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Lyric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-07-07 08:34 PM
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42. I wound up physically dependent on painkillers last year
I had a horrible medical problemat the beginning of September, 2005--infected, inflamed gallbladder. It was too inflamed to operate on, so I had to stay in the hospital on IV antibiotics and IV Dilaudid as well as Percocet in pill form for the whole month of September. When the infection anf inflammation went down enough to operate safely, I had the blasted thing taken out--but the surgery was complicated by LOTS of internal organ "adhesions" caused by the extensive inflammation, so it took a LONG time to recover afterward. The surgery was on September 28th. I went home with a scrip for 30 Dilaudid and 80+ Percocet on the 4th of October. I got *another* scrip for Percocet at the end of October, because I was still having pain from the surgical site and digestive complications that went along with it. By Christmas, I was running out and when I stopped taking them--all hell broke loose. I'd been on massive pain meds for months. The withdrawal was horrific. I remember shaking, sweating profusely, my whole body racked in pain, like I had the worst case of the flu *ever*. My nose got stuffy. I had hot flashes and chills. Muscles spasms out of nowhere. Sleepless nights, shaking hands, crying from the misery of it all.

I thought I was safe because I was taking the medicine for a *reason*. Boy, was I ever wrong. I went through four days of absolute hell, then broke down and went back to the doctor to explain what was happening. He treated me so badly, I'll never forget it. He's the one that GAVE me that stuff--told me my doses were low enough to be "safe". He gave me no sympathy whatsoever--in fact, the bastard made a notation on my chart about my "addiction" that I didn't know about, and when I had a kidney stone attack this past fall, I actually had an ER physician who, after reading my chart, insinuated that I was "faking it" to get pain drugs! They didn't give me anything for the pain until they'd done the CT scan that proved the damn stones were actually there--unlike my previous experiences, where they gave me the pain shot first and did the CT scan second.

Anyway, enough about me. I learned my lesson, and I'm incredibly careful with that kind of medication now. You hang in there. One piece of advice--my stepbrother was a crystal meth addict a couple of years ago. He had similar problems to what you're describing. He went to a counseling center, and they got him connected to a wonderful psychiatrist. He got put on Effexor and Klonopin, and after a few months he was sleeping normally again. Maybe you could talk to a doc like that? :hug:
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  -Need Meth Addict Support thefool_wa  Jan-07-07 12:31 PM   #0 
  - Yes. Perhaps not on the level you describe because it wasn't meth  MrsGrumpy   Jan-07-07 12:33 PM   #1 
  - Thank you so much  thefool_wa   Jan-07-07 12:40 PM   #2 
  - I'm so sorry you're having to go through this.  Madrone   Jan-07-07 03:06 PM   #3 
  - OMG is she right!!  thefool_wa   Jan-07-07 03:44 PM   #7 
     - Glad I could help somewhat.  Madrone   Jan-07-07 03:57 PM   #11 
     - Damn, I had no idea that it was really that bad. . .  TheFriendlyAnarchist   Jan-07-07 05:18 PM   #31 
        - Thanks  thefool_wa   Jan-07-07 05:25 PM   #33 
  - Good news and bad news.  zanne   Jan-07-07 03:14 PM   #4 
  - I've tried many things  thefool_wa   Jan-07-07 03:49 PM   #8 
  - I feel for you and my thoughts are with you.  sammythecat   Jan-07-07 03:36 PM   #5 
  - Thanks  thefool_wa   Jan-07-07 03:55 PM   #9 
  - Not an addict, but maybe some insight  Droopy   Jan-07-07 03:37 PM   #6 
  - I tried NA years ago  thefool_wa   Jan-07-07 04:01 PM   #12 
  - I have a family member addicted to crack.  GenDem   Jan-07-07 03:56 PM   #10 
  - Crack is the only thing that comes close to Meth  thefool_wa   Jan-07-07 04:15 PM   #14 
  - I can relate to this though I have no answers  skygazer   Jan-07-07 04:09 PM   #13 
  - The hug is what helps the best  thefool_wa   Jan-07-07 04:23 PM   #16 
  - I feel for you.  idgiehkt   Jan-07-07 04:18 PM   #15 
  - And I for you  thefool_wa   Jan-07-07 04:30 PM   #17 
  - 20+ plus years clean and sober -- intravenous crystal and cocaine use.  xchrom   Jan-07-07 04:35 PM   #18 
  - Seriously, I'll pass on NA  thefool_wa   Jan-07-07 04:43 PM   #20 
     - NA is owned by the Church of Scientology  Taverner   Jan-07-07 04:44 PM   #21 
     - I've never heard that before  thefool_wa   Jan-07-07 04:49 PM   #23 
     - Here's some links, if you dare  Taverner   Jan-07-07 04:52 PM   #25 
     - When it comes to scientology  thefool_wa   Jan-07-07 04:55 PM   #28 
     - It's true - Heinlein mentions it in one of his non-fiction books  Taverner   Jan-07-07 04:57 PM   #29 
     - Narconon and Narcotics Anonymous are  GenDem   Jan-07-07 06:42 PM   #34 
     - I knew there was some kind of disconnect  thefool_wa   Jan-07-07 08:06 PM   #37 
     - I think they are trying to be deceptive, purposely  GenDem   Jan-07-07 08:22 PM   #39 
     - I know people who've been through the Narconon program.  mountainvue   Jan-07-07 09:32 PM   #56 
     - That's Narcanon, NOT NA!  Southpawkicker   Jan-07-07 08:31 PM   #41 
        - Understood - but you can see how I made the error - no?  Taverner   Jan-07-07 09:02 PM   #44 
           - Well I Can See It Taverner  Southpawkicker   Jan-07-07 09:10 PM   #45 
              - I just know how deceptive the CoS is  Taverner   Jan-07-07 09:16 PM   #48 
                 - No, I Didn't Know That  Southpawkicker   Jan-07-07 09:17 PM   #49 
                    - Yep - tho not with aircraft carriers  Taverner   Jan-07-07 09:21 PM   #51 
                       - In The Navy, You Can Sail the Seven Seas  Southpawkicker   Jan-07-07 09:32 PM   #55 
                          - The intention of the Sea Org was eventually become the Space Org  Taverner   Jan-07-07 09:36 PM   #57 
                             - Yeah, They Are Insane  Southpawkicker   Jan-07-07 09:39 PM   #58 
                                - Loved that one  Taverner   Jan-07-07 09:42 PM   #59 
     - I have managed the treasury for an NA group.  idgiehkt   Jan-07-07 05:02 PM   #30 
        - It sounds highly suspect  thefool_wa   Jan-07-07 05:19 PM   #32 
        - 'cause there is no connection Idg  Southpawkicker   Jan-07-07 09:11 PM   #46 
     - You're confusing it with Narconon, which is owned by the  mountainvue   Jan-07-07 09:29 PM   #54 
     - i didn't say it had to be na -- and i said this too shall pass.  xchrom   Jan-07-07 08:09 PM   #38 
  - All I can say is look into the chemistry of addiction  Taverner   Jan-07-07 04:38 PM   #19 
  - Amazingly  thefool_wa   Jan-07-07 04:46 PM   #22 
     - There are a number of meds you can take  Taverner   Jan-07-07 04:50 PM   #24 
        - Interesting  thefool_wa   Jan-07-07 04:53 PM   #26 
           - Try for starts not eating anything but sugarless veggies before bed  Taverner   Jan-07-07 04:55 PM   #27 
  - My suggestion  bicentennial_baby   Jan-07-07 06:44 PM   #35 
  - Wow, a little over kill  thefool_wa   Jan-07-07 08:04 PM   #36 
  - Sound Advice  Southpawkicker   Jan-07-07 09:15 PM   #47 
  - I have no experience in this realm, but I wanted to stop in and wish you Peace  Shine   Jan-07-07 08:27 PM   #40 
  - I wound up physically dependent on painkillers last year  oktoberain   Jan-07-07 08:34 PM   #42 
  - Been hearing so much about prescription drug  GenDem   Jan-07-07 08:58 PM   #43 
  - What you are experiencing is known as "using dreams."  mountainvue   Jan-07-07 09:20 PM   # 
  - What you are experiencing is known as "using dreams."  mountainvue   Jan-07-07 09:20 PM   #50 
  - I wish everybody who ever considered doing meth would read your post  GoddessOfGuinness   Jan-07-07 09:23 PM   #52 
  - i'm so sorry....  shanti   Jan-07-07 09:25 PM   #53 
  - I was in a seven year relationship with a crack addict,  smtpgirl   Jan-07-07 09:51 PM   #60 
 

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