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Feb 13, 2017 12:54 AM

Hi! Been using this app for a while, occasionally browsing never posting...

Quick one- anybody tried stopping pain meds for a bit? I'm "only" on co codamol (codeine/paracetamol 30/500 6-8 a day) an feel like I may as well be taking tic tacs.

My gp mentioned a holiday to reset the sensitivities to the drugs a while back but I haven't really had a chance- I doubt I'd be able to function in work going through opiate withdrawal :,)

Brief history- I'm 25, 5 years undiagnosed chronic pain in my knees, lumbar/cervical vertebrae degeneration and just over 3 years of arthritis in my thumbs (oddly specific I know!)

Feb 13, 2017 7:11 AM

I would not stop cold turkey as that could be a very bad thing for your health, I step down one less pill every 2 weeks until you finally get to down to 0 a day, I would also do it under a doctor's care. Good luck with coming off the pills, I'll be praying for you! Please keep me updated on your progress.

Feb 13, 2017 2:48 PM

MagnusTheRed, I agree totally with Sjogrenspain77.. I'm on several opioids and am constantly going into withdrawal from either forgetting to take my meds or from having to skip doses to take my Mother or Father somewhere. At any rate it's not easy. Do it with the help of the doc for sure and keep us posted

Feb 13, 2017 4:28 PM

I agree with them☝🙌keep us posted if you can. I'm new to the site as of Turkey day (Thanksgiving). I am amazed at all who are still able to work with chronic pain. I've fad fibromyalgia for 30 years & have watched the medical community go from disbelief to researching it because they realize it's real. The pain I've had has been up & down till finally now mostly up.
Have gained 100 lbs over this time because of lessening activity and penchant to drown my sorrows in food.
I now just this year have developed some goals & plans for addressing these issues. Whole 30Food Freedom Forever & The Fibro Manual are my Avenue for developing these goals. Also an Action journal.
I was taking hydrocodone 10 6xday & had complications refilling the script so many times I finally just " lost it" & angrily went off the meds cold turkey. It was a bit rough with nausea, body Jenks & a "creepy skin" feeling. I had muscle relaxants & depression meds on board that lessened the symptoms I think. It was not that bad. Now I use just 1/2 tablet prn when pain is more than I can handle. The whole pain management thing is complicated and no Doctor seems to address it the same way. All that to say yes keep us posted.

Feb 14, 2017 7:25 AM

I was on morphine for years but purposefully let it lapse at night and not take that dose so I would sleep better. Opioids interfere with REM sleep and depress other autonomic functions. But being a long term chronic DAILY migraine and Cluster headache sufferer as well as having Fibromyalgia and a few other choice things going on, when I start getting rebound from the morphine I have to cut back. It takes two weeks to start to clear it from your system and about 21 days to reset to a lower tolerance level. What has probably occurred is that your liver has built up a tolerance for the 'poison/med/drug' you are feeding it and is filtering more of it out of your system. This is why people talk about "detoxing" their livers, etc. I'm not sure that actually works, but I know drug holidays can help you set a tolerance level back a bit if you can tolerate them. Good luck.

Feb 15, 2017 3:02 AM

Thanks for the replies and advice! I do agree without takin time off work (think it'd have to be unpaid as I wouldn't technically be sick and I am NOT using all my holidays for something like this!) it'd be near impossible, dropped to just one tab a meal (3 a day instead of 6-8) and as yet don't feel much difference!

I am due an appointment so I'll see what the doc say and keep you posted, cheers!

Feb 15, 2017 6:11 AM

Anytime, that's what this pain family is for.

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