I had surgeries (3) back in 2010 to repair the L5/S1. Starting in October of 2009, I have been on Percocet and Vicodin or their generics. Last Monday, I decided to go off the stuff because I felt that I could live with the little pain that I now have. I mentioned to my doctor that I wanted to try to wean myself off of the drugs, but he made me go cold turkey. I have no idea why, but this scared the hell out of me because of all of the horror stories that I had heard of people going off this way. I surprised myself and had only one bad day, which was the first day. Since Tuesday, I have had no pills and no withdrawal symptoms.
I am beginning to feel better or at least different since being off the junk. My bowels are returnning to normal and I feel more energetic. I am not against pills. On several occasions, they made living comfortable and for those that need them, I can appreciate their using them. We do what we have to in order to feel decent and enjoy life with our familiy, even under the influence of a narcotic. Many times, I thanked the Lord for having my meds.
Today, I only take Advil, but it is mostly ineffective. I have also tried Alieve, Aspirin and Celebrex. Nothing works as good as the narcotics. I was getting about 6 hours of releif when I was taking the pills. My pain is livable and I do not have it for long when I do get it. Maybe from 5-15 minutes about 3-4 times a day. I am OK with this. By the way, I was abusing the pills and that was my main reason for wanting off. I was taking about 100 pills of Hydrocodone (Vicodin) 7.5/500 in about 12 days.
Best of luck to all of you.