Does oxycodone withdrawal "cause" severe back pain?

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   Posted 8/18/2007 11:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I am wondering here.  I was shot in my leg last year.  I spent 4 days in the hospital and then I was released on 2x5 mgs of Percocets every 6 hours and I believe it was 3 Nerontins per day for about one month.  I went to my follow up visit and my leg was still hurting me.  So he referred me to a pain specialist and I was put on 2x5 mg Percocets per day for the nerve damage pain to my right leg for another month. 
When the month was done and the amount ran out, I began to feel a really bad intestinal pain while I slept. Or should I say as I "tried" to sleep.  I also began to feel lower back pain. 
I told my doctor, who refilled my 2x5mg Percocets per day and ordered an MRI for my lumbar spine.  The MRI results were negative.  I continued to complain that my back pain was actually beginning to get worse and actually moving up to my mid back to even neck pain as well.  It even would hurt me on my right side of my back and around the upper right side of my abdomen.  At this point, my leg pain had subsided.  So the doctor upped my dose to 3x5mg Percocets per day and ordered another MRI of my thorasic and cervical spine.
After another month, the MRI came back that I had degenerate disc disease of my thorasic and cervical spine.  But then my liver was inflamed.  So the doctor took me off of the Percocets and left me on Oxycodone without the Acetaminophen but I complained to the doctor a few days later that they were not relieving me of pain.
The doctor didn't want to put me back on the Percocets because of my liver he upped my Oxycodones to Roxycodone's of 3x15mg per day. 
But by the next visit, my mid back pain would be excruciating whenever the Roxycodones would wear off. 
One year and a half later, after physical therapy and 2 back still hurts me when the Roxycodones wear off especially at "night". 
Could it be that all this time, my intestinal pains and excruciating mid back pains and right side pains were actually me "withdrawing" from the initial addiction to the pills from when I was taking it for my gunshot wound to the leg?
I mean, I've read where withdrawal symptoms can include intestinal distress and bone and muscle pain.  Can anyone shed some light? 
I've been trying to ween off of my pills, but the back pain is so excruciating.  Could that pain be withdrawal pains?  Thanks.

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   Posted 8/19/2007 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Divine- My two cents (I doubt it's even worth that) is this...
First I've taken myself off of a daily thing of 3 30mg morphine, 3 5mg oxycodones, and 3 percocets a day to nothing. I stayed off of it for over a month just because someone hinted that maybe I wasn't in as much pain as I thought I was in, and that some of the pain signals were really my body wanting the meds. Lets just say that wasn't an answer.

I didn't experience any withdrawal symptoms at all. But from what I've heard diareahha is the main one. I've also heard of people throwing up, and/or having issues with hot and cold chills and sweats.

My 2 cents (as promised) on your pain is that you were (maybe still are) in alot of pain when you got shot in the leg. Due to the pain from it your walking/sleeping/who knows what else different. The muscles in your back are having to relearn to do everything the new way, which is making some sore, and is going to make the ones that were getting regular use that aren't sore as well from lack of use. This is the exact reason that my doc thinks my costochondritis started. I got sick with valley fever, had several nodules grow in my lungs from it, and due to the illness started breathing different making certian areas of the chest be used that hadn't been before. They flamed up 2 years ago and haven't let up.

So the finale (yay) (I'm a weird mood this morning sorry for taking it out on you) is this: If you aren't in physical therapy you should be, or at least give it a try. If you are experiencing pain that might be your muscles you should ask about some form of muscle relaxer. (Pretty much if you press where it hurts in your back and it hurts worse, I'd try the muscle relaxer route). I know with me due to cane I'm not using to walk due to nerve pain, and the limp from how bad it is in my left leg, I'm walking totally different, and my back has sure let me know about it.

Best of luck to you,
And please let us know how you are!
I could be completely off-base on this, I'm sure other members will chime in and help you out too.
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   Posted 8/19/2007 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the response. Now, my pain doesn't worsen based on me pressing on my back or anything. But it does worsen if I bend, stretch, or arch my back. Then, I get some back cramps and/or muscle twitching. I was diagnosed with stomach ulcers a few months ago. But my pain dates back to about a year now.

I do lean towards the possibility of my pain being somewhat related to my withdrawals. Why? Because I have always had some back problems but the pain would come and go and subside and wasn't constant. I do think that maybe the addiction/dependance causes my brain to send an "amplified" version of maybe "some" pain I may be feeling but I do think that it is possible that it is withdrawal related.

I am trying to wean off of the meds to see when I can finally go cold turkey until all the withdrawals are gone and then I can maybe gauge if my pain is all that bad. Again, thanks for the input.

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   Posted 8/19/2007 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Also, I have already gone through physical therapy. I hasn't made my pain go away. It did help eleviate it somewhat, but my pain returned after the meds wear off. So I need to try this out and get off the meds to see if this theory is so. Thanks.

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   Posted 5/4/2009 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't doubt in the least that the withdrawl is causing some of your back pain.I was on oxy 80-100 mgs a day for 2 years.Then i switched to methadone maxed at 40mg daily,for 1 year ,now i decided to quit.

Over a month period each week i go down 5 mgs.Well today im 4 days in qutting at 5mg methdone.Let me tell you..My calves were throbbing tingling the 1st 2 days,and everyday continuous lower back pain.My feet are tingling and sore.

Your lower back ,feet ,calves .stomach all have this sensation.I wanted to go to work so badly,but im sure i couln't do it..Walking or doing anything is a chore.But my mind has returned,ive been taking 5-htp ,vitamin b-6,l-tyrosine,a multi,zinc and magnesium .And have had little or no depression symptoms,but def a "huge" psychological change....Anyone considering quitting,i wouldn;t do it higher that 10mgs of anything,unless you like unimaginable torture..

be safe
be well

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   Posted 5/4/2009 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Back and muscle pain is the one of the biggest effects of opiate withdrawal, so it could very well be that. But I would ask your doctor what s-he thinks, and if it is, maybe you need an increase, but like I said, thats for a doctor to say. I'm not a doctor just a RN (registered nothing) so I dont know what could be causing that pain, it could maybe be both withdrawals and a bad back. I know when I have been in withdrawals before, my back was killing me, it was like a deep muscle pain. But when I'm not in withdrawals, the pain feels likes it's more the nerves.

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   Posted 5/5/2009 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I also take 15 mg. Roxicodone for my Breakthrough is very short acting, it only lasts a couple of hours for me...So, you should ask your PM Doc if there is anything you could take that lasts longer... There are several meds that will work.  I take methadone, so do some others here.  so, talk to ur Doc...
Good Luck with the pain, I hope it gets better.

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   Posted 4/9/2010 1:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
You have to watch for any drugs over a long period of time. Oxycodone and Tylenol are a bad combination for the Liver and Kidneys. They can cause failure for either and death. I had a friend who took T3's for a year and drank, and now she is dead. I myself had shoulder surgery and have taken them for a year and now I have kidney pain and swelling of the feet. It is from damage to my kidneys. I was down to taking two Percocet a day for 10 mgs of Oxcodone total. I quit last week and I wish now that I had quit a long time ago.
My suggestion is to not take it ever.

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   Posted 4/9/2010 4:03 AM (GMT -6)   
In my experience, withdrawal causes severe back spasms and costochondritis (wrap-around spasms with inflammation associated) to be much worse.

There are a number of medications which can help with this. Notably tizanidine, orphenadrine, carisoprodol/meprobamate, and valium (diazepam). Most of which may offer some degree of help w/ withdrawal in general.
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   Posted 4/9/2010 6:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Just FYI...It looks like a new member, Ron, was responding to a post by Divine from back in 2007..(no biggie) don't think she is around anymore...

So Ron, welcome to the boards...and we would love to hear more about you and your story and that can be seen easier by everyone if you start your own thread.

If you click on the button that reads New Topic...You can introduce yourself and ask any question for us to help you if we can..there are a wonderful group of caring and supportive people on Healing Well:)

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   Posted 4/9/2010 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! I usually catch the older post thing! Could you tell it was the middle of the night?! LOL

I'm actually not sure this is the best forum for Ronnyjoe if he/she believes that people should not take certain medications "ever". I'm sorry for what happened to your friend, Ronny, but that was a sign of addiction. We on this forum are chronic pain patients and many of us do take narcotic medications, but under the direction of our physicians. And you never mix those with alcohol.

So if you'd like to join us, you will have to open your mind to the fact that we here manage our pain in a variety of legal, medically approved ways. And we're often judged enough by others, so we wouldn't want more judgment as to how each of us does that.



Post Edited (PAlady) : 4/9/2010 6:05:31 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/9/2010 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your thoughtful words. I was just searching to see if anyone had any other problems with Oxycodone. I too only received my medications from my physician. I am a Mining Engineer by trade and have seen my share of injuries. I don't drink, don't smoke, no weed, run a few miles a week. I had a doberman attack me a few years back and tore my shoulder labrum. Continued working with it cause that is what I enjoy most. I guess all that I am saying is that I didn't think that 10 mg a day should cause this type of problem, but I am now getting it checked out.

I will start a new post, and thanks for listening guys.

Good health to you all.


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   Posted 4/9/2010 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Ron,
Sounds good to me. Yes, starting a new post and introducing yourself, and asking any questions you have that brought you here would be helpful, as then other members are more likely to see it.

Welcome to the group, although sorry you have reason to be here. Some of the people here do have or have had shoulder injuries, and they sound very painful and a challenge to manage.

We're not doctors here, but this is a good support group, and a lot of members share their experiences. Of course, everyone is different when it comes to medication.

Again, welcome.

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