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.

Thank you for reading with me!

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Weeks After Stopping Oxycodone

My pain specialist said, “You remained in control of the drug, the drug did not control you, thus, you were not addicted you were dependent.”

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Weeks After Stopping Oxycodone

Weeks after stopping Oxycodone, I went to see my pain specialist. Telling her I had stopped the opioid, and that’s when I found out I had been coping with opioid dependency according to her.

Yes, I had gone through physical withdrawals but had not had the mental cravings as I do for my cigarettes. I spoke to her of the anger and mild depression, and she surprised me!

Opioid Dependency vs Opioid Addiction

Holly told me I had to learn the difference between opioid addiction vs opioid dependency. While I had spoken she had reviewed my chart over the years and I had never failed to use my medication correctly.

My pain specialist said, “You remained in control of the drug, the drug did not control you, thus, you were not addicted you were dependent.”

Opiate Holiday!

Holly went on to say, “You have given yourself an opiate holiday! That is a very good thing. Now you need to choose the medication for your pain control.”

The doctor was of the impression I would immediately choose an opioid as my pain medication. For so long a period of time I had needed to be treated with a strong pain medication, she saw no other recourse but to prescribe it again.

I began to tell her I was coping with Ulcerative Colitis and could not have an ansaid or any anti-inflammatory medications for pain. My Gastrologist had told me the week before my gastric system could only tolerate Tylenol.

I ask my Primary M.D. for a pain medication that was not a narcotic or an opioid. He offered me Tramadol or Ultram, the least addictive of the opioids. I asked for something that was not addictive, as I had enough of withdrawals.

Choice Hydrocodone or Oxycodone

The Pain Specialist reminded me with seizure issues I couldn’t take the medication Tramadol as it could provoke seizures. As I felt my options were rapidly rushing away from me, Holly told me my choices were between Hydrocodone 7.5 and Oxycodone.

I almost fell off my chair! I had gone through physical withdrawals to get off of the opioids. No, I didn’t want back on the pain pills! To call in, to make that phone call every month! Again! But wait. 

I Did Not Fear The Call

It would not be the same! I did not need the pill every six hours with the CBD! Never did I need the pill like that again! I looked at her and I did not fear the call! The numbing, gut-twisting fear was over, so I didn’t have to fear that call ever again!

Holly was talking about how I was opioid dependent, and not opioid addicted and I would be fine on the medication. I did not fear her power with her pen, and I did not fear the phone call each month.

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Each Day Is A Gift

I was not listening. My mind was clear and set. It had been clear for a month for the first time in many, many years. For several reasons, pain and illness caused me to need to choose something that was not my first choice.

That didn’t mean it couldn’t be my best choice. With Lyrica as my basic pain medication, and CBD oil doing what it does as it’s best work for me, I know what I want to tell Holly. I choose the prescription for Hydrocodone 7.5.

Never again do I want it to be every six hours and living in an opioid fog, but I do cope with a great deal of chronic pain. There are times the chronic pain reaches a level extra difficult to cope with on regularly scheduled medications. I will use the Hydrocodone 7.5 sparingly for these times.

Flare-Up With Ulcerative Colitis

The weekend before I had been to the ER with breathing difficulty, and hospitalized. Then the ER doctor informed me I was dealing with a flare-up with my Ulcerative Colitis.

My upper colon was inflamed and showed infection the tests showed them. They put me on IV antibiotics and stopped my anti-inflammatory Diclofenac.

No Diclonac In Hospital

Diclonac is an excellent anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic medication, but gastro doctors don’t like it for your stomach. Stopping this anti-inflammatory lessens my level of established pain control with CBD moderating for me.

In the ER he can give you strong pain medication if you are truly ill! A flare-up of Ulcerative Colitis causes a great deal of pain! It is a chronic condition for me with acute flare-ups, and this has been so for the last seven years.

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ANXIETY GROUNDING TOOL

CBD Oil for Anxiety and Pain Control

I have found nothing better than CBD Oil for Anxiety and Pain Control. Read the little Anxiety Grounding tool above for it can help you the next time you have an anxious episode. It has helped me for it tells us good ideas.

CBD Oil is something I have added to my life and it serves me well. I have found it extremely relieving when I was at my worst where anxiety was concerned. My severe anxiety had worsened due to long-term opioid use.

Physically Withdrew

During the time I physically withdrew from my opioid dependency, CBD oil controlled my anxiety! The CBD began showing me how it worked with my other medications. To me, it seemed they were stronger and lasted longer.

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CBD Oil

To me, it seemed CBD Oil worked well with my other medications and herbal supplements. I found it interacted in such a way as grapefruit usually does and strengthened my pain medication.

The anti-inflammatory properties of the herbal remedy CBD is so effective for me with my prescribed anti-inflammatory for Diclofenac’s effect seems to be strengthened.

Contact Chosen Medical Provider 

Here is where I need to tell you I am not a medical professional. You should contact your chosen medical provider before starting or stopping any medication or supplement. 

What I tell you here is my own story and my system is of course, different from yours. Each of us can tolerate and do differently. 

Pleased to learn I have been opioid dependent and not opioid addicted, I began to live my life with a new found hope for the future. Overcoming the dependency to me was a physical battle, well fought, and done!

So, I was taking Oxycodone every six hours for so many years. Then being clean of the opioid for three months I gave myself an opiate holiday! Now I have a prescription for two Hydrocodone a day. And this is sufficient for my pain for I only take it when the pain is most fierce.

PAIN IS A LONG ROAD I KNOW 
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PAIN IS A LONG ROAD I KNOW

Something I need to tell you is that one program I found about seven months ago is extremely helpful in relieving anxiety! I am doing so well with it I can say for sure it is great, has helped me tremendously, and I want to share it with you!

The program is Barry Joe McDonaugh’s world studied PanicAway!

I have added some Articles on this Website by Barry Joe McDonaugh creator of PanicAway! He has a great deal of insight and can help you with your Anxiety and Panic Attacks!

One of Barry’s Articles is ‘Causes of Panic Attacks’.

Here is where I tell you again, I am not a medical professional and do not diagnose, treat, or prescribe medications. My system is different from yours and you may not react to medications the same way I do. Anything I write is for informational purposes only.

Thank you for reading with me as I write my story.

Please Leave Me A Comment!

Janice Fox-Henley.AnxietyReliefCoach
janice@copingwithanxieties.com
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August 24th, One Month Of Opioid Withdrawals

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After First Month of Withdrawals

After your first month of opioid withdrawals, you begin to believe in yourself. You have been thru something very few people have attempted successfully.

Withdrawals are not over, and I know it, but the flu-like symptoms, cold chills, nausea, and diarrhea are over.

The emotions that stopped maturing when I got addicted to the first opioid in 1990, started breaking free on me last week in anger. I had been warned I might have to deal with anger and depression at some point during withdrawals.

I began to have constant anger, a quick temper, and no patience with anyone around me.

Bipolar 1 – Manic-Depressive Episodes

Not only was there and still are false emotions to cope with, but I have Bipolar 1. This causes manic-depressive episodes which includes great fluctuations in mood and emotions.

Having coped with depression all of my life, I am ready to deal with it when it rears its ugly head.

I take medications for the Bipolar 1 and Anxiety that are mood control and anti-psychotic drugs. The Risperidone built up in my body, I think the best way to explain it is the way grapefruit causes a reduction in the release of substances from the kidneys and liver.

The CBD has the same effect on medications for me as a grapefruit and its juice.

I had to take less Risperidone to lessen the anger for it was a side-effect of the CBD and the Risperidone being contraindicated for it was building up in me and reacting due to the unmeasured anti-psychotic effect of the CBD.

A couple of weeks battling intense anger due to the medication confusion wore me out almost thoroughly.

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Myasthenia Gravis and Activity

Myasthenia Gravis and Life

No matter what else one is doing, if you have Myasthenia Gravis, you will not be allowed to forget that fact. If you do, you will surely be reminded when you get up and try to go to the bathroom or kitchen!

I can’t use large muscles very much; like walking, standing, or sitting straight up and riding in a vehicle.

Pretty much being anywhere besides my favorite recliner or bed just does not work for me. With the weakened muscles from the MG, I get so very tired going just one room away from my chair.

Although I don’t know when it started, I was diagnosed in 2008 when I developed double-vision. It has been a fast-moving ten years, I guess I was partly in a drug fog.

Fibromyalgia Fog and Drug Fog

If you have Fibromyalgia, then you have Fibro Fog where you have periods of time where, (and it is different with everyone), you are confused, can’t remember things, your thoughts are cloudy, and I guess that’s why they call it a  Fibro Fog.

My doctor told me in 2002 that he had watched me for twelve years and I had Fibromyalgia, so by now; I have severe Fibromyalgia and some nerve and neuropathy pain.

LYRICA (PREGABALIN)

Lyrica, Fibromyalgia, and Nerve Pain

I found Lyrica is an awesome medication for nerve pain for Fibromyalgia! I ran out of it once. I thought I couldn’t afford to get it refilled. So I went for sixteen days without it. When it got all the way out of my system, I ached all over, deep down, in my joints, and in my bones themselves!

My muscles jerked and hurt, I couldn’t sleep, so I lay there, and just gritted my teeth until I wept.

And that is while I was taking Oxycodone every 6 hours, so I genuinely don’t want to have to give up on Lyrica as my main pain medication. But, I might have to if it is causing me such harmful side effects!

I have reason to believe Lyrica is not reacting well to the CBD oil in my Endo-Cannabinoid System.

ENDO-CANNABINOID SYSTEM PARTIAL STUDY

Endo-Cannabinoid System and CBD

The CBD is causing such amazing changes for me day by day that I can’t give it up! I need to find medications that will work well with it, or I don’t need them.

For one thing, CBD has taken me through thirty-one days of opioid withdrawals,  from July 24th til now, August 25, 2018.

I found one of my Ulcerative Colitis medications was a benzo. The Librax I was taking as a medication for gastric problems was a Fall Hazard, and my insurance wouldn’t pay for it. I had to get it on a discount card, which I was very thankful for, believe me!

It reacted against my Lyrica, and it was the Librax that had to go and not the Lyrica! Thank God.

Lyrica is an anti-inflammatory which goes a long way with arthritis and Fibromyalgia nerve pain and neuropathy. CBD is an anti-inflammatory that acts well with the endocannabinoid system in the human and animal body.


If you have problems such as IBS or Colitis as I do, CBD serves well in the gastric system.

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CBD Oil and One Month of Withdrawals

This post started with “one month after the beginning of opioid withdrawals is here and I feel like something has been accomplished “. I would ask those that read this to comment if they have been through opioid withdrawals and tell how they did it, or at least got this far.

Barry McDonagh is an internationally known Anxiety Coach and I want to Introduce him to my Readers! I will be Posting some of his Posts from his about Blog about Anxiety and PanicAway, and they are full of good advice! You will be surprised!

Thank you for reading along with me! Please Leave me a Comment!

Here is where I tell you that I am not a medical professional and am not advising you where your health is concerned. What I have to write is for informational purposes only. As I live my life, I am Blogging my story.

My system is different from yours, and you should check with your chosen healthcare provider before you start or stop any medication.

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