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17 Days Buprenorphine Free

Discussion in 'Detoxing From Buprenorphine/Subutex/Suboxone' started by Joy2018, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. Joy2018

    Joy2018 New Member

    Hi. I have been reading these posts and have greatly encouraged. I am 17 days clean today.

    I started using buprenorphine in patch form about 18 months ago for chronic pain. I am 48 and in the past three years I have dealt with lung cancer, thyroid surgery, a heart attack, sarcoidosis, and constant issues with fibromyalgia.

    On 1/18/18 I was forced to give up the 15mcg patch that I had been wearing and switch to Percocet(due to insurance). I had no idea the hell that would ensue. From that time until now, I have had to go to the Emergency Room twice and have spent 24 days in the hospital and in-patient detox. I have never been able to handle pills but my body “loved” the patch. I started experiencing withdrawal just 48 hours after I took the patch off(even with Percocet). The doses just were not equivalent and my body was screaming. I lost 35 lbs, was severely dehydrated, depressed, anxious, sweating, shaking, and had horrible leg pain. The first time in detox(8 days) docs put me on Subs the last couple of days due to pain issues. I went home with a script that my insurance wouldn’t fill...again...(Zubsolv) and waited 36 hours before gave in and paid cash for a weeks supply while hashing things out with my insurance. One week at home, and dealing with the insurance stress, I decided not to be tied to buprenorphine any longer. I was physically ill and mentally frazzled. I went back to in-patient detox and said goodbye to buprenorphine forever. The last one I took was on 2/18. A few days before I came home, docs decided I needed naltrexone for “cravings” and I had a horrible reaction. I was ten days out with no Subs but the buprenorphine was STILL in my system and I went into horrific withdrawals. My body cramped up until I was in the fetal position and I shook uncontrollably for 24 hours...even after they started comfort meds again. I was in such a hurry to get home that I really came home to early and way too sick.

    I have been home now for 5 days and am still dealing with sweating(through my clothes), shaking, fatigue, anxiety...ugh. My psychiatrist gave me propranolol(a beta blocker)to help with sweating and shaking. She said that since my metabolism is so slow, I may experience symptoms for months.

    I pray every day for patience and celebrate small successes.
  2. Fox face

    Fox face Moderator

    Welcome to ODR! It sounds like your still having a rough go of it, keep moving forward. The pain doesn’t last forever. I had to keep telling myself, if I made it through a day, I would make it through another. Take lots of hot baths. I couldn’t eat much the first month, so did protein drinks. You will get better. One foot in front of the other. It’s a ride from hell, but the road gets smoother, just stay on the path!

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