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Re: Taper plans??
Jan 29, 2007
Thanks for replying reach.

To be a little more specific, I have degenerative disk disease, disk herniations, facet disease, long thoracic nerve damage, reversal of cervical lordosis and occipital neuropathy... Lots of trigger points, muscle spasms and constant headaches. I've been to PT, Chiros (bad idea), neurosurgeon, phsysiatrists, pain mgmt docs and had so many different treatments.The last procedure we did was a nerve ablation from C2-C7, and it provided little relief.

I have dealt with depression and anxiety since adolescence... The initial Valium taper had me in emotional overdrive. I think my biggest fear is the mental anquish... I had been under a psychiatrist's care, but he moved out of network and I'm now waiting for our new insurance plan year to start (which, coincidentally is March) so that I can find someone else. I'm also seeking counseling alone, and my husband and I are seeing a marriage counselor. He is incredibly supportive.

I keep going back and forth about dropping the remaining benzo early, and at least getting down the Norco. But because I wasn't given specific instructions, just told to do what I could handle, I don't know what the right thing to do is. On one hand, I feel like, I'm coming off this medicine in a month- it's already set in motion, so I might as well bite the bullet and deal with the discomfort now. I think that it's a strong possibility that my pain signals are working overtime and that the opiates have worsened my pain perception. I have read countless stories about people like me who got off the medicine and felt better when it was all said and done. On the other hand, I wonder if I should just wait the month out as I am, so there won't be any nasty surprises. It's frusterating. I know the inevitable, but will I be in for a worse detox if I stay stabilized where I'm at?? Sigh, I know that everyone is different.

The thing my doctor kept drilling into my head was how physically painful this process would be... So again, what to do? I don't want to spend my vacation dreading the following weeks. It will be a fairly fast taper. So it seems smarter to do what I can beforehand. But WHAT is a reasonable plan for the next month?? I realize no one on here can say what is right for me, I'm just venting and trying to work it all out in my head...

This board is great. I'm grateful to have found it.

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