vicodin posted by Donald on September 27, 2000 at 20:01:13:

: I was hurt on the job Nov. 1998 and have been taking Vicodin for two years now. When I quit taking them I have pain, as my body got real messed up and I have had two surgerys so far, and I take vicodin so I can sit, as I cannot sit for more than 5 minutes without Vicodin. The Dr. does not want to give me much, so I get them from 4 different people. When the Dr. took me off them and gave me ultram I had no side effects from not taking Vicodin, only Ultram is very weak, so I went back on Vicodin. Then he gave me Norco for two weeks, and I was a vegetable, laying on the couch. So I am back on Vicodin, taking 4 to 6 a day. One thing for all you people taking vicodin is also to take Soma(corispodol) which is a muscle relaxant(you can buy in Mexico), which I do as Vicodin keeps me awake, and with soma I can sleep 3 to 4 hours. one time after taking 8 Vicodin in one day (I did too much)I felt a little sick so the next day I cut back to 4, as after a certain amount Vicodin does not do anything for the painLast nite I did not take any Vicodin, and at 3 in the morning I took two, as I was in too much pain, but I do not seem to have any withdrawel symtoms, and as soon as I heal I will quit taking Vicodin, as it costs me $2 to $2.50 a pill:
: This is my 10th day off vicodin (the strongest of the kind at that). I've been taking them, 6 to 8 pills a day for right at 2yrs. now.. and today I am living in pure hell!!!! I surely don' t want to sound discouraging, but I came across this post 'looking' FOR vicodin, not recovery. Oh, I'm in the program.. well, technically I'm not right now (needless to say), and have no intentions of going to a recovery meeting either. My main concern is getting more pills. Sounds sick I know, but I'm an addict.. and I was a fully functional, completely managable, HAPPY addict.. until I ran out!!
: : I don't mean to go on and on.. but now that I've started.. haha!! ..anyway, I feel like I'm in the biggest state of depression ever known to mankind!! I have NO energy.. and they say pain killers cause drowsiness.. HA! I had more energy while taking them, compared to how I feel now.. which is like total crap!
: : I really don' t get it. There are MANY ppl in this world who drink.. and drink successfully, while maintaining and managing a 'normal' life.. I know a few of these ppl.. they are NOT alcoholics.. not if you go by the definition of an alcoholic by the 12 steps.. but lets just say that they ran out of alcohol?? What would happen to them if they removed all the alcohol from the shelves in the stores, and it was no longer availabe?? Would they then be an alcoholic?? This is just my theory here.. but I say, 9 times out of 10... YOU BET!! Their life would be pretty messed up!! So, here' s my point... Why are ppl who use vicodin, pain killers, and the like, any darn different than those that are so-called 'functioning alcoholics???' Why!? Why is what we're going through classified differently? Because it's a 'controlled substance?' Because it's NOT over the counter??
: : Man, whoever makes the laws really needs a good kick in the rear!! They either need to get with the program and get alcohol of the shelves, or make vicodin legal in the US, as it is in many other countries!! Simply put, it's all mind altering; so what's the big deal and big difference??!! Maybe those guys up top, who are running the show for the rest of us, are the ones who really need the mind altering substances!
: : Ok, sorry! I'm just so fed up with everything.. EVERYTHING!! Life, and all that comes along with it right now.
: : I'm not griping at anyone here for sure.. heck, I don't even know ya'll.. just complaining in general... and I thank ya'll for listening.
: : Good luck with all you're going through.. and more power to ya!!
: : btw, I've taken pain killers off and on for over 15 yrs. now.. this however, is the longest that I've been on them at any given time.. 2yrs., daily, and it's not easy stopping.. and at this point, I have no intentions of stopping either. But if you haven't been on them long.. or even if you have.. I do know that if you're WILLING, you can overcome it. It also depends on how long you've been on them, to determine how long it'll take your body to rid yourself of them. 3 to 4 days is crazy.. or in my case it is. Like I said, I've been off of them for 10 days, and it still feels like yesterday was the last time I took any. My body, and all that goes along with it, feels 20yrs. older than I really am! And the only way I feel to regain any sanity.. if there's any left to regain, would be to get another pill!!
: : C-ya,
: : Tracy

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: : : : well.i am on my 1st day off of a 8 pill a day addiction to vicodin es.feelin terrible,can't do nothing.wondering how long till the "sick" feeling will go away?thanks

: : : Hi. I know how you feel. I am an addict of Lortab and am trying like he-- to get off of it. I am not sure how long the withdrawal is but have heard from many people that it is 3 days. When I run out of pills, I think of NOTHING else but how to get more. I hope to someday kick it. Good luck to you.

Ask your doctor for a Catapres patch prescription. This patch eases the withdrawal symptoms. My doctor told me that after a long time of takin Vicodin (or Lortab, Norco, etc.) that upon stopping the body produces too much adrenalin, causing feelings of anxiety. My own anxiety was intense, paralyzing. The patch, plus one or two Atavan a day, is helping enormously. Support from others is essential, too. Go to any 12 step meeting, or to a therapist or counselor or group. The adrenalin may be over-produced for a few weeks, so don't be afraid to ask for meds to help with withdrawals. This is very common, and very painful -- especially when you're dealing with physical pain to begin with! Don't beat yourself up over your addiction, but recognize it as such and seek help from doctors or from your community's Behavioral or Mental Health center.

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