Pain Management

Hey guys, I'm a recovering heroin addict & I've been taking methadone for the last 8 years. I've been taking 90mgs for the past 5 of those years. I'm now at the point where I want to get off completely, so I've been tapering off for the past year, and am now down to 45mgs. I feel uncomfortable everyday, the only thing that helps is my prescription for klonopin. I'm currently tapering at 1mg a week but I'm having a problem paying $45 week. So in the next few weeks I'm going to cold turkey detox. I'm not looking forward to it, but I feel it's something I have to do.. There are a few things I have prepared for my detox that I've learned over the years in rehab & detox facilities. Aside from a secure environment with someone being there for you to be supportive & keeping track of my medication and dispensing it, the drugs I'm going to use are: Clonidine (lowers blood pressure by decreasing the levels of certain chemicals in your blood.

This allows your blood vessels to relax and your heart to beat more slowly and easily) - I have .1mg Clonidine, they also come in .2mg which are a lot better for detox. Ill probably take 1 every 12 hours. Klonopin(benzodiazepine)(affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. Klonopin is used to treat seizure disorders or panic disorder) - I have a prescription for 2mg klonopins I'll take as needed, I can take up to 4 a day. Vitamin B shots(B-12 gives your body the vitamin B-12 nutrients it needs to naturally give you: Increased energy, Restored mental clarity, and help with memory loss. Reduced daily stress and irritability and many other great health benefits) - That plus a few other vitamins will give me the nutrients I need. I don't however have anything to help me sleep, And I do plan on smoking a little bit of weed to help, as its immediate. If anyone who has been through it, & has any suggestions for my detox other than what I have planned I would Really appreciate it! I know how hard it is to get clean, & i know the difference between being abstinent & sobriety. After my detox i will plan to go to meetings and get a sponsor, but right now I'm focused on detoxing & getting the painful withdrawal over.

I will keep this blog up to date on how I feel from time to time so I can get some positive feedback and support from people who have gone through this. I've withdrawaled from heroin many times, but have heard from many people methadone detox isn't as severe, but much longer, which makes it almost unbearable. I plan to have a bad detox for about 30 days, the the next couple months after will be the post withdrawal symptoms of not being able to sleep or eat well, but after a few months, I'm sure I'll start feeling better & well enough to start working and get this horrible addiction in remission. If anyone has any questions, comments, or feedback it would be appreciated. Thank You!

Hey guys, ok well, I'm now in my 5th day of methadone detox. The 3rd day I was still feeling lethargic & my bones were hurting a lot. That seems to be the thing that bothers me the most is my bones hurting, especially at night. They were hurting so bad, that by 2 am after some aspirin, I did take 2 Lortab 10's to help me sleep, & did get about 6 hrs of sleep the 3rd night, which was a relief.

I called my counselor & she advised me not to take Lortab, but if Anything, to take a tiny bit of morphine, because it more natural then Lortab.

So the 4th day I started getting a little more anxiety & started feeling more depressed, I could really start feeling the detox process beginning, the leg & arm pains, are getting to be VERY annoying. At night I cant sleep, even though I'm very tired & want to sleep, I cant because my arms and legs hurt so bad. I did end up taking 1 more lortab around 4am to help me sleep.

I'm really trying to stay strong but everyday my strength weakens and so does my will, I don't want to take the Lortab, but I feel very miserable not being able to sleep at night. Today is day 5 and I'm still taking my Clonodine & Klonapin & smoking some weed, so that helps in the day, but i can feel it everyday getting worse. It's the nights that I cant handle so i will have to figure out something about how to sleep.

If anyone has any comments about it, please feel free to add them. I will Keep you updated as much as I can

Well, I took my last dose of 43mgs on Friday around 11am. I'm 2 days into my detox,  the 1st day wasn't so bad, I smoked a little bit of marijuana, that helps a lot, & took a couple klonapin but no clonodine(I only have 50 so I'm trying to conserve)..

Today I woke up and i was a bit more uncomfortable than yesterday, but I took a clonodine & a klonapin and smoked. I just feel lethargic, when I lay down, I cant get comfortable though, which is a bit unsettling, but its only the 2nd day so I know I'm in for a ride, my emotions are going crazy(except for when I smoke, then I'm okay for an hour or so) but I'm atleast able to sit up to write this, so I must be doing okay for today..

I will keep posting as much as I can, & if I skip a few days, I will update how i felt in those days..

It is a characteristic of the species back pain. Its origin and solution lie, mostly in the postures. That simple. We all have many tickets for a pain to drive us back. One of the common suffering of mankind. Sometimes appear very occasionally, but sometimes become chronic pain lurking mercilessly for the first time to appear.

Experts have dubbed the "lower back condition," "disease of the spine", "lordosis," or "postural kyphosis, but we all know what they mean: the feeling of pain that occurs suddenly, after bending down to pick a package, on waking in the morning, make a special effort or long time after being in the same position.

But back pain because it never appears. The causes can be manifold: personal, inherited or, too often, the result of our tensions and positions. Some pains stem from rigidities of physical or psychological nature, weakness of muscle groups in this area, the stress, sedentary lifestyle, by positions, by the uncomfortable furniture around us ...

The woman is an ideal candidate to suffer this evil. They are the ones often loaded with packages, followed spend hours standing or sitting, ironing, and top it off, wear shoes deadly.

Sometimes there comes a time when the pain is quite unbearable. Then you have to do something. No other choice. It is best to consult a general practitioner or the rheumatologist. Various pills and medicines usually can do little.

Essentially, the cornerstone of any treatment of a sore back, through a series of postures learn, for re-educate our customs and postural habits. When standing or walking you should respect the natural curvature of the spine, dropping most of the body on his heels. Sitting there be no rigid as a stick. The high-heeled shoes should be used as little as possible. As he bent his legs have to bend, squat, not bending the back. The best bed is a mattress and pillow is not ... We must begin to be gradually changing the habits acquired. 

Then as the case may have to undergo special treatment. Appear then the heat applications, hydrotherapy and massage. But we must always remember that if not re-educate the habits and attitudes will not be achieved in the long run, nothing effective in fighting back pain.

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