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    hi. I was on methadone for 6 years and finally had enough.I was at 80mg but wasn't taking the full drink everyday. sometimes i took half or less.So I thought enough is enough and decided to do it myself. I have been clean from methadone for 5 weeks now but my legs are still killing me. Does anyone know when this will stop? Will I ever be the same again?
    Thanks for any help
    Jawzy

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    Default Re: when do the leg cramps stop?

    Congrats!!!
    Never detoxed ct from meth but do know it takes time. What may help the leg cramps is magnesium and potassium supplements. I think holding out five weeks is amazing and much of a accomplishment. Yes you will feel normal again but just takes time. During my detoxes this is the last thing I wanted to hear. I wanted concrete answers but we cant give one. Hot baths with Epsom salt will help also.
    Keep us posted on how your doing... Helps on those sleepless nights to have somewhere to complain to those that understand.
    omission is not honesty, only a different way of lying.

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    thanks for letting me know...its good to know that there is light at the nd of the tunnel.Sleepless nights is an understatement. When I was on methadone I slept like a baby, now im lucky if I get 4 interuppted hours a night. It sucks.Hot baths are helping but I think I need a jaquizzi for these pains...lol. thanks for replying and giving me hope

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    Default Re: when do the leg cramps stop?

    WOW!!! ...You're makin me look bad...but KUDOS!!
    WHAT AN ACCOMPLISHMENT (THESE LETTERS AREN'T BIG ENOUGH TO CONVEY THE SENSE OF ASTONISHMENT)
    I tried CT (I'm using it now Bonita, watch me go) twice. I failed miserably!!!!
    The closest I did get was with a bucket full of vitamins/supplements daily and nightly. I was down to 20 mgs when I jumped and made it approx 6 days.
    As I quickly realized, to detox off this crap, is no laughing matter.
    That was WAAAY before I found this forum.
    Had I been here then I may have had a better chance.
    It really feels good to set down that load for a bit and come clean.
    Like I said I wish I'dve been privy to ODR then.
    Jawzy, strrettcchh, exercise, exercise, and ssstrrettchh some more. If gou go to bed exhausted you won't care about ANY appendages.
    Another trick I learned was, sometimes it ain't in the cards for me to sleep that night. That was a life changer, there really isn't much worse than tryin to sleep and watching the time roll by listening to dust fall. GRRRRRRR!!!
    Bare in mind I never made it even close to your milestone....REALLY! CONGRATULATIONS! And keep us posted on your progress. I'll be looking forward to it.

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    thanks. It wasn't easy that is for sure. I am currently using mind over matter and plus my own stubborness. For the first couple of weeks I was sooo tempted to go back to the clinic and get back on it. But I stuck it out. My body feels really good except for my legs. I am starting with the Magenisuim and potasium today and hopefully that helps. I was getting sick to death of bannanas.
    Thanks again

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    Default Re: when do the leg cramps stop?

    Hi Jawsy,
    Welcome and way to go. Hey I'm wondering if you've read our "Success Stories" thread:
    Success Stories!

    My story is in there and lots of others. I kinda kicked cold from 6 years of Methadone -20 years of heroin, cocaine, alcohol, etc. I was in a hospital though.

    Do you have any clonidine? It helped me somewhat but I really like your determination and especially that I don't hear you talking about substituting other drugs. It's just my opinion, but I would really wish that people who get ready to give up Methadone have already reached the point where they want a drug-free life. Man who wants to go trough all this and find yourself a year or two later messed up on alcohol, or back on dope?

    Anyway, if you read my story (I kicked drugs for goood in 1987) you'll see I had a rough time. Yes it lingered on and on but I can tell you that even for a bad case like me, the symptoms finally did pass and life has been a joy ever since. No, I am never going back there!

    You can find a new life too Jawsy, you're on your way. One thing that helped me and I wrote about it in my story, is that I came to see the PAWS as a positive thing, a daily reminder that should I use even one time, I'd be right back where I was.

    It's part of what we call making lemonade from lifes lemons :) And if you learn acceptance and start to look at it this way, it becomes part of your new way of looking at life - the disappointments won't throw you like they used to because you're always learning.

    Congratulations on your progress so far - I found the first month to be severe and months 2-6 to be maddening, the PAWS came and went. But you know what? There was no ODR back then. I thought if I ever get 100% past it, I want to tell others so they don't feel so uncertain as I did. So that's why I'm here - to say I can promise you that if you stay clean and learn the lessons this detox is trying to teach you, you will feel 100% in time and life will be a joy.

    Hang in there Jawsy and keep posting OK? We'll cheer you on and remind you what's ahead when you have a bad day. That reminds me of another saying of mine "Keep your eyes on the prize" try not to stay in the difficult stuff - know that when you get where you're going this time will just be a memory.

    the best of luck Jawsy, I'm glad you've joined us
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    Dave:

    I just read your story..wow. I am really hoping that my hard head gets me through this. I really want to try to do it with only motrin or advil. I just want my body back to before I started using. I want my energy levels back, I want my personality back, I want to be my ideal weight once again. I want I want...Methadone has stolen these things from me and I intend to take them back with a vengence. I would be okay if I only had my legs cut off from the knees down.I went out and got some magnesium and potisum supplements so I am hoping they help quickly.I dont mean to sound selfish or bitter but I thimk I am. I am just so angry at the 6 years that I wasted on methadone. If I only would have knew then what I know now I think I would have just detoxed from the percs, cocaine and herione by myself. It was an easy out and I took it and now I am paying for it.Your story really brings me hope as all the other ones do as well.I want to say thanks for inspiring me to read your story. It really helped. Thanks again
    Jawzy

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