Has anyone here dealt with drug dependency?
I have....a few times. The first time I didn't relalize it. I had been taking Vicodin for migraines and then (unknown at the time) nerve and muscle pain for over 7years and developed an ulcer, so of course my dr discontinued the medication. I developed insomnia, drank liquor every night and ate tins of junk food for a few months. Then I was put on Norco, those were my best for 3 years. I got those the years before dx and took them with Soma and Ambien. Can you imagine how high I was on a daily basis? I was taken off the Soma and some other meds once I got my dx, but not the Norc. Early last year my dr took me off Norco it was hard. Even with the Ambien I was having trouble sleeping. My mood was horrible, I couldn't concentrate(like I needed help with that...lol) and the pain was even worse. I asked the dr about my symptoms and he explained that I was going through withdrawals from being on those types of meds for so long 😮
I actually weaned myself off Ambien in January. This the first since 2011 that I haven't been on a sleep aid.
I am learning that a lot people with chronic pain end up dependent on meds. I don't use the word addicted, because I understand that refers to using them beyond regular prescribed use or need. I never took more, asked for extra or took them to get high, but I was effected when they were taken away.
I'm so much better now and on far less meds than I have been on in 8 years. I would hope this helped someone and would love to hear about some other experiences.