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    Hi!

    I've been clean for seven days! Yay me!

    For the last 7 days of being clean I've experienced one main symptom: fatigue.

    I've been eating well, and sleeping relatively well (7-8 hours of broken sleep aided by Benadryl and the occasional Ambien). Salads, other fruits and vegetables, protein from meat, milk, water, juice. Also, I'm not allowed to have caffeine or exorcise because I have a hyper thyroid.

    Any tips other than just being patient and riding it out?

    Thanks!

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    Daniel,

    Congrats on 7 days of clean time. I know how long those days were. Good news is you should be over the worst of the WD. Then there is the fatigue. I had it, even pouring ice tea was exhausting. I would pour something to drink and just sit down, not wanting to move, drink, or think.

    Then I made myself do some type of exercise, like walking and eventually running. Are you allowed to walk? At first it sucked and then slowly it gave me energy, it changed my moods, 24 hours were no longer an eternity.

    I try to keep my recovery simple, I TRY not to over analyze, critique every sentence, thought or move I make. I just don't use, even if my arse is falling off (as someone wiser than me says).

    Some days have been wonderful, some days not so wonderful and some days just are.

    Keep going, I for one am hoping you make it to the other side.


    Jane

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    Hello Daniel,

    Oh man, until I read the (near) end of your post, I was about to hand you the [u]key</u> to opiate withdrawal fatigue...but then you wrote, "I'm not allowed to...[u]exercise</u>..."

    Damn.

    But Daniel, I gotta wonder, is this absolutely, 100%, no kiddin' around, for certain, fore shure(!) true? One should never go against sound medical advice (and a thyroid is a, hmmm, a terrible thing to waste!), yet surely there's SOME kind of exercise the appropriate for you!

    Daniel, fwiw, I believe that it's an important, even imperative (maybe even urgent?) part of your recovery.

    Jet wrote,
    quote:I made myself do some type of exercise...At first it sucked and then slowly it gave me energy, it changed my moods...
    Daniel, it is my experience, as well as science/medical fact, that exercise, especially vigorous exercise, WILL, in medical terms(?), give your recovery a big kick in the butt.

    Exercise is just plain restorative.

    best,

    sam

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    Hey there and congrats on the clean time you have under your belt so far. The problem you are having was actually my BIGGEST issue with detox and recovery. I was one of those folks that was addicted to the rush of the pills, using them more like speed than a pain med. So as you can imagine, I had some serious issues with energy levels once I quit. To make matters worse, I have several diagnoses, each bringing chronic fatigue along with them, so I got the double whammy. The lack of energy was the thing that made me want to give up more than anything. Then I took some advice from my mom....gotta listen to dear ol' mom....
    I started taking Ginsing along with a max. strength daily vitamin. I hadn't stopped to think how many vitamins I was delpeating my body of b/c I chose to eat pills instead of food. It didn't work over night, but it did help within about a week of daily use. I really could feel a difference and was able to get going again. Don't stress it too much right now friend. You sound like you are right where you should be. I know this may scare you a bit, but it does take close to 30 days for you to start felling truly "right" again. When I was sitting at 7 days and someone told me that, I wanted to cry and saw no way to make it that long...I am a stay home mom with 3 and 8 year old boys. They were wearing me out, and I just had no hope. But with the help of my vitamins, walking, and willpower, I pulled through it. Even a short walk to the end of the street and back helps. Stick with it buddy. We're all here for ya.

    The fear is worse than the process...

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    quote:Originally posted by Daniel

    Hi!

    I've been clean for seven days! Yay me!

    For the last 7 days of being clean I've experienced one main symptom: fatigue.

    I've been eating well, and sleeping relatively well (7-8 hours of broken sleep aided by Benadryl and the occasional Ambien). Salads, other fruits and vegetables, protein from meat, milk, water, juice. Also, I'm not allowed to have caffeine or exorcise because I have a hyper thyroid.

    Any tips other than just being patient and riding it out?

    Thanks!
    Exercise during detox is not good for anyone, causes elaveted bp, can induce seizures, Your body is tired from the drugs and needs rest, not a lot of exercise. Until your doctor tells you different, exercise should be limited to slow short walks. Overheating should be avoided.
    It is good to do relaxation exersices, to help with musscle cramping, but if you do a workout this will exagerate your pain.
    I live with cronic fatigue due to a medical condidtion, it sucks, I get really frustrated that I cannot do all that I want to do, however each period of fatigue passes, then I have some energy back, as long as I do not use I know that my energy will always come back.

    “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”
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    Hey Mtgoat,

    Your wrote, "Exercise during detox is not good for [u]anyone</u>..."

    Darling, you're just flat out wrong here. Had you written "not good for everyone," I would have allowed your slightly misguided message to to simply pass on by.

    Short of medical advice to the contrary, exercise [u]is</u> good...and is, in fact, absolutely imperative for people who're detoxing, as well as for people in recovery. Hell, exercise is a potential lifesaving habit for [u]everyone</u>!

    In fact, Mtgoat, "Vigorous Exercise" has been medically proven to not only jump start one's endorphin production, but to (also) restore neural production. Good for the brain, in other words. Exercise literally helps to produce NEW brain cells. Dope has a terribly destructive impact on one's brain; exercise has a restorative effect (impact) on one's brain...AND one's body.

    However, as I noted above, any person with a serious medical condition is advised to follow her/his doctor's orders in all things, certainly as it applies to any exercise program. In this light, exercise MAY not be good for "everyone", oh but it's damned important, even urgent, for many of us.

    best,

    sam

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