Hope your getting through this as best you can. I'm not sure I have ever suffered the full blown symptoms of withdrawal, but yes!....I have had some of the symptoms, such as tearing eyes, yawning, feeling very draggy, and at times like I want to jump out of my skin. (mild symptoms)
One thing I do, is to cheat my med's in my favor, and save up as many as I can. I can only do this with the BT med's, and I actually feel like I'm using the BT med's for their intended purpose. (BT) I may have to suffer a little more on those days, but it sure comes in handy on days such as you describe.
Are you on the Oxycodone by itself?....or a mix of other pain relievers? I'm guessing that the oxycodone is the IR type? One thing I really feel strongly on, is that if a patients pain is diagnosed as long term, then they should really consider long term type med's... Oxycodone ER (Oxycontin),.... and leave the Oxycodone, Percocet, for BT, and this is important...use only as needed for BT.
I myself did more suffering because I was scripted Oxycontin every 12hrs....and the downward cycle was tough for me to say the least, and I was using the BT med's just to make it from cycle to cycle.
My Dr finally decided to script the Oxycontin every 8hrs, and WOW!...did that ever make a huge difference for me. My quality of life changed almost instantly.
There has been quite a bit of discussion about the use of BT med's here on the forum. One thing I have noticed is that many seem to use them on a regular scheduled bases, and I'm not sure that is really the right way to use them. I think the problem is, if they are not being scripted correctly with the ER med's, then they don't feel they have much of a choice at this point.
If one were to have a bad cycle, and they are already using the BT med's on a regular schedule in combination with the ER med's, then what do they turn to during these bad cycles? The obovious answer is they take extra amounts of their BT med's, leaving them short,....because they are in need of them for their regular daily dose to treat the pain.
This has been a long learning process for me, and finally one of the moderators got it through my thick pea brain head... of the intended use for BT med's.
Sorry this turned into a little...mindful reflelection of my own thoughts. Just hoping this will spark some discussion on this subject, because I do believe that many are not being scripted correctly for their conditions.
One more little thought....and is more or less a warning.....it is not!.... in my opinion!,....especially with a long term pain diagnoses....the goal to be 100% pain free with the use of pain med's. I'm sure this will be cause for some debate, but this is just my opinion, and my personal preferance. It is a fact that I will always suffer pain in my life....and I may need the room to have the dosage increased, and I really don't want to be out of touch with the rest of my body...and other things that may warrant a closer look if there is a problem.
Hope your having a better day mtgman....and Thanks!... for posting.
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