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Day 3 without Norco
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    winnie1221 is offline New Member
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    Another wonderful member of this group suggest that I start my own thread so I could have a record of this insanely awful journey that I'm on. One day, I will share this with my daughters if there ever comes a time they have an injury (God forbid) that requires they be on pain killers. I'm not a drinker, smoker, and have never tried ANY illegal drug. I have never even smoked a cigarette. That being said, I took vicodin after child birth and had no problem coming off at all. After my back started hurting worse and worse I was referred to a pain management doctor. 2 bulging discs were apparently the culprit. The shots didn't work nor did the physical therapy at first. So I was put on Norco..I was prescribed 6 a day. If I ran out early, my doctor was always accommodating in calling in the refill early (it was usually only 3 days early). Then I found that they quit working, and before I knew it, I was taking up to 9 a day. I woke up sick every morning and continued to feel bad throughout the day, but I would convince myself that I just had to make it through this last event I was hosting, or finish this one charity project, then I would cut back, When I realized I was 2 weeks into my script and I was out of pills, I knew it had to stop. I would rather have back pain than be on these poisonous little things. Luckily my godfather is an addiction specialist, so I made the call and told him what was going on as well as coming clean to my husband and family. SO hard to do, but I knew I wasn't able to handle this alone. These days have been pure torture. I still have to go to work and have two little angels that depend on me to continue being super mom. I am really hoping that Day 4 improves. Fortunately I don't have a mental craving for the pills...yet anyway...because I never ever ever want to feel like this again,

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    Your getting to the point where you almost over the hump. Days 2 -3 were the worse for me Day 4 was tough but saw real improvement starting day 5. Don't want to scare you and believe me I only have my experience over the last 24 days to go on and everyone is different. Distraction was the best medicine that and getting out and doing stuff so I couldn't concentrate on how bad I felt, kept me out of the land of pity parties. Since you have two angles let them do their job go don't know how old they are but if they are young enough play fantasy games with them let them entertain you like only little ones can do and if it gets real bad call your godfather I am sure he has strategies that will help distract you and get you through this dark time. You should have it a little easier than we did I was coming off of an average of 10 - 12 10mg Percocet and 4 -6 oxymorphone a day. Went from an average of 14 - 18 pills a day to 0, You will get through this just stay strong!

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    I am on day 4 of coming off vicoprofun. I am not being forced off them,I'm just tired of taking them and like you,run out early and have to find them. The first few months I didn't see it as a problem but the more it when it the more I know it's a problem. Luckily I have a very understanding wife and she is doing all she can to help me. I have bulging and herniated disc and am in pain,but I am ready to tough it out from now on. Good Luck and keep going.You are almost there.

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    When did you all start to get any type of energy, motivation back? I have been forcing myself to walk and clean, keep busy, and then of course I work full time and have other commitments...but I really kind of feel like quitting all of my committees, but I know that's probably still just the withdrawal talking. I just don't "feel" like doing much of anything which is driving me crazy

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    Winnie: I think your on day 12 or so. I am on day 34 and while I have a lot more energy in the morning it falls off in the afternoon. I am still having some problems concentrating at work but nothing like I was having. You coming to the end of the physical stuff you shouldn't feel the stomach cramping, have the runs, etc. although my insomnia is still bad I am only sleeping about 4 hours a night 6 on a really good one but have only done that a couple of times. I think everyone I different but I started to see a real difference day 20 or so. I am still taking the Thomas Recipe supplements and the L-Tyrosine helps with energy a little. I felt much better physically around day 10 or 11. This is a marathon not a sprint and our bodies have a lot of adjusting to do. they have not had to produce their own endorphins or dopamine for a long time. My doctor told me it takes a full 3 weeks 21 days for or receptors to reset, so you are almost there. Just keep thinking that you really only have to go through this once and you are saving your life. My biggest issue is cravings I keep thinking about the darn pills and how only one would help. Some one very experienced on the board "Artist" wrote how its the first one that does you in not the 10th or the 100th pill. So we need to do all we can to stay away from that relapse and taking that first pill, I don't know about you but I don't want to relive days 1 -5 again and that is the only result of taking more. You just need to push through. I have been working through a majority of my withdrawal and its hard but doable you just have to want it like you have wanted nothing else. I know that sounds like a clich? but it is true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by winnie1221 View Post
    When did you all start to get any type of energy, motivation back? I have been forcing myself to walk and clean, keep busy, and then of course I work full time and have other commitments...but I really kind of feel like quitting all of my committees, but I know that's probably still just the withdrawal talking. I just don't "feel" like doing much of anything which is driving me crazy
    It didn't take long for me since it was only a few months I was on them this time. But it has taken me up to 3-4 weeks to feel like normal person again when I was on them for a long time and a much higher dose.

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