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I don't know if this is the appropriate place to post this missive, but here goes. Most of you seem to have short term addiction problems by comparison. My addiction to Rx opiates began in 1971 when I was badly injured in plane crash during the VN war. At first it was morphine, then Empirin #3, then Vicodin, now Norco 10/325 for the last 26 years. I was holding at 40mg/day for about 10 years, then last year started to occasionally take 50/day. That's when the trouble started. So many side effects I can't list them all, but sleep disturbance, urinary problems, joint problems are just a few. I've been successful in reducing back to 40, but of course now I feel like Nosferatu, not able to sleep much at all. Tomorrow, I put the pills in a lock box, and give my wife the key. She's going to give me 3.5/day for 2 weeks, then 3, etc. I hate to put her through this, since she is in no way responsible.

I have a basically unlimited prescription, and that's another problem. Yet another problem is that I'm still in constant pain from my injury, and am barely able to walk without opiates (I have a genetic bleeding disorder, so can't take any NSAIDS or COX2 inhibitors).

Should I tell my doc I want him to stop prescribing me these things? Is taking anti-anxiety medication indicated, or will I just wind up addicted to sleep aids? That's the last thing on earth I want. What next?

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