In 1996, I was involved in an automobile accident. The automobile swung around and toppled over after a tire blew out. I walked away despite the fact that the automobile had been damaged. My back troubles did not appear until a year later.
Two discs, L4-L5, were herniated. Since there was nothing further that could be done to treat or rectify my injuries, the physicians recommended prescription pain relievers. The hazards of opiate addiction were not generally understood at the time, and US rules permitted you to use them for up to two years. I knew something had to be done as my two-year limit approached because I was just 90 days away from my Rx not being replenished.
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I awoke one day to find that the medications, rather than alleviating the agony, were exacerbating it. After I came out of the shower, I remember running my fingers through my hair, and it ached. When you use prescription pain relievers, your pain receptors are turned down, but you become hypersensitive.
Right then and there, I made the decision to leave. I cleared my schedule for the next two weeks, concealed the car keys, turned off my phone, and waited. I braced myself for the inevitable ass lashing. Withdrawal begins gradually and then slams into you like a mother fucking freight train loaded with boulders.
I spent two weeks on the couch, mostly sipping water and ordering pizza when I felt hungry. When it was finished, I was left with severe back pain, although it wasn’t as awful as it had been when on the pills. Walking was difficult due to the excruciating agony.
I discovered a massage therapist who was proficient in the craft, and I spent 2 hours a week on the table for 2 years. At the conclusion of that period of time.
- I was able to walk without discomfort.
- What medications couldn’t heal, 200 hours on the table had.
- Every two weeks, I still spend two hours on the table to maintain my back in condition.
- I work out regularly and eat healthily.
Life is a lot better now. It’s not worth it to take the medications. The United States now only allows you to use the medications for six months. I’m afraid I have to tell you why. I do not recommend stopping cold turkey as I did since it is really painful. I haven’t taken any narcotic pain relievers in over 16 years. I sincerely hope I never do. I’d rather suffer from chronic discomfort.
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