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  •  Yep. (12+ / 0-)

    Fortunately I've been through it before (last time I had surgery) so this time I know what to expect. But nobody had warned me the previous time, which I think was sort of inexcusable.

    My doctor is fully informed and has promised to work with me as I wean myself off the stuff (and I'm now down to two pills a day, most days, but below that I can't seem to get at this point without physical repercussions). It's rough going, though, because I've been on opiates for well over a year now. If it was just post-surgery I'd be having a much easier time of it.

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    by slksfca on Mon May 06, 2013 at 10:45:46 AM PDT

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    •  That's one of the ways I judge my pain. (7+ / 0-)

      If I take a Vicodin and get loopy then I should have just taken Naproxen. If I don't get loopy, yet the pain dissipates, I know I've taken the right drug.

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      by ZenTrainer on Mon May 06, 2013 at 12:23:11 PM PDT

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    •  I've been on them for six years (7+ / 0-)

      but I switched from Percocet (or the generic for it, anyway) to oxycodone years ago because I didn't want the acetominophen that comes in the Perc. Then, fairly recently, my doc switched me to OxyContin twice a day with a bit of oxycodone for breakthrough pain. I wonder if you might try swapping from Percocet to oxycodone? The only bad effect I get from stopping it is I throw up for about a day, and, of course, a lot of pain because it isn't being treated. I stopped periodically while on it just to prove I can and to fend off dependency. OxyContin is supposedly time-release oxycodone so I expect it's more or less the same thing if I stop it.

      I have a degenerative spinal cord condition, which is what has me in constsnt pain if it isn't treated.

      Good luck. One thing I've found that helps a lot with cleansing your system from strong opiates (I was on a Fentanyl patch for a while) is taking lots of hot baths. Swimming helps if you can do it, too, but the ability to take a hot bath any time you get the creepy-crawlies really helped me immensely.

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      by Kitsap River on Mon May 06, 2013 at 01:13:18 PM PDT

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      •  I was on Oxycontin as well as Oxycodone... (5+ / 0-)

        ...for about four weeks after the surgery.  Now it's just the latter ("generic for Percocet" is what it says on the label).

        And yes, I'd LOVE a nice hot bath, but am still physically unable to sit in the tub. It will be a few more weeks at least before I can do that.

        Thanks for the advice and good wishes. :-)

        There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

        by slksfca on Mon May 06, 2013 at 02:37:57 PM PDT

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