I don't believe I've had the chance to make your acquaintance. I'm very sorry for your trials and tribulations, but applaud you heartily for stopping the opiate-based pain medications.
First of all, talk to both your doctors. They will be able to give you good advice from their respective perspectives. I would feel that the surgery doctor that prescribed the actual medication has some responsibility to give you advice at this point, no?
Second of all, the road of withdrawal is different for everyone - sometimes it is bumpy and long - sometime short and relatively well maintained - sometimes you feel like you drop off a cliff and land flat on your face. I've had several friends go through withdrawals, and it's never been pretty.
The most extreme way to do it is to either "quit cold turkey" or to take an opioid antagonist, like Naltrexone. This will almost immediately kick all the opioids out of your opioid receptors, allowing for an intense 12-18 hours where you vomit, urinate, and make bowel movements uncontrollobly. This is usually only used in an emergency room or hospital setting.
The best way, I've heard, is to ween yourself off and start doing it as soon as possible. One of your doctors may recommend an addiction specialist or psychiatrist/psychologist. They would most likely ween you off and have you take Suboxone (a combination of a synthetic opioid and Naltrexone). I had one friend that has been off his opiate medications for 4 months, but still takes a Suboxone every now and then, as needed. Although the first option is much more intense, many report the entire experience lasting quite a short amount of time compared to this second method, which can take months or years, depending on the depth of your addiction.
Once again, I'm sorry for your misfortune, but glad you're taking the step to get off those opiates. I also sincerely hope that any pain you feel can be at least modulated by NSAIDs or the like.
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