Hello all! I have some questions about
coming off narcotics. I have been using them for longer than most but am hoping to be off soon.
I have had 3 major abdominal surgeries in the past 6 months. In December 2012, I had a rare emergency surgery to remove part of my colon that had twisted into my intestines and caused a blockage. After the surgery, I had complications and had to be re
opened and they left the incision
open due to infection. The end result was a foot long incision from my lower abs to right below my chest. I was also given a temp ostomy. After 4 months of healing, I had a 3rd surgery, 3 weeks ago, to reverse the ostomy and also had a plastic surgeon come and close the incision that had been left
I have had severe pain at the incision site since the original surgery in December and have been using narcotics to help deal with the pain. I've been on opiats for close to 5 months. I am currently using Oxycodone 15 mg every 4 hrs as needed. I am ok for 4 to 5 hrs without pain.
I would like to come off of the pain meds and I wanted to ask some general questions:
1.) How long does withdrawal last? I made it 24 hrs last night with no meds and I couldn't make it through the night. My main withdrawal symptoms were sweats, could not sleep and at some point the pain just overtook me. It was a very difficult night.
2.) Do opiats effect your perception of pain after taking them for longterm? I have severe pain at the incision site and do not understand if the pain is 'really' that bad or if the withdrawal of the opiats is tricking my mind into thinking that. I am not an expert but have read that after being dependent on opiats, the body loses the ability to cope with pain and has to be retrained after withdrawal has taken place.
I see my Pain Management doctor tomorrow and wanted to get a game plan in place so any advice would be appreciated. I also have spoken with both him and my surgical doctor about
'why' I am having so much pain and they cannot give me a medical answer except to say it takes everyone different amounts of time to deal with the trauma involved with surgery.
Post Edited (Mossmi33) : 5/21/2013 9:13:40 PM (GMT-6)