Hi Forever, and welcome to the CP Family!
PALady, as always has great advice!!
Also, I wanted to add, that you should take the Percs, as long as you are comfortable with them, because when you go back to your doc, they can review your medications, and if they switch them, you should be ok, as long as they wean you right, or give you another med that will not allow for withdrawl! There are SO many pain meds out there, and if you want to get off the meds, well, you will probably end up in pain, or take something different!
If the Perc's are making you feel like a zombie, maybe you will want to try another type of med? And they may switch you to a different type of narc, maybe one that won't cause you as much brain fog, and this will also help so that you don't get the withdrawl!
I'm at a loss for words today, so I hope this was helpful!! LOL! If you have any questions, by all means, ask!! And I'm sure others might have more to add too!
Thank you, PALady, I feel better about that now!! I just hate to scare people, though I know it's the best thing to share any info! I've had medical background, so yes, I do understand their issues too, they have a lot going on, and it does get overwhelming! Thank you though!
So, Forever, how are things going?
Best of luck to you all!
Lindaloo, thank you, your compliments made my day!!
Reegee, I'm SO sorry to hear that you have bone cancer! And you are right, especially in your case, they really should keep on top of your pain medications!! Those of us on the pain meds shouldn't have to go through withdrawl before the doc will prescribe meds!! I try and make sure to go to the doc as soon as I realize I'm getting close to a week's worth, though sometimes that's hard for some of us, and I'm sure most of you do this anyway!
Post Edited By Moderator (Chutz) : 1/5/2009 11:51:56 PM (GMT-7)
Post Edited By Moderator (Chutz) : 1/5/2009 11:50:26 PM (GMT-7)
ForeverEKG, I just want you to know that I've been there with the Percocet withdrawal. You are right--it was sheer hell. I was taking 10 a day and they weren't even helping my neck pain. I could no longer get a doctor to prescribe them for me, so I had no choice but to kick them cold turkey. I do not believe you would have the same type of withdrawal if you went back on them for a week, until you see your doctor and perhaps can change to an alternative. I now take Lortab and have not built up a resistance to it. When pain is bad, I take an 800 mg prescription strength ibuprofen, also. It's true that steroids taken over a period of time will lead to tiny stress fractures, and also are the leading cause of a condition called osteonecrosis in which the bone actually dies. This usually happens in the hips, but can hit any large joint. I'm allergic to steroids, so I had injections with Lidocaine...did not help and gave me awful headaches. I did have some success prior to the Percocet with a natural substance called Sarapin. It is made from a plant and deadens the nerve, and is an injectible. The first injections of it lasted for 6 mos., which was heaven. The second ones only lasted 3 mos. and the last injections didn't work at all. It was then that I was prescribed Percocet, after a neurosurgeon decided not to operate.
Esko, you can go to a detox facility if there is one near you. There are free ones in most large cities. They usually will give you a mild tranquilizer so that withdrawal is not cold turkey. You would also have group therapy and NA meetings. You CAN do this. I kicked heroin cold turkey back in the 60s, as well as the Percocet in the 70s.
Good luck to both of you!
Post Edited (PAlady) : 1/6/2009 12:34:07 AM (GMT-7)