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Old 10-16-2012, 11:08 PM   #1
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Struggling

Just needed to talk. I'm an addict and my poison is narcotic painkillers. Been one for 8yrs. I was clean until I injured my ankle and had surgery. Dr gave me hydrocodone 10/500 for pain. My BFF n I argue a lot bc I allowed my dr to give them to me. She told me just stop taking them but I can't bc OTC meds don't help with pain. Idk what to do anymore bc I HATE being an addict but I can't say no if offered pain pills.
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:49 PM   #2
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Re: Struggling

I feel your pain been struggling w norco myself. I can't get under 30 mg wout feeling sick! It stinks because I, like you, should have known better. I wish I could go back a few years and never fill my rx. I'd rather deal w my pain w out narcotic but now Im hooked and miserable.

How long have you been taking the pills and how much? If it's recently try to stop ASAP! You know that you will onlydig deeper in a hole.

It's easier said than done but if you could manage pain w Advil or nonaddicting drug you should.

 
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:26 PM   #3
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Re: Struggling

I've been an addict for 7 years on pain meds. OTC meds don't knock the pain that's the problem.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:49 PM   #4
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Re: Struggling

Hi Loki

Glad to meet you, although sorry under these circumstances.

How long ago was the surgery? I didn't quite understand in your post. Whether we are addicts or not, there will be times, such as a major surgery, when we need pain relief. That is fine, IF we are honest and totally upfront with all our doctors and let them know that painkillers are an issue for us.

I had an ER visit because of a really severe kidney infection. I told the ER doctor right up front that I had come off of all opiates. He thanked me for letting him know. The pain was unbearable and I needed 3 shots of morphine to calm it down. I was sent home with a script for a small amount of... ummm, probably Vicodin. I used them, as directed for the next couple of days and then just ditched the rest.

Another thing I did early on in my bid to recover and restore myself, was to call ALL of my doctors and tell them I was coming off all opiates. I wanted that safeguard in case I faltered. Only my primary care doctor prescibed the pain killers for my tapering.

Funny thing... although I still have pain, it is absolutely no greater now than when I was taking the opiates. Without them, I have rediscovered the great benefit of using ice and heat. Also, aspirin is a great painkiller. I can truly feel the effects of it now. Once we start with strong painkillers, we can so easily forget about the simple things that can help.

I wish you well
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:53 AM   #5
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Hi Loki

Glad to meet you, although sorry under these circumstances.

How long ago was the surgery? I didn't quite understand in your post. Whether we are addicts or not, there will be times, such as a major surgery, when we need pain relief. That is fine, IF we are honest and totally upfront with all our doctors and let them know that painkillers are an issue for us.

I had an ER visit because of a really severe kidney infection. I told the ER doctor right up front that I had come off of all opiates. He thanked me for letting him know. The pain was unbearable and I needed 3 shots of morphine to calm it down. I was sent home with a script for a small amount of... ummm, probably Vicodin. I used them, as directed for the next couple of days and then just ditched the rest.

Another thing I did early on in my bid to recover and restore myself, was to call ALL of my doctors and tell them I was coming off all opiates. I wanted that safeguard in case I faltered. Only my primary care doctor prescibed the pain killers for my tapering.

Funny thing... although I still have pain, it is absolutely no greater now than when I was taking the opiates. Without them, I have rediscovered the great benefit of using ice and heat. Also, aspirin is a great painkiller. I can truly feel the effects of it now. Once we start with strong painkillers, we can so easily forget about the simple things that can help.

I wish you well
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It's been a month since surgery. I've tried non narcotic painkillers but they don't help. I don't tell my drs bc unfortunately the meds that work are ones I'm hooked on.
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