I am allergic to almost all opioid pain medications and am in severe chronic pain. It has been controlled recently quite well on 100 mcg duragesic patches. The cause of my pain is nerve pain, and all other alternatives have been tried, and I even had a neurostimulator implanted, which was a failure because the battery broke, and leaked unknown substances into my hip, causing more pain, where I had to go up to the 100 patch. My new doctor said that I need to get off of the patch, and I cannot spend months in agony without any pain relief besides aspirin, which is the only other pain reliever which I am not allergic to Tylenol doesn't work on me, and I've tried every other drug available. My new family doctor wants me off of the patch, so I removed it immediately. I can't face months of supervised withdrawal, as my pain is so severe, that months of getting off of this drug would be slow torture. I have decided to go cold turkey, and just take aspirin. How long will it take to fully detox, so that I can just live with the pain as my doctor says I need to do. There is nothing, no surgery or other medications that have not been tried. I am allergic to antipsysochotic and antidepressant meds as well, and am currently on valium and buspar (which are about the only drugs I can tolerate besides the duragesic., which I don't intend to quit, as they help with muscle issues and anxiety. I never wanted to be in narcotics to begin with, and held off since 1981 when my pain began. It worsened greatly in my feet in October, and I was bedridden and unable to walk. First, they tried dilaudid, which made me violently ill because of my allergy to it, and required 8 other medications just to be able to take it. Once I became opioid dependent, I was put on the duragesic, which was a miracle since I didn't have to take any other drugs with it except laxatives and had no hives or have to live on multiple drugs as well. I have just removed the patches (I had the doc prescribe them in more patches in smaller doses, so if I had some better pain days, I could remove one or two. So what can I expect from quitting cold turkey, besides the pain coming back? How long will it take to completely detox if I don't put on any other patches, and just go back to aspirin? Will detox itself add to my pain, or just cause other unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. I want this drug out of my body asap. Would drinking lots of water help. assuming I can get it down me? When I am in extreme pain as I was before starting narcotics, I was unable to eat or drink because the pain was so intense. All I could do was lie in bed and scream and cry in pain until I wore myself out enough to sleep for a short time until the pain woke me again? I desperately need to get off of this narcotic, and any others (which have unbearable side effects, (this was the only one that I could tolerate). MY pain doctor quit on me the day I had the leaking battery removed from my hip, and I am currently getting prescriptions from my psychiatrist, who has known me for 24 years, and knows my inability to handle practically any medication, for anything. How long will it be before the withdrawal symptoms are gone, and I am just back to my normal pain and bedridden status? I know my psychiatrist is against even reducing the duragesic (he wants to increase it), so no help there. I need to do this on my own and as quickly as possible. I can't get a doctor to check me into a detox clinic, because every doctor but the one I saw today says I need the duragesic to function at all, which may be true, but I refuse to be called a drug addict because I am in pain. Can someone please tell me what to expect, and how long it will take? I expect to be totally miserable, but I am pretty much there already, except for the small relief I get from the patch, which allows me to get out of bed (with help). and sit up in a wheelchair for a short time, and sometimes go hours without thinking about the pain. I have lost 50 pounds on the narcotics, and am down to 109 pounds. I mainly can't eat because I am on the lowest dose of duragesic that allows me to barely function. Without it, I will be able to do nothing for myself, but it should be worth it if I can get off the patch fast. Thanks for your help.