Oxycontin withdrawl- weight loss and other strange symptoms

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josey
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   Posted 7/17/2009 4:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I have chronic pain from Endometriosis, I've taken oxycontin 30mg twice a day for 2 years.

My pain is finally gone, at least it is for now- after getting an iud put in, plus the meds

I've been withdrawling- for 3 months- going down 5 mgs average in a month and a half- docs rnt much help, I'm doing it myself at home but I see my doc every few weeks, and I'm doing it slowly and carefully.

I've been having some strange symptoms- 1. I've lost like 30 lbs in the past 5 months, and I eat alot

2. By hair doesn't look right!! It never looks clean- evan right after I wash it

I'm going so slowly with my withdrawl I maybe have a day here and there where I'm a little queasy but that's it ! So it's not from symptoms

Any ideas??

The weight loss is worrying me- I'm usually 5'8" and have always been average at about 150 lbs- last checked I was 125lbs- why??? I've told my gp, she gave me blood test req but I've been to tired and worn out from the withdrawl todo it

Jim1969
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   Posted 7/17/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I am sure you know what the first thing anyone is going to say is don't you?

Get that blood work done my friend!!!!!!!!

While it is possible that the narcotic medication is causing the problems you mentioned, though IMHO it would be more likely if you were suffering from digestive issues, there are a lot of other things that can be causing it too and the sooner the cause or causes are tracked down the easier they will be to correct.
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mrsm123
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   Posted 7/17/2009 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I also doubt that the lethargy and the weight loss have little to do with the withdrawal. Reducing your dosage by 5 mg a month is not a fast, heavy duty taper, in fact, it is awfully slow. Most patients taper at a much faster pace than what you are doing.
It sounds like you need to get the bloodwork done , which will probably reveal a lot more about why you are loosing weight and so lethargic.
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
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On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
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uniquelyme
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   Posted 7/17/2009 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Have you been checked for diabetes?  I am 42 and was just diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in March.  Some of your symptoms sound right on the money...Get it checked....
 
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Hello~Kitty
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   Posted 7/17/2009 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I know when I tried to taper my meds a few years ago, I too lost alot of weight very fast even though I ate normally, actually I ate more healthy then normal. But of course I gained all that weight bacck plus some later lol. I too was average about 155lbs and went down to 130lbs within a month or so. But I know how it feels to be too tierd to get simple things done like blood tests. The other day I just found a bloodwork paper I was suppose to take to the lab to get done from a few years back, but never did it lol. But I guess it wasnt very important as I havent died from anything yet lol. I guess I'm just too scared to get blood work done when 3 years ago they thought I had leukemia cause my whole body was bruised and some other flu like symptoms, but in the end it was just that a doctor was overdosing me in one of my meds. But why wont your doctor help you taper? I just dont get why all these doctors love to get people dependent on meds but when it comes time to taper, they back out and tell you something completly off the wall, and of course alot of people beleive them and suffer needlessly. I wish they would make these doctors take a class on how to taper properly when they are gonna prescribe any pain meds long term, and if they already do take these classes, then they need a new teacher to teach these classes that know what they're doing.

-hellokitty

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mrsm123
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   Posted 7/17/2009 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Kitty,
Do you think that the problem with badly executed tapering is because doctors don't teach or guide their patients properly because they either don't know how to do it properly or don't want to be bothered with it, or is the problem patients who don't listen or don't go back to their doctors for fear of being seen as addicted or being labeled as such?
I wonder sometimes, which one is the bigger problem. My PM has me tapering off baclofen. He gave me a well planned taper, written instructions in case there were any problems, and of course I know the office phone number.
I feel for those who are tapering on their own , whether it is because of fear of being labeled as something they aren't , but wonder why they are fearful of talking to their doctors about a tapering plan.
I view my PM as my partner in my pain management, so I am not afraid to discuss these things with him , and he is very open with me. I just wonder why it is so often we read about people who either have doctors who won't call a patient back or won't give them a taper plan. And then the opposite scenario, where the patient either won't tell the doctor they are tapering or plan to.......it boggles me.
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
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Tirzah
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   Posted 7/17/2009 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
maybe thyroid problems or anemia? I lost over 40 pounds from the combo of those two. I was so run down & can definitely relate to how you're describing just feeling too tired to even go to the doctor. I do hope you feel good enough to go get that blood work done. I know that now that I am on iron & Synthroid I feel a lot better -- and some of the pain has even let up. It's so hard when you feel so exhausted, but I promise it is worthwhile to get a diagnosis so you can get treated & start to feel better.

Is there a friend, family member, neighbor or anyone who can give you a lift to get your blood drawn?

feel better,
Frances
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