Anxiety Increased By Long Term Pain Pill Use
Knowing that getting off the opioid, after twenty-eight (28) years of taking Hydrocodone and then Oxycodone, was predicted to cause me to experience severe withdrawal symptoms. I decided to find out what were the usual pain pill addiction symptoms. The first one I found was that opioid use for a long period of time caused severe anxiety, and I just sat down and cried. I had spent the last two years begging for more Diazepam (Valium), to help control my anxiety, and no one had told me it was increased by my pain pill! That’s the reason I started the narcotic in the first place! In 1990, Diazepam (Valium) was the safest, most often prescribed medication for anxiety.
In January 2018, I began taking myself off of Diazepam (Valium). I didn’t know back then it was helping fight the anxiety caused by the opioid prescribed by my physicians. They just kept telling me they were being as ‘kind’ to me as they could because of ‘federal law’ that kept them from writing more. My physicians didn’t bother to tell me why it was alright to write stronger opioid medication, and still keep me at a pain level of eight (8) on a scale of one (1) to ten (10), but not give me more help with the anxiety.
So I took the anxiety out of their hands in January, along with my other psych meds. I did something I had not done in twenty-seven (27) years. I fired my psychiatrist, and took my last prescription and used it to come off the narcotic Diazepam (Valium). I used the herbal supplement Redicalm from Nutreance, and it is good, it is a blend of five natural herbs. I wish I had known about what I have now, but I didn’t know about it. The herbal supplement Holy Basil Root also helped me, and I found it valuable.
Today is July 18, 2018, and I had my last Diazepam (Valium) on February 25, 2018, so it has been about four months. The CBD oil has come in here and helped me in my battle to stay off Diazepam, and I am thankful. Immediate relief was mine upon dropping the drops under my tongue on that Tuesday afternoon, and I was so very calm for the first time in an extremely long time.
The list of mental and physiological symptoms for painkiller addiction is long, here are some of them: constipation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, confusion, unconsciousness, addiction, respiratory depression, increased risk of heart attack, coma, and death. Not a complete list, but full enough for me, I want off of them. I only continue to hope the CBD oil can come through on the pain relief as it is starting to do for I have to have pain relief help. I believe CBD oil is the help for the anxiety and pain that will allow me to come off the pain pills.
Physicians Do No Harm
One young lady who had been on an opioid for over ten years said coming off of the pain pill caused her bones to feel like they had knives in them! I feel like that now as I am in exacerbating pain and am addicted to pain pills! I really see something wrong with this, especially when I have a Primary Physician, a Psychiatrist, a Neurologist, a Gastrologist, an Orthopedist I get nerve blocks from, and a Psychotherapist. Someone or a few people are not paying attention. Wait! Did I forget the Anesthesiologist and Pain Specialist?
Too Many Lists Too Little Known
My diagnosis I don’t even know all of because most of them have told me and I have forgotten. What I remember sounds like a spelling contest. Try Myasthenia Gravis, Fibromyalgia, Ulcerative Colitis, Degenerative Bone (Disc) Disease, Herniated Disc C3, and the psyche diagnoses like anxiety disorders and Bipolar 1.
I will wrap this up and write more tomorrow on https://www.copingwithanxieties.com
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I will be Blogging here while I change the type of pain medication that I use. With the basic pain medication being the one I take for my Fibromyalgia, as it is not an opioid!
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