Anyone going through pain killer withdrawal?

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need some zs
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   Posted 12/2/2008 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been on Vicoprofen for almost a year, first to treat severe joint pain, then I kept using it b/c it made the general aches I've had for three years to feel SO MUCH BETTER. The side effects started to pile up, so I am tapering off and now I feel horrible. I'm terrified that it's the Lyme and not just the withdrawal from the codeine that's making me feel badly. Does anyone have experience with pain killer withdrawal that can offer any advice/hope?
I started halving my dose on Sunday.
Thanks all.

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   Posted 12/2/2008 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you doing it under a doctors care? If its a narcotic you need someone to monitor your withdrawal as it can be dangerous to withdraw some too quickly.  D

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   Posted 12/2/2008 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Need some zs
I understand the pain issues. But codiene is a dangerous way to do it. As if you don't have enough to deal with already??? right?
My Dr. put me on Celebrex and then I had problems with
Then my phyciatrist put me on cymbalta. And man that did it for me! I take only 30 mg a day. But some need 60 mg a day. It also helps with the blues and fatigue. It is by no means a cure, but will help you"function" and lead a normal life with out all the pain. till you knock this lyme out of your system.
Good luck! Several other people on here have been very, very pleased with it as well.
2004 in Martha's Vineyard me and my two daughters then 11 mos and 6 all got Lyme Disease. This was only known to us because we found the tiny ticks on us and we got very ill. My dog also got lyme and he went lame.
We have fought it for 4 years to no avail.
We all got it again this summer is Texas.
I am now in treatment in Scottsdale Arizona at Envita.

"The eyes cannot see for for what the mind does not know."

need some zs
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   Posted 12/2/2008 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I am under a doctor's care, and I'm also on Cymbalta. I've also tried everything else you can think of for the pain.

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   Posted 12/3/2008 4:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, it's got to be hard, but there must be a reason for withdrawing from the Vicoprofin?? And, maybe there are some non-narcotic solutions for your pain. I'm on Lyrica which has at least helped with the fibromyalgia type pain - it can be habit forming, but it's non-narcotic.

Also, I've been on Xanax for many years. I am 1 mg away from the "maximum" my psychiatrist will prescribe. It has been a life saver for me, but over the years my tolerance has risen... I don't want to go up to the maximum so I too will be reducing my dependency soom (probably within the next 12 months or so). I'm not looking forward to it - haha... I just hope there is something else available for anxiety that I could use "only when needed". I've seen this time coming for a while.... the things we go through with LD!
We'll get through today - Jennifer
06/00- The beginning, 08/01-LD positive, 10/01- Igenex and CDC LD positive, 10/02-LD positive, 11/03-LD positive, 10/07-Bartonella positive, CD57=3, 08/25/08 - 10 weeks of IV Rocephin, my first visit to a Pain Mgmt. dr. - she was non-judgemental and will not prescribe me any "opiates" which in the end, is probably a good thing.  Current Rx's 11/12/08: Wellbutrin 300mg, Paxil 60mg, Xanax 5mg, Rozerem 8mg, Darvocet, Acidophilus, Rifampin 600mg, Levaquin 500mg, Lyrica 150 to 300mg,
Medicare/SSDI theme song - 
"How much more can I take?", song

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   Posted 12/3/2008 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Take this very, very slowly & with your doctor's advice; there may be other pain relief that would help you such as the Lyrica suggested.

I had to wean myself off strong opiates after a year of kidney treatment then an operation and it took me a few months.
housebound in the UK with 'severe M.E./CFs & fibromyalgia' for 21 years - have just found out I actually have had Lyme, micro-cocci & crytostrongylus pulmoni all these years

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