Taking It To Feel Normal: My Oxycodone Experience

(AP)

It was a Sunday night. Perched on my bed, I went through my ritual and took a swig of water and swallowed the two small white pills in my orange prescription bottle. “This is it,” I told myself, “back to normal life.” After a successful spinal fusion surgery, I was ready to rid myself of the last of the oxycodone I had been taking for six weeks to manage the pain in my back.

“Sales of painkillers reached about $8.5 billion last year, compared with $4.4 billion in 2001, according to the consulting firm IMS Health.”
– The New York Times

The next morning, I skipped all of my daily doses. Nausea and weakness slowly started to creep into my body. I lay on my couch and flipped through the cable channels on TV, intent on not letting it get to me. But by Monday night, I lay in bed practically twitching, as an intense jittery feeling spread through my upper torso. I tossed and turned until dawn, breaking a sweat as I repeatedly stretched one arm, then the other, as something akin to having consumed several cans of Red Bull continued to wreak an internal havoc inside of me.

So on Tuesday night, after taking the day off from my part-time, work-from-home status, I gave up. I reached back into that bottle and swallowed two more pills. Within minutes, I started to feel more normal again.

This is what withdrawal feels like.

My doctor had sent me home with paperwork for my narcotics, which explained that I should not quit narcotics cold turkey, but should call their office to get instructions on slowly cutting down. This would help me avoid those nasty side effects I was feeling. So after calling my doctor’s office, I got back on oxycodone.

Painkillers Lead To Rise In Addiction

There are others like me out there who have also been taking it for legitimate reasons such as pain management after a major operation. But some have taken oxycodone, and other highly addictive narcotics, for much longer. And a new report says the sale of these prescription meds is leading to a rise in the number of addictions, now at epidemic levels, The Wall Street Journal reports:

Sales of the nation’s two most popular prescription painkillers have exploded in new parts of the country, an Associated Press analysis shows, worrying experts who say the push to relieve patients’ suffering is spawning an addiction epidemic.

From New York’s Staten Island to Santa Fe, N.M., Drug Enforcement Administration figures show dramatic rises between 2000 and 2010 in the distribution of oxycodone, the key ingredient in OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan. Some places saw sales increase sixteenfold.

Meanwhile, the distribution of hydrocodone, the key ingredient in Vicodin, Norco and Lortab, is rising in Appalachia, the original epicenter of the painkiller epidemic, as well as in the Midwest.

What struck me is that I had to take the oxycodone just to feel normal. I don’t feel high when I take it, nor do I feel a heightened sense of… anything. I just feel like I can get through my day.

Pain Management vs. Possible Dependency

This is not just an issue of black market sales or the curious teen popping pills from their parent’s medicine cabinet. Doctors are more likely than ever to prescribe opioids like oxycodone, methadone, OxyContin and others, for pain management purposes, according to this New York Times piece:

“Doctors are prescribing like crazy,” said Dr. C. Richard Chapman, the director of the Pain Research Center at the University of Utah.

Medical professionals have long been on high alert about powerful painkillers like OxyContin because of their widespread abuse by teenagers and others for recreational purposes.

Now the alarm is extending from the street to an arena where the drugs had been considered legitimate and safe: doctors’ offices where they are prescribed — and some say grossly over-prescribed — for the treatment of long-term pain from back injuries, arthritis and other conditions.

“We started on this whole thing because we were on a mission to help people in pain,” Seattle Dr. Jane C. Ballantyne told the Times, in describing the medical profession’s embrace of opioids. “But the long-term outcomes for many of these patients are appalling, and it is ending up destroying their lives.”

New Policies Aim To Curb Painkiller Usage

In 2011, Washington state passed a law requiring doctors to refer patients on high dosages of opioids to see pain specialists if their condition did not improve. And at the federal level, the Obama administration announced last year it planned to introduce legislation that would require doctors prescribing opioids to undergo several hours of mandatory training — an initiative the Food and Drug Administration signaled it would do in 2008, but ended up backing out of two years later, according to the Times.

Now that I’ve spent the past two weeks cutting down my oxycodone dosage every few days, the weakness and other withdrawal symptoms have for the most part subsided. Looking at this issue now with my own (albeit relatively short-lived) experience taking these highly addictive pills, I can say that regardless of whatever policies are put into place to curb addiction, I have a greater admiration for people overcoming it.

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  • Fred Friendly

    It seems that the majority of any discussion of these drugs is about abuse. I know that is a big problem but whenever they talk of ways to address it it always impacts those of us who need just to live a marginal life each day. I do not abuse them, I do not sell them to addicts but I always feel like I am one of the criminals having to do drug testing and pill counts every doctor visit not to mention the looks and comments from anyone I tell that I am taking these drugs. We the legitimate users are NOT THE PROBLEM! Go after the doctors who pass out scripts for these drugs for anything like a hangnail, which should be easy to track, and the drug companies who love having these drugs abused because they make huge profits on them. Don’t make it harder on those of us who need them for pain. Believe me , I would LOVE to find a cure for my pain so I could quit taking these, they don’t completely take it away but it sure is better than not having them. They do not get me high (I don’t even know how people do abuse them!) and there are a lot of bad side effects that go along with these.

  • 93NYRFan

    I am not surprised if the pharmaceutical companies pay these docs “under the table” to push these oxys/roxies to patient that may or may not need them. Their mindset is get the patients hooked and they will keep coming back and i collect my visitation fees. What a cruel world we live in, but when money is the center of the universe, those things WILL happen.

  • 93NYRFan

    question for you paddy: what do you have when you take pills away from a pain patient? answer: withdrawals…same as what a abuser goes through. There are millions of undocumented pain patients that get hooked even if they take them as prescribed.

  • rodpolon

    my sister died after taking a combo of oxicodone and antidepresents prscribed by doctors. im pissed that no one said anything . zanaks

  • gardner

    This is silly, oxycontin comes in ten (small white round), fifteen (small green round), twenty (small gray round), 30s (small blue round) and even 80 mgs! ….Real withdraw happens when you over excite your H2 receptors to the point where they stop telling your body to make other needed chemicals that it would make on its own, thus your own body will manufacture pain, and all sorts of symptoms to request a redose. Thats your bodies way of asking for more. Three days of runs, sweating, cold shivers, twitching and pain is a little soft withdraw but can only happen after the body metabolizes the last of the narcotic. Thats a very insignificant withdraw. If you are bothered by three days of sickness, then your just not very tough, and not really an addicted patient at all. Withdraw for the moist of us is reduced blood pressure, total kidney pain that makes you yell, three days of vomit then a week of twitching, headaches, lack of sleep, and all sorts of mini stroke like symptoms . Take a fistfull of Valium and sleep through it, then clean up your bodily mess when your clean. I am an addict and I have done this millions of times and its just another day on the streets if Camden NJ. If you want to soften the blow, take benzos to sleep, take lots of warm showers, eat oat meal and just stay on the toilet, and play on the computer for a while. You will have three days of the MALAISE where you wont be respondent or be able to move, thats normal, just man up and take it and in a couple weeks youll be done.

    • Michelle

      I just came across this thread and I see it was said 2 months ago…I agree with u but the way you describe the pills may be confusing to ppl who aren’t “in the know” like we are. OxyContin is the Extended Release form of Oxycodone…comes in strengths of 20mgs, 40mgs, 60mgs, 80mgs and yes 160mgs…the Immediate Release (IR’s) also called Roxicodone, comes in 5mgs, 10mgs, 15mgs and 30mgs. I have read the majority of the posts on this thread and some of the stuff I’ve read here is some of the worst misinformation I’ve ever heard. There isn’t even enough space on this website to tell my story. But having lived through (barely) really serious withdrawals..(once I went into Acute Renal Failure,,was lucky to not having to be put on Dialysis)…I have had Withdrawals which have included headaches, muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, hot/cold sweats, twitching, involuntary muscle movement, restless leg syndrome, renal failure, crawling skin, cramping, pain worse than the pain you are prescribed it for, violent uncontrolled yawning/eyes watering(yes, those two things can be a nightmare too though it sounds so minor), using other drugs (Xanax, Ativan etc etc to ease some of the physical side affects, sometimes leading to addictions to benzo’s/other opiates) these are just a FEW of the physical symptoms. If I’m not mistaken, I don’t think I read one post about the MENTAL/PSYCHOLOGICAL symptoms of withdrawal, which in some cases, are even WORSE than the Physical withdrawal…Depression, anxiety, insomnia, hallucinations, hearing voices, suicidal thoughts/attempts, paranoia, panic attacks, mood swings, anger, aggression, memory loss, nightmares/night terrors and on and on and on and on. Now take ALL the side affects I’ve mentioned, multiply it by 10 and imagine the absolute HORROR and HELL that would be, Now imagine ALL the symptoms I mentioned and having ALL of them happen at THE SAME DAMN TIME!!! Unless you have lived through all that AND the original, already severe/debilitating pain you’ve been living with, than you are grossly misinformed and almost laughably naïve…walk a mile in my moccasins as the saying goes….I’ve known grown ass, muscle bound men that were reduced to little boys, laying in a fetal position crying and screaming their guts out. Yeah…welcome to this Woman’s world…ME!! Real Talk!! And I’ll be damned if I’m going to get into a “pissing contest” with anyone on here about this subject because , frankly, my time is better spent trying to help ppl learn the truth about the horrors of withdrawal and other related things than to try to convince someone who has never dealt with pain stronger than a sprained ankle….lol. Unbelievable….

    • 93NYRFan

      Take a valium? you are just fooling yourself replacing one drug with another. You say man up but you take a valium to sleep. Obviously you must be a puss to take a benzo just to sleep. Like you said deal with it and come back and talk after you done it the real way cold turkey NATURALLY.

  • maryann26

    I feel sorry for pain patients. It is unbelievable that they are being treated like criminals. People should be concerned because nobody knows when he or she could need pain management.

    To be frank, I do not care about teens who pop pills to get high. It is the responsibility of parents to know what their teenage children are doing.

  • Jolean

    there is a fine line between a junkie and someone who has chronic pain and has been on precribed oxcodone for way to long the drs get people hooked on these meds oxycodone is for short term use so if ur dr gives it to u for a long period of time u will get hooked and then u will be called a junkie by katyll my brother just overdosed on april4 of this month so dnt go around saying junkies thats bs the drs r the ones getting people hooked and u my child have a lot to learn esp since u really dnt kno what ur talking about thank u missy katyll

    • 93NYRFan

      Well said….

  • Jacks

    I have been on 30mg oxycodone 5x a day. Have been prescribed this for 6 yrs. I have 2small children, I stay home with them. They are my job. A lot of physical demands on my body. My doctor got his license taken away for righting controlled substances (2many and shady shit with his receptionist he wasn’t aware of) I am starting to feel serious withdraws. How do I deal with this pain? I agree with Ms.Johnson. I’m a good girl who takes my meds to function not to get high. Any suggestions. Tried a pain management office just to basically get a script or suggestions. Right away I felt this dr. Was sizing me up without listening to me. I’m in pain. Very irritable nasty with my kids who don’t deserve it. What do I do? Can’t cry about this anymore. Try emergency room? Please any suggestions would help. It helps to see other people going through this also.

  • Mahi Tuna

    If you have pain and are prescribed then take them. If you see they start to change your way of life you need an alternative. That’s the problem with this drug. There is hardly ever a middle ground. Once they grab a hold of you it is an incredible journey to free yourself. The drug could care less if you took them for pain or to get high. The pain freeing yourself from them is the same. Be very careful with this drug and try not to take it longer than a couple weeks.

    • Gail

      Amen!! Couldn’t have said it better. So many people start off taking them for pain and eventually have to take them just to be normal. Slippery slope that most fall down.

  • Juliax

    I often have severe pain from nerve damage caused by chemotherapy. At times I get painful spasms all over my body. I am also weak from the treatment. I have taken oxycodone for severe spasms and after 2-3 days they went away – and I stopped the drug. I take Ibuprofin daily and just live with the daily pain. In my opinion people get hooked on the drugs because they are basically afraid of the pain and “what else it might be”. I suspect people often have other underlying issues and therefore don’t want to get off the drug. I have a friend who takes them daily and most of the time she is a zombie. 80% of these opiates are consumed in the US.

    • Jay

      Natural drugs, like OPIUM and MARIJUANA, are consumed in other parts of the world.
      It would be helpful if health insurance companies subsidized for acupuncture or other forms of treatment (like massage) that help with some forms of pain.
      I wonder why it is that you think it noble in some way to live with daily pain. I have chronic daily pain and take painkillers every day. I never run out at the end of the month – I take as prescribed and am grateful for these Western meds. I had to stop going to acupuncture, which helps greatly, because of financial reasons.
      In any case, I have no interest in living with chronic pain.

  • Roxy22

    I wish it was easy to stop… Going on two years now of being on them and every time I go broke because of them I tell myself “this is it, I’m stopping after this”.. And it isn’t a high… it’s just feeling normal, having energy to work and do daily tasks. It’s heaven and Hell at the same time. Love vs. Hate. It consumes your mind. An obsession really.. after awhile it’s just out of impulse… hardest addiction to overcome that I’ve ever experienced. Nobody in my family, not my girlfriend or my closest friends even understand how hard of a time it is. Unless you have been there you never will. Started out with an innocent prescription of 5mg vicodin, then 10mg, a few months then the drs cut me off COLD TURKEY, so I went to the streets and there I found percocet and oxycontin… now they are barely working.. I just want to stop…But then again I don’t because it makes me feel better :( but I know it’s not good for my body. .

    • Bob

      Roxy, This is Bob, and you said it sounded as though I was addicted to Suboxone and that’s why you don’t take yours.

      You are absolutely correct. I AM addicted after 9 years and it would be hell to come off of. However, here is the bottom line. I don’t EVER plan to come off!

      If a person has the disease of diabetes, they need to take medicine daily for the rest of their lives.

      Same difference. I have the disease of addiction; therefore, I need to take Suboxone for the rest of MY life.

      In those 9 years, my dose was only changed one time during my 2nd year. It has been the same mg. ever since.

      Don’t worry so much about coming off and the withdrawals associated with it. Instead concentrate on how it will help you to stop using whatever opiate it is you’re using.

      I have not used Heroin or any other opiate since my first Suboxone doc visit 9 years ago! Never missed a monthly appointment!

      People make this Suboxone thing so complicated when it is so simple and easy.

      You have diabetes, you take meds for it.
      You have depression, you take meds for it.
      You have addiction problem, you take meds for it. (Suboxone in this case).

      It’s that simple.

      Bob.

      • For Real!

        omg, you don’t have to stay on the medication and use “I am an addict as an excuse”. I am an addict and alcoholic, been sober for 20 yrs, I have been on pain Meds for six years for back problems, have weaned myself off multiple times but still take them regularly for my severe pain. Don’t EVER tell someone they MUST keep taking them. You don’t. If you can’t control it get help. You always have choices. And yes, people like me that need them and take them responsibly are going to suffer because of the addicts out there that don’t get help and think they have no choice. It’s BS because I’m living it.

        • Steve

          Bob, I have been taking 30 milligrams of oxycodone 4 times a day for 3 months. Pryor to hip surgery. I just had a full hip replacement. My question to you is how do I wean myself off of this medication? Thanks! Steve
          My e-mail is stevohamilton1@gmail.com

          • Jacks

            Steve:
            I saw your post to Bob and i just want to give you my 2 cents even though u didn’t ask for it.(lol) Seriously go to a suboxin docor. They are all over. Get yourself on subs but take it as its prescribed at first. My advice is once you get your self out of the beginning stages with the subs then start taking less of the strip till you don’t have to take them anymore at ALL. subs are really just a medication to help get addicts off the opioid. The sub doctors are now becoming he new “pill doctors” they want you to keep coming back so they can slam your insurance co. or slam you. Subs are highly addicting thats why i would take them then wean yourself off by taking less of the strip every couple days. My Best friend has been on subs for years and at this point I see it as mental. She gets through almost a whole day before she says she starts to feel shitty. A lot of this is mental also. Keep that in mind. and be strong !! I stopped cold turkey when I was pregnant with my second son. I did it by taking over the counter tylenol which my OBGYN told me to get to help with the withdrawals. If I could do it trust and believe you can too!!

      • Juliax

        Diabetes can be controlled and even eliminated with diet. I have done it. Carbs are the big problem in getting diabetes in the first place.

        • Chris

          Not always. I had most of my pancreas removed, and now several years later I am diabetic because it couldn’t keep up from overuse from what was left. I can’t control it 100% with diet nor will pills help. I require insulin shots. so every case is different so please don’t spout off that it can be controlled with diet alone. that is not true with many diabetics.

    • Lil J

      Okay best way I have found out to get off oxys is find your self some Morphine (i used 30mg morphine) and Klonapin, Together you will feel almost as normal as you did on oxy’s, I’ve been doing at least 4 oxycodone for over a year smoking them off foil and I’m trying really hard to quit and like I said Klonapin and Morphine help a lot, I take one 30mg morphine when I wake up and a Klonapin then do it again in about 4-6 hours, You will be able to go on with your day it’s great! and the with drawls from morphine are not near as bad as oxys you will be able to overcome those no problem! and you only need to do the morphine and klonapin for about a week.

  • Indiana bricklayer

    I just want to cry!! Had ankle surgery 2 months ago,I’m still in crazy pain..my dr. Is blaming me saying I’m hooked on the pills. That I don’t understand pain…im 42..6 kids own a masonry company and feeling like I’ve done something wrong

    • clarasanta

      I feel for you bricklayer, I too am in pain from hard working for 40 odd years. Sometimes, and I told this to my doctor the other day, I don’t know who the doctor is her or the FDA. The FDA spooks the medical society very easily and they react not in the patients favor. My doctor was put off by my inquiry of whoom is the doctor but I am tired of almost begging my doctor and the pharmacy for what helps me say play golf. Am I not allowed to play golf because some FDA thug hasn’t figured out that I prefer the pot high for that and oxycodone for my chronic pain and my desire to play a round of golf. Despicable is all I can say and I hope in the future that if my doctor declares me too dizzy to take my oxycodone that the streets are allowed to carry the pain killer that works for me. Doctor/FDA please let me finish my life without the GD pain this is not the time for preaching the morals thing.

    • NOP

      Doctors are getting a lot of heat from government to back off opiate prescriptions. The once sacred doctor-patient relationship is now being supervised by big brother. The worst thing you can do is act defensive. Hopefully you’re feeling better now, but if it continues, insist that the doctor help you with the pain, one way or another. There’s a non-opiate drug called Tramadol that might help. Good luck.

      • Mahi Tuna

        Tramadol is addicting and the withdrawals are for some worse than Oxy. You will have severe withdrawals with Tramadol. Some people use it to help curb withdrawals but you must use only for a short time. In the end Tramadol or Opiates will result in bad withdrawals once stopped. Tramadol acts on the same brain receptors as opiates

  • Mike McCauley

    it also will make you kill yourself also.if it was not for my son and wife i would have because its a living hell.

    • Bob

      Mike, How can Suboxone be a living hell? Maybe it’s a living hell because you’re not ready to stop OR you keep going back and forth to Heroin, then Subs, Heroin, then Subs. When you take Suboxone, you must be free of all other opiates. That is what Sub is for – not to get high on, and not to use because you ran out of money to buy opiates, but it is a drug to KEEP A PERSON OFF OF DRUGS, in this case, opiates. Just like METFORMIN is a drug to keep people’s sugar levels correct if they have diabetes.

      I am not accusing you of these things, I am just taking a guess on why you said Sub will make you kill yourself? What? It saved my life, and continues to save my life each day for the past 9 years and 3 months.

      Mike, how did Suboxone almost make you kill yourself and why is it a living hell?

      Bob..

  • Mike McCauley

    been dealing with this issue since 1999,it doesnt go away for me.

    • For Real!

      Go to NA and get the tools, the only way I, as an addict, can take OxyContin successfully for pain, and not get caught up in the “addiction” is because I have 20 years of tools I learned in AA. I feel sad reading these posts about the desperation and hopelessness. You have to want it, and go through a few days of mild discomfort if you wean yourself properly.

      • erin

        Mild!!! I am freaken out in withdrawal
        I’d rather be died

  • Linda

    Here is a balanced perspective, I hope, from someone who knows. My elderly mother was a chronic pain patient for fifteen years. She took oxycontin, She got up to 30 mg twice a day and doctors would allow nothing higher. The time came when she needed oxycontin to feel normal. If she went off it, pain from neuropathy and severe spinal arthritis would return, plus she would feel awful just like someone in drug withdrawal would. When she went to assisted living there were real problems with several nurses who liked to “hold doses” because “your mother seemed a little unsteady on her feet” (she had an inner ear problem). Oxycontin did not make Mom dizzy, it made her feel normal, but many nurses did not understand this and caused terrible suffering for her. The drug did not make her high at all, she was acclimated to it, she felt normal when she took it. When the time came for Mom to die, there was a bad problem. The levels of morphine she was allowed did not help her enough because she was acclimated to narcotics. She was uncomfortable at the time of her death. (In our case we could have gotten permission to try another increase the dose but she passed away before we could. In other cases, they will not allow a high enough dose because what the person needs to stop feeling pain would be fatal, and doctors will not write prescriptions that cause death in most states.) I am grateful my mothers’ pain and discomfort did not go on too long since she also had very bad pneumonia which took her quickly. It could have potentially gone on for weeks or months or years if it had been some other problem increasing her level of pain. So my advise is this: Some people need oxycontin and their doctor can determine that and determine the dose. They should not feel guilty, and should go ahead and take it as their doctor prescribes, perhaps after getting a second opinion to confirm need for it.. But it is potentially tragic if they need it, because they risk pain that nothing can alleviate at the end of their life due both to nurses who “hold doses” and to hospice levels of morphine that are not enough to help them.

    • erin

      Omg. I just read your story, I’m so sorry for your loss. In my experience the doctor s may be afraid of higher doses but they should have and can give large doses to a opiate tolerate person, it wont kill them, but i get what ypur saying. Your story reminded me of the same thing my sister went thru when her husband just died of lung cancer they actually stopped his morphine. I couldn’t bare to watch. . I hope your doing ok. God bless

  • DaveKurtz

    I was prescribed percocet for a dislocated shoulder about 5 years ago. The percocet helped, but the addiction grew. I went from 5mg. to 7.5mg to 10mg and then oxycodone 10mg pink. Throughout the habit forming to physical addiction process, I became so dependent that I did not feel normal without oxycodone. It got to the point that if I didn’t take them, I felt weak, lethargic, tired, and no energy no matter how much I slept.
    I automatically went through withrawl symptoms several times when my body just couldn’t take it anymore, The last time, I was bedriiden for 2-3 days, muscle aches, spasms, leg kicking, and the most terrible feeling like the flu x10.
    I have been clean now for 4+ months, however, I just tested positive for Lyme disease and I knew back when there was something not right with me. So now, I have moderate joint and muscle pain associated with Lyme, and I really don’t want to take any narcotics, because I know if I do, that will be the end of me.

  • Gwen

    This is the first article that I have found that explained, quite accurately, the symptoms of withdrawal from Oxycodone. I, like the author, have had a SJ fusion (bilateral). I thought that Oxycodone was not touching my pain and stopped taking it. I, too, felt sick. I became agitated, slightly dizzy, just did not feel “right”, and had much more pain, I had my surgery just two months ago and, thus, am still healing. I ran out of Oxycodone and my pain was off the charts. NO pharmacy would fill my script. I ended up having to go to an ER. The doctor gave me a script for 5mgs of Oxycodone. This time, (because I went in person to a pharmacy), they filled the script. I went to the ER today, (July 8th, 2013). I commenced taking two of the 5mgs, (as instructed by the ER physician). Already, I am feeling much better. All to say, indeed, even after short term usage and with abrupt cessation, withdrawal occurs.

    Just an FYI. Pharmacies are allotted a small quantity of Oxycodone per month. If you call to inquire if they have it in stock, they will tell you that they don’t or will tell you that they are not allowed to tell you. If you send a friend to a pharmacy to have your RX filled, they won’t fill it. (I know, as I had my hired helper go to seven pharmacies with each disallowing him from getting my script filled. It took my having to go into a pharmacy, (having my hospital tag still on my wrist and a gauze bandage on my hand and with my looking as sick as I felt) for the pharmacist to fill the script. I have been told that the best way to get Oxycodone filled is for you to go, in person, to a pharmacy. The ER doctor told me that if a pharmacist doesn’t like how you look, (i.e., seeing tattoos), they will tell you that they can’t fill the script.

    Thanks, author, for your invaluable article!

    • Robin

      Gwen, don’t make blanket statements as if it’s some kind of truth for the entire country. I take Oxycodone for back pain (severe arthritis and nerve pain). My wife can drop off my prescription every month and then pick it up for me, using her ID and signing. I can drop it off and have her pick it up. Pharmacies are not allotted anything. They buy what they need, no matter the quantity. Not filling a prescription because someone has tattoos? I don’t know where you get your false information. It is true that a pharmacy can refuse to fill a prescription but there would have to be good reason such as if the prescription was for an usual amount of pills or if they recognize the person has filled narcotics prescriptions from more than one doctor. You may live in an area with very high abuse so there’s more precautions taken, but this is not true for the majority of the country.

      • serafin

        This has been my case too Robin..I agree with you

        • Bob

          Ten years ago, Oxycodone only came in 5mg. That is when I became addicted. I had my leg amputated and chronic pain in my other leg and that is why I was prescribed this narcotic. For years, my primary care physician prescribed Oxycodone 5mgs to me. 120 per month; 4 per day. Of course, I began to abuse them after a while and needed more and more to make me feel normal and free of pain. A script that was supposed to last one month, lasted 2 weeks. Since I could not handle the horrible withdrawals that everyone on here is talking about, I turned to a drug on the street that DID take away the withdrawal symptoms called Heroin. At that time of my life, I had never heard of it. Well, I sniffed my first pill during a withdrawal episode and it immediately took all of my withdrawals away. I was so happy that I did not have to rely on a doctor any longer to get me out of withdrawals. So for the next 10 years, I went down a bad path just like all Heroin addicts. When I hit rock bottom, I knew I had to stop. Just then, they came out with Suboxone, a drug that takes away all withdrawal symptoms and kills cravings for Heroin and prescribed opiates. As I type this, I have been taking Suboxone for 9 years and have NOT relapsed one single time. I am very proud of that. Taking Suboxone and attending NA meetings is what got me through. I am no longer an addict. I am now a RECOVERING addict!
          Bob.

          • clarasanta

            What is a NA?

          • Bob

            Clarasanta,

            N.A, stands for Narcotics Anonymous. After a person stops using a narcotic(s) for good, it is very difficult to stay clean. Therefore, one must attend N.A, meetings. During these meetings, you must find a Sponsor who guides you through 12 steps you must take in order to STAY clean. Each meeting is one hour long. During that hour, you can meet other recovering addicts and listen to a guest speaker tell his/her story. It is suggested that for the first 90 days of being clean, you should go to a meeting every day. Suboxone got me clean. N.A. helped me STAY clean. As a result of both, I have been drug-free for 9 years and 4 months!

            Bob.

            PS – Informal research has shown that people who stop using and do NOT attend N.A. meetings, will likely relapse.

          • For Real!

            Thank you, I hope we have given some people hope. Everyone needs to get a grip on reality, you don’t NEED the pills, u just don’t know or want to give it up, when your ready get help and all will be well. And don’t reply that I don’t know what I’m talking about. Been an alcoholic addict my whole life, sober 20 years and on OxyContin for six yrs from 30 yrs of lifting bodies as a paramedic. If you choose to be honest with your doctor instead of hitting the streets to buy oxy’s your life might turn in the right direction.

          • Roxy22

            Sounds like now you’re addicted to Suboxone… I don’t take mine because I heard it can be more addicting and harder to get off of than the oxy

  • Bobby

    I say go after the kids robbing the pharmacies and the teens selling them on the streets.I had a motorcycle accident and was fused on three levels-and the pins and rods broke–talk about pain every second of the day-Oxy is the only relief I was able to get-now they took them away replaced them with four other meds -paying triple for meds that dont even work–stop hurting the legitimate users who are in clinical compliance

    • katyll

      That’s what gets me. What is all this anti-drug hysteria about? Kids and junkies (sometimes one in the same thing.) How about if chronic pain sufferers get a lock box, like what you use for a gun, and electrify it to protect pain meds from thieves?

      I absolutely see the need for an aggressive organization to advocate for the access chronic pain sufferers need to meds that alleviate their pain. The parents of the junior druggies should try and control their thieves-in-training; just because their little monsters steal what’s not theirs is NOT my problem. It’ll be their problem, though, if they try and steal from me!

    • Patricia Martinez

      I had a fusion on my cervical spine which was suppose to get me back to work as a flight attendant! They removed my disc and used a cadaver disc along with a titanium plate and screws to fix my herniated disc! Problem was, I did not get better and continually got worse! No one would listen to me however until the pain was so bad that I started going to ER! On the 9th trip in ten nights a routine x-ray showed that two screws had broken! After visiting many surgeons, there was not one that would remove the screws or even suggest removing them because of the risk of leaving me a quadriplegic! Today, I lye here unable to do anything; I have been able to get 7 days of medication in the last 22 days! You know there are people who actually need these medications but they are not available unless you know someone such as a pharmacist who will tell everyone else that they do not have any and hold what they have for you! This like so many other things is the American Way! Oh and please don’t tell me to go to ER because I have done that and it has not gotten me anything except extra bills that I can hardly pay already!

      • 93NYRFan

        lmao sorry i had to laugh at your picture. This isnt the 60′s sweetheart.

  • Unhinged

    Keosha,

    Thanks for your story. It sounds like coming off of the medication was not fun. I’m glad your pain issues had resolved, and you were able to stop taking it. For people like me, who have constant, unrelenting, severe pain, coming off of pain medication would be life threatening. I have a rare connective tissue disorder, called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. It is genetic, and causes the production of faulty collagen. The result is devastating. My joints dislocate, subluxate, are hypermobile, unstable, and are easily injured. It also effects every other part of my body where there is collagen, including my skin, eyes, teeth, organs, heart, GI system, etc… I suffer from both acute and severe chronic pain. There is no cure, and treatment is primarily symptom management.

    I went undiagnosed & misdiagnosed until age 40, when I was referred to a geneticist in Boston, who specializes in connective tissue disorders like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Marfan
    Syndrome. I am very lucky that I have a doctor who is willing to treat my pain with opioids. Without that treatment, I would be bed and housebound, unable to complete simple tasks, including caring for my family.

    In this epidemic of abuse and diversion of medication, new policies, tighter regulations, etc… There is a voice missing…. It is the voice of people like me who live in chronic pain. Those of us that take, and store our medication responsibly, adhere to our doctors orders, use one prescriber, one pharmacy etc… We find relief….life sustaining relief from using this medication. It does not take away all pain, but it makes life livable for us. Somewhere, we have been lost in all of this. Groups coming out to say the medication doesn’t work longterm, shouldn’t be prescribed, should be used in lower doses, not given for chronic non- malignant pain. No one seems to be asking us! We are not to blame for the pain killer mess. Limiting access for those who need this medication, is TORTURE for many of us. Imagine the height of your worst pain…..now imagine, it STAYED or got much worse… That’s us.

    Doctors already hate treating chronic pain patients. Especially those on longterm opioid therapy. With the closing of the Pain Foundation, new policies on opioid prescribing, like BCBS of MA
    being implemented, dose and access limitations in effect, like in WA state, etc… A very vulnerable group of unlucky, chronic pain patients are being either ignored, or blamed for the pain killer
    problem. While I appreciate your honesty, and personal story…..it will fuel the discussion that opioids are bad, and everyone becomes addicted to them. What you suffered from was “dependence”. It is the body’s reaction to being exposed to the medication for a period of time. Withdrawal happens when the medication is not tapered slowly. I envy your ability to be able to come off the medication…and go on with life. If I tried that, my pain is so severe, that I would HAVE NO LIFE…

    • Bobby

      Jeez lucky you–who’s your doctor??

  • Paddy

    How great it is for those that have overcome a short addiction to pain medicine, I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me how I can overcome my pain.  Without medication I am bedridden and the only relief is a few seconds  in the fetal position,, unable to walk or perform the smallest tasks. If we, in constant pain are such a burden to society why not do us a favor and just put us out of our misery. And the guy that ran me off the road had to be drunk, causing me to have 3 herniated disks. Where is the justice? Why do we in pain have to pay for  the abusers . If withdrawals were all that I had to do to become normal again, I would take it. Try being in wanting to die pain everyday of your life . Real chronic pain patients are under the same microscope as Doctors and  Pharmacies. The abusers will continue to abuse because it is a character defect, they can only stop themselves with a program to help them. Drug traffic  will continue because the real focus for the Drug Enforcement is on patients, doctors and  pharmacies. How can the drug problem fix itself when the real drug abusers are turning to heroine or other illegal drugs.  Question: What do you have when you take one drug away from an addict?  the answer is you still have a drug addict. Question: What do you have when you take pain medication away from a pain sufferer, answer someone in chronic pain.

    • rantrightdave

      I agree with you, and understand that these meds are what allow me to function. However, I too hate the dependency and the sickness of withdrawal. When I stop, I also hate the terrible pain that crushes my skull and face like “freeze brain” that’s all over and doesn’t subside. And I hate looking back at 30 years of visiting (and waiting for) every type of doctor and specialist and test imaginable.
      When not using Percoset, only a needle with Torodol brings relief, but those 3AM trips to the emergency room get expensive. There was a brief period where a nasal spray non narcotic Torodol called Sprix worked, but it was taken off the market a year or two ago without comment.
      The cycle of starting and stopping accounts for more than half of all suicides. Sucks either way.

    • Cherokee

      Paddy I agree with you wholeheartedly.

    • gardner

      they can just put the pill in water and shoot it up like heroin, the answer to addiction is for the addict to want to get and stay clean and NA has a great 12 step program and support system.

    • Steve A

      I agree with you I had a bad motorcycle accident broke my neck my back 7 ribs my collarbone my nose and bruised my lungs…been on pain meds oxycodene ever sense I also have lupus which attracts my joints and the oxycodone does not do anything to help this pain but I noticed when I get the lupus pain it is intense my back and neck pain go away…and steriod make the lupus pain go away and the back pain comes back making me think is the back pain real so now I quit the oxcodone and the back pain got unbearable but I am sticking with it and today it is better…so my thinking is the oxycodone was causing this pain and preventing my brain to deal with pain the way it should. Also got two ruptured discs in back…I naturally have a high pain tolorance too.

      • Steve A

        Oh yeah been on oxycodone over 7 years now

  • Critclimbs

    I just heard this story and frankly it’s adding to my pain — literally.

    Among other injuries, I broke my back last summer, and like Keosha, I had spinal fusion surgery. I have been in pain ever since. A big part of my problem is that I undertreat myself for that pain because of peer pressure that is described so well by Keosha (to herself) above — and undertreated pain so often just gets worse. What I really noticed in her story, though, is that in all of the omg! narcotics! addiction! twitching! dependence! hysteria — the word “pain” was only used once.  Her story echoes what many people have to say about narcotics: a false sense of hysteria, propagated by the juicy stories of pharmacy robberies.  The idea of pain relief is so sadly secondary to its stigma.  I feel that stigma every time I take a pill, and I take pills less often for that reason alone.  I am in pain because of the stigma that comes with every pill.

    Many medicines have side effects, and many medicines do strange things to you if you don’t take them as instructed by your doctor, just as described here.  It’s only the stigma around narcotics that makes this story reverberate — and you’re adding to that stigma by repeating it:  You are adding to my pain by regenerating this stigma.

    So, Keosha:  were you in pain?  Did the medicine address your pain? Did you feel compelled to short yourself on pain relief because of your own stigma? Did you stop taking it because your pain was better, or because you felt like you should?  Did your friends and family ask you “so are you still on THOSE DRUGS?”

    One last comment: as I said above, I’ve been undertreating my pain.  My spinal surgeon correctly identified that last week, and prescribed something different, something less known as a narcotic.  I’ve been a LOT more productive at work this week, now that I’m in less pain. And, omg!!!!!! I’m on narcotics at work !!!!!!  (Yes, that’s the stigma I’m talking about, that you perpetuated so helpfully here.)  I think my company would prefer the productive, not the bent-over-my-desk-in-pain version of their worker. I know I like being a productive member of the world. Do you feel like you’ve made the world a better place, with this story
    that perpetuates this stigma around (omg!) narcotics used for pain
    relief?

    Sorry if I sound angry, but — I am.

    • katyll

      “My spinal surgeon correctly identified that last week, and prescribed something different, something less known as a narcotic. ” So what did he prescribe?

  • Misabelle

    I was “over-prescribed” Oxycodone some years ago for a double wisdom tooth extraction. I never took anything like it and figured I’d be okay as long as I took it as prescribed, which I did. However, after just a few days of taking it, I didn’t like how it was making me feel, so I decided I would just tolerate whatever pain I might have, and stopped it (needless to say, the oral surgeon didn’t give me any information on the drug or warn me about stopping cold turkey). Within an hour, I was laying down in a cold sweat, too sick to sit or stand, and vomiting. It was the worst experience I’d ever had and vowed that I would never take anything like it again. Of course, that’s coming from someone who hasn’t experienced a major injury or surgery (other than childbirth). I definitely think that many doctors don’t put much thought into what they’re prescribing these days and should be more careful, considering the climbing rates of prescription abuse.

    • jonndoe

      I call bull on this story. You would experience very slight if any withdrawals. I know a few people who have taken massive doses for a few months didn’t even experience what you claim. No need to lie

      • hahaha

        I also was on 60mg of oxycodone for 1 year and i went through withdrawals but i want puking like you claim you did. You either exaggerate or are lying

        • EliaLily

          Everybody’s system is different. I was on Oxycodone for six months after a complicated (and disabling) surgery, and, yes, I was puking during withdrawal. Your disavowal of another’s experience — to the point of accusing someone of lying — is eerily defensive. Perhaps there is something you’re unwilling to acknowledge?

          • courtney phillips

            U just said a few posts back that u were only on it a few days now it’s 6 mths? Yes after 6 mths u do experience withdrawal but a few days def not it isn’t possible ur body doesn’t have time to he dependent on something barely took and also throwin up is def a withdrawal symptom so whoever went thru withdrawals withou throwing up is extremely lucky. Throwin up, extreme diarrhea Shakes hot cold sweats crawlin out of ur skin all withdrawal it’s a million times worse than the flu

        • Jolean

          ur crazy there is no such thing as 6o mg Oxycodone unless they precribed u 2, 30mg tabs because they only make 5mg 10 mg 20 mg and 30 mg oxycodone this I kno my husband has been on them for 10 years and has become dependent on them or addicted whatever u want to say so u dnt even want to get me started on withdrawlls i know all about them and im sure ur lying about urs since u have these mystery 60mg tabs

          • Jolean

            and im sorry i was so blunt about it but i kno alot of people who this drug is taking over their lives they have lost all dear to them and i am sure u were on sumthing but it wasnt 60mg oxycodone tabs but lots of other drugs like oxycottin have the chemical oxycodone in them. my husband takes 180mgs of oxycodone a day sumtimes more just to feel normal like i said hes been on them for ten years now

      • EliaLily

        Sorry folks, but I have taken Oxycodone twice. The first was after cancer surgery, and withdrawal was a horror. Recently, I was prescribed it by my oral surgeon, and took it every 4-6 hours for 6 days (excluding overnight). After just 3 days, I felt withdrawal symptoms when I woke up, and when I stopped completely (after a morning dose), I felt sick by late in the evening. The following two days were miserable, and by the third I was up and about but not myself. It took a week before I felt normal again.

    • Susannah

      Withdrawal? After a few days? That’s impossible! Not only that, but withdrawals even for a highly addicted person don’t start an hour after the last dose. It takes at least half a day or so. And they are not sick that suddenly either. They may get very sick indeed over time, but the symptoms start slow and then build. It would take at least 24-48 hours to get as sick as you claim here. A few days isn’t even long enough to develop any tolerance let alone addiction. And who the hell gets oxy for a double wisdom tooth extraction? I had all four out and got codeine. Dentists aren’t that easy with CII narcs. You have no idea what you’re talking about so just shut up about more control of narcotics. A lot of people need them. Ignorant jackass!

      • EliaLily

        It is most definitely *not* impossible. I have taken Oxycodone twice. The first was after cancer surgery, and withdrawal was a horror. Recently, I was prescribed it by my oral surgeon, and took it every 4-6 hours for 6 days (excluding overnight). After just 3 days, I felt withdrawal symptoms when I woke up, and when I stopped completely (after a morning dose), I felt sick by late in the evening. The following two days were miserable, and by the third I was up and about but not myself. It took a week before I felt normal again.

      • kim

        doble wisdom and oxycontin??? I had all 4 wisdom teeth out and got tynol with codeine.withdrals? after a few days,i don’t think so!!!

      • serafin

        I agree with you Susannah..totally.

      • shelby

        susannah when i had my wisdom teeth cut out i was prescribed oxycodone, i took it for 4 days, 1-2 every 4-6 hours, when the pain stopped i stopped taking them, the day i stopped, i was moody, crying, mean, and could not get comfortable, i felt anxious, and i was so cold, but sweating. think before you judge, not all people handle things the same way, and some peoples bodies are different.

      • courtney phillips

        I promise when u r on strong stuff maybe not Percocet but I know at least with heroin the withdrawals are extremely intense it depends on how bad your habit is how quickly they start mine would start maybe four hrs after my last line and unless I did a whole bag I would be extremely sick I couldn’t move and it would be unbearable but I had a bad bad habit and was doing large amounts so they do not always gradually get worse but again I wasn’t on prescription meds so there could be. Huge diff but there is noway someone was having withdrawals after a few days absolutely not it takes more than a mth of heroine use to start having withdrawals so I don’t know what that guy was talkin about h obviously isn’t vein honest about his addiction

      • courtney phillips

        Also most dentist do perscribe oxycodone for teeth you do get the ones that try and give codeine which codeine does no good when ur in that kind of pain but ever dentist always have me hydrocodone or oxycodone and same with my fiancée so that is the truth

      • Nate

        lol this kid is crazy, there is no way you went through withdrawals after an hour and only having used 10-15mg a day for maybe a week max? im a recovering addict, and i dont say that with pride.. i started out from hydrocone from a knee injury then to percocet months later for another knee injury and being the weak minded young individual i was i didnt stop when i was takin off. i increased 10 fold. going from 10-20mg a day to 100-175mg a day within a couple months. recovering is an extremely hard task. and for you people dogging on drug addicts, they suffer a much worse illness, a mental disease that is almost uncontrollable. Your mind controls your body and the drug controls the mind. its not a fine cut as all of you think, yes were addicts and yes were thieves, liars, con artist and whatever else we have to be to fill that void. But ask yourself this, if doctors and pain management clinics didnt prescribe massive amounts of Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, morphine, and whatever else they can scribble down to every single dickweed who came into their clinic bitching of back and neck pain, then there would be far less addicts, and thats the truth whether you want to accept it or not,, if you have to be mad at someone be mad at the people responsible for handing out the drugs, not the ones recieving them,

    • EliaLily

      I do question the “within an hour.” That actually is impossible. The dose lasts 4-6 hours and peaks around 3. Perhaps you meant “within a day?”

    • anonymous

      You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Nothing you said makes any sense at all you were “overprescribed” oxycodonde for a double wisdom tooth extraction? What? Being that you have zero tolerance the most you would have been given is 5mg oxycodonde the lowest dose that’s even made and for a couple days at the most. You were NEVER in withdrawal as being on such a minute amount and so short term you wouldn’t have experienced any of that. If you were really truly sick it was due to something else NOT the oxycodonde. Seriously. .This is laughable. Next time you have any pain stick with over the counter NSAIDS as you clearly don’t have any business taking this medication. You are the type of ignorant people who have no idea what you are even talking about but fighting to have the medication more tightly controlled. Ignorant as it gets. There are suffering people that need this medication to function everyday and have to fight to get it now days because of ignorant people like you who have NO CLUE what you are even talking about.

      • Jolean

        i agree they r crazy i actually have never heard of a dentist prescribing oxycodone after extractions since it is for CHRONIC PAIN my husband has been on oxycodone 30 mg up to 8 x a day for 10 years now and its hell he takes it basically to feel normal and he has to take way to much for the pain and also they R cracking down on these they prollie were prescribed hydrocodone and were confused lol

        • Jami

          Jami
          To Misabelle you have no idea what you are talking about number one you wouldn’t have withdrawals from only taking pan meds for only a couple of days and it wouldn’t start after only an hour. And number two like Jolean said no dentist would give you oxy for a tooth extraction you would be lucky if they gave you anything besides something over the counter. You are crazy. I have been on pain meds for years and I know what you are saying is so far from the truth.

          • Jolean

            u kno i am sick of people saying they have addiction to oxycodone i have seen addiction 1st hand and what happens to normal people when their own DR yes their very own DR presribe oxycodone for chronic pain i just lost my brother he was 26 years old on friday april 4 he just got his pain meds on april 3rd we are waiting on toxicology report but he had an addiction he hurt all over and when he didnt have them he couldnt get out of bed he was using intrerveiionusly since his tollerance was so high u kno they found 7 pills in the btle out of 150 i watched my brother go from the top of the world to the bottom where he didnt have ne thing u kno i rounded up 3 back packs full of clothes that belonged to him from various places thats all he had to his name when he died when he use to have a nice car nice truck 2 kids a wife a house everything that a good ol american family would have in the matter of 3 years he lost everything even his life so for thoes of u that truely have an addiction to these oxycodones get help now the long term side effects are DEATH

          • gardner

            silly, must be people who never had real withdraw before

      • Gail

        I was prescribed percocet for all 4 wisdom teeth being removed so she may not be crazy in that aspect but to suffer from withdrawals after such a short amount of time is ridiculous. I think it depends what state you’re in as to what they prescribe after surgery. I had major complications after my wisdom teeth removal so was prescribed percocet for a month and did not experience withdrawals. Only after being on it many years later for over a year for cervical problems did I experience withdrawals. I now see a pain management doctor after 4 neck surgeries and am on norco. Every year or so I stop taking pain meds to bring my tolerance down so I don’t have to get back on oxycodone. The withdrawals from the oxy were horrible so I’ll go through the months of pain without any meds.

      • Cindy M.

        JUST WHAT I SAID!!! IGNORANT PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW WHAT REAL PAIN IS!!!

        • gardner

          I agree with you both, theses are rookies on a crusade who know nothing about withdraw and H2 receptors and how addiction works. I wish I just had a week of vomit and pain, thats kiddy stuff. Try seizing for two weeks on and off and dealing with it at home with benzos and warm showers and total agony with a dumped blood pressure…Theses are people who are having a few side effects from the pain killers. In NJ we get Oxy for everything, even sprained ankles if you know how to pick the right doctor. I dont think anyone on here has any street smarts about getting high. If they did they would be using The “Thomas Recipe”, just to try to stay alive during the withdraw that lasts for weeks sometimes. Vomit, pain, seats, thats just another morning till I get the first few in me. The problem is that the docs will supply in mass amounts at pain clinics and they get sold for twenty a 30 mg pill on the corner. At that point its cheaper to do heroin which is the same active ingredient but much more pure. Oxy is a total gateway drug for those who want to get high AND THEY will get high even if they control the docs because every street corner has a dealer in the city.

      • kim

        You are clearly an angry addict! Relax! 5mg IS TOO MUCH for some people. Everyone is different. You are right though, NSAIDS for her would probably be a better choice! I wouldn’t worry about a big drug shortage. Clearly our country IS being destroyed by doctors overprescribing pharmeceuticals! That is the very sad truth!

      • LoraH4

        As someone who has been taking oxycodone for years years I can safely
        say that there’s absolutely NO WAY you would be having withdrawal
        symptoms within an hour after your last use. Everybody is different of course but you would need to use them for several weeks at least to experience any of the, rather severe I’d say, “withdrawal” symptoms you’re describing. I’ve run out of pills on occasion & never experienced anything near to this.

    • courtney phillips

      I am an addict been clean for 7 yrs I started on OxyContin and went to heroin rather quickly which Is a million times stronger than any Percocet a dentist is allowed to perscribe. One line if heroin I equivalent to prob about 15 5 mg Percocet. There is no way after a few days of taking oxycodone you would experience withdrawals even if u were taking 80mg a day or more you have to be doing that for well over a mth to start experiencing any sign of withdrawal symptoms and even using for a mth the withdrawals would be a walk in the park compared to real withdrawals from Lon term use. The only why you would have experiences withdrawals I if you were on then way longer than you have stated. My fiancée has never done a drug a day in hi life and ha had a few teeth surgically removed and because of the pain and the problem with his teeth he was prescribed 10mg Percocet 6 a day for two weeks nave took them as perceived until his pain was gone and he did not suffer from any sign of withdrawal what so ever and this I someone with no tolerance and never did any drugs. If people are going to comment on here then be truthful so you can in fact help people. Also even though I am an addict Percocet was never my thing I had a c section three yrs ago was prescribed Percocet for a few weeks took a prescribed then had my hall bladder removed an was on them before an after for two weeks never had any withdrawals and I was in excruciating pain and came off perfectly fine but now I suffer from chronic pain in my back arms and leg and because I am only30 I cannot get perscribed anything cause of all the people who abuse meds yes I used to be one but I never abused prescription meds I was never the type to get high on whatever was put in front of my face I only cared about one drug an that was heroin nothing else appealed to me but now that I am on constant pain I’m frustrated that no one will help me I’ve asked for mris so they could find the problem and fix it but te des decide that it’s best to just guess what the problem is. I do not want to rel on meds but des need to learn to stop guessin and find the problems and do something about it I don’t care what they do as long as my pain stops and in the meantime I should be able to get meds to help but I can’t and personally it junk it’s bs. Some rds will perscribe to people who don’t even need it but then the ones that do get no relief at all

    • Zachary Mears

      It sounds like you are like my father and like me: some people are more sensitive to opiates than the general population and simply cannot tolerate them well. It seems that a few of us don’t metabolize them well. This is rather uncommon, but is not imaginary. Most doctors prescribe meds as though for the average patient, though.

      It sounds like you’re not the average patient, however, and I would be sure to talk to your primary care doctor about how the meds made you feel, so that you don’t end up in a similar situation in the future.

    • Cindy M.

      NO WAY!!! A Pain Specialist TOLD ME, DEPENDENCY STARTS AFTER 7 DAYS!!! You TOOK those Pills either TOO MUCH or TOO LONG!!! Stop with the BULL!!! I have have had back pain for 10 YEARS, and I AM FINALLY GETTING 3 DIFFERENT BACK SURGERIES, and ONE is a FUSION!!! I KNOW about Tolerance and Withdrawal and HONESTY with Your Doctor IS THE ONLY WAY!!! NOTHING YOU SAID MAKES SENSE, YOUR STORY IS INVALID!!!

  • Vita_ally_young

    I have taken both Vicodin 5mg hydrocodone/500mg acetaminophen, and also the stronger Norco -10mg/325mg for short periods of time; several days consecutively, never longer than a week straight without a some break. Although its physical effects were profound regarding pain, even stress, the only negative physical response I experienced was mild constipation. I found its restorative effects desirable, and although possibly potentially addicting if it were easily available long term, I never experienced any sense of dependency. I imagine there are individuals who may have a greater/lesser potential for this effect.

    • Beverly Hansen OMalley

      Pain medications are prescribed “as needed”…if you do not need to take it you shouldn’t.. Some days you may take it every 4 hours, other days not at all.

      I find that I can get almost 6 hours of pain relief from Percocet. Some days I only need half a tablet other days I do not take it at all.
      I am thankful for a physician who understands the importance of good relief. Pain is completely devastating to the body. It weakens your adrenal glands, causes your blood pressure to fluctuate, and even changes your ability to regulate blood sugar. When you have pain your body is under enormous stress.
      I am OK with the possibility of becoming addicted to the medication as long as I can continue to have a continuous supply so that I can function without pain.

      So far after three months of using as needed I do not see that happening any time soon.