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Discussion in 'Share Your Story Here' started by Lindadarleen, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. Lindadarleen

    Lindadarleen Member

    Hi everyone! I am new to this site and not sure if my last post posted, as I cannot see it anywhere. I am in desperate need of advice! A couple years ago the doctor put me on oxycodone and hydrocodone for endometriosis. I have finally had my surgery and June 28th I quit all the pain meds for good! I wouldn't say I was an addict but definitely physically tolerant! So unfortunately that meant the dreaded awful nightmare of withdrawals! My question is now this... I need to get an upper endoscopy for some pretty bad abdominal problems I have been having and I will be required to have fentanyl administered. How long do you need to wait after stopping opioids before needing to have them again without having to go through those awful withdrawals again? As I said, the last time I had any was June 28th which was about three and a half months ago. I'm really scared to go in and have this procedure done because even though only one use I do not want to go through withdrawals again! Or has it been long enough where I have kind of reset myself?
  2. Dominica

    Dominica Recovery Advocate @ Moving Beyond Codependency Community Listener

    @Lindadarleen Hello there. Thank you for reaching out. I really don't know enough about this to give you adequate input. Are you able to talk to your doctor about this? Let your doctor know your concerns?
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  3. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    @Lindadarleen... Welcome. I totally understand your concern about your upcoming procedure. I think you should be okay, but I would definitely check with your doctor about it. My personal opinion is that 3.5 months is enough time, especially since the Fentanyl will only be a one-time thing. But I am not a doctor, so you should be totally honest and express your concerns to a medical professional.

    Let us know what you find out.
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  4. Lindadarleen

    Lindadarleen Member

    @Dominica @deanokat Thank you both for replying! I have already asked my primary care physician, as well as the gastroenterologist specialist about this. Neither of them really had any answers. My primary care physician admitted she really had no idea. The gastroenterologist claimed she figured since it was one time Administration I should be okay. But that honestly didn't give me any reassurance because she also stated that even if a person had only stopped a couple days ago it should be fine. Maybe I am wrong, but I absolutely do not believe that would be the case.! I have been calling all over the place, including drug rehabilitation centers and addiction help lines. The detox specialist I spoke with yesterday said she figured three and a half months should be safe but still couldn't say one way or another. The only thing she could say for certain was that everyone is different.
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  5. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    @Lindadarleen... You may want to get in touch with an addiction specialist and ask them. An addiction specialist is a doctor who is thoroughly trained in all aspects of addiction, so they know way more about it than "regular" doctors. You can find an addiction specialist in your area by using the Find a Doctor tool on the American Board of Addiction Medicine's website. Here's the link:

    I hope you can find an answer before your procedure so your mind is at ease.
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  6. Lindadarleen

    Lindadarleen Member

    @deanokat I will try that! Thank you so much!
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  7. deanokat

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