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I was on Morphine immediately after surgery for twelve days. By the twelth day, I was feeling so scared and was crying so much. The doctors stepped me down to percocet and I began to fell better. Years later, I found that Oxycodone was no longer holding my pain in check and the doctor put me on Morphine to see if that would work. It was a disaster. I was miserable and grouchy as all get out. My faithful friends were gutsy enough to tell me I was acting just horrible... always angry or depressed. I thank them for that. I spoke with my doctor and it was back to the Oxycodone. I was on it for many years until I began abusing it and was tapered slowly from it.

So, Prisoner. Honey, the haze drugs cause do indeed make us foggy and forgetful. And during the withdrawal from the opiates, we can expect it to continue. BUT not forever. Withdrawal can be a tormenting process indeed. Diarreha, sweats and chills, lost-feeling, depressed, anxious.. these are pretty common symptoms as we work our body and brain into restoring themselves. Our pain becomes exaggerated as the brain sends out pain signals trying to get more of the drug it has become accustomed to having daily. The brain also sends out "search parties" looking for any remnants of the drug.... in muscles, bones, everywhere it can reach. These are all the crummy things that happen in withdrawal.

HOWEVER, withdrawal is a process of getting off the drug so that our brains can return to producing what it needs to help us feel normal. It stopped producing on its own when the drug took over. And as we end the drug use, we become fully functioning again. And happy. And not so forgetful. And we feel like we should. We get restored to full functioning capacity.

In a taper, we have a hard time after a cut and then, in a few days, we being to level out again. We learn to be very in tune with our own body and can sense when it is time to make another cut. For me, some cuts were nasty and some cuts were barely noticable. We learn to roll with the hard times because we know we are moving along on a path that will lead us to no more drugs and a clear head. If we can begin to look at each symptom we suffer through as a healing symptom bringing us closer to the end, it becomes more bearable. I would ride out anxiety attacks when they came with controlled breathing and always reminding myself in my mind that it would end and then I would be one step closer to being me again.

Stay with us and we can walk together through this.
Wishing all good

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