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Suboxone withdrawal

Discussion in 'Withdrawal Symptoms' started by Catherine93, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. Catherine93

    Catherine93 Member

    I have been off Suboxone for 380 days and I still have excessive sweating underarms and strange feelings. I am still struggling and Idk of this is anxiety or something if off in my body? I excercise, drink water, everything I can do to help myself but I don't know what is going on. Anyone have any similar experiences?
  2. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    @Catherine93... I suggest you talk to a doctor about the issues you're having. It could be related to the Suboxone, but it could be something else entirely. Best to get a professional opinion, I think.
  3. Catherine93

    Catherine93 Member

    Thank you .. seems like there are not a lot of dr's out there that can give me any answers/:
  4. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    @Catherine93... You may want to find an addiction specialist and talk to them. They are doctors that are trained thoroughly in all aspects of addiction, so they know way more than "normal" doctors do. An addiction specialist may have more insight into the long-term effects of Suboxone. If you're in the U.S., you can find an addiction specialist by doing a search by state or zip code on the American Society of Addiction Medicine's website:

    https://asam.ps.membersuite.com/directory/SearchDirectory_Criteria.aspx

    I hope this helps.
  5. Catherine93

    Catherine93 Member

    Thank you so very much.. I will def look into this:)
  6. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @Catherine93 hey there! just reading this and wondering how you're doing....
  7. Catherine93

    Catherine93 Member

    Hi:) I am still feeling the same and I am not getting very far with Dr. I keep really getting the same answer that it's all different depending on how long I was on it...I keep hearing anxiety but I know how anxiety feels and there are other oysichal issues going on.. I am seeing an endocrinologist bc I'm def having some hormonal issues since the detox.. maybe get some answers there???
  8. Catherine93

    Catherine93 Member

    Are
    u familiar with this drug?
  9. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @Catherine93 not too familiar... but glad you are continuing to dig to get to the bottom of it. hormonal issues can get the body out of whack for sure.... my hope is that you get to the bottom of it and experience an optimal healed state...mind and body :)
  10. Catherine93

    Catherine93 Member

    Thank you very much.. I appreciate you reaching out and will keep posting:)❤️
  11. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

  12. Airways.757

    Airways.757 Member

    So this is literally my first post here. but I decided to join because of the people sharing in this particular forum. I'm a suboxone user of 8 years I pretty much had myself a 4 milligram a day deal and I have an eight-year-old daughter if you notice of timelines match perfectly I pretty much quit for her and my wife and honestly yes it completely changed my life for the better in the beginning but now I tell you the past 4 years have been misery for me due to the fact that I felt like I was a emotionless zombie and that the only emotion than I actually had was anger so I decided that I'm done and I pretty much quit cold turkey 7 days ago pretty much being I did last Tuesday and you know for 4 nights now I haven't slept tossing and turning. However, I do have so many emotions coming back and they flood me one of them being guilt seems to be the most prominent you know I look at my daughter now and I can't help but don't want to tear up thinking about all the good days I could have had with her versus being angry about little things but anyways I'm not going to stop I'm not going to taper I'm not going to get medical help I'm not going to see a doctor because sometimes I want to say I feel like they are the problem and I'm going to get through this because I'm strong enough. I screenshot earlier when someone said I think he was an attorney that the withdrawals are your body messing with you your mind messing with you and that's pretty much it and he's right he's absolutely correct my stomach right now is in knots but I don't care it will end. what I've been doing is just drinking water eating vitamins forcing salad down my throat and trying to stay positive. Not sleeping is the WORST. (please excuse the horrible grammar I just noticed it I'm talking to text to my phone cuz I don't want to get out of bed in the future I'll make sure and proofread these before I post I apologize.)
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  13. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    Welcome to the community, @Airways.757. And thanks for sharing. I'm sorry you're struggling with Suboxone withdrawal right now, but I'm super proud of you for deciding to quit it. That's huge, and your life--and your family's life--will be much better going forward because of your decision. So kudos to you, my friend. Take good care of yourself while you're going through withdrawal. Keep drinking water, taking vitamins, etc. The sleep thing should get back to normal eventually, but maybe try an over-the-counter sleep aid in the meantime. It might help. Also, don't ever worry about typos in your posts, okay? You're not being graded on spelling or punctuation!

    We're here to help, support, and listen. Anytime you feel like you need someone to lean on, or someone to vent to, you can come back here. We're a caring bunch of humans who "get" what you're going through. So feel free to post whenever you'd like. In the meantime, I'm sending you lots of clean & sober, healing vibes. And tons of encouragement and hope, too. You can do this. I know you can! One day at a time.
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  14. Joshstillclean

    Joshstillclean Community Champion

    Much experience in this area. Am driving will post in a few minutes.
  15. Joshstillclean

    Joshstillclean Community Champion

    @Catherine93, I have a lot of experience with suboxone, subutex, and Buprenorphine. I also have a lot of experience with high doses 32 mg, and doses that are too low. Experience also with coming off of very high doses way too fast. Wayyyy too fast. (In fact this gave me a heart attack when I was 29). So I get the horrible withdrawals.

    If you don't mind me asking what dose were you on when you stopped? And when you say you stopped have you had any slip ups at all?
    Also how has your diet been?
    Along with water have you been drinking electrolytes like Gatorade or something?
    If you've been off for 380 days then it could be one of the last paws w/d's setting in if it has come on kind of suddenly. I know youb said still sweating but have you been sweating for a year now?
    Thats one reason I ask you how much you were taking?
  16. Joshstillclean

    Joshstillclean Community Champion

    @Airways.757 I'm sure you've had your fair share of withdrawals if you can even tolerate 4 mgs of sub a day and not get sick. That tells me you for sure had a habbit of using something at one point.
    I am not at all trying to discourage you when I say this but I'm just wondering if you've ever been through sub withdrawal before. It lasts even longer than methadone. I just wanted you to be aware of what you are in for before you possibly use up sick days or something and are still sick or miss a Drs appointment and can't get a refill.
    4 mgs is a huge jump off point. A week your starting to feel it my friend. Again just a heads up. Bit if you've got grit and are determined then its the fastest way. But dude, you be got to be really determined. You can do it but if you took like a month and got down to 1 or even 2 mgs then it would be alot easier.
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  17. Catherine93

    Catherine93 Member

    so its been over 2.5 years without Suboxone. I was on a high dose (24-32) a day for a good 10 years. By choice, I had them take me off in one week . They did warn me that I was going way too fast, and not I regret not going slower. I had to get back to work and I just wanted to get it over with so that's why I rushed it.. I never relapsed even tho I heard it was a good idea to go back on and taper down way slower but I had already gone thru HELL so that wasn't an option. I still deal with the sweating, but I def notice its when I am in social settings so I don't doubt a lot is just anxiety I still have from this. I am sure it made my anxiety so much worse coming off.. idk if I will ever get my anxiety under control. Subs def made me feel ultra calm. I get overwhelmed easily, anxious, antsy... and Idk if I was always this way, if subs made me this way? I have gone to every Dr possible and medically I check out fine. I still deal with muscle contractions, my muscles locking up, but NOTHING close to what it was a year ago.. Im starting to just think this is my new normal and ignore it. But my anxiety is bad at times. I tried prozac and such but its doesn't really do anything so I don't take anything. my diet is pretty good, I exercise a lot, but I fatigue out a lot faster still. I used to have incredible energy on it.. and you would think its the opposite being off it.. I do find myself climbing in my bed after work sometimes instead of sitting downstairs. I worry about the chemistry change in my brain.. and im kind of tired of chasing Dr around. Things are def better.. but I still am a different person than I was.. I don't crave or miss it.. but I miss not feeling tense and anxious and some of these little lingering feelings.. thx for reaching out.. any literature or info you can provide is great....
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  18. Joshstillclean

    Joshstillclean Community Champion

    Yeah, when I was still on dope I worked with someone on,24 mgs and had never before known about suboxone. Ibsaw her go from,24 to 2 in a week because of a new job she was trying to get. Not only did she not get the job but she lost her job she had. She was a young clerk at the machine shop ones a working at...like 22 or 23. It messed her hormones up bad. She really got messed up. Im,still friends with her to this day I feel,sorry for her she is married now bit can't have kids because something about that detox made her stop having her period. I know it can can mess with a mans hormones also bit its more common in women.
    She ended up going back on 8 and she's feeling ok now,she said. But anyway i think her situation is extreme. I know she gave me a book when I went on sub a few years ago. Ill call her in about an hour and get the name of that book.
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  19. Airways.757

    Airways.757 Member

    Than you for your reply. Yeah, I gave alot..wait hold on. Day 8 yall! Ok. Thought to this prior to doing it. I have the kind of personality that if I make true conscious decision to do something I try to do it and I have been through withdrawals before but not on Suboxone. last night was the first night that I have slept in a week I came home from work hot shower or drink two beers took two Benadryl and then when I lay down in bed I realized I did not have restless legs and I slept I woke up only I think twice just for a moment but I actually slept. the only thing I'm fearing now is is it going to get worse or is the worse over because I feel really good right now I've been cramming fruits and vegetables and whole grain cereals and salads down my throat like they say I haven't been hungry for any of it but I know I have two and chugging water like crazy I mean like non-stop crazy. I brouggt 6 bottles of water in my cooler to work yesterdayand drank them all. I also think that its easier to do if you dont HAVE to. I have a whole bottle sitting in my dresser drawer and that helps judt KNOWING it's there. However today as a celebration for my efforts the wife and I are going to give those a proper burial via the toilet very soon hahahaha. Anyways. I will continue to come here for updates and support.
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  20. Joshstillclean

    Joshstillclean Community Champion

    You, my friend, officially are bad ass.
    I,don't think I need to say anything else. Proud of you.
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