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Jul 6, 2007
Hi everyone-
I've been reading a lot of posts on this board for the last few days and I must say that I am very impressed by the amount of genuine caring and support I see here.

A little bit about me: I have been in recovery for a little over 9 years. Completely drug and alcohol free for that time after kicking a nasty heroin addiction. However, I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease recently and have been taking Norco 10/325 for about 5 weeks (4-5/day). Although I have been taking them as prescribed, I stopped suddenly and to my surprise developed some withdrawal symptoms. After 9 years clean off heroin, feeling that way (WD's) scared the crap out of me and brought back a lot of old feelings (esp. anxiety). I don't know if it's because my body "remembered" opiates, or if I was just mindf***ing myself.

I went back to the doctor and explained my situation and she Rx'd me 15 pills to taper with ( I probably could get more if necessary, but I wanted to do it with as few pills as possible). I don't think I'll have any problems sticking to the taper; at this point I am not having any psychological cravings, but the anxiety and fear of withdrawal is HUGE!!! After what I went through kicking heroin, ANY feeling of withdrawal just panics me to the point where I am unsure how much of it is real and how much of it is in my head.

Sorry about the rambling post. Does anyone have suggestion on a tapering schedule with only those few pills? I appreciate any replies. Thanks for reading. :)

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