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    Hi, I found this site browsing and I had to stop in. First off let me say my heart goes out to people going thru withdrawl. I had no idea it would be this crazy! I had back surgery last year and have been on morphine sulphate 30 ER for about 8 months. I a.m. and one p.m.. I had a bad stretch where it was upped to 45 so I have some 15s also. Last week my pain in my leg left almost completely so Wednesday I went to the 15's and on Thursday morning had my last 15. Holy cow not fun!!Froze to death till last night, hardly any sleep. Heaved 2 times Friday so bad I thought my insides were gonna come out! I can drink water and started eating vanilla pudding yesturday. Sunday night now and I pray the worst is over. The qyuestion I have is with food. Almost everything tastes and smell terrible. Like a smell I've never smelt. As mentioned vanilla pudding doesn't bother me and I have been able to choke down some toast. Has anybody noticed this while coming off morphine and if so any idea how long it might last. GOOD LUCK to all of you and thanks!

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    Welcome to the ODR family! Yes, when going through withdrawal your central nervous system is popping back to life so all the senses are on red alert. How long will it last? Everyone is different. Depends on how long you used, how much and many other components. For me, I was using at near lethal levels for a good 15 years so, it took me a few months to recalibrate my system. The good news is that once it's over, it's over. Then the real work starts: staying sober.
    Don't be afraid of withdrawal. The sick feeling will pass and then the real work starts: staying sober. For me, the rooms of AA were the last thing I tried and the first thing that worked, but it will only work if you work it.

    1/31/2008

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    Thanks! Stuff tastes so bad I gotta figure out what I can eat.

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    Wildeyes.. Good for you for stopping.. if you didn't, it would get so much worse..

    The worst of the withdrawals will be over in maybe 96 hours.. after that, you may be depressed and anxious.. its a tough thing to stop opiates.. No matter how rotten it makes you feel, using opiates again will simply force you to go through all this over again..

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    Lord willing I'll never have to go thru this again. 96 hours 7 hours from now. Trying to sleep but not much luck. 3rd hot showe 3 hours ago and I slept maybe an hour. I went thru some depression and anxiety back in 2006 so we are watching for the signs. OK so far.

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    Welcome to ODR wildeyes....congrats on jumping off, even ...or especially....at the physically dependent stage.
    You're at the 'everything tastes like wet cardboard' stage. That means you're thru the worst of the acute stage.
    Here's a link that may help:
    Home Detox Plan
    or you could read up here on phenergan and the like:
    Pain-Med forum; The BEST of the BEST ODR links & stickies

    But the acute stage usually last 3-5 days. In your sits, some Imodium AD may help.
    What's your plan for pain mgmt?
    You can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking that caused them in the first place.

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    Right now continued prayer and therapy is my pain management. The pain in my thigh was being caused from sciatic nerve problems. My self and many friends have been praying for a miracle for a long time and about 1 1/2 weeks ago the pain left. Lottsa tears of joy here to say the least cuz even with the morphine I suffered a lot. Last night I probably got about 4 hours of sleep an hour at a time which is the best night since I quit. It is now 96 hours since my last pill and I just had another bout of hot cold about 15 minutes ago and it has settled a bit so I hope I am getting close to the end. Tried to cook some cream of chicken soup but the smell is still crazy nasty so I had my last vanilla pudding. Tried a butterscotch yesturday and same yucky smell so that didn't work. Gotta call a friend and have him get me some more. Thanks again for all this help!!

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    Yep, definitely normal..I remember in detox trying to make and eat a scrambled egg. The thing smelled so disgusting and over powering I chucked it, plate and all into my back yard! We don't know just how held down all of our senses have been until we stop....Sounds like y ou are doing really really well with this. What you are going thru is definitely a right of passage to getting off of daily opiate use. GREAT that you are getting off now, I hope the pain continues to subside for you.
    Opiate habits just get worse and worse, they require more and more opiates for the same result.....NOW IS YOUR TIME to put this behind you. Welcome here!
    PEACE

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    Thx, that's what one Dr told me is that in time I would need more of the drug to get the same result. The other choice was an electrical stimulator in the spine somewhere that fools the brain.

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    Man, after my first (of MANY) cold turkey detoxes off of heroin and OxyContin back in 2001 it took me three weeks to want food again. After that, of it wasn't nailed down it went in my mouth. Since finding sobriety in 2008, I've gained a good 60lbs. I needed it, mind you but still. Hey, rather fat and sober than skinny and strung out.
    Don't be afraid of withdrawal. The sick feeling will pass and then the real work starts: staying sober. For me, the rooms of AA were the last thing I tried and the first thing that worked, but it will only work if you work it.

    1/31/2008

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    Not being strung out has to be awesome for you and going on 3 years is great! I had apple sauce and yogurt today that was ok but when I tried a hershey kiss yuck. So I guess the Mrs will get to eat them all. about 5 cold spells today so it must be close to gone from my body!!

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    Good for you, the worst is past.. Keep an eye out for the mental.. if it comes, keep telling yourself its part of the package.. It too will pass.

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