Quick Question - Getting off of pain meds?

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   Posted 6/8/2009 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry to barge over here. You guys helped me a few months back when I was on lots of pain medicine.

I just had a colostomy (because I have Crohn's) and I'm doing VERY well.. I have zero pain at 4.5 weeks post op. The problem I have now is I'm down to 1 percocet a day (today). I've been weaning from 8 pills over the last 4.5 weeks. I'm EXTREMELY jittering and anxiety ridden. I'm on Zoloft 50mg, but I'm struggling.

Any recommendations? I'm calling my family doc. I wonder if a jump in my Zoloft would help?

Thanks for any advice. I've been on Norco, Lortab, and Percocet for nearly a year. It's so odd being pain free, yet this withdrawal is horrible.
Kaycie - Age: 26
Crohn's - Dx Nov 05
Failed Colozal. Failed Entocort. Failed Rowasa. Failed Steriods. Failed Steroid Enemas. Failed Remicade, Failed Clinical Trial ABT-874/Aisle 12, Failed Humira(severe reaction).
May 7th - Partial Colectomy - Sigmoid Rectal Ostomy - Partial Rectum left for possible re-connect later. Trying to get used to this new life with a bag.
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   Posted 6/8/2009 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   

I was in the process of responding when I got bumped off.
I was say that coming down at a rate of 20-25% per week is usually what docs recommend.
From 8 per day you would go to
6.5 a day for a week, then,
5.0 a day for a week, then,
4.0 a day for a week, then,
3.0 a day for a week, then,
2.5 a day for a week, then,
2.0 a day for a week, then,
1.5 a day for a week, then,
1.0 a day for a week, then,
0.5 a day for a week, then,

So a schedule like that could take 9 weeks. You are trying to do it in 4.5 weeks. I suggest you discuss a taper off schedule with your prescribing doc to make it easier on yourself. We are not doctors and I cannot give professional advice, I can only relate what docs have told me in similar situations.

You are doing great if you are painfree or at least well enough to get off Percocet.

Degenerative disc disease since 1985, 4 back surgeries, fused from L2-S1, instrumentation. Being treated for chronic pain. Oxycodone 30 mg. IR. Candidate for SCS in the future.

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   Posted 6/8/2009 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd say that's normal detox behaviour. A couple of tough weeks ahead and then things will improve. You're doing great. Nice to hear the surgery went so well. I wouldn't increase any other meds, certainly not without consulting a doctor first. Now that your pain is much better, I supose your anxiety will get better as well once the detox is complete. Pain heals a lot of wounds, literally.
To stand and be still at the Birkenhead Drill is a mighty bullet to shew.

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