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I was on 180mg (6x30mg) daily for just over 10 years due to a motorcycle accident in which I broke four bones in my lower back. I was very lucky not to be in a wheelchair. Anyway, I took then as prescribed until 5 months ago when I decided they were not working so like a fool I stopped taking them 48 hours after stopping I had headache like my head was being crushed, pains in my legs and very bad diarea. This lasted for about 3 days then started to ease until about 3 months ago when I had to have a review with the doctor. I explained that the DHC worked only just until the winter time when my back pain was at times so severe that I just could not get out of bed. He decided that I needed something a bit stronger so he kindly gave me Tramadol 50mg two four times a day plus, Naproxen 500mg one twice a day.
I have no back pain now but just walk around in a stupified daze. Only on doing some research on the net did I discover that I came out of the frying pan and into the fire as both Tramadol and Naproxen are highly addictive. It now seems that what would have been up to a week of discomfort coming off the DCH has turned into up to three months of hell if I go cold turkey on the Tramadol and even then I may not win.
If you are on DHC and want to stop then do it slowly by reduction. DO NOT ask for something stronger because the next step up is Tramadol which has the same dependancy as Morphine and is harder to get off than morphine.
See your GP and ask for a lower dosage of DHC and after about threemonths you will be DHC free.
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