Narcotics And Opioids Withdrawals
Off Of Narcotics And Opioids Without Withdrawals
March 14, 2018, I posted the post “An Anxious Two Weeks”. The date was eighteen days after I had taken my first main step to get off of narcotics and opioids without severe withdrawals.
The post was on the 18th day after February 25, 2018, and I still have not taken a Diazepam (Valium). Today is July 14, 2018, and it is time to write here again.
I was called away and spent the rest of the day on the website, https://www.naturalremedycbd.com, so I am back here to finish this today on July 17, 2018.
During the month of June, I discovered CBD oil. I am so excited about what it is doing for me. I want to tell everyone. Had to study it and wait for the CBD to arrive!
On July 2nd, precisely two weeks ago in the late afternoon, I received my CBD oil in my mailbox. Then I went to my house and couldn’t wait to have my serving size. Deciding my serving size would be of the 1000mg. at four drops every 6 hours, I took my anxiety medicine.
CBD Oil and Severe Anxiety
Immediately upon the drops hitting under my tongue and me swallowing, the hard knot in my stomach let go!
If you have severe anxiety, you know what I mean when I talk about this knot in your stomach. When it left, I was so relieved I started laughing, and then I told my neighbor, “I don’t remember when that knot came to stay, but it was a bad one and there for a long time.”
I had coped with gastric issues since 1986, so when I achieved real relief in my stomach, I was so happy!
I deal with IBS symptoms now daily, so when the days passed in July and they lightened up for me I was happy to thank the Lord and CBD oil!
I wrote daily of my symptoms and feelings while I went through mild withdrawals while I came off the opioid Oxycodone on my websites NaturalRemedyCBD.com and CopingWithAnxieties.com
Please visit those websites with me if you want a day to day report on coming off of an opioid without severe withdrawals!
Symptoms of Narcotics and Opioids Withdrawals
I learned the symptoms of long-term narcotics and opioid use are much like the withdrawal symptoms from the drugs!
What are the symptoms of opioid withdrawals? Let me list some of them for you here:
*Cardiac Events such as Palpitations, or
*TIA’s or Stroke
*Emotional Symptoms such as Severe Anxiety, Anger and Depression
*Mental Symptoms such as Paranoia and Abandonment
Of course, this is an incomplete list as every person is different. It is recommended you go through opioid withdrawals under the care and supervision of your chosen health care provider.
I found this in my research:
QUOTE WEBMD: “Your doctor can give you medicines to prevent withdrawal symptoms, a process called detoxification (detox). The most common ones are buprenorphine (Subutex), methadone (Methadose), and naltrexone (Revia).”
Update: July 2019 I also learned may need to come off of these medications after you have detoxed from the opioid! Not fun, but better than an opioid. I ended up going back on Hydrocodone 7.5 at my pain specialist suggestion, but at a far reduced dosage. Yes, an opioid.
I had been on opioids every 6 hours day and night for 28 years, since April 1990. First with Vicodin 7.5, then Hydrocodone 10, then Oxycodone, then CBD oil.
Ninth Day Free of the Opioid
Today is the Ninth Day, I am free of the opioid, and I am thrilled everything is going so well! My Fibromyalgia is still under control with the Lyrica. There are the psych meds I take for having Bipolar 1. And the meds I take for Myasthenia Gravis are Mestinon and Mycophenolate.
I know I still take a lot of medication, but at least I won’t be an opioid statistic, and I wanted free of the pain pill fog and addiction.
UPDATE: December 2, 2018
Now several months have passed since I stopped the Oxycodone. When I made my Pain Specialist aware of the fact I wasn’t taking the opiate, she surprised me. I told her I had been through opioid withdrawals with physical symptoms, some emotional problems, but no cravings.
Holly, my Pain Specialist, said she wasn’t surprised for the way my chart history pictured my use of the prescription was always right. She told me that in the fourteen years I had been her patient, I didn’t lose my meds and had to have more!
Holly said, “You controlled the drug. The drug didn’t control you.”
My thoughts scattered to the wind! Then settled again, and I knew she was correct.
That was when I learned I had never been addicted to opioids! I had been opioid dependent! Then I learned the difference between opioid addiction and opioid dependency. What Holly suggests is a new way to look at my pain pills.
I have to consider what she is saying to me. Due to other health considerations and illnesses, I am limited on what medications I can take. My Pain Specialist of fourteen years is informing me she suggests I retake Hydrocodone for pain.
Physical, Emotional, and Mental Withdrawals
I am momentarily crushed! I just went through three months of post-opioid pain pill withdrawal time! That is a long time of physical, emotional, and mental withdrawal symptoms. Maybe I was opioid dependent and not opioid addicted, and it’s true I don’t have the cravings for the drug.
Still, I hope to understand this better someday. For now, I was tired of the day I was in, and it had lasted long enough. I clearly knew I was not terrified of the doctor refusing me my pain pills anymore! I knew for sure I could do without the prescription.
Going forward, I had to decide what to do about pain medicine, and the only two offered were Oxycodone and Hydrocodone. I needed pain medicine for the times the pain was unmanageable, so I chose Hydrocodone. This choice was in the middle of October 2018.
Narcotics and Opioids
Using the Hydrocodone, yes, an opioid, but using it when needed. I am not using it every six hours, as I had done for all those years. Now, most of my days are opioid-free, but when the pain relief is needed, not overusing it, makes it stronger. So far, thank God, I am staying away from the narcotic!
Here on this blog, I share a bit of my life with you. So, as you read along, please, remember everything I write is for informational purposes only. Your system is different from mine, and what works for me might not work for you. You must decide for yourself, and make your decision. Please consult your chosen health care provider about your health care.
Update on Narcotics and Opioids
UPDATE: July 16, 2019 A year has passed since I discovered CBD OIL, and stopped the maximum use of Oxycodone! I was taking one pain pill every six hours and was still in pain in July 2018! Starting with the CBD to help me, I leveled off the Oxycodone in July and was taking none by August. So August, September, and until the middle of October were opioid-free for me!
I took only Lyrica and CBD until October when I went back to see my pain specialist. I needed to report how I was doing off the opioid and I wanted to talk to her. I accepted Hydrocodone as the pain medication I would use for a great deal of pain, but not for every day. Now I take about two pills a month, and I am grateful for them when I am in extra pain.
Valium (Diazepam) was the narcotic I took for so many years and took my last in February 2018. I have not taken another Valium to this day, d I consider myself a narcotics and opioids survivor.
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