Someday No Drugs

Someday no drugs is my hope for my future, but not my honest expectation due to the pain, anxiety & symptoms of Diseases Fibromyalgia and Myasthenia Gravis.

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Someday No Drugs Is My Hope

Someday no drugs is my hope, but not the honest expectation of my future! I can not see a way forward that does not contain drugs, or more properly medications for my Bipolar 1 Disorder, Fibromyalgia, and Myasthenia Gravis. 

With extreme control of my emotions and nerves, I could withstand the feelings of pain and sadness that come with the Fibromyalgia without pain meds. Although, I am trying to tell you it would be so difficult!

Four Decades Unmedicated

Diagnosed at the age of thirty-nine with Bipolar 1 Disorder, and upon examination discovered I was more than likely born Bipolar. Not medicated until diagnosis, I lived almost four decades as an unmedicated Bipolar 1. 

Some Bipolars choose to live unmedicated, saying medications stifle their creative abilities! Artists throughout history have chosen to forgo any type of restriction as a way of putting their talent above their state of mind!

Remember, Van Gogh sliced off his ear in pursuit of his perfect work! And, yes, I’ve read both stories about his ear, have you? Google ‘Van Gogh’s ear’!?

Medicated State of Mind

Years of Mania and Depression due to being in an unmedicated state, made me take my medications as they are prescribed religiously! For thirty-one years, I took my medications without question.

Hydrocodone – Oxycodone – Fentynal

The same physician placing me on drugs for Bipolar 1 Disorder in April 1990, also prescribed Hydrocodone for Chronic Pain. The Chronic Pain continued without cessation, and more types of pain arose.

Thus, I was taking the opioids for twenty-eight years by prescription by a Pain Specialist. For the last seven years, my schedule was for one pain pill, an Oxycodone every six hours as needed for pain. Yes, I needed a lot, as my pain level was eight, and I never felt a true measure of relief!

I searched for safe alternative pain relief and there was nothing that would provide relief without danger! Finally, I tried Fentynal, and it took care of the degree of pain, but I could not control it. Fentynal is too dangerous unless you are in hospital. 

Allergic To Morphine

I am allergic to Morphine that eliminates a great many pain drugs for me.

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CBD Anxiety & Pain Relief

CBD Oil enters my life and my Anxiety and Pain Relief were clear. Anxiety from a lifetime of anxious thoughts and feelings were given immediate relief upon taking CBD Oil! The tight knot sitting in the middle of my stomach simply let go for the first time in a long time.

I had never had this happen before without being highly sedated and this time my mind was clear. Just home from the doctor’s office, and I had not taken my Oxycodone. The THC side of Cannabis is psychoactive, but CBD is not! Good to know!

Knowing how well CBD Oil is handling my anxiety, I am ready to pursue pain relief! And I did, and also lowered my intake of Oxycodone until I quit taking them! The next month of mild withdrawals taught me a great deal about myself and opioids.

Opioid Dependent vs. Opioid Addicted

I went through this in July 2018, and it is now January 2019. In October 2018, I discovered through discussions with my Pain Specialist several facts. One of which was that although I had taken the opioids for twenty-eight years, I was opioid dependent vs. opioid addicted!

This was quite an eye-opener! Holly agreed with me that I definitely went through physical opioid withdrawals. Then she asked me to search my memory to see if I could truly find opioid craving? And I could not.

Narcotic Withdrawals – Diazepam (Valium)

Not like the narcotic cravings I felt and thought during Valium (Diazepam) withdrawals! Never so much as I feel when I run out of my e-cig substitutes! Panic! Fear! Got to do something! There! I do find addiction and craving!

Still to this day, and I stopped taking them a year ago next month, but even now I think when I get upset, “I sure could use a Diazepam!” Then I remind myself , “That crutch is over, and I’ll be just fine!” And I am. ?

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DIAZEPAM

The withdrawals from the narcotic were not any fun at all! I did not have anything extra onboard, and yes, I was on plenty of medications for Bipolar and anxiety. I did have an excellent pain medication in Lyrica for Fibromyalgia.

So going into narcotic withdrawals I was fortified with pain medication. Onboard I did have psyche meds against anxiety and depression, basically a mood control medication. When nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea started I was miserable but I simply treated the symptoms.

While dealing with the gastric symptoms that hit me first, I found I was having even lower blood pressure than usual. I didn’t have it lowered to the point of being dangerous as some do during withdrawals.

Other Symptoms of Narcotic Withdrawals:

  • Raise and Lower Blood Pressure
  • Palpitations
  • Pectoral Muscle Spasm
  • Cardiac Event
  • Stroke
  • Coma
  • Death
  • Some people must truly be advised to go through withdrawals under the care of a physician!
  • If you are in bad health, this means you!
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Anxiety – Redicalm – CBD Oil

The second week, when the worst of the physical symptoms were past, I purchased a bottle of Redicalm. It is a combination of five herbal supplements that are excellent calming agents. I knew it was exactly what I needed at the time! And I was thankful for it!

Just a few months later, I was introduced to CBD Oil and then I knew real relief! CBD does for me what nothing else does because it helps with my pain relief, too.

CBD is a natural herbal supplement, so I don’t consider it a drug. Every drug or medication I can take less of or stop, for that I am thankful.

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Baby Boomers Going Through Opioid Withdrawals

How many Baby Boomers are going through opioid withdrawals now? To know this, you would have to know how many Baby Boomers were taking opioids for medication or a high?

Baby Boomers and Opioid Withdrawals

How many Baby Boomers are going through opioid withdrawals now? To know this, you would have to know how many Baby Boomers were taking opioids for medication or a high?

I wonder how many of us started on medication for an injury, or illness, and became quickly addicted?

One point to think about is that Baby Boomers make a majority in the population. So are we a majority of the opioid crisis?

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I was taking prescription opioid Hydrocodone 7.5, Vicodin twenty-eight years ago.

As late as 1990, they instructed physicians that pain pills of this strength and type were non-addictive!

Addiction Treatment For Opioids

STAT Daily Recap (An online newsletter I read every day) wrote that Richard Sackler, of the Sackler family that invented Oxycontin, had been granted a patent for addiction treatment for opioids. 

The patent, issued earlier this year, January 2018, concerns a new formulation of buprenorphine, one of the medications shown to help people with opioid addiction.

QUOTE Reporter Andrew Joseph:  September 7, 2018 “Fatal overdoses from prescription painkillers quadrupled from 1999 to 2013, when they killed more than 16,000 people in the United States.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled the spike a “public health epidemic.”

Congress and state governments are scrambling to fund new prevention and treatment programs as the opioid scourge spreads from drugs like OxyContin to heroin and fentanyl.” END QUOTE. 

If Purdue Pharma knew this in 2013, why did they lie to us?

Someone I respect was pleased to hear there was new help for opioid addiction from this source. My friend has a great deal of forgiveness in him for this family.

All I have to say is they should surely know their product and how to counteract it, after all, they own it.

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Never realizing I was addicted to Oxycodone until the time came to put the opioid aside. It was an eye-opener to me.  They prescribed Hydrocodone 7.5mg. for twenty-four years, then 10mg. for two more years, then Oxycodone for 10mg. for two years.

Being never without a prescription for the drug, but I was constantly terrified the doctor wouldn’t sign or call in the script.

Addicted To Opioids

So every month I had to call the nurses’ line and leave a message for receiving my pain pills, and every month I held my breath and threw up for two days before I called.

Taking the narcotic Valium and the opioid, I still ended up with a stomach ulcer before I was forty and stomach surgery in my fifties.

For several years I had wanted to come off the narcotic and opioid, Diazepam and Oxycodone, but I was dependent on them for anxiety and pain relief and help.

I was a prescribed user of them both for twenty-eight years. Hard to believe, isn’t it?

Off the Narcotic Valium

In February 2018 I got sick and tired of begging for Diazepam (Valium). By lessening the dosage slowly over time I took myself off of it.

To help with my anxiety, I took the herbal supplement Redicalm. Being able to purchase Redicalm without a prescription was to me a gift.

I further strengthened my anxiety fighting herbal supplements by using Holy Basil Root which is a cortisol strengthener.

It is now September 2018; I am narcotic free, and I have been fortunate to stay clean of any Diazepam (Valium).

CBD Oil and Anxiety

As the anxiety continued to be a problem, I was still looking for some stronger relief. A friend showed me to CBD Oil I began to learn about it.

Finally, I got to try some, and then I was so pleased to purchase some CBD Oil of my own.

In quiet was so thrilled to use my CBD Oil and receive true relief from anxiety.

That was on July 2, 2018, and I received more than anxiety relief. It was soon apparent that I was on the way to some pain relief! I am taking Lyrica for nerve pain from the Fibromyalgia and Myasthenia Gravis.

I thought I needed the opioid Oxycodone for pain relief, too, but I don’t.

And then I realized with the CBD Oil I was receiving enough pain relief to come off the Oxycodone. I started to plan my opioid withdrawals.

I talked to friends who had gone through withdrawals, remembered the narcotic withdrawals, and searched for withdrawal symptoms.

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Symptoms Long-Term Opioid Use

I found out severe anxiety, and severe diarrhea are symptoms of long-term opioid use. So, I was sure, the twenty-eight years of opioids and I have severe anxiety and diarrhea, unto having Colitis. 


And the Ulcerative Colitis I was being treated for may be opiate caused severe diarrhea. There go three more strong medications I will not have to take anymore!

Baby Boomers Coming Off Opioids?

After checking with my friends and neighbors I knew one thing was clear. We Baby Boomers are as split as we were during the Viet Namese War and Equality Marches of the 1900’s.

Some of us became addicted to narcotics or opioids or both. Yes, we have been of the majority of the population both in numbers and in pain pill use.

I learned it wasn’t always an opioid but sometimes an anti-inflammatory or narcotic.

We are a varied group. In that for some the ideal was to live without any drugs of any kind.

Then again, many took each and every drug and medication that was offered through the years. So that addiction waited to ensnare the unwary.

I know Baby Boomers who have remained highly medicated all their lives. They, have reached their seventies without addiction.

Some began with drugs in their twenties and continued with various types of medication all of their adult lives. Surprisingly. some    Baby Boomers have escaped addiction.

Baby Boomers Are Going Through Opioid Withdrawals

Sadly, this is the fate for some Baby Boomers, but for the majority, it is opioid, narcotic or alcohol addiction. For except for the ones of us that lived drug-free, we are a drug using generation.

The Baby Boomers put their talents into inventing and developing drugs and medications. At the same time we were delving into the drug scene as we came of age.

Now some Baby Boomers are coming off opioids and having opioid withdrawals. Some Baby Boomers are coming off narcotics and having narcotic withdrawals. They are about the same, but differ in intensity.

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Some Opioid withdrawal symptoms are listed below:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hot and Cold Chills
  • Fever
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Fluctuating Blood Pressure
  • Cardiac Event
  • Coma
  • Death

Five weeks ago I went through a mild case of opioid withdrawals. Mine was mild because of CBD Oil being part of my onboard arsenal of help to go through withdrawals.

I broke my Oxycodone 10mg in half each dosage for two weeks. Then I cut the dosage further, then stopped it by the third week in July 2018. Withdrawals didn’t begin in earnest until I was taking just one-half Oxycodone a day.

So I used Four Drops of the 1000mg. CBD Oil every six hours during the worst of the opioid withdrawals. CBD Oil helped me have a time I could tolerate.

I would not want to go through it again. Although it was not as bad as I was warned, and I thank goodness for the CBD!

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