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Hi, I'm new to this board and from what I've read am so glad to have found it. I've taken Vicodin 10/500 mg for a little over a year for chronic back pain. Thirteen days ago I had a decision to make......either increase my dosage to 21 per day or stop and I decided to stop. This drug was ruining my life!!! At first it was great - no pain and all the energy in the world.....I could do anything! (And I lost 46 lbs.) But, 13 days ago I wasn't feeling so great and knew I could not continue on that path. The first two days were the worst 2 days of my life, in fact, I was suicidal!!!! I felt so alone. Among my friends I've always been the "strong one." Not all of my friends knew of my addiction, but the ones who did didn't know how to handle it and withdrew as did I. I am feeling better comparatively speaking, however, I am still weak, sometimes dizzy, have trouble concentrating, have body aches and worst of all the cold sweats!!! One minute I'm freezing and the next I'm sweating!!! I keep a sweater and socks nearby and throughout the day put them on and take them off, sometimes changing my clothes a couple of times a day. Nighttime is horrible.......most nights I sweat so bad I can't sleep - even with Ambien 10mg. My appetite is good, although I seem to crave sweets and am trying to keep my fluid intake high (gatorade, water, kool-aide, soda...anything really) to avoid dehydration. I take a multi-vitamin each day, along with vitamin B 12 and for the pain I take Ibuprophen or Aleve along with topical muscle rubs and my heating pad. I just want to know how long these symptoms usually last, mostly the cold sweats and is there anything I can do to alleviate them???? In the past 13 days I've been out of the house 3 times because I force myself to do so. It takes everything in me to take a shower, do my makeup and go. Although it's hell and I feel like everyone knows my "secret," I do whatever I can (grocery shop, post office, etc.) and come home absolutely drained and sweaty (gross). I am not working and was supposed to start a new job Monday, but there is no way that I can function in a full-time capacity right now. Any advice and support is welcome. I know I will feel like myself eventually, but I just feel so alone.

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