Hi ya Jake,
What form of law enforcement makes you return to a job with broken ribs? My husband is a LEO, and he's had on the job injuries that have kept him out of work, even when he was able to sit and stand.
I'm curious as to what form of LE you work in? I would check with your union rep as well since most LE agencies have strict rules about working while injured.
As far as the oxycodone goes, you said that you were prescribed 2 every 4-6 hours, but that sometimes you would take more? Am I correct?
Depending on how much more means, and how often you took more, is going to effect how bad the withdrawal symptoms might be....the good news is that most of them are over within a week, although the not sleeping well can remain for up to a month post withdrawal from what I have seen.
Anytime you are on pain medication for an extended period of time, your body becomes dependent on it, and will go through withdrawal of some form or another once it is withdrawn.
If you were taking 5-10 mg every 4-6 hours, you have had a mild dose of oxycodone in your system sustained for a relatively long period of time, in terms of pain meds for acute injuries.
You may want to call your doctor and ask him to taper you off the oxycodone. It is usually done in increments, if it gets too uncomfortable.
Anyway, best wishes to you.