With my doctor's permission, I've asked to taper off of my opiate pain medications first. We'll deal with the Neurontin and Flexiril later if it makes sense. Over a year ago, I began to tapered down off of 120mg of ER Morphine a day to 60mg. I wasn't sure I could go any further, but a couple of months ago I decided to go for it. I'm now off of all ER Morphine for 24 days now! Now, I'm focusing on the Oxycodone which I've been taking regularly of 30mg a day. I'm down to 15mg in the last 3 weeks.
Can I just clear my calendar and quit taking the last 15mg of Oxycodone? How bad can the withdrawals be I wonder? I've been suffering through the withdrawals off and on through the tapering off of the ER Morphine and am so ready to be done! My dear doctor isn't much help. He says I can do what seems right as he trusts me. If you do not think I should go cold turkey on the last of my Oxycodone, what do you suggest I do to taper without so many symptoms? No, I have no prescriptions or over the counter for the ill feeling, runs, and insomnia.
My husband is a great support and proud of me for coming this far. If I cannot live without the opiates, I'll know that and go back. But after ten plus years on them, they weren't working that well nor do I know if I really need them. Maybe more Neurontin or something else would be better. But for now, any advice to finish them would be appreciated.
By the way, I'm mostly a reader of the forums and I glean so much from you all. Thank you! I have had two ACDF C5-6 surgeries to my name, lumber herniation, degeneration, stenosis, etc. which all started years ago from a car accident. I've done all the other treatments out there with little to no help. I've accepted this and am living with pain the best way I know how with good days and bad days. Today is a good day so I was able to type this.