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Jump from 10 MMT and found out I'm 7 weeks preggo

Discussion in 'Detoxing from Methadone' started by DTC1127, Jan 25, 2017.

  1. DTC1127

    DTC1127 Member

    So. I don't even know where to begin... I recently jumped from 10mg MMT (14 days ago to be exact). On day 10, I tested positive on a pregnancy test.... Anyway, my first 4-5 days w/o was terrible. I thought I would die quite literally. But for my saint of a husband, I would not have made it past day 3. I am currently on day 14 and feel run down and tired. I can't stay asleep for anything. I went back to work on day 6 w/o and have been working since then. I am 7 weeks pregnant. Meaning the fetus is 5 weeks old. I would NEVER have jumped if I knew I was pregnant. We weren't trying for baby and were actually Using preventative measures...but I guess that does not always work. Yesterday I got an ultrasound and by the grace of god the baby is perfectly Healthy! My main concern is now since I am pregnant, I can not supplement myself with different meds to help the WD's. Nothing but natural vitamins. Who has done the jump all natural?? I have taken NOTHING but prenatals. My husband just went out and bought me calcium/magnesium/zinc supplement. What else can I do to ease myself and my baby through this terrible road? My feeling is that since I have made it past the worst of it (first 5 days) And the baby is healthy, I will not be going back on the maintenance. I was on it for 8 years with my highest dose around 60mg to treat an addiction to pain pills prescribed to me for Lupus... I do not EVER want to take an opiate again in my life... I have zero cravings for methadone or otherwise other than I just want to feel "normal" again. When will it happen??
  2. freakedout

    freakedout Moderator

    It takes time which varies for everybody. It may be a few more weeks before you start to feel normal. 400-800mg a day of Magnesium (citrate or glycinate) should help you feel more relaxed and also help with restless legs. The Magnesium spray for your skin also helps. But the only thing that REALLY help is time off of the Methadone.

    That being said, I would strongly encourage you to discuss this with your OB/GYN if you haven't already. Being pregnant puts a different spin on things.
  3. DTC1127

    DTC1127 Member

    Thanks for the response. My OB initially suggested I go back on maintenance but ultimately left that decision up to me. The most she could offer was the current medical opinion. She said maintenance is normally recommended because the risk of abusing other drugs is high when detoxing. While pregnant methadone is the recommended course since the Dr knows exactly what the mother has been taking which will help to diagnose the baby if they to suffer any ill effects from the substances the mother takes. That being said. She also said if I do not plan on taking anything illicit (or otherwise for that matter) I do not necessarily have to go back on the maintenance. I just have to stick it out and detox naturally and literally just let nature take its course. The best thing she said was to hydrate and eat right plus take the prenatals. All which I have done. I made up my mind that I will not be going back on the MMT. The baby is healthy and I seem to be getting the tiniest bit better with each passing day. I don't however feel "normal". Fatigued is not even the word. The rls has declined significantly in the past 3-4 days but has not totally disappeared. Just looking for any advice on how to muscle through. Do you think walking on a treadmill will help? I was thinking like 2 hours before "bedtime" (haha if I could even call it that anymore). It's the middle of winter where I am and getting outside for excercise/walking is near impossible due to cold. I dunno....for me I think it's worse on the days I have nothing really going on. Weekends are torture as the time ticks by in slow motion. Working has really helped me I think. And that's why I think maybe walking would too? Any thoughts?
  4. freakedout

    freakedout Moderator

    You definitely have the right attitude about staying off of maintenance and if your OB/GYN didn't insist on it...Please stay the course. It is well worth it.

    The only thing that really helps is time. You are only off 14 days or so now and being that you are able to find this forum and type a coherent message my take is you are doing fantastic. Expect some ups and downs where symptoms get better and then get worse and then get better, etc. It is a totally normal part of the process.

    Exercise of any sort, especially natural movement exercise like walking on a treadmill can definitely help. This type of thing helps you sweat (good) and can help your body to start producing natural endorphins that have been suppressed by the opiates. If you feel up to it, GO FOR IT. If you don't feel up to it, still GO FOR IT. Just my opinion but I think exercise can help speed up the healing process.

    The other thing I will mention that is just my opinion is a clean diet. When I say clean diet I mean a Paleo/Primal style diet where you eat home cooked foods made from combinations of single ingredient foods. Cut out anything that has a history of causing inflammation in humans. Biggest things are wheat and any other grains with gluten and vegetable oils. (Butter, Coconut, Avocado, and Olive Oil are the best choices.) Don't be afraid of fat. Do be afraid of excess carbohydrate consumption which is also inflammatory. From my own experiences, inflammatory foods not only hurt overall health in the long run but slow down healing and recovery in the short term.)

    Glad you found us..The forum is a bit slow these days but there should be some others chime in with some advice. Lots of long term members here with significant clean time.

    Time is the healer and I can definitely says that any short term discomfort is worth dealing with to achieve long term sobriety from the opiate-go-round.
  5. DTC1127

    DTC1127 Member

    You know what... and I don't know if this is the pregnancy or the the fact that my body is now opiate free or both for that matter... but when it comes to food.... I am ravenous. I can't seem to eat enough! I'm someone who usually never finishes a full plate of food before feeling full. The past week, I have been experiencing hunger that I've never felt before... I wonder if it's just my body's way of telling me to consume whatever nutrients it's been lacking all these years. I always just assumed once I made the jump I'd experience a few months where eating would be forced rather than wanted. Not that I'm complaining but it has caught me off guard. My husband has done a lot of research on what diet I should be consuming. He makes me a lot of grilled chicken veggies etc and has been making me smoothies in the nutra-bullet. Fresh fruits, kale, almonds, cumcumbers... its hard because I'm usually the cook in the family. It's my lack of energy that's keeps me from enjoying cooking. But I guess that will all come back with time...
  6. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    Hi DTC, I'm Dave and sorry I haven't replied earlier but I was having trouble getting on the forum. And I'll just add to the good advice you've gotten from freakedout, that yes, I think you are wise to stick it out. I mean you're goimg to get clean at some time right? What better time than right now?
    Also, I kicked methadone with just clonidine which didn't help much. I was uncomfotable for quite a while but it did pass eventually.
    All the best, I'll check in to see how you're doing :)
  7. DTC1127

    DTC1127 Member

    Today I'm just shy of 3 weeks off. My main complaint (today at least) is at times my heart seems to be beating out of my chest. I honestly do not feel like I'm having an anxiety attack. My mind is calm but my heart feels like it's going a mile a minute. In either of your detox, was this a symptom for you?? It has gotten me quite worried the past couple of days. It does not happen all the time. Mainly first thing in the morning or last thing at night... just curious if this is a normal wd symptom or not?
  8. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    I don't remember that one specifically but I had lots of weird symptoms including sharp headaches that diminished and eventually went away. I still had plenty of symptoms at 3 weeks out Id say I was sleeping only 4 hours a night by then. I would say that if any symptom is serious that you see your dr. If you have a history of IV drug addiction as I did it would be very wise to be tested for hep C. Best of luck you are doing great!
  9. DTC1127

    DTC1127 Member

    For me my vice was OxyContin, percs, etc etc. all of which were prescribed to me by my doctor from a young age of 14. I never went down the road of iv but I definitely could have seen myself there in another six months of abusing. That's why I started the MMT to begin with. I was absolutely clueless as to how hard it would be to come off methadone. No one told me such things when I began. As the saying goes, "if I knew then what I know now...". In any case. Today was a good day. I just got home from work and started cooking dinner. I literally haven't cooked anything for myself or my family since Jan 10th. The day before the jump. Lol. So this is a milestone for me as far as I'm concerned! Any resemblance of normalcy is what I need. And cooking is something I did for my family nearly nightly. It feels good. I go back to my OB on Thursday. Will check in with her about the rapid heart. Like I said it isn't all the time. Just early morning and late night. Could be anxiety and I'm just not used to having it....I appreciate your responses. They help to have someone to talk with who knows what you're going though.
  10. Fox face

    Fox face Moderator

    Welcome to ODR! Congratulations on the little one and most importantly getting your life back. I actually had the rapid heart beat. I was told to limit my caffeine, which was hard to do with so little energy already. I would literally run a short distance, so my heart would have a reason to beat fast. Lol
    It seemed to help a lot.

    Take care and keep posting!
  11. DTC1127

    DTC1127 Member

    It makes me feel better that you too had the rapid heart. I tried to google it but seem to be getting mixed answers on that symptom.

    I learned the hard way with the whole no caffeine thing. I've been working since day 6 and really tried to keep to my normal schedule. Ya know, get up, make a cup of coffee.... it really took me a few days to figure out the coffee was making me feel worse. I've cut it out since then. Which is hard because coffee is my go to. But that's ok because I would have had to cut the caffeine with pregnancy anyway.

    I really feel like I have turned a corner. Feeling better and better by the day!! 20 days! Soon I won't be counting the calendar on how many days w/o I am. Can't wait till this is just a bad memory for me...but a memory nonetheless. I want to remember how bad I truly felt detoxing so I never use again!!!
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  12. DTC1127

    DTC1127 Member

    So I figured I would check in. Give a status update if you will... I'm now 1 month plus 4 days methadone free. I feel good. Definitely not great. But there's no way I could lie and say I'm feeling terrible. I still have some lingering sleep issues. And lately I've been having trouble sitting still. I don't have restless legs but do have the need to bounce my leg up and down especially while sitting in my office chair at work. After a while I can't stand being seated any longer and HAVE to get up and walk around. This is something new to me as I used to be able to be and stay seated for hours on end without trouble. I'm not sure if it's a lack of concentration thing or just my body feeling anxious. I honestly don't know which - maybe both. Other than that. I am still sneezing (but way less than prior weeks) and once in a while have some gastro issues. In the beginning, I really thought I would never be able to function normally again. But now I can see that as the days go by, I am getting a piece of my old self back. Not sure how much longer till this is all a thing of the past. But I now can see a light at the end of the tunnel!
  13. AumuA

    AumuA Well-Known Member

    It's gonna take some time, but the good news is that all the while your feelings should steadily improve. Sometimes that means feeling things you might not want to feel as well, but that's life. Real life is so much better than the half life of being on that stuff, isn't it? ;)
  14. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    Great news! I'm really glad to hear you're doing well. And yes that jittery stuff is anxiety and will pass over time. At one month you are just getting past the detox phase and into post withdrawal. This can hang on for a while but sounds like you moving right along.

    And so, since I think you are doing so great :) I'll share with you what my experience is. I had to give up all drugs. Everyone in treatment says you've got to quit everything and like most addicts I thought I was different. But every time I tried to drink alcohol it got me in trouble and led me back to drugs. So I found out the hard way. And I've seen it here over the years - the guys who say "I just smoke weed" I just have not met any former opiate addict who has convinced me they have a decent life using some substitute drug.

    The good news is that once you get past the shock of it all going drug free is the easy way. Life becomes a great adventure and you never have a worry about a drug, a hangover, an arrest, etc etc.
    In a couple days DTC I'm going be 30 years clean. And it's been a great 30 years - you are on your way!
  15. Bonita

    Bonita Well-Known Member


    I do promise things get better. I can't say life is easy, its not but harder using then when sober.

    Welcome to life my man,
  16. DTC1127

    DTC1127 Member

    I can sleep again!! I never thought the day would come! I still wake up a few times in the night but have been able to roll over and go back to sleep! Not even taking the benedryl anymore! It's a wonderful thing! Just more proof I'm beginning to feel better!
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  17. Fox face

    Fox face Moderator

    That's great!
  18. DTC1127

    DTC1127 Member

    Just wanted to update this post. It’s been about a year and 8/9 months since I jumped off the Methadone. Best decision of my life! Although it took, I’d say, about 4 months to finally return to “normal”. I was unknowingly pregnant at the time I jumped off and am happy to say my daughter will be 1 year old in a few weeks. Happy and healthy. My withdrawal period was exasperated by the fact I couldn’t take much to combat the symptoms I was feeling due to me being pregnant. In hindsight, I think that was all for the best anyway. The worst part was the trouble sleeping. That symptom lasted the longest. The 2nd worst part was having to get up and go to work everyday. It felt like time was standing still and the days were very long. That being said, the freedom of not being dependent on a drug anymore is totally worth it. And I can honestly say I’ve never felt better! Anyone toying with the idea of detoxing off their MM, please know it can be done! Good luck to all on your recovery!

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