I've been on either vicodin es or some other opiate since February of this year for a neck injury. At 2 pills every 6 hours (I take this three times a day) it keeps the pain at bay. Without my pain is at a level 7-8 it keeps me from doing normal activities like turning my neck more than half an inch. I have two children that I stay home with and its impossible to function and keep them occupied without being out of pain. I am also slowly going through physical therapy. My fear is that I will not be prescribed this medication for much longer due to having to change doctors and being pregnant. I take the medication obviously for the pain level, but I do feel that I am physically dependent due to how long I've been taking it. I do not take more than what has been prescribed, but I'm worried about the withdrawals if I'm suddenly to stop this. I've been trying to wean myself off a tiny bit, but that just brings on more pain. This sucks. I don't want the withdrawals and I don't want the pain.
I'm also worried about the fetus having issues with withdrawals and the stress that it puts my body through to have them and the pain on top of it.