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E, When I first found this board and was contemplating quitting, someone had written that his cravings would disappear in 5-10 seconds, and I thought to myself, NFW. Turns out it was true, and I think the reason is that hydrocodone has a very short half life versus other opiates and opioids. In addition, I think there are two elements to cravings: chemical and habitual. My own experience is that chemical part is short lived, and I simply had to break habits, such as taking several pills to start the day and ease the back pain from another restless night, building up during the late afternoon, when my back would kill me sitting at my desk, then try to wind down for the evening. This part has not remotely been as hard as I thought it would be. Luckily, I never took anything stronger than hydro, nor take any benzo drugs, methadone, suboxone, oxycontin, or any of the other drugs with much longer half lives. Don't worry about the cravings, as they will pass.

Regarding the esophagus, it finally occurred to me that since I was puking every meal, there was a problem! I had the scope down the throat to confirm it. That was healed with Prilosec. Not a fun experience. Of course, it didn't stop me from using the vikes, when it should have been my first, big wake-up call.

Benadryl is an antihistamine that will just make you sleepy. It's over the counter, and the main ingredient in most OTC sleep aids. I have a script for Ambien, which I use when I travel overseas, but I didn't use it in this process, because it is addictive. Thanks for asking about my back. I'm fine. I'm better off standing than sitting or lying. Makes it hard to sleep! This is the hard part about this process: Dealing with legitimate pain when you are addicted to the only thing that helps. I have decided that I can never take these drugs again, and I have to find a different solution, which I am working on. Oh, hundreds of lakes, plus the Great Lakes, btw. G