Getting Off An Opioid Without Severe Withdrawals
At this time I am trying to get off an opioid after being on it for two years and opioids in total for twenty-eight (28) years. In April 1990, my physician put me on a cocktail of drugs to meet my need for assorted diseases, disorders, and injuries. During this period of time, I was recovering from an automobile accident and several years of wrongful diagnoses. I had a new Primary Physician, and a new Psychiatrist and new diagnoses. To say the least, I only did what I was told, I was so relieved to have a clear diagnosis of my problems.
When the dust cleared I was on nineteen (19) medications, I also had two more specialists, a Neurologist, and an Orthopedist. One of the medications was Diazepam (Valium) for anxiety, and another was Hydrocodone 7.5 for pain. I was very grateful to get both of them for I had long suffered from crippling Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), but had never been diagnosed or treated for same. I was also given two non-addicting medications for anxiety. Again, I was grateful for the diagnosis and the medication. I had lived for thirty-nine years unmedicated and undiagnosed, and it was not pleasant.
For twenty-eight (28) years I lived under the premise it is better to be diagnosed and on treatment, than not, for I had thirty-nine (39) years, of torment undiagnosed and untreated! Living in my own hazy fog of Diazepam and Hydrocodone and then the fogs caused by my diseases, Myasthenia Gravis, and Fibromyalgia, I made it through those years.
When I started researching the severe withdrawal symptoms of opioids, I was surprised to learn severe anxiety is a symptom of long-term opioid abuse. So the narcotic Diazepam (Valium) was barely taking care of the severe anxiety caused by the opioid use. I was given Hydrocodone 7.5 for twenty-four (24) years, and then it was Hydrocodone 10 for two (2) years, and now it is Oxycodone 10, which is Percoset 10. So the anxiety which is so very painful for me is made worse by the opioid!
I didn’t know that in January when I started taking myself off mind-clouding drugs. So on February 25, 2018, when I took my last Diazepam, I was ready to go off the narcotic, but I had nothing to help with the anxiety except the basic medication. So when I received the money, I ordered two herbal supplements to help me. They were Holy Basil Root, and I got the kind for about $15.99, but if you can afford the better kind, get it. The other herbal supplement was Redicalm by Nutreance and it is made of five herbal supplements, all of which I have used in the past and are very good for anxiety and with Redicalm you get them in one herbal supplement.
CBD Oil For Withdrawal Relief
Nothing calms anxiety like CBD oil! I didn’t find CBD oil until June then I got relief for my anxiety for real. The knot in my stomach that had been there so long I don’t know when it came, was gone in an instant! It came back five (5) hours later, but it left. When it hit my stomach I knew it, so I scheduled the CBD oil 1000mg. 4 drops every six hours and that is my serving size for now. The time between when my stomach tightens has lengthened as I have built the CBD up in my system. Now I am getting the anxiety under control.
I have a general uneasiness as I go forward with my plan to get off opioids. Anyone who has anxiety can tell you uneasiness is unsettling and uncomfortable, but it is not anxiety. If you are getting off of opioids and you are not uneasy you would have to be ‘crazy’. I am not looking forward to getting past the withdrawals symptoms. So far I have been on 1/2 a pain pill for four (4) days and a serving size of 4 drops of CBD oil 1000mg. every 6 hours.
There has been a decided change for the better in my Ulcerative Colitis, the symptoms are better for me. Withdrawals may interfere with this for I have been warned about nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and severe abdominal and stomach cramping which are all Ulcerative Colitis symptoms too. Emotion causes upset in my gastric system so I am trying to keep things on an even keel. Which isn’t easy, life moves on, doesn’t matter what you’re trying to do.
Thank you for reading. Please leave me a comment if you have one. I will write more tomorrow. Be well.
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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 Lyrica, the one I take for my Fibromyalgia, as it is not an opioid!
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