I was diagnosed with base tongue oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer back in January of this year. I was given two rounds of chemo and 35 rounds of radiation aimed at my throat. I finished my last treatment on Apr 1st. Damage to my throat was expected and occurred. I still cannot swallow properly, but it is getting better after 3 1/2 months post radiation and I am progressing to recovery. I still am on a feeding tube and yearn the day of eating whole foods again.
Throughout this the pain started to increase and stay with me. During treatment when I needed something for the pain, my doctor prescribed me tylenol 3's which took the edge off but only for a short while. I was then given morphine which seemed to do the trick, but that also became not sufficient. My next prescription was hydromorphone which is an opioid and stronger than your oxycotin's. These worked wonderfully and did the trick. My prescribed dosage went from 3mls every 3 hrs to 4mls every 3 hours for a total of 32 mls of this a day. Without consciously knowing, I was becoming addicted to it. When going to bed I would wake up every 3 hrs and take a shot. I would forget sometimes if I had taken a dose and double it up occasionally. My wife noticed my behavior and brought it to my attention. All I was thinking about was taking more of it. I read up on it and realized what was happening to me. My throat was healing and getting better. I made a conscious decision to stop taking it, not all together, but just one shot of 4 ml at bedtime. I chose bedtime for that's when you lay there and that's all you would think about. I did this for four days and it seemed to be ok. After the fourth day I stopped all together. When I did start to cut down that's when all the side effects came at me: insomnia, cold sweats when laying down, and some real funky dreams (no nightmares). There are other side effects listed but I didn't experience them. These effects lasted for about a week and then disappeared. I knew I was becoming addicted and I knew I had to break the chain. I did it, and if you're going through the same or something similar, you can break it as well. It is tough for a few days, but needs to be done. Some people aren't so lucky to break free and may need extra help from their doctor to detoxify. Good Luck to you!
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