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.
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.