Re: Long Term Pain Management??
my two cents on oxycontin long term. I started off doing percocets (for the high admittedly)...did them for several months then i realized that the acetaminophen in them was really bad for the liver, so I switched to oxy 5mg, i did those for a couple months then they didnt work anymore, so I started taking oxy 10's, did those for a month, then realized that there are oxy 80s. I decided to just buy those and crush them, and divide them into 8 piles, this would give me 8 doses of oxy 10 when i chose, and it was cheaper than buying oxy 10s. In addition, I stopped getting the high from them, and they just made me feel normal.
my tolerance went up as it inevitably does, and i started needing 30 mg to get my pain to go away, then i needed 40 (4 of my little piles of crushed oxy 80), then as you can probably guess, my tolerance went up again and 40 mg wouldnt do it for me, I needed to do 60, then eventually 80 mg to have no pain.
Now the thing about oxys is when you stop taking them, you get aches and pains all over, and you cant sleep well at all. So 8 months into doing oxys I was buying an oxy 80 everyday (40 dollars a pop where im from). I was spending 600 dollars a month on pain pills, and I didnt get a high, it just made me feel normal.
I started to feel like I needed them in the morning to get going like a battery. I needed batteries everyday to function, and I hated it! I hated the cost, I hated that I wasnt getting high, it just took the edge off, and I hated having to go score them everyday and stock pile them, and worried that my source would run out, i really worried that if I coukldnt get them one day, Id be in big trouble! So I decided to try and quit.
Quitting oxys and the withdrawals you get are almost unbearable. I quit cold turkey and it was 3 weeks of pure hell. ask anyone who has kick an oxy habit, it is one of the hardest things Ive had to do in my life. In addition, there is the chance od going into seizures when detoxing cold turkey from opiates. I could have went into cardiac arrest at any time, and I had to work during all of this (I couldnt let my boss know i was addicted to pain killers).
The flipside is that with doctors monitoring, you can use oxycontin to relive pain, and when you decide to quit, there is a possibility of trying to ween off (take less doses each month, take 80 mg for a month, then take 60 mg for a month until you eventually get down to 5mg again....this is very painful, and getting off that last 5mg is impossible for some.
thats what I have to offer, Good Luck at finding your effective method of supporting your chronic pain.....