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averno
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   Posted 1/4/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi my names is Tom. I was involved in a serious motorcycle accident 6 months ago.Broken bones open book pelvic injury that caused me to be wheel chair bound for 12 weeks. I've still got severe shoulder pain and fear more surgery will be needed. I sold all my motorcycle which was my hobby...rebuilding them. I'm a mechanic by trade,Industrial Mechanic and while I've returned to work I still can't do my norml job. I do thank my stars I'm alive, hit turning by a car doing at least 60mph. Well enough about my problems....my question is I've been on oxycodone for 6 months and have probably used it as a crutch. I have been suffering depression because of the accident and was prescribed celexa by my doctor. I've been off the oxy a day or so. Tapered down from 40mg per day to about 20 then just threw the rest away because I don't want to take both together. What withdrawls might I encounter. Mind you I've gone 15-20 hrs without taking any and suffered nothing that I can tell. What withdrawl symtoms have most of you encountered and have you found anything to lesson or eliminate them. Most of your threads I read were from people who took it for years. I've only been on it for 6 months. Any comments either positive or negative would be appreciated.
 
Tom

NickB_NoPercs
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   Posted 1/5/2008 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tom:

Hows it going so far? Congrats on making a good decision to get off the meds...I am wondering how you are doing..

Thx,

Nic

averno
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   Posted 1/5/2008 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Not bad it's been 18 hrs since I last took any, kinda of agitated, Like I mentioned I also started taking celexa and even at 1/2 pill,which is recommended, my mind is racing a bit.
Thanks for asking

straydog
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   Posted 1/5/2008 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Averno, hope you continue with very mild symptoms and not end up in bad shape. It worries me a little that you threw your oxy's away. What happens on a day when you may wake up in severe pain, or a day at work that really seems to aggravate your injuries? You will have nothing to take now to help. Hugs, Susie


NickB_NoPercs
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   Posted 1/5/2008 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Tom:

My symptoms were much worse went I went cold turkey a couple of years ago, 2nd day was the worst. You sound like you are on your way to getting rid of the meds.

Nic

Mochiah
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   Posted 1/5/2008 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
As much as I (or many others) would like to throw out the medications, I know that to live a somewhat "normal" life I cannot do that.

Tom, I am wondering if you are in the denial stage of chronic pain and tossing your medicine was your personal statement of that. However, you do say that you probably used it as a crutch so trying not to rely on them may be a wonderful thing for you. Six months may not sound like a long time, but anything over a few weeks' use can cause your body to be dependent on the medication.

If you are going to suffer any withdrawal symptoms, they should be starting by now...If you haven't started then congratulations! If you have started, I have heard that the anti-diarrheal medication Imodium (or any of them with Loperamide as the active ingredient) works well. When Loperamide was being developed it was going to be used as a non-narcotic pain reliever, like Ultram or Tramadol. So it helps a lot with the body aches and (obviously) diarrhea from withdrawal. Hot showers/bathes, exercise, and plenty of hydration also work wonders.

Hope it goes well for you and that your pain remains under control. Don't be hard on yourself if you are in pain and find that the medication wasn't a crutch and you really do need it for your pain, you were in a major wreck and it will take time to heal. Do let us know how things are going for you, we are all here for support.
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005, I have continued pain 
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, trazodone, and Parafon Forte
 
Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me.


Chutz
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   Posted 1/5/2008 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tom,

And welcome. I would guess if you're this far out from stopping that your symptoms probably won't get any worse. I sure wish you the best in recovering!

Hugs,
Chutzie
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averno
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   Posted 1/5/2008 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, trying to watch the game now but can't sit long enough to enjoy it. Nothing other than feeling wired, Going to exercise now. My shoulders the main area of pain and it definately hurts more today. I've got an appointment to see ortho surgeon. He operated on my shoulder last May for a torn labrum. The day after he released me I got into the motorcycle accident. I don't know if they mri'ed my shoulder at that time. I had broken collar bone,humerus and shoulder blade. But no mention of anything else up there being torn up. I know in my heart I was using it as a crutch. I've sold all my motorcycle stuff, can't do my job, my hobbies which kept me sane- drums and weight lifting are on hold. Besides the stuff going threw my head. I stopped breathing 2x and that opened another can of worms for me,I'll not discuss those issues because this isn't the place. My Life was going pretty well until this happened and now it's not. I know I'll get this straightened out even if I have to live in pain. The major saving grace is my daughter (10) was on the back of my bike and only suffered a fractured thumb.

averno
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   Posted 1/5/2008 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Mochiah, I see you've taken Celexa. I was wondering when you first started did you get a wired antsy feeling. I started yesterday with the 1/2 pill they recommend, and I don't know if it's the withrawl from oxy or the celexa that is causing it. I felt good this morning other than shoulder pain but after taking the 1/2 dose that's when the wired/antsy feeling started. Will I feel this way after taking the celexa all the time. My doc is just giving it to me to get through this depression I'm suffering from. I know darn well it's from the accident. I just have to over come this. I'm a stubborn Jersyian.live in Colorado now though.

Mochiah
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   Posted 1/5/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I did/do not feel that way from the Celexa. I know the feeling you are talking about because I felt the same thing after trying Prozac and Zoloft. You may want to talk to your doctor about switching the antidepressant. There are too many choices out there to have to deal with one that makes you antsy! I know Lexapro works in the same way but has less side effects, so that could be an option for you.

The antsy feeling could be restless legs from withdrawal, but if you are feeling well otherwise, my bet is that it is a side effect from the Celexa. Give it about a week, if it is withdrawal then it will subside, if it is from the Celexa it will probably intensify as the medication builds up in your system.
 
Have to admit that I let out a gasp when I read your post about your daughter being on the back of your bike, but was much better after reading she had minor injuries!  Now THAT is something to definitely be thankful for.


Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005, I have continued pain 
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, trazodone, and Parafon Forte
 
Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me.


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   Posted 1/5/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
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averno
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   Posted 1/5/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks and my wife and son were in the car behind us and watched the whole thing, Talk about doing things as a family!

I've still got that antsy feeling but nothing else and it's been over 24 hrs since I had my last pill. I don't know wether to be releived it might be the celexa because then I'll have to try something else. Luckily I have 1 more weeknd day to be at home and deal with this and not at work.

soccergirl
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   Posted 1/5/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Tom,
I take Celexa too. 20mg at night. I don't have any weird feelings from it, but I have had those feelings from other anti-depressants. I have been on a few until I found one that worked for me. There are 100s to choose from. I am on a pain patch right now and I have Oxy. There are some days that I have to take quite a few oxy and then the next day I don't and I've never had any problems with withdrawl. I think that if you were going to have any problems, you'd have them by now. I really hope you don't have anymore pain and need the meds again. I'm waiting for the day when I can stop taking my pain meds. I'm so sorry about your accident especially with your daughter on the back and your wife and son in the car behind you. How scary for everyone. Good luck recovering. It's hard work, but you can do it. Don't stop trying. Get through the bad days as best you can and look forward to the good days to come.
Hugs,
Clara
 
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