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Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by Cwv, May 24, 2018.

  1. Cwv

    Cwv Member

    I have a problem with pain killers. I messed up my back and am in a lot of pain. I told the dr my problem with painkillers and she told me she would prescribe a muscle relaxer. I haven’t taken anything yet . I don’t know what to do at this point. Any advice would be appreciated thanks
  2. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @Cwv hello there. are you through taking the pain pills? did your doctor discuss any type of plan with you for getting off pain pills? or recommend you to an addiction specialist perhaps?

    if you're addicted to pain pills, you have various options. if you're able to see an addiction counselor, that's a great start.... of course, there's detox or rehab if you're able, support groups like Narcotics Anonymous or SMART Recovery, etc. it's you embarking on this new journey of recovery figuring out what works for you in stopping....

    i'm sorry your back is hurting.... perhaps there are some things you can do to decrease that level of pain... maybe work with a physical therapist?

    would like to know more...
  3. True concern

    True concern Community Champion

    @Cwv I'm sorry to hear about your back and if you have an issue with your ability to take pain meds for this problem as needed instead of abusing them you can always ask your Dr for a pain patch which is a 3 day supply per patch,this will help your pain and eliminate the urge to take another pill.The patches are addictive but if you have chronic pain and can't do without medicine this maybe an easier way to control the pain and urge to take more.Stay Strong and God Bless Take Care
  4. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    @Cwv... I don’t think the muscle relaxer would pose a problem for you. And it might help alleviate the pain a bit. But I would consult with your doctor to be sure. I don’t think she would’ve prescribed something that would be problematic for you knowing your issue with pain meds.
  5. Josh111187

    Josh111187 Community Champion

    Most of the muscle relaxers are safe but beware of doctors who prescribe a relaxer like diazepam,sure it relaxes your muscles because it's a benzodiazepine. A lot of people ask me why would I take so much valium it's because I have epilepsy and was why I was switched to diazepam(valium), tolerance goes through the roof eventually and physical dependence is a given. I would also steer clear of soma, NOT a benzodiazepine but I have had friends who very much enjoyed it. Never had it myself but a"soma coma" is like an Ambien blackout while drunk, not pretty.
    I have been around the substance abuse scene alot, and I believe that if you're desperate enough you'll abuse anything. However if your heart and mind are in the right place then you shouldn't have anything to worry about.
    I'm currently attending a church where I go to a young adult group and one member has two fused disks and a few screws, he takes Percocet yet has no struggle with it whatsoever...
    I would go with your gut and if you think stay away, Mabry research a little further.
  6. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @Josh111187 i think it's great you are involved in the young adult group at your church!!

    :)
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  7. Josh111187

    Josh111187 Community Champion

    It was a trial run at first, honestly I didn't think I would continue going. NA was a trial run at first honestly too now I have a home group and sponsor. This site was a last minute resort as I was grasping at straws when I first started a new post, I think I titled it valium low HELP!, or something similar. Though I never intended to follow through with anything I have found that being alone in a critical time in my life like getting and STAYING clean is not a good idea.
    When I was typing my first post I literally had a trash bin between my legs and was throwing up while typing. But then you and @True concern, @deanokat, all responded with encouragement and support. Its been the same with others as well.
    I thought because I was literally looking at deaths door I was alone,I could never have been more wrong and I truly believe that I will continue to heal by helping others who feel like I have. So following that logic I'll continue to go because I have a huge amount of healing I need.
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  8. True concern

    True concern Community Champion

    You are not alone my friend
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  9. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    @Josh111187... Thanks for the insight you provide in your posts. And thanks for just being here. You are helping others, my friend. I'm so glad you found us and took the time to make that first post, even if it was incredibly difficult for you. I also think it's great that you're involved with the young adult group at your church and NA. You are an inspiration, for sure. :)
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  10. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @Josh111187 bless it... the story of you vomiting and typing here... wow... so glad you've come here for support and in your community!!! we need people in our corner, and it's alright to NEED help....

    truly brings a smile to my face that you've made it through some pretty tough stuff josh!!! and you choose to pay it all forward by encouraging others!!

    yay!!

    in gratitude for you....
  11. Jai50

    Jai50 Senior Contributor

    Are you in physical therapy? My boyfriend couldn't walk for over a year because of his back he was on muscle relaxers oxy ext 4 yrs. He was haveing a garage sale when this sports medicine Dr came thru. He showed him a few stretches now he's walking again. He walks every morning or he'll get sore. Meditation physical therapy if u want to get off the pills.
    Im 2 years clean
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  12. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @Jai50 glad you're clean! congrats!
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  13. Jai50

    Jai50 Senior Contributor

    Glad I found this sight it's helping a lot
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  14. Wherespamela

    Wherespamela Member

    I used to be addicted to pain medication. The withdrawal is terrible but only lasts a few days. I'm so glad that period of my life is over. If I was running out I'd panic!! I did the methadone route but only for a short time (a few weeks) and that withdrawal took 6 weeks! That was awful withdrawing from methadone. Oxy withdrawals are a walk in the park compared to methadone. I do feel much much better and the mental clarity is undeniable since pain pills are gone. But now I'm facing a new demon: amphetamines. Don't switch demons like I do. It's a vicious cycle that rips you to your core and kills the person your supposed to be. My advice would be get off the pain pills and try something non addictive. Don't switch drugs, you'll never escape hell. I wish u the best of luck.
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  15. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    Great advice, @Wherespamela. I hope you can escape the grip of amphetamines soon. Have you ever considered seeing an addiction specialist to help you get off of them?
  16. True concern

    True concern Community Champion

    @Wherespamela I know first hand the hell you speak of.I was one of those dumb idiot's who rolled all my addiction's into one.Meth,Heroin,Oxy,Fentanyl,alcohol,xanax.and today i am sober,free from them all minus low dose norco i take to be able to walk while waiting on knee surgery.and as of today after seeing my Dr i am now unfortunately taking 1mg twice aday as needed of xanax.(This breaks my heart) I have no desire to take either but one i need to walk and after today's EKG i was informed my heart is showing what the Dr called (Tremors).So i engaged in a lengthy open honest conversation and i expressed my concern and even let her know I'm an addict try to recover as well i mentioned my use of this site and i think i am second in posted messages behind @deanokat and im not sure but possibly behind @Dominica as well but my point is im incredibly active in my efforts to improve my life.The Dr is concerned that i sleep maybe 12-14 hour's a week.I spend more time running than sleeping.I was referred to a psychologist and i will try that as well but from what the Dr told me today."Please go home take a xanax and block everything out and sleep your body and mind needs a break".Also she recommended two books for me to read. "The Ultra Mind Solution"By Dr Mark Hyman and "The power of now"ByEckhart Tolle I hate to go back to this but i'm very poor and unfortunately i can't spend money on book's because my family struggles to simply keep our 2 bedroom apartment were 5 adult's live and towards the end of the month we struggle to eat at most 2 meals a day so that we can survive.Is poverty hard and tough?Yes however we do the best we can and i will not allow our financial problems interfere with my recovery because there is nothing more important to myself than a full recovery which is in no way one and done it is a life long process and a constant conscious fight each and every day and i am under no delusion that it will one day all be over as if it never happened that simply is not how it work's.I would love to say i am healed but that would be a lie and at this point in my life i choose complete transparency and honesty.The people in this community have become my friends and infact i view them as my family and I can say i love each and everyone of them because they have shown me absolute compassion and vital guidance which to me shows true heart and genuine concern,not just for myself but for each and every person that comes here seeking help.I am where i am today in big part due to the community.Again i say thank each and everyone of you,you are some of thee most amazing human being's i have ever known and your friendships are worth more than any amount of money that could ever exist.