Well, as far as my withdrawal in 2002, it was horrible. I stayed in bed for the most part. It was 4th of July, 90 degrees and I was laying in bed under a heating blanket on high. One minute sweating, the next drenched and freezing. I remember going downstairs and my sister had come up to visit and take care of me. Well, we decided to play a game (to take my mind off of it) and as I was sitting there, it felt like all of the blood drained out of my head and face. I layed down on the couch and started having chest pains. The pains started out mild but within 10 minutes it felt like someone was sitting on my chest and I couldn't breathe. My sister and husband scooped me up and took me to the ER. I don't remember alot past that point, I DO remember the doc telling me that if I hadn't come in, I probably would've died at my house. Everyone's body reacts differently to things. I was never diagnosed with any heart disease or such in the past. I was generally healthy my whole life. I think the dose I was on and coming off so quickly just threw my system in to SOS mode. The saddest part of this story (and I hope people would read this carefully), when I was given this drug, it was becoming popular among teenagers and addicts. Well, my short term memory is horrible and I remember putting all of my meds in the cabinet (not locked up, as they should've been from the beginning) and I would notice a few pills missing here and there. I chalked them up to my taking too many (perhaps)..NEVER did I imagine it was my own son experimenting with this drug. Well, about 2 years into taking the Oxy, I came up 50 pills short. Of course, too soon to get a refill from the pharmacy. I was screwed. I knew I didn't make that big of a mistake! To make a long story short...I pressed charges against my 18yr old son and made him move out of my house immediately. The doc wouldn't give me anymore Oxy, even though my son admitted to him that he stole it, etc. I don't blame the doc for that. He tried putting me on morphine, duragesic patches, etc. Nothing worked. Finally, the doc did end up putting me back on Oxy. (3 months later) My son went through rehab, and I'm happy to say, he's been clean since 2002, is married, happy and we've got a better relationship now. I just had to pay for a 15 day prescript of Oxy ($399); the pharmacist cut me a break...should've been $499. The price went up today. That's steep. I'm hoping the insurance company will grant me the medical necessity and pay for the full prescription, otherwise, I'll have to wean down and go on something else. my pain level is horrendous (spelled wrong??). I'm a mess. Thanks for all of your advice/support. It's appreciated!