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Depression/Anxiety after NORCO,,,,,,,,how long??????????
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    Cleatos is offline New Member
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    Default Depression/Anxiety after NORCO,,,,,,,,how long??????????

    Hey all, I am new to the board so feel I should give you my story before asking questions. I am a 43 year old male that had shoulder surgery August 2013 and started on 3 or 4 7.5/325 Norco's per day for post op pain. I still had pain in the upper arm/neck so continued to take them at the same rate until May of 2014 when my surgeon released me to a spine specialist. I then went to the new Doctor who tripled my prescription. Since May I have been taking anywhere from 4 to 8 per day throughout the day. I never took more than 8 in a day and never more than 2 pills at a time. August 8 (My 22 year anniversary) I stopped C/T. I am 6 days without any kind of opiates and have pretty much completed the physical part of the withdrawal. I had restless leg syndrome and massive muscle pain the first 3 days and with that came about 2 hours of sleep per night with lots of sweating and trips to the toilet. That has passed and I am now sleeping 6 or so hours. I plan on starting to exercise tomorrow (day 7).

    My issue now (and I have read a lot of conversations on here) is when does this depression/anxiety start getting better. I have an overwhelming feeling of paranoia. I don't want my daughter to be out of my sight because I fear something bad is gonna happen and I won't be there to help (this is what is killing me the most as it hits me like a brick out of nowhere). I feel like I am just worthless and unhappy with my life and I have a tremendous amount of guilt that I have missed the last year of my daughters life, because of the NORCO, and I did it to myself. I realize that I have not abused to the extent as some on here but this is the worst part of the withdrawal for me. I refuse to take anymore medications, to include anti-depressants, that will mess with my head. I know theres no accurate answer but I would love to hear from anyone that has gone through this as to when their depression/anxiety started getting better. I am very goal oriented and as long as I can see a light at the end of the tunnel i will be okay. The irony of all this is that my upper arm/neck pain has not bothered me since I quit.

    Thanks for reading my story and any feedback is greatly appreciated,

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    melindau is offline Member
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    Hi Cleatos
    I was right where you at a point in my life!!! I have Fibromyalgia and back pain DDD... I was on a Lot of pills and My Daughter looked at me one day and said MOM how many pills are you gonna take!!! Really made me look at myself !!! anyway did a long taper and got clean... but still faced all the stuff your going thru! It will get easier with Time I promise! Things will get better with time!!! keep posting and tell us how you are doing!
    Talk soon,Melinda

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    iloerose is offline Platinum Member
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    Hey, Cheatos: here are some things that might help anxiety/depression: Valerian root/ serene L-theanine,
    Exercise is the most important to get your natural endorphins kicking in again. Melanda is right, it takes time. For energy try L-tyrosine and b-6



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    The Husband is offline Member
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    L-Theanine take 2 x 100mg to see how it works for you. I am 6'2 220 and 3x 100mg worked great for anxiety when I got off Oxy

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