I am having pain medicine withdrawals. I got on them in August, and just had surgery 3 weeks ago. I drastically cut my dose b/c I want to get off them, I hate the way they make me feel and all the side effects. But this is a nightmare! I need help dealing with:
These are the worst side effects I am having, and I don't want to take any prescription drug for this. Anyone have ideas?
Sleepless and miserable in Idaho:(
I understand your concern about wanting to cut back, but is trying that just 3 wks after surgery the best time? Can your Dr. help you through the process by slowing cutting back the dosage or replacing it w/ an alternative? Don't know what kind of surgery it was, but when my husb. broke his ribs, they gave him lidocaine patches to numb the area w/out the side effects associated w/ pain meds. For the insomnia, how about a couple of Tylenol PM's to help you sleep & handle the pain. Best of luck!
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Call your doc!!! It's their JOB to help you wean off these meds!!!! And yes you may need to go on meds for the side effects... it's part of the process... but a TEMPORARY part!! It's like needing to walk with crutches... you would say no I don't want those right?? Not permanent but needed until your body can adjust!!
Answer by Crafty26 at 12:18 PM on Dec. 8, 2012
I would suggest (if you already haven't) discussing with your Dr. a way to ween off of the meds so that you don't end up with the pain and sickness that can go along with withdrawal. I haven't been on pain meds like that before, but have a friend very close to me that ended up having to ween for over a year to get off of the things she was taking. It was hard, but she had been on them for years. Your Dr. will be able to help you determine what will work best for optimum results and to be able to do it safely.
Answer by QuinnMae at 12:52 PM on Dec. 8, 2012