Hello Everyone! This is my first post here so I will introduce myself. My name is Ryan, I have had HIV for 27 years. I got it from a blood transfusion when I was 1 day old.
The reason for the transfusion: i was a twin, born 6 weeks early. Apparantly my blood counts were a little low and they decided to give me a transfusion . Not exactly sure everything around that... but we found out i was HIV+ when i was in 7th grade, the guy who donated blood to me in 1981 tried to donate blood again in 1992 ... he tested HIV+ in 1992, so they checked his record and saw he had given me blood in 1981, so the hospital called and me and my whole family went in for blood tests. I didnt know what the tests were , one day when i came home from school my mom just said we gotta goto the hospital for some tests..... i didnt have any clue what was going on... then the next day we all went back to the hospital and they told me i had HIV.. It's been a roller coaster ride ever since but im dealing, and doing pretty well.. I work alot, I've been working as an auto technician full time since i was 16, and now i run my own repair shop So im on my legs all day and work very hard...
*** now on to the pain issues :)
5 years ago i started having bad pain in my legs, It was diagnosed as neuropothy from all the aids meds ive been on for many many years. I would take percosettes when the pain got really intense, other than that i would just deal with it, so i took percosettes maybe 1 - 3 times a week and they would work alright.
a year ago the pain really was increased, it was right after i started a new regimin of HIV Medications, its really my last resort too, because i have resistance to just about
all the Anti - Viral drugs out there.... SO about
a year ago i started taking the percosetts daily, i started taking 10mg 2 - 4x a day and it was working okay. To make a long story short, over the last year my doctor has just increased my pain meds because obviously they stop working..... So right now i am taking 400-500mg of oxy per day and it doesnt do crap to help the pain, so i need to get off it. I had no idea what i was getting myself into taking these drugs, i had no clue how hard it would be to get off them, how dangerous they are etc.
These drugs are the devil and i want to get off them as soon as possible! It is so frustrating to me to be in SO much pain, and take such a high ammount of medicine and get no relief, on top of it, if i dont take any after like 6-8hrs i feel withdrawal (i think its withdrawal, after that time if i dont take anything my legs get very very restless and sore much more than the soreness from my chronic pain) I had no clue what i was getting into when my doctor started me on these pills... So now i just want to get off them completly and find something else...
What would be some reccomendations for getting off a 400-500mg a day oxycodone regimin?
Right now i am taking 80mg OCs twice a day
and 30mg oxyIR for pain throughout the day / night. Which i take 3 at a time every 5-6 hrs
To be perfectly honest i get Zero relief from these now, i take 90mg and i forget i even take them it doesnt even take the edge off any more. so i realized that i just defineatly need to get off them, I am scared of overdosing, scared of withdrawals, scared of the pain, just really sucks and i need some help.
Someone please help me sorry for the long post i finally decided to reach out and get some help with this..
Is it a good idea to go from 400mg to 160 in a day? I could stop the IRs completely and just take my 2 80s?
Thanks for the help. I am very frustrated with this .
Post Edited (rispeed) : 8/23/2009 12:09:28 AM (GMT-6)