Posted 9/5/2017 6:42 AM (GMT -6)
I started taking perkoset after gastric bypass 3 years ago (white pills). I was prescribed 2 pills a day. After a year the prescription went to 3. After another year I started taking more than prescribed. When I ran out, I would supplement until my next prescription by taking my wife's Tramidols.
This all changed about 12 days ago when I decided to break this vivacious cycle.
I realized that I was taking too many... too often and made the decision to quit taking them (cold turkey). That's when things went REALLY wrong...
Tues (Aug 22) - Decided to stop taking Perkoset.
Wed (Aug 23) - Withdraw really started to to set in. Cold sweats, cramping, nausea, hot/freezing, headache etc. To get a little relief, I took a 1/2 Perkoset that I hadn't flushed. Only made symptoms worse.
Thursday (Aug 24) - Seriously in withdraw. Decided to go see my primary doctor ( the one that has been prescribing them) and ask for help.
He seemed VERY annoyed with me that I had been taking them more often then prescribed. He gave me the name of a detox center and told me to drive there and wait for a bed to open. And ushered me out the door.
Along the way there, I called the detox center and was told there wouldn't be a bed available for at least a week (withdraw usually only lasts a week). Was also told that almost no detox centers would allow me to bring a phone or laptop (for me is a must... as when this is over... I still have to have a job... and a place for my family to live).
One of the places I called was University Hospital at Portage (Formerly Robinson Memorial Hospital). They offered me a 3 day detox starting the following morning. I was in for a long / hard night. Every minute was agony and felt like an hour. The hospital was also willing to let me bring my laptop. Thank god.
Fri (Aug 25) - Checked into detox at the hospital. Within 24 hours started feeling a little better.
Tues (Aug 29) - Checked out of the hospital feeling ok (4 day stay) Little did I know... the nightmare had just begun...
Leaving the hospital I had an immediate appointment (within the hour) with a Dr that specializes in withdraw and detox.
As soon I get to the Dr, he walks in and says:
"I don't understand... if you were in the hospital for detox... why did they fill you with MORE opiates for the last 4 days?"
Yup' that's right. The hospitals idea of detoxing was giving me another medication called Suboxone... Another opiate!
So now you guessed it... Detox and withdraw STARTS ALL OVER!
Sat (Sep 2) - Here I am on day 4 of withdraw since I left the hospital. I have to say, life really sucks today.
Still have major shakes, sweating, hot/cold flashes, migraine, confusion and more. If it wasn't for my family, I'd have prob killer myself by now...
Here I am, 8am, about to start day 7 with no opiates in me, after a long night of freezing cold sweats. Praying minute by minute for some relief and it doesn't seem to come.
I know it will get better... It just does t feel like it right now. Thank god for my amazing wife that literally has stayed awake with me, holding my hand and is powering me through this.
Please tell me there is an end in sight....