Sometimes people drop in here in a "crisis mode" and then don't return. That could be the case here... but I wanted to add one more thing. Again, sometimes I feel in left field, alone w/ my opinions :)
I know withdrawal from opiates doesn't usually bring the same "dangers" as withdrawing from benzos and such (seizures and such). But I think opiate withdrawal can be really underestimated at times. First, you can have underlying medical conditions that you don't know about until you are in opiate withdrawal.
Second, I've had withdrawal so bad one time that it literally WAS dangerous. We had just moved from Colorado...and I was being seen at Stanford here in CA, and there was a mix up in my meds. I thought I could make it through w/out my meds until the mix-up got solved (ummmm, wrong). I literally ended up in the ER, having 8mg of Dilaudid slammed into me IV, multiple times to end my w/drawal symptoms. The nurses had never administered such doses in their entire careers. Now - I know this isn't the norm.... but I just want to say that opiate withdrawal isn't always so cut and dry.
Sometimes, I think we say that withdrawal is uncomfortable.... you'll get some diarrhea... muscle aches... but that it will get better in a few days. For some, that IS all that will happen. But there are many variations and that's why I hate to hear of anyone going off meds cold turkey.
I agree w/ Sandi - NA may be a great resource in this particular case and give you some other options.
But - for most chronic pain patients trying to come off meds - please do it safely, under a doctor's guidance, tapering down. Please don't quit cold turkey. Please use your meds appropriately and safely.
cookiequeen - I really wish you the best.... and if you come back to the board.... please know we care and feel free to keep posting and letting us support you. Many thoughts - Tina
Many, many health and pain issues.
Many meds - including Atenolol, Effexor, MS Contin, Dilaudid, Actiq (oral Fentanyl), Soma, Vitamin D, Iron (for anemia), Synthroid...and on the list goes.
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