I have been on pain meds for four years. I have used Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Tramadol, Opana ER, Vicadin, Percocet, Dilauded and another one, Nucynta. I have very little pain anymore and probably could go without any narcotics or opioids. However, my body is now dependent on them, so I am stuck taking Opana ER on a daily basis. I take one tablet every twelve hours. The pills normally wear off in about ten hours, so I wake up in heavy sweats and nausea along with abdominal cramps. Basically, I am now screwed. I also have chronic constipation, which I take stool softeners and laxatives to help me have BM's.
When I speak to my PM doctor, he seems to care very little, other than to give me a new Rx for another 60 pills of Opana ER. I am now to the point where I am going to go to Detox. No one seems to understand the Hell that I am going through with being addicted or dependent on opioids. I have chosen a hospital to go to for Detox and am now just waiting for them to have a bed open and then they will call me and I can go and check in as an in-patient. I am told that I should expect Detox to take from 3-7 days. This is scary to me because I do not know what to expect.
If any of you have been through this, please respond and let me know how you made out with it. I am so depressed and also have anxiety that I pray daily that after Detox I will fell better. Believe it or not, I am 66 years old and had three back surgeries in 2010. I never thought that I'd be in this position. Back in 1965-1967, I served in Vietnam. I was wounded twice and spent several weeks in a hospital both times receiving narcotic pain killers, but never became addicted to them. Why this has happened to me now, I do not know.