Twelfth Day Coming Off Opioids
Today is my twelfth day coming off opioids and I am doing well. Already beginning to think clearly it seems. Starting the opioid Hydrocodone 7.5 at the age of thirty-nine in 1990, I was on an opioid for the total of twenty-eight years.
By doctor’s prescription for one long battle with spine pain and Fibromyalgia, I was given an opioid. First the 7.5, then the Hydrocodone 10, until I began on Oxycodone 10, two years ago. I didn’t have to withdraw from the Hydrocodone because I went straight to the Oxycodone.
Being right at asking for my Oxycodone mg to be raised from ten to something higher because my pain level was staying at a level 8 on a pain scale of 1 to 10, I heard about CBD.
Anxiety and Long-Term Opioid Use
Checking into it, I learned severe anxiety and long-term opioid use go hand in hand. Looking for the severe withdrawal symptoms of opioids I found the signs of long-term opioid use, and they were much alike in their symptoms and severity. Both warned of cardiac deaths, gastric issues, and severe diarrhea. Others were hot and cold flashes, blood pressure problems, and coma.
In April 1990, the physician had prescribed Diazepam (Valium) for severe anxiety. At the time this was one of the main narcotics prescribed for anxiety, although for short-term use, I think it still is most often given. I took it exactly as prescribed for twenty-eight years, then in February 2018, I began the battle for a clear mind, and I took myself off of Valium taking the last one on February 24, 2018.
Withdrawals From the Opioid
For a very long time, I wanted to be free of pain pills, but I didn’t know what I was going to do for pain and withdrawals from the opioid. When I found CBD oil, it was the answer to a prayer for me. Right off it relieved the anxiety that had plagued me all of my life, and when CBD oil proceeded to control my pain, I knew I could get off pain pills.
The pain relief remained constant and I wrote daily on one website or another of mine, and I will list them all on the bottom of this post.
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