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Quitting Ultram Tramadol. Ultram withdrawal symptoms.

Updated on June 30, 2008

Ultram is very addictive

Although a narcotic (synthetic codeine) Ultram is widely touted as a far less addictive alternative to prescription medications such as vicodin, oxycontin or methadone. Yet a browsing of internet forums devoted to overcoming an addiction to Ultram makes you question just how non-addictive it is.

I was addicted to Ultram, and also to vicodin, and in my opinion the withdrawal and addiction to Ultram was worse, and the withdrawal pains lasted longer.

Some common withdrawal symptoms with Ultram detox are:

Anxiety

Depression

Sweating

Nausea

Diarrhea

Vomiting

Insomnia

Leg restlessness (hard to describe, but very uncomfortable!)

Tremors

Chills

Hallucination

Breathing problems

Additionally, for people dependant on Ultram, a sudden cessation of use carries with it a significant possibility of seizures, and you should never try to quit "cold turkey" without first consulting with your doctor.

The withdrawal symptoms will peak after a day or so, and last for 3-4 days before gradually subsiding over the course of a month or so.

Most doctor's will advise you to gradually reduce your dosage over a period of weeks or months; and unfortunately, it gets harder to reduce the dosage as you get closer to your ultimate goal of abstinence.

Psychological addiction

If you have been using ultram to experience the pleasurable narcotic effects, you likely have a psychological addiction to compliment the physical addiction, and you may require additional drug treatment or counseling to better this desire for intoxication through drugs.

Many people find the 12 steps of NA a good place to start, and other options include finding a good psychologist familiar with addiction, a local prescription drug addiction support group, or in extreme cases, even a period of residential rehab.

Be careful with Ultram

If you are not yet using Ultram (or not yet abusing Ultram) you should consider your use very carefully before possibly passing into dependence and with it the need for very uncomfortable and anxiety filled withdrawal. The detox off of Ultram is severe and long lasting, and if you are using Ultram recreationally, the ultimate price to pay for this intoxication is high indeed.

Don’t use Ultram if you have a history of addiction

If you have any history of addiction to drugs or alcohol, you should inform your doctor before accepting a prescription for this oft prescribed medication, and be very wary of this seductive drug.

If you have any history of seizures or alcohol addiction, you are also at a much greater risk for seizures while using this medication.

Whatever your doctor says, know that this drug has a very strong abuse potential, and should be used with caution, for a short time only, and then only as directed.

Think about whether a couple of ibuprofens might be a safer way to manage pain.

Facts about Ultram (Tramadol)

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      Jason 4 years ago

      About a year ago I was in a bad wreck, I broke both ankles, right knee, right hip, left shoulder, and left knee. I was in the hospital for a month and had over the past year 13 surgeries. Today, I am able to walk again and do a lot of the things I was able to do before the wreck. The largest issue I have had is getting off the pain meds. I have taken vicodin for about 10 years off and on, It would only take one or 2 and I would be high all day. Until 3 days ago I was taking 10 tramadoles and 4 vicodins (10/325) for the past year. At first I was taking them for the pain, then I found myself calling the doc asking for more. I figured well I will take something stronger like oxy and have to take less. Never thinking, wow thats really stupid! When I took the oxy all it did was knock me out and I didn't like it. So when I called to get more vicodin they gave it to me, thinking ok hes winging himself off. Every time I got off the crap I would have a new surgery and have to take more. Then about 5 months ago I woke up and seen that I had a bad problem. I figured I would take the tramadole to wing off. Then, every time I would stop the tramadole I didn't last 3 days before I would give in and take them. Every time I would talk to my Docs they would say, oh there is no withdraw on tramadole. BULL CRAP, I would crap my pants, I would pass out in the day and wake up feeling depressed, my whole body hurt, I could not stand to do ANYTHING I couldn't stand to lay in bed, move around.. I mean it was just total hell. Then, I couldn't take it anymore so... I would take more. So this last time, Today makes 3 days(the longest I have lasted) The first 24 hours was really really bad, so I got drunk and it helped a little. The 2nd night It was all I could do to move, I couldn't eat or drink I kept vomiting. The RD day so far I feel alittle....out of it but its 10000000000 times better than the first and 2nd days. I will not take the crap again. EVER I don't care how bad of pain I am in. It got to a point it was hard for me to remember myself without being high. Its just nuts that for the past year just about everyday of it, I was high at all times. It was fun at first, then it just got out of hand and now its something I have to deal with everyday for the rest of my life. Now, I have been told by many people that the only true way to get off the crap is cold turkey, then others have said never do that. Some day not to drink or smoke pot then others say it was the only way to deal with the withdraw. Everyone is different. With me, this past time and it seems to be working for me. I got drunk the first night and smoked a lot of pot the 2nd and 3rd day. It took so many of the bad feelings away. The only way to see what works for u is trial and error. The one thing that is the case for everyone, is that tramadole is a dangerous drug. Prescribes are not aware of what it does to people. They claim it has no addictive properties and no withdraw. That its a safer drug than vicodin. Its not true. If u haven't taken this Don't start. 10.....15 years from now this is going to be one of those drugs they find caused all kinds of problems. Good luck everyone getting off it. Just keep saying to yourself. "I need to remember a time that I was happy, before the drugs took over." It helped me a lot.

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      ET 4 years ago

      I have been addicted to Ultram for 10 years now. I do not have a perscription, I have been getting it off a friend. I have quit before for 6 months, completely clean and sober. A month and a half ago I talked myself into getting a few pills. This immediately began a habit of daily use. My use over the year has varied in severity. At one point I was taking only 4/day, but the last month my us has been 15 - 20 pills/day. I am getting clean tomorrow, and tell my sponsor and everyone else that I have been lying. This is what I want to do, and it is why I plan to go cold turkey tomorrow. I've done it before. Only this time, with my us being so high, I fear seizures. I've never had one. I'm eager to get back in the program. I was clean for that 5 month period, and life seemed real good. I felt great compared to the dark state I am in at this point... yet again. Anybody have informtation on detox seizures?

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      Tina 4 years ago

      Hi I was put on tramadol 400mg a day and pregablin 75mg 3x a day in November 2012 for severe back pain, I had an operation in may this year ( 2013 ) on the 31st may my doctor took me off both these medications old turkey...since then I went through sickness, dioareah, aliens in head, crawling skin, no motivation, sweating, fear, anxiety, nervousness, depression all very severe, went back to doctors every day who denied it was withdrawal, they put me on beta blockers which did nothing for me. Now it's been nearly 3 months off these pills and I still have severe depression and severe nervousness, my system seems out of control. The doctors have put me on 100mg sertraline a day and 2mg diazipam 3x a day but can increase to 4 times a day if needed but these are doing nothing for my nervousness, I am 36 years old female with hubby and kids i just want my life back and this seems never ending.

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      ScaredAsHell 4 years ago

      Hey, all....

      It's been a long time since I posted. No tramadol since I went cold turkey, and that was about 2 years ago.

      Now I have a question for all of you. I'm plagued with spasms in my neck from time to time and I was given a small amount of Soma to relax the muscles, and it works for that. But it also makes a person feel really good. I went through that small amount pretty quickly and had absolutely no withdrawal or craving to take them again.

      My question is: is Soma extremely addictive and hard to get off of after extended use at or below prescribed levels?

      I've taken a good amount of Vicodin in the last couple of months, stopped taking them and felt no withdrawal what-so-ever and no craving for them afterwards. It seems that Tramadol is the absolute devil and that I will have no issue with other meds as I did with Tram.

      Anyone else have that same experience?

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      carliemae 4 years ago

      Hi

      I just want to share my experience quitting 400-500mg of Tramadol a day, for about a year.

      First off, I let the horror stories scare me into taking it far longer than I wanted to be on it. I thought I'd have to be off work for a week or more and have zero responsibilities for a while. As that time never came, I just kept putting it off.

      I got really sick with pneumonia and other junk in December, and started taking less, as I felt like cr*p anyway. I plateaued down to a constant 400 mg per day, then decided to see how far I could push it. I had some hydrocodone 5/500s left over from something else and I feathered those in during a 5 day period in which I decreased to zero Tramadol. I maintained on 1.5-2.5 (avg. 2) hydros per day for two weeks, while I rode out the worst of the withdrawals. This dose just made it possible for me to work and think, not sleep. I was a sweaty, clammy, mess of an insomniac for this period.

      Then I started feeling like things were evening out, and two weeks after stopping the Tramadol I just stopped the hydros. I had thought I'd had to taper down, but I didn't. Lucky, I think.

      One thing I discovered from endless insomniac Googling about things that boost neurotransmitters such as the ones that Tramadol effects, is that Rhodiola rosea can really help with depression and low energy. I ordered some online and started taking it about the time I quit the hydros. Boy, what a difference. I actually felt...good.

      It's been 27 days since I quit the hydros and (I think) 42 since I quit the Tramadol. I still take Rhodiola every day, but am past the worst of it. I do still have some nights that I feel I need to take Unisom to sleep, but the restless legs left about a week after stopping the hydros, and in general, like I said, I feel good.

      I had really begun loathing the way I felt on Tramadol, and I feel so much more lucid and present now. If anything I've shared helps anyone, it's worth it to type this out. This can be an awful drug to get off of, as everyone here seems to know :(

      Oh--I used some things from the Thomas Recipe, such as magnesium, potassium, Melatonin, Imodium, hot baths, etc. I also had some Clonidine, but I didn't take that in the beginning, it was given to me about 3 weeks in. I only took it a few nights after stopping the hydros, and probably could have done without it at that point.

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      ET 4 years ago

      I totally agree with Jess! This stuff is dangerous!

      I experienced a back injury and had to have surgery, two level fusion. My doctor gave me Hydrocdone but I was afraid of everything I had heard about how addictive it was so i asked for something safer. I got Tramadol.

      I took it for a little over a year, going through all the PT, Injections, etc... that my insurance company insisted on. Then I finally had the surgery.

      All went well and nerve pain and issues were resolved, I THOUGHT!

      When I stop the meds it was unbelievably difficult! I got right back on them because my mind was telling me some crazy things. I started going throught every WD symtom listed on here except the vomiting.

      My solution was to continue taking them and reduce the dosages gradually. My Doctors didn't help much, just tended to agree with me on decisions I was making based on research. I thought that sucked big time. They are supposed to be the experts!

      Anyway, I took some suggestions I found on the web and gradually tapered down from 200mg a day to a low of 18.75.

      I started by reducing from four 50mg tabs a day to three. Did that for several weeks. At first I could feel the change, but it was managable. Next I got the Doc to drop the dosage to 37.5 tabs. went to three a day , and systematically down to half of a 37.5 right before bed.

      Finally took a Friday off work and went CT. The first day was bad, second was better and by Tuesday I was OK.

      I used Tylenol PM to help me sleep, and the Thomas Recipe to eat an suppliment my system.

      I don't think it would have worked any other way.

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      BooBooKtty 5 years ago

      I have been on Ultram for 17 years, at 200 to 300 mgs per day. I didn't realize the addiction issues of it until this year. I have suspected it had stopped treating pain & fatigue that started 21 years ago. First DXed as fibromyalgia, testing 4 years ago finally tested positive for Lyme disease. I have been treated by a Dr for the Lyme and treating myself with a Rife machine. (The AMA says it's quackery, it's adherants say it kills specific microbes to death by vibrating them to death- I'm not a Dr )So after 17 years on this stuff I'm trying to get off it by slow reduction. 4-6 tabs a day reduced by one per week, discussed it w/my sleep dr. This stuff IS crafty; I don't think it works for pain anymore- I think it is causing pain and I won't have a point of reference on how bad (or if any) pain I have until I'm off this completely.

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      Jess 5 years ago

      Hey everyone . I think tramadol does need to be taken off the market because it is very addicting with hoorible withdrawals ! Ive been taking it for 3 and a half years after I had my son I had chronic back pain , so my DR prescribed me tramadol because he obviously didn't think it was addicting . At first I loved it ...took away all my pain and since it did that I started taking it everyday even helped with my bad menstraul cramps .. Well after about 6 months of using it did nothing anymore so I started taking 4 at the same time ...day and night for months... I knew I really needed to stop because of what it's doing to my body but I felt if I took the normal dose I never had any energy what so ever ! It wasn't even doing anything for my pain anymore just took it to feel normal . I'm a small girl only 105 pounds I shouldn't be so out of shape but because of this poison if stopped taking it I couldn't make it through the day . I went to the DR couple months ago and told him I want to taper off so he gave me one last refill ...well tapering off was not doing it , I still had withdrawals just going from 8 pills to 4 pills a day . I knew I had to stop for my son , it was prob killin my insides and he doesn't need to lose his mommy at a young age because of this crap . So 3 days ago I took my last two threw the bottle away .... The first 2 days were HELL ...so thankful my mom had some Ativan for her anxiety because that's the only way I could sleep . The second day I had cold sweats shaking all day ...felt like I had the worst flu and thank god it was the weekend I didn't have to go to work like that . This is what I recommend...hot baths, get B6 vitamins (really make you feel better) I've been drinking this juice called "wake me" taste like orange juice a little...has lots of healthy vitamins ... Eat lots beans or spinach even though it's gross to me ... Even if you think you can go run around the block for a little exersice. It will make your withdrawal symptoms so much better ... That's all I was doing yesterday and honestly today is day 3 and I really don't feel all that bad . Went to work fine just keep sneezing for some reason and feels like I have a cold . I was on this for almost 4 years abused the pills and if I can do this cold turkey anyone can . It's only day 3 but I feel like a fog has been lifted out of my head . I just see things more clear and the tramadol was giving me really bad mood swings I think because I feel so much more happier now ...I def recommended a benzo for sleeping for the first 4 days though (it helps so much !!) just don't get addicted to it !!! I'll never again take that crap ever!!!! It should be banned !!!

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      JULIUS-23 5 years ago from gastonia north carolina

      BEEN CLEAN FOR OVER 9-MONTHS... TOOK MY LAST TRAMADOL PILL ON OCTOBER 17 2011, HAVENT LOOKED BACK EVER SINCE!!!! DAMN I FEEL GOOD DAMN DAMN GOOOD.... IVE BEEN HITTING DA GYM GETTING BIG WITH MUSCLES.. MY BODY LOOKS GREAT, I FEEL GREAT.. WENT TO DA BEACH LAST WEEK AND BOYYYY DID I HAVE FUN LOL... FROM TAKING 600 TO 700 MG A DAY FOR 3 1/2 YEARS I NEVER THOUGHT I WUD GET OFF DAT CRAP BUT I DID AND IF UR STRUGGLING WITH DIS CRAP JUS HANG IN THEIR BC DIS IS A FIGHT FOR UR LIFE BACK!!!!.... JUS KEEP PRAYING TAKE HOT BATHS, VITAMINS, EAT STUFF DAT WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY..... SEX ALOT... MASTURBATE IF YOU HAVE TOO... BC DA FIRST WEEK OF WITHDRAWALS IS DA TUFFEST BUT YOU WILL BE VERY HORNY AT THE SAME TIME LOL.... SOOOOO YEAAAAAA U KNW WHAT TO DO!!!... DNT DENY URSELF BC YOU ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING!!! ITS WAR,......

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      gonnabeokay 5 years ago

      hi all. posts have helped get me through some bad times, but it seemed so bleak - nobody able to shake the evil things. i am living ultrum free now. its not super easy but its not horrible. after 3 months being completely off, i am finally feeling pretty normal. after being on the pills for seven years- I reduced dosage gradually ( I WAS UP TO 30 PILLS A DAY OF THE 50 MG ) i was able to get down to biting tiny slivers off of one pill a day. maybe ingesting 20 mgs daily. I would take one tylenol twice a day to "boost" the drug and help with aches, ect. when i ran out i didn't refill. been three months. going sloooowly helped so much. i would sometimes take a meletonin or tylenol pm at night. rotated. never too long or too much of any one thing. when i had bad bad days i would take b complex vitamins, and a dayquil med to get thru work day. give yourself lots of breaks. sleep as much as you can. exercise, and support from family is key. make them cook or clean when you just can't. be good to yourself in all other ways you can. eat chocolate, french fries, and drink a good scotch at night (ONE ). those are small things that u can worry about later compared to the beast of the withdrawal. oh- and find ways to release pleasure chemicals naturally. my partner has spent hours letting me lay in his lap and he gently stroke my legs and back, anything to release neurotransmitters. brushing my hair, massaging my temples, all of it helps get u thru the bad nights. sounds stupidly simple, but those little things would relax me and release me of those horrible moments. Allow yourself to have really shitty days. and seek help where u can fin d it in others around u . and baby yourself in any way u can think of in other ways. don't cook. buy paper plates and dont do dishes. eat chocolate cake! easy for me to say since i don't have young children, I know. but u have to work at finding ways to give yourself some slack during this horrible process, and NOT feel guilty for one minute. take them hundreds you were spending on the drug and have pay someone else to clean your house once a month as a treat and order good prepared foods for fam, ect.

      also key- keep in your heart the knowledge that those unbearable moments WILL pass. just hang on and try to redirect yourself in some way ( be it a hot bath- even if u have had five that day already- a back rub from someone, or a slice of pie ). you won't live in that space forever and it will pass. those times become less severe and less often. just don't give in to your body's panic that its unbearable. it is bearable and u WILL ride it out. gooooood luck to all of us.

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      GWDION 5 years ago

      Have been taking tramadol for 2 years after back surgery, I've known for sometime I was addicted from the occasional day or so when it ran out I'd make sure I'd get some more, regardless of my pain getting better. Does horrendous things for you sex life and becomes a selfish obsession, popping more and more for a tiny serotonin release. I'm in my third day of cold turkey and it feels worse than ever, my wife and baby are away for a few weeks so thought I should try it now. I think the answer may be to wean the best you can (to a plan), maybe some time alone, hot showers and maybe get on a low dose of anti depressants. All drugs are beatable!

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      Vicky-BCFC 5 years ago

      Hi everyone, thought I'd see how you're all doing. I stopped taking trams late December 2011 and it was the best thing I ever did. No longer do I feel sick every morning because my body is suffering from withdrawal. However, I do tire very quickly and lack the motivation I once had, but that is easier to manage than being addicted to trams. I do seem to have an increasing problem with my left leg, severve cramp and a weird fluttering in my calf and thigh, it's so bad it causes involuntary movements in my leg and foot. I had the results from my MRI today the slipped disc I had has all but retracted, but the nerve is still swollen. Does anyone else get this symptom, I want to make sure it's not a symptom of tramadol withdrawal, the constant twitching is doing my head in, I can't sleep because it's so annoying. Well done to everyone who has quit trams, and the newbies trying to quit. Believe in yourselves, you can quit it- and the benefits of dropping this drug far out weighs any minor irritations of not taking it

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      more than once 5 years ago

      it has been a year and few months since last time i took anything. the only thing that still messes with me is allergies seem to go wild after i quit the trams. but every thing else is good. the best thing for all the symptoms is exercise. i know sometimes its hard but force yourself to do it. it does wonders and on the plus side you get in shape. i now run 5 and 10 k exercise 10 hours a week and run 15 miles a week and feel good. prolly the best i felt since trying any drug. oh yeah i had a 400-500 mg a day habit for six years. quiting is hard and you think about the good feeling you got from them every day but then one day it stops and you cant remember why you every took those things to begin with. reading other stories really helped me dya to day

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      craig 5 years ago

      just thought i would check in and see how you were all doing , 2 be honest i have not read of 1 person giving up and not getting over it ! sure all of us had relapses or moments of madness but came out the other end relatively unscathed ! now that is a positive if i ever saw 1 . the thing is in my experience is we each think we are the only 1 who cant do it or our addiction is worse than everybody elses but that is not the case! addiction is addiction , you are no weaker than any of the rest of us for using in the 1st place and believe me just as strong for trying 2 give up which is what you are doing every time you flick this web page up and post your hardships and your victories and take support from everybody elses . well done every1 !!!

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      yoyoyoyo78 5 years ago

      It's been a long time since I posted. I stopped the Trammadol November 2011. Went to the doctor and he prescribed a blood pressure patch to help ease the withdrawal. I don't have high blood pressure, but he said a side effect is it helps opiate withdrawal. MISTAKE to take it. I had a horrible reaction to the medication patch and ended up in the emergency room with really strange and scary symptoms. My body is still somewhat screwed up by it. I started taking the trammadol again after about 2 months off of it. I only take about 25 mg a day. 1/4 pill at a time. It helps with pain and with anxiety I get. Wish I could stop completely, but I am nervous about taking any new medication after that last experience with clonidine (blood pressure medication). And I dont' seem to be able to control the pain with natural means.

      anyway good to share on this forum again

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      momof3 5 years ago

      I did it... even shaved 5 min off my best time, but havent stopped sleeping since I got home and boy am I in pain. Now I will focuss on the with drawl in ernest. UGH!

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      momof3 5 years ago

      Hi all have been slowly weaning off Ultram for about 2 months and am at the half way point. My max dose was only 150 mg a day but for 2 yrs. Funny thing I'm runnung my first half marathon of the year this weekend. I have fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and neuropathy in my hands and feet. I hate feeling the restlessness,nausea,and foggy brain as this process continues but mostly hate the resp issues. Wish me luck!!

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      Arota 5 years ago

      I feel like Johnny on venture bros.... Not a good feeling and not a good look either. Took a hot bath feel alittle better but not much. I'll grab a b6 shake on way to work and I'll take a ty pm tonight will see if that helps. Have a long day at work tnrw hope some of the shakes are gone tnrw or I won't make it.

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      Aorta 5 years ago

      I've been taking between 2 to 3 50mg a day for 5 1/2 years. I'm trying to quit now. My husband is helping by holding the pills for me so I don't cheat. I'm trying to resist the urge to tear the house apart to find them. I'm very cold all the time. He's cut me back to 1/2 twice a day. I'm naturally very skinny so I'm worried a out losing weight. I can't afford to lose any. Its 80 degrees outside but I want to wear long jeans and sweaters but them 2 seconds later I'm sweating. I'm trying not to start smoking again just to make me fill better. What is helping me keep going is trying not to disappoint my husband who seems to have no prob with addiction( he quit smoking like it was nothing and doesn't drink or do any serious drugs) I just keep reading this site everyday and try not to kick the shot outa him while I'm trying to sleep. This is day 2 of weaning off and I'm sure I'll write back with more side effects and looking for support..... I hate feeling like a crack head at 27 :(

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      Rusty Cage 5 years ago

      @ kulchur. thanks for the encouragement!

      i really am determined to do this! i just hope my sleep improves soon.

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      WrappedInKulchur 5 years ago

      @Rusty Cage - thank you for sharing your story and glad that you are off that awful drug! :)

      The last time I took it was Jan 26th - we have been there with the withdrawals and know exactly what that is like.

      Stay strong for yourself and your family

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      AngelAngel20 5 years ago from pennsylvania

      Awesome news Julius! It definitely feels great to be back to normal.

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      JULIUS-23 5 years ago from gastonia north carolina

      WOW ITS GOOD TO SEE SOME OF THE VETERANS COMING BACK TO POST ON HOW THEY ARE DOING... IM SO HAPPY I STUCK WITH MY DETOX.. I TOOK MY LAST TRAMADOL ON OCTOBER 17, 2011 AT 2:30 PM AND I HAVENT LOOKED BACKED EVER SINCE.... IM ALMOST CLOSE TO A YEAR JUS HALF WAY THEIR BUT FOR NOW I FEEL GOOD, DAMN GOOD!!! IF IT WASNT FOR THE VETERANS HELPING ME OUT BACK IN OCTOBER I WUD STILL BE TAKING TRAMADOL, I WANNA THANK EVERYBODY FOR BEING THEIR FOR ME MONTHS AGO BC TRAMADOL DOESNT EVEN COME TO MY MIND ANYMORE AFTER TAKING IT FOR 4 1/2 YEARS AT 800 MG A DAY LOL... IM ME AGAIN!!! ITS WAR ..DONT STOP FIGHTING YALL...

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      Rusty Cage 5 years ago

      I am a 38 year-old lab scientist and I have been addicted to Tramadol for at least 5 years. At my peak I was taking 20-25 tabs a day. I had no medical reason for using. 6 months ago I had an overdose seizure in front of my wife and two small children. I was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. This did not convince me to stop using. My days/weeks were spent in an endless dark circle of finding money and tracking down pills from various sources to feed my addiction. Over month ago my wife confronted me with my bank and credit card information indictating my continued addiction and told me if I did not stop she would divorce me and take the kids.

      I went to see an addiction specialist who put me in the hands of a doctor who gave me a tapering plan. Over a period of about 3 weeks I tapered down to about 4 pills a day then quit "cold turkey". I suffered very much during the taper as I tended to save my alotted pills for night so I could sleep.

      Its been 8 days since I took tramadol and I am over the worst of the physical stuff. Hours 24-48 were the worst for me. I had all the withdrawal symptoms such as hot/cold flashes, drenching night sweats, tremor, restless legs/body, and a horrible panic-like flutteryness in my chest that I still have to some degree. Not to forget the extreme fatigue and depression as the horror of what I have done to myself and my family sinks in.

      The doctor put me on Elavil/Amiltryptiline (sp?) for sleep issues. This has NOT helped my sleep at all but if I could recommend one thing to anyone going thru this it is Elavil. It REALLY lessens my anxiety and calms me and takes away the panic feelings in my chest. I try to only take it at night but on bad days I take one before noon. Also I have tried to jog/run as much as i can. I usually can make it 5x per week for a mile and a half. I did this thru my taper as well. It really calms me down and makes me feel good about myself.

      At this point whether I have a good day or not is entirely dependent on how much sleep I get. Some days I wake up rested and feel great then the next day I am sooo tired im not sure I can go on.

      I only missed one day of work thru this whole process.

      Thanks again to all for sharing their stories. They meant so much to me those first 3-4 days of withdrawal!

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      AngelAngel20 5 years ago from pennsylvania

      Hi everyone! It's been since last June that I've touched tramadol. Just hang in there, it does get better! I look back and think about how that was the hardest thing I've ever done was quitting. I would never again touch the stuff again. We all know how Horrible the withdrawal is! I even had knee surgery and took the medication as prescribed and was alright after meds were not needed. Scared, glad to read u again! Glad ur doing well.

      I feel for all of u going through it right now. It's not fun but know there r people on here who r so supportive. Glad I found this hub it really helped me through a terrible time.

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      Rusty Cage 5 years ago

      @scared lol thats my theme song for the last week!!!

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      ScaredAsHell 5 years ago

      "But I'm gonna break

      I'm gonna break my

      I'm gonna break my rusty cage... and run"

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      Rusty Cage 5 years ago

      Just got thru reading ALL of the posts here and im going to add my horror story as well when i have the time. however i just wanted to quickly say how much i appreciate everyones story. They have all meant so much to me the last 6 days. Yoyoyo, ScaredasHell, Angeleyes, Julius-24, and so many others. im weeping now just thinking about it.....

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      WrappedInKulchur 5 years ago

      Hi Scared...

      I do the same thing. I have a bottle of Tram in my medicine cabinet. I think I use mine as a reminder of what I don't want to go through again!

      Also I remember reading your posts... glad to see your off that awful drug.

      And your encouraging words I'm sure will help someone out. :)

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      ScaredAsHell 5 years ago

      Me again.

      It's been a year since I stopped taking this crap.

      I feel as good as I've ever felt. I used to think about taking a Tram every day for a long time, but now I go for weeks at a time without having a single thought about Tram. As long as I take no narcotics of any kind I'm perfectly fine. If I do take any kind of med that binds to the same receptors in the brain I will have some mild depression afterwards and intense RLS, which sometimes even affects my arms.

      I only thought of Tram today because I saw the last bottle of them, which I have kept all this time. When I got this last bottle it had 60 pills in it. It still does and always will until I throw it away. Why do I keep it? Who knows?

      Congrats to all who've made it through the hardest part and best wishes for all who are fighting through it.

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      WrappedInKulchur 5 years ago

      Actually I just checked and the last day I had a dose of Tramdevil was January 26th - So I just had 3 months off that junk!!!!

      If I can do it after being on it for over 5 years (oh wait, I think it was closer to 6 years).... then you can do it too!!!! Stay strong!~!~!~!~!~

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      WrappedInKulchur 5 years ago

      I have been off Tramadol for about 3 months now. And my worst systems have almost gone completely away. IF you don't give up - believe me the day will come when you will truely start feeling alot better! I know very well the symptoms of withdrawing from Tramadol - heart jumping outta your chest, hot and cold, body aches, fatigue, absolutely NO energy. Moody, very moody. Your thoughts are hazy at best... very difficult to think.

      Its a struggle - I know it is!! Believe me I have been there... today I am feeling much better and I'm glad that I stuck it out!! Anyone that is reading my words and you are struggling with this - please know that you don't have to give up - it DOES get better and YOU WILL feel better!

      I tapered off it very slowly and that did help - because just coming cold turkey off this is not easy. Tapering isn't easy either - but its a slower way to get that crap outta your body.

      Do what you have to do, but get off this drug! Staying on it doesn't help you at all!

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      Joan 5 years ago

      I have so many of syphoms listed.I still feel horrible tomorrow will be 2 weeks..Im crazy from lack of sleep..I use to take nap in afternoon cant even sleep then..

      How long is the hazy crazy feeling gonna last??

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      oneLeyenda 5 years ago

      i used to take higher dosage years ago, have been only taking 2 50mg tabs a day. i ran out on thursday as i had to go out of town for family emergency. i get back home friday morning and i feel extreme fatigue, heart feels like it wants to jump out of my chest. i thought due to stressful week. come sunday i go to urgent care. the think viral prescribe tamiflu. i didnt take it tho. i researched tramadol withdrawals and not until today i find this site. i saw my dr earlier n suggested i take 1 50mg tab for few days then half a tab for few days then stop. ohh i just want this uneasy feeling to go away. felt sad, cried n stuf on saturday. today im just aware its this damn drug. multilevel degenerative disc disease, bilateral carpal tunnel. car accident in 2012. i am a female, hoping to get thru this bullshit. ugh pressure in head, ringing in the ears yuck!!!

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      Lindsay 5 years ago

      My husband is very addicted to ultram and lortab. He still wont even admit to me that he is taking anything. The lies are unbelievable. He is angry and doesn't care about me or our 3 children at all. He doesn't know I know, and reading this scares me more. I'm a nurse. I have an addict brother. Watched it all my life. Hoped my husband wouldn't do this... How do I get him to realize what he's doing? He doenst even know..: I can't do this to my kids, 3 and under, and I for micj longer knowing these drugs have completely changed him. I know he's there somewhere... Help me help him!

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      WrappedInKulchur 5 years ago

      Quitting Tramadol is very hard and our bodies do NOT like going through the withdrawals!!

      I have been off since Jan 26th and it still is tempting to take them - just so I can feel like doing things! Have no energy most of the time and I have to push. push, push myself. Also I still have alot of sleep issues. So sometimes I take 3mg of Melatonin or Ibuprofen PM to try and get some much needed sleep.

      So if you are tapering off or cold turkey - do whats best for YOU! :)

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      Full time student and single mommy. 5 years ago

      Although it is hard reading all the post, it makes me feel better. I am going through HELL right now. This is my 6th day and I STILL want just one. I did not need the pills for pain. But, I was taking it for recreational purposes (more than 3 years ago) then the person I was getting them from ran out. From what I have read the worst happens in the first 3 days, well I am on day 6 and I am sooo depressed and have a lot of anxiety. restless legs, dizzy, heart beating hard, and trouble breathing.

      HELP! What should I do??

      Not to mention (he) just gave me 20 more. eeek. The temptation.

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      never ever take tramadol 5 years ago

      I tried cold turkey after taking 8 per day for 2 years. The withdrawals were violent and brought me to tears. I was on fire, no sleep, body depleted of energy and barely able to function.

      For me I've done a slow taper. The schedules out there weren't working for me so I took it slow and tried to step down gradually. Each step had a challenge, much smaller in scale to trying to go cold turkey. Now it's been 2 weeks without any, after getting down to 1/3 a day before that.

      For anyone out there that's curious, for me the withdrawals did not go away with the taper, they lessened. That is to say instead of what felt like a violent shock to my body, it's more of an annoying gradual discomfort that I'm aware of and want gone. But MUCH better for me than trying to just stop after being on so many for so long.

      Go at your own pace if you can, but don't expect no withdrawal symptoms at all even with tapering. They still lurk about as any evil does.

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      WrappedInKulchur 5 years ago

      @never ever take tramadol

      So happy for you! I did tapering too and then I had to cold turkey after tapering down to 75mg a day. It was and IS a hard thing to do. But I am behind you!

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      never ever take tramadol 5 years ago

      My body and I are at war. My mind, now that it has stopped skipping, is on my side. I'm sorry body, but this beating your are taking is for your own good.

      Had I only read up on this before ever taking this poison, ahh, to wish and dream. But we are all learning from this. We will all be stronger from this. And maybe, just maybe, we can save someone else so that they don't have to suffer this way.

      Day 10 after tapering.... can't wait for this to be a distant memory....

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      WrappedInKulchur 5 years ago

      @Dex - Buying more tramadevil is NOT the answer!! wow that is really messed up...

      I have been off this drug since January 26th and it has not been easy. I still read the posts here and if anyone is trying to quit needs to talk send me an email. I am rooting for everyone that is trying to quit!

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      Dex 5 years ago

      You that quitting ultram its hard to do it, but has a solution, according to this website http://tramadol-guide.com/ i have found the things and i believe this will help.

      http://healthpharmacyonline.com/

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      Dr. Phibes 5 years ago

      I was recently diagnosed with CRPS. I was prescribed Tramadol for managemnet of it. I feel I have started to become dependent upon it. I am quitting it.

      Its an evil drug to be sure. Nobody bothered telling me that various herbal remedies could treat nerve damage/inflammation just as good if not better. So here I am...weaned down to 1/2 of a 50 mg. tablet a day...and terrified to stop taking the 1/2 pill because the withdrawals up to this point have been a living hell to overcome....and all I ever took was the three 50 mg. tablets a day as prescribed. Interesting that St. John's wort isnt prescribed by Doctors. Its stopped my pain and the anxiousness about weaning. But little can be done other than stay the course with regards to finally dropping that 1/2 a pill a day. Still sweat like a hog in bed, and cannot sleep well. Dont let nayone fool you---this drug is a nightmare. Stick with aspirin, ibuprofen, and St. John's.

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      Ken 5 years ago

      Hi folks, just wanted to say prozac started two weeks before you start to reduce dosage. This has made quitting easy for me compared to any other method. Any mental addiction will jabbed to dealt with thru groups or the like, but you won't get sick physically which was the big thing for me as I couldn't take a week off work to get over it. The only symptom I had left was sweating and it is manageable. Hope this helps and good luck to all that want to get off this nasty drug.

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      OnTRAM 5 years ago

      I have been on Tram 50mg for about 2-weeks now and honestly don't feel any side effects except for a bit of dizziness. But I really think its due to the three Facet injections I had.

      I have to say I am stunned at how many pills some of you are taking. Is there anyone here who to the prescribed amount and didn't have 'drug withdrawals?'

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      JULIUS-23 5 years ago from gastonia north carolina

      WOW IT HAS BEEN OVER A MONTH SINCE IVE BEEN ON HERE.. HOW IS EVERYBODY??? I SEE WE HAVE ALOT OF NEW FOLKS WHO ARE IN DA BATTLE FIELD.. KEEP FIGHTING... ITS SO WEIRD BC EVEN AT 126 DAYS CLEAN FROM DIS DRUG I STILL HAVE VERY LITTLE IRRITABLITY WITH MY BODY N IN SUM WAY I DNT FEEL COMPLETELY NORMAL N I THINK ITS JUS GONNA TAKE A COUPLE MORE MONTHS... I HAVENT TAKEN ANY ANTIDEPRESSANT MEDICINES IN TWO MONTHS OR ATIVAN FOR ANXIETY... I HAVE BEEN TAKING ALOT OF B VITAMINS AND EXERCISING BUT I STILL DNT HAVE THAT ZIP BACK YET BEFORE I STARTED TAKING THIS TRAMA CRAP LOL... OH WELL EVENTUALLY IT WILL COME BACK OR IS IT JUS ALL N MY MIND...ONE THING DAT ***** IS IF U DNT HAVE NUNTHING TO KEEP YOU BUSY THEN IT WILL SUCK EVEN MORE WITH THE (P.A.W.S) SYNDROME... LOVE YILE, GOOD LUCK!!!

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      WrappedInKulchur 5 years ago

      Thursday January 26th was the last time I took Tramadol. I was on a "tapering plan"..... but had a tooth infection and I had to cold turkey. Since I did the taper first and then forced into cold turkey - I "believe" that the withdrawal has been somewhat easier. I still have WD symptoms but not as severe as in the beginning. One of the things that is hard to cope with is the "lack of energy" - I feel like I have to totally PUSH myself to get though my day. About a week ago I started taking an "iron" supplement and drinking AMP's... I have noticed a small increase in energy levels.

      When I was on vacation (I just got back last night) I had several days of absolutely no energy and just stayed in bed. That is why I started taking the iron and drinking AMP's

      For anyone that is trying to get rid of this crap drug in their lives.... hang in there and DO NOT GIVE UP! If you can't cold turkey - then try to taper (but don't be in a rush while tapering)

      If I can get rid of this after 5 years (400MG a day - sometimes 600) then I know you can.

      After reading alot of posts on this hub - I feel that Tramadol has a crazy effect on our bodies. It doesn't matter really that you take 200mg or 1800mg a day. The bottom line is that your body becomes very addictive to this drug without you knowing it and the docs says its safe.. :: whatever ::

      I am glad that I have 25 days OFF of that drug. :)

      If anyone wants to share thoughts or information - you can inbox me.

      Have a peaceful rest of your day everyone!

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      Justin 5 years ago

      I've taken this drug also for maybe a month at around 800 mgs, ultimately. Even in that short time frame I became physically dependent enough to make withdrawal (cold turkey) very tough for a few days. One thought: when a person withdraws from an antidepressant they often feel electric shocks or "zaps" of the sort I've seen a lot on this forum. When I took tramadol, I was also on an SSRI, and I didn't get any zaps. Now, I shouldn't have been combining these drugs in the first place, as both affect seratonin in similar ways and the combo can lead to "seratonin syndrome"--sometimes deadly. However, I believe that part of the difficulty of getting off of tramadol is that you're not only getting off a synthetic opiod, but you're also, in effect, getting off of an antidepressant (or a drug that works very much like modern anti-depressants). To alleviate the zaps and maybe a constellation of other symptoms I would, with Doctor supervision, cross taper from tramadol to an SSRI. In other words, as you slowly scale back on the tramadol, slowly ramp up on an SSRI (paxil, effexor, etc. In fact, effexor is structurally very similar to tramadol [and is known as the hardest SSRI to get off of, btw. Coincidence?])

      I'm not a doctor, but it's the best advice I can give as a layperson who has been through bad but not horrific tramadol withdrawal and has read up a bit on the way various drugs work. Hope this helps someone!!

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      Billyboy46 5 years ago

      For any of the guys who are suffering withdrawals, or the aftereffect as I am (low, low energy) I have talked to 2 other guys who have come off of tramadal and have had bloodwork done by their doctors to find out their testosterone level was practically nill. I found out the same last week and had an injection friday. I feel like I am on top of the world compared to before. I have been off of tramadol for about 1 month, was past the worst of it except for the low energy. Got that problem figured out now, I think. Low testosterone symptoms much like depression, and felt like major depression from what ive heard. You would have a hard time convincing me that the tramadol didnt cause it. Just FYI for any men that are having trouble getting back into the groove. Do a little bloodwork. Railblaster, still rooting for you man. Keep going the way u r going.

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      Miss Messed Up 5 years ago

      I have been taking Tramadol for about 2 months now and stopped this past Friday. Sat was bad, but yesterday seemed ok. Then this morning I couldn't get out of bed and I had to go to work. My anxiety is thru the roof and I'm getting chills and can't get comfortable.. This is horrible. How long does this last? I'm going on day 4 and still feel miserable. I'm tempted to just go take one or two to make me feel better. This is ridiculous. I only took it b/c I was told it was a non-narcotic. I was taking Vicodin before and that was working fine and I had no problem going without that. I've never been addicted to anything other than smoking in my life. This is awful and I just want it to go away.. Someone please tell me how to make this stop!

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      Miss Sarah 5 years ago

      I'm 26 years old and have been taking Ultram since I was 20!! I had bladder surgery when I was 19 and it took the docs here a freaking YEAR to find out what was wrong, so they started feeding me Tylenol #4's (Codeine) and Xanax because I was so frightened. A full script of each twice a month for a year. Finally, after the surgery, they kept filling my scripts because I worked for the town (politics, politics)...the DEA noticed that the doctor was giving that much medicine to someone so young that he pulled me off and gave me Ultram. I still do suffer from chronic pelvic pain and back pain, so I do need something stronger than Tylenol or Advil. I digress. I'm prescribed 120 tabs every two weeks (8 tabs every day). Well, sadly I don't abide by that rule. When I first get my script, I take five. I don't feel the two tabs anymore, I guess since I've been on them for so long. Thus, I run out early and it's pure hell. I don't live with my fiancée, per se (I go back and forth and stay), when I'm with him I take less...I'm unemployed currently and in my opinion it helps with depression as well. I'll admit, I'm addicted to them and they're highly addictive. My father was prescribed them along with his higher pain medications (he has no cartiledge and R arthritis) and I like the way he put it, "Come to me, come to me, you must come to me and take moreeee *says in a creepy voice*" LOL. Albeit, it's true. The first couple of days I experience excessive sweating, vomiting, and horrible body pains. My next script is due on the 20th?? Right now, my hands and legs are shaky and I'm nauseous. I've even taken Xanax. I feel embarrassed that I finished a script of that amount in five days, but I'm very used to them (six years) and they give me energy. :/

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      Railblaster 5 years ago

      I sympathize with you RANDOMTRYHARD. I am tapering from tramadol. This weekend was absolute hell for me. I went from a 30 pill per day adiction to 15. Yesterday I took 10 and I never felt so terrible, and of course I had to work. Today, I'm up to 14. I have to figure out a schedule to make myself more comfortable.

      If I could offer any advice, stay active. Yesterday would have been unbearable if I didn't work. The restless legs started as soon as I sat down for lunch. I started walking around again and it was somewhat better. Quinine was a waste of time for me. I'm still quite shaky, but I must admit it's quite nice having a clear, and not cloudy head for once. We're all gonna do this. Let's stay together and we'll help eachother ok?

      Railblaster (Sil)

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      randomtryhard 5 years ago

      i started taking Ultram to help with Norco withdrawals... bad idea. I have w'd from Norco and vicodin before and know exactly what its like, it SUCKS. unfortunately, I have relapsed to many times to count. after feeling 100%, I somehow manage to find myself wanting just a single norc, then I'm back on. one week ago today I realized I couldn't afford this growing addiction anymore and decided to quit. I had to do it cold turkey, but had the option of taking tramadol to help with the w'ds. it worked great, until I ran out of ultrams. now I feel worse than ever. I haven't taken any Ultram for almost 3 days, and I've been bed ridden. I'm reeling people I'm sick. work tomorrow is going to be hell. I hope this is over soon

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      Railblaster 5 years ago

      Billyboy; I feel your pain my friend. I also feel low energy. If it wasn't for these legs withdrawal would be bearable. What a mess we got ourselves into right? As I stated my habit is up to 30 tabs per day. I know that I could get by fairly comfortably with 15 to 17 tabs per day. I opted for 15. Friday, I drop down by a pill so that makes it 14 per day now. Heck, 15's bad enough.

      I'm going to try the ace bandages. Just picked up 4 from the pharmacy. I vaguely told the pharmacist what was going on. He said to try tonic water for the quinine. It's been known to help with restless legs and other neurological issues. I just hope it helps from restless leg due to Tramadol Withdrawal. He also mentioned to take a St Johns Wart and melatonin as they both help with sleep and possible mood enhancement.

      I'll update in a day or so. Always check e mail if anyone wants to communicate.

      Railblaster (Sil)

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      Billyboy46 5 years ago

      Railblaster, I have been off for almost two weeks now. I felt better after my night of hell...next 4 or 5 days were really not bad. Not a heck of a lot of sleep, but felt upbeat. It has been downhill since. Restless legs more than arms, but I did find that if I wrapped them tight with ace wraps, the legs somehow calmed down. Not to tight of course but from ankle to butt they have a solid wrap on them. If you can get heated wraps it helps that much more. My problem is energy level is getting worse not better, and sleep still comes and goes in spurts. I actually stole adhd medication to get through the day today. A low point for me, but I am worried about my job. I have to produce and it seems I am now walking around with this haze in my head, no energy and getting really pissed. I was so high when I got through my night of hell. I went 4 days feeling better than I ever had. I should of known it wasnt over.....down down down since then. I am almost to the point of hitting up some old buddies than I know play with meth. I got to get my energy level up and clear my head! Can I do it with another drug? I know the answer, but desperate now. Good luck with those legs my friend I"ve been there and it is a bitch. I would trade that for how I feel right now. I cant keep working like I am without consequences. Gotta snap out of it.

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      Railblaster 5 years ago

      Hello again all. It's been about 5 days since I've started wheening/ tapering my tramadol dose. I'm feeling shaky but I can tollerate it. Last night My arm was slightly restless, which i know is from tramadol withdrawal. The restless arms and legs put me beyond insane. I can't take that feeling. Does anyone have any suggestions what can help to relieve rerstless arms and legs?

      a little back info on me. I've been addicted for years, and have taken up to 1500 mg/ day. I knew that somewhere around 16 or 17 tabs could releive withdrawal and I could start my taper there. Last night after lying in bed twitching because of that restless feeling I took 3 more tabs and the restlessness went away.

      So, any suggestions what helps? I want to avoid any extra pills, plus Friday I drop down by 1 pill per day.

      Thanks to everyone for being there for me, and I'm there for you.

      Railblaster (Sil)

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      wrappedinkulchur 5 years ago

      at 10:45am on Thursday January 26th was the last time I took Tramadevil. That was 5 days ago - or approximately 120+ hours ago.

      Feeling somewhat okay - although lots of dizziness. have other symptoms too.

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      WrappedInKulchur 5 years ago

      It has been 48 1/2 hours since my last Tramadol. I didn't expect to cold turkey, was doing the tapering.

      Last night was uncomfortable. I think because the dentist has me on T3 for the pain of a bad tooth - could be why the WD have not kicked in full force yet (just not sure). I am suppose to take the T3 every 6 hours for the pain - but I have only taken it 4 times in the past 2 days.

      The symptoms I am having are flu-like, heart pounding, hot and cold, restless sleep. If I can sleep 1.5 - 2 hours in a stretch I feel pretty good. But so far nothing longer then 2 hours. It sounds like alot - but not as bad so far as when I tried to cold turkey last summer. Maybe because I did get to "somewhat" taper down the dose.

      Will see how the rest of today goes... Its currently 11:17AM where I live

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      Vicky-bcfc 5 years ago

      Needserenity, I have a professional job too. I work in a lab as an analyst testing contaminated water. This is day 32 since I took my last tramadol. I was fortunate enough to have an understanding boss who allowed me to have the time off to get over the worst of the wd. I returned to work 5 days ago and it's been really difficult. I couldn't concentrate properly and I find I'm forgetting things. Plus I'm totally exhausted. I've have children too and like you, there never seemed an appropriate time to get shot of these tabs. I managed to get myself from 600 mg to 100 mg in quite a short space of time, about 4 months but it's taken me about 15 months to get the will power to get rid of that final dose. You may think, 100mg isn't so bad, that's relatively small compared the dosages of others, but if I didn't take it that day, 2hrs into working I'd be feeling sick, falling asleep at my computer, and if I was doing analysis I couldn't concentrate or focus. Within hrs of taking a tram is be sort of back to normal. I'm going to America on holiday in march this yr, I didn't want to have to take trams just to feel normal, I want to enjoy my holiday so at Christmas I decided that I wasn't taking them no more. I was off work, so reduced my dose to 50ml. I did have some withdrawal symptoms but I slept through most of it. I did that for two weeks. My doc signed me off for another 3 weeks and then I dropped the final dose. I suffered cold turkey withdrawals, it's like the worst flu I'd ever had. But I have done it, I've beaten this awful drug and you can do it too. I was lucky enough to have supportive friends, partner and work colleagues, maybe somewhere in the sphere of your life there is someone willing to help you get off it. I won't lie and tell you it's easy because it isn't, and although the worst of my wd has gone, I'm totally exhausted and I feel, mentally effected by this drug. I'm not as motivated as I was and feel a bit low too. Has anyone else felt like that after coming off trams? It's just 12.10 midday in the UK and I'm just getting back into bed. Never felt so tired, I just fear that people around me will think I've become lazy, it isn't so, I really cant conjure any energy up.

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      WrappedInKulchur 5 years ago

      @Need Serenity - yes I was not told by my doctor about the addictive nature of the drug. He assured me that as long as I stayed under the 8 per day max, that I should do just fine. Some days I did go up to 6 tabs but never not once did I do more then that. Still look where I ended up... :(

      I knew you were talking about the Engineering Designer - wtf :)

      So my plan of tapering down has come to almost a cold turkey within the past 24 hours. My last 50mg tab was 36 hours ago. The reason is because I had to go into Emergency Dental and found out I have an infected tooth. They gave me T3's which the Pharmacist told me that I cannot take both Tramadol and T3 at the same time - I will have to decide which one to take. So last night at 2 different times I took 1 T3 (total of 2 tabs). Took the edge off the tooth pain and so I decided to see how my night went.... I did get "some" sleep - actually more then I usually get. However I had pretty bad anxiety due to the excessive heart beat. Also had restless sleep... lots of tossing and turning.

      Now I sit here wondering "should I wait for the WD's to kick in" or should I go ahead and take 1/2 Tramadol that I normally would be taking for my taper off plan???

      I'm really scared and anxious right now... I will take 1/2 pill with me today before I go to work. I will see how the rest of this day goes before I take it. (not sure if I want to take the T3 because of the effects of it)

      It looks like I may be tapering down faster then I planned... we'll see how it all goes today..

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      NeedSerenity 5 years ago

      @ WrappedinKulchur, Thank you for your kind words. You are right, I know I need to do it, and I will. Tapering is probably going to be the way I have to do it. I have too much to do on the home front to go through full blown wd.

      I did want to clarify, when I wrote wtf is an engineering designer, I was speaking of one of the gentleman who writes in on this site.

      That's great you are on day 4 of 75mg! I am rooting for you! You don't sound like an addict though. You just happened to be placed on a med that your body became accustomed to. At-least thats what it sounds like. If I am correct, it is still hard, but you will successfully get off this poison!

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      WrappedInKulchur 5 years ago

      @NeedSerenity... I Too am a professional in the "IT" field. Been doing this a long time. And you have to be sharp and clear thinking when you are dealing with "computer information", electronic files, users data, configuring PC's, laptops and printers, etc. That is what I do! Thank God I can still do my job. Yes I do feel in some respect that the devil drug enhanced my thinking, problem solving, etc. But in the long run I do not and did not want to rely on it anymore.... I tired of it and when I found out I had a dependency I KNEW I had to get off it. You can do it! I am doing it now!!

      Tapering off is how I am going to succeed. :) I'm not saying tapering is for you - however I feel this is what I have to do. This is day 4 of 75mg. Believe me when I say that tapering has the same effects as cold turkey but not as intense. I know - I tried cold turkey. In some ways I feel like I am prolonging the pain of WD - but at this time in my life I do not have 4-5-6-7 days to go through cold turkey. So this is how I have chosen to get off this drug.

      @NeedSerenity - please don't be hard on yourself. You know that you need to do it. And you will !!

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      NeedSerenity 5 years ago

      Well, I keep trying to stop, guess I don't try hard enough. Keep saying I don't have time to stop. Kids, grad school, work, who has time for the wd. Excuses, excuses, that's all they are. No one at home understands enough to support me through. Yet another excuse, although true, but excuse nonetheless. Last time I got caught using this stuff, my husband threatened to tell my docs I was an addict and that he would sue them if they ever treated me with pain meds again. You see how well that worked.

      Needless to say, I vowed to stop and became an angel. Some angel I am now...just an addict in hiding..all alone and can't really ask for help. This site is where I come when I slip up. The stories of strength and hope help me. Truth be told though, my hardest time is the availability of this drug....it's always there. I will just keep reading. At the start of this week, I had two days, 48 hrs where I had not taken anything...the longest in a while. Blew it..for what? Who knows? Just self destruction at it's finest!

      Everybody thinks people addicted will look the part...we have all learned we don't. WTF is an engineering designer, I am a professional with several credentials after my name. This disease hits anyone from all walks of life. Unfortunatley, it is a life long battle in that effective coping mechanisms are essential. Obviously, I have yet to learn them!

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      WrappedInKulchur 5 years ago

      Railblaster - I do not think its morbid at all. The folks that have posted on here are all in a battle and we are here for encouragement and any help that we can give each other. Please don't think its morbid.

      With that said, I would like to say that I am tapering off too. I am down to 75mg - but its hasn't been easy .... we are in for a battle with getting this out of our system. So here is a link that I found helpful and I did leave a comment there too.

      Hope it helps

      http://www.mdsdrugdetox.com/tramadol-misuse-abuse-...

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      Railblaster 5 years ago

      Not to sound morbid but I'm pleased that we're all pretty much in the beginning phases of recovery from this devilish drug. I spent the last several hours going through posts, and following progress. The Restless legs and the feeling of crawling out of my skin are the two symptoms I fear most. I'm going to taper slowly as I don't have a choice but to work. I know I can function at 20 tabs per day. At 17 I start to get uncomfortable a little so I'll start at 16 and taper one a week. I'm using this site and all of you as my support structure. I hope that's ok, and of course , if anybody needs a shoulder I have two perfectly good ones right here.

      Tomorrow starts my road to recovery. Thank you all.

      Sil

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      WrappedInKulchur 5 years ago

      Billyboy46 & wtf - thank you both for your words!

      It looks like we are all going through getting rid of Tramadol!! Each in our own different ways.... but good for us!

      Last night was an uncomfortable night as this was day 2 of being on the 75mg. Had body aches(like the flu) and sleeplessness - lots of sneezing too. Boy I had no idea that the sneezing could be remotely a symptom until I started reading some of the posts. I thought I had "indoor allergies". Have not yet experienced the restless legs. I actually have more like "total restless body". I just cannot get comfortable... but when I do, I fall asleep for about 2-3 hours and then I am back awake. I can tell you that tapering off isn't easy either. But much easier then the WD I went through when I tried to cold turkey about 6 months ago.

      I will stay on this dose until I come back from vacation. I figure that I don't want to be sick while on vacation. Is that selfish? I hope its not....

      I am so glad I found this "hub" - I never really knew that I was addicted and in my mind I KNEW I wasn't. Until 6 months ago when I said "I am sick of taking this drug and I'm going to stop"!! Man after 2 full days of WD - which I didn't know I was going to have, I was shocked! And I did speak to my doctor about it - He said " oh you may have a little dependency. Just stop taking it less and less". Not knowing what he really meant by that I was astounded to find out he really didn't care about my "dependency". Enough said about him... just thought I would vent for a minute.

      Railblaster - to answer your question about "tapering". That is exactly what I am doing and I hope to get off this. I am down to 75mg from a 400-600mg .... I figure if I can get down to 25mg then I will cold turkey the rest of the way. Anyways... that is my plan.

      Its 8:36am where I live. Looking forward to today and soon a new life without this drug :)

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      wtf 5 years ago

      Sil (Railblaster), welcome aboard. First, please do not be embarassed or ashamed. I am a 58 year old engineering designer, father of four successful girls, and married 27 years. I NEVER thought I would have the tag line after my name as a drug addict and now recovering drug addict. (I'm running late so I will make this short). Wednesday of last week I ran out of Tramadol and Vicoden. I was taking Thursday and Friday off to go new car shopping. Well, that did not happen. by Friday morning I was in HELL. Rode the hell train until Saturday night. By then I was feeling slightly better. On Sunday I made the decision to go to work on Monday. What helped on Sunday was going for a walk (working it out of my system) and drinking plenty of water. Monday of this week I needed to take .25mg in the morning to stop the shaking in my hands. Took another .25mg at noon. Same yesterday. Today .25mg as soon as I got up this morning. Going to see what happens later today. Starting this coming Saturday .12mg (1/4 of a 50mg tablet) that through next week and off for good.

      The bad part is you don't know (at least I did not) you are a addict until you try to stop taking these meds.

      My previous post might be of some help. And again I say WTF as in What The Fck was I thinking?

      Please post again and let us know how thing are going. I am rooting for you, NeedSerenity and wrappedinkulchur.

      We can and will beat this drug!

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      BIllyboy46 5 years ago

      Everyone seems to be a bit different Railblaster. Try to taper to whatever is your bare minimum and then get rid of the sh**. I tried suboxone which was quite expensive but until I went cold turkey basically nothing helped. But once I went thru the pain that I knew I had coming for what I had been doing....That kept me from trying more. Probably not a popular answer but on day 6 now and feeling ok. Not great yet but I will make it. I still have the restless legs and only sleep 2 hrs or so a night but it will pass. Everyone says so. Everyones tolerance is different, WrappedinKulchar had a 4 a day habit and is still going thru hell. This is some mean stuff but u know u have to get off of it. I will be thinking about u and WrappedinKulchar and hope u can tough it out. U will both be in my thoughts and I will be rooting for you. There are people here behind both of you. WTF, Julius-23, myself and a lot of others pulling for you. Read the posts man it can be done. I'm not exceptionally strong willed I just started my detox before the weekend where I knew I couldnt buy the stuff online in time to help. So I had no choice. I think that is actually the only way. Im not a very good motivator or public speaker I know but just remember u can and will freaking do it. U dont have any other choice my friend.

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      Railblaster 5 years ago

      I was prescribed Ultram ultamately because it had no known side effects and I was able to work while taking it, well at least that's what my Dr told me. I started taking one a few times a day to a dangerous 1500 mg/ day addiction. I tried stopping cold turkey but the restless arms and legs along with the inability to sit still was unbearing. Now here's the twist to my boring story.

      I went to the Dr because of legitimate pain, and he prescribed me Vicoden. We,, The Vicoden was useless unless I take enough that would pretty much blow up my liver, so Vicoden was out. I told the Dr. Vicoden didn't work and he went right over to Ultram.

      Does anyone else have success with tapering Ultram doseage? I'm so done with this horrible drug. I even tried a 30mg xycontin OP and while I wasn't having withdrawal symptoms, it didn't touch my pain and there's no way I'm taking more and getting addicted to OXY. I have a professional job, and I have to take my drugs in order to function. I order Ultram online and it's quite pricy at about $1 per pill.

      I'm so very grateful for this site. I'm at my whitts end. The drug has now taken over my life and it comes first before anything. I'm a grown man and am embarassed and ashamed that I'm an addict.

      Could I get some personal advice on how long w/d symptoms last. Is the depression a major symptom, and is wheening a viable alternative? Has anyone else tapered?

      I can't afford professional treatment, and absolutely need to do this.

      Thankyou;

      Sil (Railblaster)

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      WrappedInKulchur 5 years ago

      okay.... here I go. I have been searching and searching the internet for a place that could help me with getting off of Tramadol. I have been reading this page for a couple hours today.

      I have been taking Tramadol 4-50mg a day for 4 years for 3 damaged discs in my low back and nerve damage in my right leg. There were a few times I took 6 a day, but always found it okay on me when I went back to 4 a day. This was Before I knew I was addicted. When my doctor recommended it - he told me it was a safe drug and he was happy to know that I didn't want to take a Narc's... (whatever!) Within the 6 months I realized that I am addicted to this drug...and I am sooooo disappointed in myself. I tried cold turkey and that absolutely was Horrible. I thought - "is this what drug addicts go through".... oh my gosh. The heart racing, hot and cold sweats, anxiety, "the runs", terrible sleeplessnes, flu like symtoms,,,, the list goes on.

      So I have been reading this and I came upon one a couple of people here on this Hub that have given me encouragement ScaredAsHell & Craig. Just reading what "ScaredAsHell" went through and Craig being there for him was very touching. Plus reading all the posts from ScaredAsHell just makes me feel like I can do this (but I am not going cold-turkey)

      So far as of yesterday I am down to 75mg a day. I am having dizziness, runs, sleeplessness and other symptoms. But they are (so far) manageable. I plan to taper off this awful drug slowly. Just a couple of months ago I was taking 200mg a day. So being down to 75mg is an accomplishment for me. There was another Hub user that I am patterning my taper from - the name was "A.A." I copied and pasted their withdrawal plan and I am sure it will work for me.

      Gosh, as I am writing this I am dizzy and I'm sitting down... not a good feeling.

      The thing for me to keep in mind is to do this slowly - I really don't want to do through those really bad WD symptoms again.

      IF anyone wants to share info/encouraging words with me that would be great.

      Thanks to all that is reading this and I am hopeful that I can do this! Get off this crazy very addictive drug

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      NeedSerenity 5 years ago

      Well, I typed in a search about wd symptoms, and it brought me right back here. Guess I was meant to ask everyone here this one. I took hopefully my last batch 36.5 hours ago. Now, don't get me wrong, I am not complaining here, but I have no signs of wd yet. The last time I tried to beat this, I had wd right away...this time, nothing so far. I am not taking anything else, so it's not that. So, it's one of three things. A) a miracle by the grace of God B) my kidney function is shot and I have not cleared off the poison, or C) I have taken so much, I still have a drug level.

      Not sure what the reason, but I am nervous as hell. I don't go back to work until next week, so I have time there, but I have three kids here who are young yet. Kinda liking not feeling like crap yet but I know there is NO WAY I am not paying the price some way here. Just scared. I know something has gotta be coming..just thought it would have started by now. Was hoping to be on day two of wd by now so I could be over day one...I know you all know what I mean...ugh

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      wtf 5 years ago

      here is a quick catch up. yesterday, Monday, was an interesting day at work. took 1/2 of a 50mg about 9am. I needed to type on the computer correctly. hands were really shaky. I'm still arguing with myself whether I failed in my detox or the 1/2 was really necessary to keep up my side of the design work. I design piping systems for robotic semi conductor equipment. Took the second half at about noon. I'll see how things are going today at about 9am. If things are under control and i am able to function, i will do another self check at 12 noon. the typing i am doing now is back to normal speed. I was thinking about getting some melatonin to help me sleep. Not needed. Sleep 8 hours straight last night. I feel almost, and that is the key word 'almost' back to normal. The odd thing is, I'm not quite sure what normal is for me. After using Vicodin and Tramadol together for so long i don't quite know who i am. 5:55am and i am off to work. i will report out on how today went.

      Billyboy46, taking a walk for me was a game changer. after my walk on Sunday my Restless Leg problem was much diminished.

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      BIllyboy46 5 years ago

      Hey everyone. Not such a great day. Cant sleep. Getting less than 2 hrs a night for sure. Not really that tired, though, but have to catch up eventually. After I broke through a few nights ago knowing I had won, I actually had a high level of energy. Ate like a moose. I ate everything not moving. Things have slowed down, appetite back to normal, but energy level getting lower every day. Not as upbeat. Restless leg driving me crazy at night. Taking vitamins, fluids...but this not sleeping thing is really starting to bother me. Doc gave me a script to help me sleep at night. No luck. Only made me feel worse. Clouded up my head but absolutely no sleep. Oh well. I know I am sleeping in the bed I made, (well, I wish anyway,) but not giving up. Just a bit depressed boys and girls. Hopefully things will turn. I am on day 6 and going a little backwards but still making work and would of never thought I could of done that Sat. night. Take care all and tell me how things are going for you. (WTF) Julius-23, I always like reading your posts brother. Keep em coming.

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      BIllyboy46 5 years ago

      Julius, I have been reading your posts...wish I was on day 80 bout now. Day 4. But thats 4 days without. My longest streak in years. Im gonna make it but damn its hard sometimes. Especially cuz this stuff is so easy to gain access to. I could have it by end of day if I wanted. Gonna try a light workout program tonight that seems to help and I could use it. I will keep in touch. Thanks again.

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      JULIUS-23 5 years ago from gastonia north carolina

      @ WTF, @ BILLYBOB46...... ITS WAR.. KEEP FIGHTING, DNT GIVE IN BC YILE ARE MAKING THE BEST DECISION OF YOUR LIFE.. I WAS ALSO TAKING TRAMEDEVIL FOR 3 YEARS AT 600MG A DAY AND I AM 100 DAYS CLEAN OFF TRAMADOL.. IT WAS SO WORTH IT AND I WAS ON HERE POSTING EVERYDAY FROM LATE OCTOBER TIL NOW... YILE CAN DO THIS AND IMA BE PRAYING FOR YILE!!! GO BACK AND READ ALL MY POSTS FROM DAY ONE.. ILL CHECK ON YILE LATER...

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      wtf 5 years ago

      Not at this time of night. sorry. I went for a long walk about 1pm today and that seems to have helped with my restless leg. I would try some hot tea and/or music. I have just taken two Advil PM's. (do you have anything similar to that?) hopefully that will help me get to sleep as I to am having issues with restless leg also. I think we both are going to have a rough night. But, we have made it this far, we can make it through this. we will be dog tired tomorrow.

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      BIllyboy46 5 years ago

      Exactly. You have not offended anyone and if so they are thin skinned. I appreciated the moral support greatly. Wtf, still having blurred vision and major restless leg action going on which is keeping me awake. Not painful like last night but keeping me awake. Sleeping has been near impossible. Any suggestions?

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      wtf 5 years ago

      NeedSerenity, post away my friend. I it is 5:12 pacific time. I will check later tonight and tomorrow morning before work. (that should be interesting).

      it is my understanding that this site is for encouragement with thoughts and ideas on how to beat tramadol. I would think your posting is not "nappropriate and disrespectful" but the perfectly correct thing to do.

      I have faith in you!!

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      Billyyboy46 5 years ago

      wtf and needserenity,

      Thanks for helping. So far so good. I mean, I actually feel like living:) Family getting together today to watch football, and I almost thought of going. Hell, I aint been to a social gathering in I dont know how long. And the thought of it actually didnt make me want to throw up. I am on the downhill side of this thing, i know. It was a very intense two days. Not really that long for as long as I have been on it. I was thinking more like 7-10 days. Maybe its just catching its breath though. The Tramadevil. We will see. That was a life changing experience. Going cold turkey basically will keep u from going back. At least me instead. I dont want hurt like that again ever. What I got now I can handle. I might even make work tomorrow. Dont want to waste space, I just feel really, really good right now. I feel like i am living again:) And I still feel like ive kicked its ass. Major accomplishment. Feeling good people!

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      wtf 5 years ago

      Billyyboy46, good job my friend. good job.

      keep us posted and stay clean!

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      Billyyboy46 5 years ago

      wtf,

      Have thrown away the Clondine and used the coffee, fluids and your other suggestions instead. Drug did nothing maybe made things worse? Listen to this, and see if u have ever heard this before. I am going to search the posts for it also. After about 10 hrs of literally wanting to kill myself (I mean it) I slept for two hrs. When I woke up, it was over. I mean, I am cured. No, I dont feel 100%, I feel like I have a minor cold, basically. I done. I beat it. I can feel it in my heart. The worst is behind me. I talked to my doctor, and he said it sounded like a rapid detox that they usually put u under for. I dont know if it was the drug or a bad reaction to it or what, but I went through 10 hrs of suicide watch and then it broke. I feel good! Dont know what happened, the doc said I had 4-5days of lying around not doing much. I am up and feeling decent right now! I dont want to jynx it, so thats all for now. But thanks for helping out man I needed somebody who has been there and knew what I was going through. I will keep u posted on the rest of the day.

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      wtf 5 years ago

      Billyyboy46, call in and say you have the flu. prep them with the fact you do not want to make everyone else sick. also, let them know you will be out tuesday. this may give you some peace of mind and not put too much stress on you. you can relax and know you have a couple of days to get the drug out of your system. also, please see below. it may help. keep posting and stay in touch.

      I found this on another site. I hope it helps. I wish i known some of these things before hand. I think i will go make a cup of coffee.

      Having said that i cannot vouch for the suggestions below. if you use them. please report back and let us know if any of it helps.

      Being in the medical profession and having a solid understanding of how this drug is metabolized and used in the body I realize that it is more complex to come off of than what some people might think. I strongly feel that it has to do with it's effect on the neurotransmitters in the brain (serotonin, epinephrine, and norepinephrine), that being said i will give you some examples of what has helped me greatly through the 3 or 4 times I have stopped in the past and will list them in order of ease/first step approaches:

      1) Stay hydrated! I cannot tell you how overlooked this is. Typically i would say consume around 90-128 ozs of noncarbonated/caffeinated fluid. For me half was gatorade/powerade and half water. (Ignore this if you are on a fluid resticted diet or have been previously instructed by your dr) Dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches, weakness...etc making it that much harder to function because you will be tired by nature of the recovery

      2)Caffeine- for me 100-150mgs first thing in the morning and again as needed every 4-6 hrs. but not within 5 hrs of bedtime since it will only make sleeping harder, also remember caffeine is a diuretic and will affect your fluid voulme making step 1 more important. A bottle of Caffeine can be picked up at any drug store for $4 or so...but you can obviously get it other ways, but try to avoid high sugar energy drinks with other stimulants....and again this does not take into account YOUR current health status..not recommended for cardiac/renal impairments.

      3)Pseudoephedrine- A common nasal decongestant now mostly sold behind counters. Avoid 24 hr doses as this will also hinder sleep. I had the luxury of access to 60mg tablets which I took 2 hrs after the caffeine and every 5-6 hours (2-3 times max) The reason this is helpful is it also boosts norepinephrine (and without being too complex) it affects some of the same receptors in the body tramadol does...Again this might not be for everyone as it can raise blood pressure cause anxiety etc..for me no problems

      4)Stretching/physical activity, sunlight and hot showers/baths at night. All beneficial for overall well being and relaxation...Do not trivialize! Also headphones and my Ipod as often as I could..whatever music gets you in the mood for activity.

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      NeedSerenity 5 years ago

      I know I should not be posting on here when still using as this is a site meant for people who have chosen to get off the drug. When I read your post wtf, I felt compelled to give you words of encouragement.

      This being stated, posting while still using is inappropriate and disrespectful to all of you, so this will be my last post until I make the choice to stop being an idiot and stop using.

      Just one more thing....Billyboy46, you are doing the right thing, staying in the world of using SUCKS!!!! It's not living. Get through the wd, get to the other side so you can live...it gets better and easier everyday! Hang in there and good luck!

      Best wishes to all of you and I will be back soon!

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      Billyyboy46 5 years ago

      wtf,

      If I put 10 of my worst nights of my life together it wouldnt add up to last night. I finally got about 45 minutes of sleep but cant stop the shaking, resteless leg, etc. Dying here man. How am I gonna make work Monday? There is no way. I dont know what to do. I had no idea how bad this was gonna be. Absolutely none.

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      wtf 5 years ago

      NeedSerenity, again you are correct. if one is good 15 are better. not sure why you started up again but (as you said)

      "I never felt as good as I did when I was clean. Being clean is a better "high" than any drug can deliver any day."

      Please post when you decide to quit. you have a supporter that will back you up 100%.

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      wtf 5 years ago

      4:42 sunday morning. Billyboy, welcome to my world. Here is what I can tell you is coming up. day four is so much better. I will admit you dosage in MUCH higher than mine. The Hell you are going through is the drug leaching out of your system. if you are throwing up, drink plenty of water. the last thing you want is to become dehydrated. that will only make things worse. (and that is the last thing you need right now is to feel worse). the other posters are correct when they say every day it gets a little bit better. the horrible part is getting to that next day. right? try to focus on making it through until 5pm today 01/22/12. make that your goal. try to stay focused on the goal and not on how you are feeling. stay hydrated my friend. i have faith in you, you can beat this thing.

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      Billyyboy46 5 years ago

      OMG. I am gonna die. I cant last I am dying here. No way can anything elsse feel this damn bad

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      Billyboy46 5 years ago

      Ok fellas. Heres my sob story. Short version. Got started on this drug almost 20 yrs ago, given to me by my mother as she had studied and found ultram to be a safe and non addictive drug and I needed something for pain. At last count I was at 25-30 a day.(sometimes more). I'm done. Ran out Thursday and spoke to doctor Friday. Timed it that way intentionally so I couldnt have access to the drug until Monday. Doctor gave me some .1mg Clondine for the withdrawl symptoms, and doing nothing so far. I can barely type. I consider myself a tough guy, and I have never been so scared in my life. If this gets any worse, I will have to get rid of the 9mm in the drawer. Well, so much for short version, eh? I hope I can post again wish me luck please. P.S. I did manage to taper to about 12 a day before starting. Not for long though, and right now, I am in HELL.

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      NeedSerenity 5 years ago

      You are welcome wtf!. It's a great feeling isn't it? One way, you feel like crap from the withdrawal and in another, you feel strong because you are actually getting off the horrible drug.

      I know all about the brain telling you to take more. My brain tells me this all the time. I never do anything in "small" amounts. If one works, 15 will be even better!

      I never felt as good as I did when I was clean. Being clean is a better "high" than any drug can deliver any day. I will be there again soon...I know I will.

      You keep going wtf...I am rooting all the way for you!! Best wishes and keep us posted on your success:)

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      wtf 5 years ago

      30 hours. starting to feel human again. tomorrow should be better. hopefully. a good nights sleep should help. again thanks Need Serenity for the words of encouragement.

      The very best of luck to you going forward.

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      wtf 5 years ago

      23.5 hours. NeedSerenity. Thank you so much for the post. you are correct. i just woke up from a 1.5 hour sleep/nap. I actually feel a bit better. In hind-sight i would say ease off of them slowly. The problem with that is the pills through your brain keep telling you to take more. Hey, you feel good now, one or two more will make you feel better. I know this from 'been there done that.' for me cold turkey was the was to go. throw all those suckers in the toilet and say good by and push the handle down. anyway i feel 'somewhat' normal. will post again later this afternoon.

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      NeedSerenity 5 years ago

      Listen wtf, you hang in there. Take it from a long time addict who has taken ultram for recreational use only and did manage to get off of them all on my own. Yes, each day does get easier.

      My story today is that I am not as successful as I have been in the past; however, I assure you, each day does get easier and once you can function without them, it's a whole new world!!

      Stay strong. No, today will not be as bad as yesterday or last night. Tomorrow will be better than today. Hang in there.

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      wtf 5 years ago

      8:33am - still shaking. body feels cold but my brain feels like it is on fire. or, at least very warm. SERIOUSLY dont ever try using the drug as a recreational drug. Spent part of last night crying like a baby. Things i have done wrong in the past and about things that might be to come in the future. this stuff really screws with your brain. i hope today is not as rough as yesterday and last night. but, i am getting what i deserve for playing with this drug. 8:39

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      wtf 5 years ago

      I did not know it would be this rough. coming off tramadol. this is day number two and i can hardly type my hands are shaking so much. spent last night throwing up and having hot and cold spells. that was more fun than i ever care to have again. so much for recreational use of tramadol. i did quite cold turkey. because i took a few day off work and ran out. it seemed like a good time to stop. i would suggest you give yourself two days off of work and a two day weekend to come down. 7:09am pst. just eating my first food in twelve hours. i might not keep it down, hard to say. family things i have the flue. thank god for that. wtf was i thinking using this stuff as a recreational drug? finished half the breakfast i made myself. now going to go lay down at 7:13.

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      Jan 5 years ago

      I have been off this drug about 3 months now. It is rough and the first 5 days are the hardest. I used ambien and slept alot and took fioricet for the headaches I was getting. Previously, I tried to detox without any other medications to help and after 3 days I went back to using it again. This time, with the help of other meds, I found it easier. So, try to get to get some sleep medication and take a few days off and sleep it off. Also, frequent long warm showers/baths are soothing because you might get chills and aches.

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      Vicky-bcfc 5 years ago

      Jensunshine- your post is rather vague, do you take them 4 at a time every day or 4 every six months? You do not say what frequency. Plus you said you were taking them for withdrawal before a docs appointment, withdrawal from what? I know people who get high from taking codeine based paracetamol because they have an intolerance to it. My brother takes trams for pain but it doesn't effect him the way it does me. So wrong of you belittle the suffering of others just because you didn't get the same effects, but from your post it appears it's something you took infrequently so you probably wouldn't have suffered withdrawal in the same way. Annoyed- just ignore her. She clearly doesnt understand

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      Vicky-bcfc 5 years ago

      I'm on day 22 and so pleased with myself. However, due to the excessive tiredness my doc sent me for an ECG yesterday as my heart was beating too fast. When I got there my blood pressure was also high, a first for me. After a chest X-ray and blood tests nothing substantiated the increase in my pulse rate doc figures it's to do with the tramadol withdrawal. In the meantime he has arranged other tests to rule out other medical conditions. Need serenity, if you are having a bad day, and you have energy do so, visit this site and read the success stories. People on here really do understand because they are experiencing the same things. Maybe it will comfort you through the really bad times, I know it has helped me.

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      NeedSerenity 5 years ago

      Vicky-bcfc

      Thank you for your feedback and I commend you that you have made it to day 22. I pray for your continued strength and endurance.

      I am in the process of cutting down my dose. There are days I do better than others. Today is not one of those days

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      Annoyed 5 years ago

      Jensunshine this place is for people who are trying to get off this med not for you to come on here and make a joke about it just because it did not affect you that way. Get over yourself and go find something productive to do after reading this. Instead don't reply back- no one wants to hear what you have to say unless you are apologizing for poking at such a serious subject. Yup- I wrote it. Close ya mouth...you're done; buh bye

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      Vicky-bcfc 5 years ago

      Needserenity

      I do understand the psychological dependency on this drug I know when I threw out the last of my boxes of pills I was reluctant to do it. Should you decide to come off tramadol I won't lie, the withdrawal physically is hell. I have read others have suffered psychologically too, you will need some good friends to help you through this part. It isn't uncommon to feel weepy or just like your going out of your mind I went through it too. If I'm honest I think the drug is still effecting me psychologically even though the worst of the withdrawal symptoms have eased, I'm on day 18. You sound like you should see a doctor. You may need support with psychological dependence as well as physical and that's a tall order to cope with by yourself.