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Jun 24, 2016 11:14 PM

Hi all- this is an uncomfortable topic for me, but I thought you all could help. Since I have found a good therapist that I think can help me I want to stop taking tramadol. Also today I did not have the urge to take it- less pain today. I have been taking 50- 75 mg a day every day for about 8 months now. When I don't take it, withdrawal symptoms kick in. For example, didn't take anything today. I got in bed tonight and I feel like my whole body is on fire, I can't be still. I have to continuously move my legs. Stomach ache, head ache. It's awful. I know its withdrawal, so I just took half a pill. I have some left so I could taper myself off. And I feel I am strong enough to do it. I just want this withdrawal process to be as comfotable as possible. Any advice is greatly greatly appreciated.

Jun 24, 2016 11:39 PM

Why are you or rather what made you decide to withdraw off a lose dose of trammadol? Yes, you are going through withdrawals..cold turkey is a horrible way to have to deal with..and keep in mind that everything will hurt worst for awhile. I am sure you have very valid reason, for that you should be supported and encouraged. The leg/thigh aches will last the longest, making it hard to sleep. Try taking a muscle relaxant or aspirin. That may help. Don't be discouraged if you have to take one tablet at bedtime. Love and blessings,Terri

Jun 25, 2016 12:00 AM

I used lorazapam to get of tramodol.. was sleepy for a week but lessend the withdrawals... marajuana to.. (as i smoke. G)

Jun 25, 2016 8:07 AM

Tramadol is one of the lesser of all of the opiates for pain. If you are in pain, I don't see Tramadol being a big ordeal. Stay on it!

Jun 25, 2016 8:26 AM

That was my point, however upon some more reflection,maybe she is dealing with pre- addict behavior that they are identifying. I hope she isn't but I am proud of her if this is the case ...love, Terri

Jun 25, 2016 11:19 AM

The plant Kratom is very helpful.A guick Google search will offer you multiple ways to use it. In fact it works so well that in many parts of the US it is illegal. Guess it is not convenient for big pharma to lose money to a plant...In my opinion if you can use muscle relaxers, anti-anxiety meds, benedryl for itching and sedation and marijuana. Withdraw always is uncomfortable (painful) to say the least.

Jun 25, 2016 11:38 AM

The reason I am hoping to stop the tramadol is bc I have found a therapist who I think can get me on the right track to recovery. Yesterday- I was in very minimal pain and did not feel the need to take the tramadol until I was feeling withdrawal symptoms. My point is- I don't want to take the tramadol just for withdrawal if I don't need to for pain- does that make sense? I would rather not taking anything- and be able to go out and drink with friends and not worry about having to take a tramadol later. Last night I got by with 25 mg. although I still couldn't fal asleep, I took an over the counter sleep aid and that knocked me out. After an hour of ingestion the tramadol took away the withdrawal symptoms. So at least I know I can get my with a low dosage.
I was researching Kratom last night-I like the idea of using something natural instead of a synthetic drug, but I don't want to try it if it is more potent than the tramadol and I don't even need it.

But believe me- if I am experiencing severe pain I will take something- I'm not going to suffer through it- I'm just hoping with not dancing, resting, trigger point needling, and that combo for a long time- that I will one day be pain free. 🙏

Jun 25, 2016 11:38 AM

What are other people's experiences with Kratom?

Jun 25, 2016 12:12 PM

Well done tiny dancer!!!Now I am singing, Elton John's Tiny dancer song over and over in my head...thanks alot for that!!!!!lol..dang it , it is stuck in my head....love, Terri

Jun 25, 2016 1:00 PM

I didn't realize tramadol came in low doses. Over here(UK) I've only seen it in 50mg capsules or slow release. Considering I take 100mg 4x a day with paracetamol just as my background pain drugs. Although I have days where I don't take it at all and have never felt withdrawal, so I think well done that you want to come off it and try alternative therapies x

Jun 26, 2016 10:04 AM

I'm with most of y'all..I've been on tramadol for over a year and jts only barely worked for me. I'm up to 100mg evey 4-6hours. I have days where I do t need it as often. But most times if I do go a whike without it. Any extra pains or feeling of I'llness issues because I need the pain relief. I'm.nit sure why u feel its withdrawal. Pain meds are ment to help u feel better. So if u are feeling pain. I'd think it would mean u need pain relief. But if u feel u need to stop it. I'll be right behind you. All blessings in what you are attending to do.

Jun 26, 2016 1:10 PM

I'll be behind you all the way too, that's what this pain family is here for.

Jun 26, 2016 1:56 PM

I love what you are trying to do. I'm so excited that you have gotten to a place where you might be able to come off of the meds. I'm with you too! Hugs

Jun 26, 2016 3:48 PM

I'm allergic to so much pain meds that I'm limited on what & how much I take. So I've built up a stronger pain tolerance, using my tramadol only when I reach a 6-7 level or higher. They had me on tramadol daily at first, for over a year. My dead & sister were also on the same plan for their knees. Were were talking about our lethargy, moodiness, and confusion or cloudy thinking and spoke to our docs; the symptoms were coming from the tramadol, so now we are all on it as needed only. 👍 Hugs & prayers this will work out well for you! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Jun 26, 2016 5:29 PM

Thank you all for the support. My pain level has definitely decreased since Thursday. It is a huge relief. I'm hoping I'm on the road to recovery. I'm getting by with less than 50 mg of tramadol at night. Hooray. Sending everyone healing thoughts. ♥️

Jun 27, 2016 8:17 PM

I found that when I detoxed myself I felt less pain after I got through the DT phase. Nothing pretty for sure. I am about to do it again very soon. Being dependant is a very scary thing when you look back at it. Good luck to you in your journey.

Jun 28, 2016 5:01 PM

Tinydancer, I am very proud of you and send you all my support and positive vibes to help you through. I've been reducing the amount of meds I take as well. Being on a lot of benzos I am weaning off them.{{{Hugs}}}💕😍

Jun 29, 2016 2:42 AM

I detoxed myself quite a long time ago...2008 to be exact. I was using hydrocodone daily, my perception of my pain was "intense and unrelenting"; however, when I detoxed....to my amazement I found out that my perception was so out of whack. I did not hurt anywhere near what I insisted I was. Psychosomatic!!!!!! I remember having just a regular ole' headache...so I went to my medicine cabinet in the bathroom, and took 2 regular strength aspirin. I proceeded to go about whatever it was I was doing...well about one later...I had an amazing revelation......my headache was completely gone....OMG!!!!!!!! 2 regular aspirin!!! Lol, I was so convinced that nothing but a narcotic would relieve my pain. This is a difficult topic for most chronic pain patients....if a Doctor mentions cutting down on the narcotics...we flip out...well, sometimes, we need a break, a detox so to speak. It helps us in so many ways... especially our perception. Please do not in any way, read this and freak out, don't go cold turkey, just use this information for what it is...just my personal experience. I am not at all opposed to narcotics especially during my flares. I am just more aware and careful and I only use narcotics during difficult flare ups...Much love to Tiny dancer, you are learning and grieving right now....Your life is not over...you will see... Hang in there! Love and Blessings, Terri

Jun 29, 2016 10:25 AM

Terri- thanks for your post- it is hopeful for me. Yesterday I took a whole tramadol (50 mg)- it did not seem to help the pain. Only made me sad. I totally believe my perception of pain may be off. I'm going to keep trying with the detox. Yesterday was a set back, but today I'm feeling more hopeful after everyone's responses in this group. Thank you. ♥️

Jun 29, 2016 11:42 PM

Tiny dancer,take it slow and easy. Make sure you are talking about all the feelings and keep your doctor in the loop. However,it you offer up the idea of possible emotional addiction. It can be a true hindrance in the future. I know this is the frightening aspect but too many times once you speak those words, pain management can become a huge wall to get over. Keep talking to your counselor...i am not meaning to hurt you..but it has happened to many chronic pain patients, the doctors get quite scared to treat severe chronic pain with narcotics. It can be a mountain of stress. I believe you are truly trying to do it all the correct way. Just go slow and don't get upset it you had to take one trammadol for pain...it is completely different than taking four trammadols just because you had a bad day.. much love,Terri

Jun 30, 2016 9:28 AM

Thanks Terri- that helps a lot. I am having painful days but also minimal pain days.. Focusing on the minimal pain, and those days make me happy beyond words. I still think I am on the right track. I didn't feel the need to take anything yesterday until about 10 pm at night, after being in the car for 3 hours. (5 hour trip to the beach) the drive sucked- but it was manageable. I have found that sitting upright is the absolute worst- so I reclined my chair for most of the ride.
I don't anticipate getting another prescription of tramadol after I finish this one. And I know to be careful of what I say to the doctor- thanks for the note. I do not feel like I'm emotionally addicted to the drug.. But I do feel like my body is "reliant" on it.. Hence the withdrawal symptoms when I didn't take it one night. I am continuing with my slow detox. Like I said.. Good days and bad pain wise- and with pain comes the sad, angry feelings. It's really up and down but I'm focusing on the up. Thanks for your words of encouragement. To know that someone is listening helps tremendously. Ps I have an aunt named Terri- and she's a very kind soul like you. ❤️❤️❤️

Jun 30, 2016 12:47 PM

Awe, thanks Tiny dancer! You are a sweet soul as well..and you WILL dance again..so in your good days , do a little dance .. love you, Terri

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