I am 35 and have been taking 100mg of morphine 3 times a day, I have recently cut it down to 2 times a day and just deal with the pain. I have lost my insurance coverage and my doctors won't write me a refill and I have to try and wean off this medication. With the sustained release you can't cut them in half or you get a heavy dose at once making it even harder to get off of them. I can't find a doctor who is willing to write me an RX and I have fibromyalgia along with having my lower back fused at L4-5 2 years ago. Any help anyone has would be great, I have slowly been reading through answers and wish I had a way to get on suboxone or some way to be given an RX for a lower dose to taper but the way it is now I am supposed to be able to stop 5 years of morphine use is weeks with no help and continue to work. Just cutting out 1 pill a day was difficult and I have been trying to last longer and longer between doses putting myself into mild w/d and knowing how that feels I am not sure I can make it, the nurse at my doctors office is telling me to go in to w/d and go to the ER. That is an awful plan for me since I can't afford to go to any doctor at this point. Any ideas are greatfully accepted. Thanks
I, too, would appreciate any answers to your post. <removed> Trying to find out how it compares to other DOCs in relation to half life, length of withdrawals, severity of withdrawals, etc. Also, would it be best to substitute another opiate for the morphine and then taper or ct off of that? Is suboxone another alternative for morphine?
Any relpies to Rhonda's post would be appreciated.
Last edited by mod-anon; 06-10-2008 at 11:30 PM.
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It is very odd that your doctor refuses to give additional Rx for your medication. and also angers me they didn't give you referral to some sort of recovery clinic. Check aroung to find a addiction recovery specialist near you. Even if not real close, they may be able to help you over the phone?
Morphine is like any other opiate. The longer the use, and amount- the more severe your w/d is going to be-i'm sorry about that. But listen- you can do this. The entire process will last 7-10 days with the first 5 being the worst. If you're going to do it, then just stop all together and get it over with. No sense in tapering the doses. it just draws out the process. find the 'thomas recipe' it will help tremendously. its a guideline to helpin you detox. With your fibromyalgia, FORCE yourself to walk-even if its a block. The best thing for fibromyalgia is exercise. You must know that you can't continue to live like you have been. Even people with excruciating pain find ways of dealing with it without opiates. There are alternatives. Read these forums. You aren't alone in this. and You can do it!! Don't give up
Thank you everyone who has given a reply. I am very upset that I can't get help through my doctor but because I have lost my insurance it is policy to not write refills for any narcotics when you have no coverage. I am still looking for a new doctor and have been waiting longer and longer between doses to make them last a little longer. I have a friend who went through wd of opiates cold turkey and she was lucky enough to not be working. My problem is I have to work and can't spend all day in the bathroom like she did for 3 days. I have been reading other posts and finding this site is of great help.