I am a 36 yo female that is addicted to Tramadol. I sometimes take about 10 50mg pills per day. I started taking Tramadol because of constant stiff neck and pain. I have a bulging disc in my neck as I have been told by my doctor. I cant go without the pills or the pain in my neck comes back. My husband believes I am addicted and is upset with me. I tell him that if I stop taking them, the pain will return just as bad. He seems to think that I am making all of this up. I am hypothyroid also. So, sometimes I have problems with my thyoid level going up on me. That makes things even worse. More body pain and crying spells. I probably could cut down on my intake of tramadol but never just get off of them. I cant live in pain!
I've been taking about 10-12 Tramadols a day for almost a year. I sometimes get nervous about taking that much cause its soo many. I got in a car accident a couple years ago and have constant back pain. Everytime I stop taking the Tramadols my back just flairs back up and I'm in constant pain. I'm not sure if I'm the right person to give you any helpfull info but just wanted you to know that your not the only one. Good Luck.
Hi, I too take Tramadol for chronic pain but only take one a day. I am a qualified addiction specialist/therapist and so researched this drug extensively before accepting the first script. I can tell you that this drug is a synthetic opiate in the sense that it triggers the opiate receptors in your brain. The larger the dose obviously, the harder any withdrawl. Besides all the things that go with addiction, your health may be at risk because of things like adrenal exhaustion to do with tramadol as it also triggers adrenal recepters etc and most on it know how it messes with your energy levels. One of the best health websites I have found in terms of being able to get an overview of your general health and therefore an indication into how the tramadol may be affecting you, is diagnose me .com where you do a very extensive questionairre which is evaluated and then reported back to you to keep. Everything is covered in this and you pay, but the cost is not huge and is really worth it.
Maybe try to pull back a little on the tramadol a little at a time and look into complimenting it with some pain management stuff to increase your tolerance to pain because as you rely soley on the drug, you will decrease your ability to cope on lesser doses. I know that chronic pain unseen by others is often hard to deal with I am in a similar boat. get emotional support from others who 'GET IT'.
I have been on 2 tramadol 4 times a day every day for 4 years for severe endometriosis pain.I sometimes used to take three in a row just to get out of bed for work in the morning I was in so much pain .I know I am addicted as when I would be late with a dose I would get the shakes etc.I had an op about 4 months ago for my endo.My pain had subsided a bit so I managed to come down to 7 and now 6 a day (2 in morning/2 at lunch/2 at night).Now I am suffering every day from the most horrid anxiety and depression.It got so bad I was almost admitted to a mental health hospital as I have been suicidal most days.I have had severe panic attacks ,I cant concentrate on anything ,I cant eat and I cant cope with even the smallest bit of stress.This has gone on now for two whole months.At first I didnt think it was coming off the tramadol as I have been through a break up after 7 years together and op and thought It was a nervous breakdown but I have been on anti-depressants and busperone 15mg three times a day and this is not helping all that much(was also tried on other anti-anxiety meds).I dont understand how I can have this severe withdrawal for two whole months .My hair is now falling out too .(does withdrawal from opiates make your hair fall out ?)I am so scared and suicidal.l have been getting the tramadol on repeat prescription and I am too scared to tell my dr as I think she might make me go cold turkey as I am only ment to be taking 1 4 times a day(she thinks I have had a nervous breakdown as I thought I did too but I would be getting better by now with the meds if that was the case).I am so frightened I have damaged my brain/nervous system and this anxiety will go on for the rest of my life .I thought I would send you this since you are a drug counsellor .I REALLY NEED HELP SO DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY ADVICE? .I am so ill with anxiety I dont know if I can go on like this !KIND REGARDS MS
Dear MS1980, I just read your comment here. I am so saddened that you are going through so much all at once. It is no wonder that your stress levels are sky high and that you feel suicidal. My suggestion to you is to go to your doctor right away and tell your doctor you want to be refered to a counselor. When you see that counselor tell that counselor everything that you just said here. I do not think it is just the Tramadol but a combination of everything going on. Especially taking anti depressants and busperone can give adverse affects with Tramadol. My suggestion is to take an extra Tramadol and very slowly wean it down in a period of weeks to less, to give your body and brain less dependency by going down at incriment amounts. Get a pill cutter and use that to do the lesser amounts. If you are on 3 Tramadols at a time for one week take 2 and 3/4 pills. Following week take 2 and 1/2 pills. Then 3rd week 2 and 1/4 pills. Keep doing that for the next few weeks with each week a 1/4 less which maybe the way to go for you and lessen the panic attacks and dependency and suicidal issues. I am also on Tramadol and take 2 pills 2-3 times a day and am furious that it is not working anymore. I refuse to increase it unless it is specified by the doctor but right now I finally am going to see a Pain Speciallist to help with my chronic back pain and right sided body due to the stroke I had. I wish you the best of luck and pray to the Lord that this will work for you. I did it myself and was able to wean down to 1 pill 2 times a day which was more acceptable to me, granted the Tramadol is not working well with me anymore. Good luck Sincerely Patrice
I thought l would update you .im still here obviously ! I have managed to come down from 8 50 mg to 3 50mg Tramadol a day in 5 months .l no longer take buspar for anxiety or Prozac for depression . I came off everything as they were not working anyway and l have an appointment with an endocrinologist on day and l don't want any false readings in my bloods .l am goin to see the endocrinologist for my diffuse hair loss and acne all over scalp and body .l am also anxious all the time and get palpitations ,cry on and off all day .I have burning sensations in my chest neck and head .l get pins and needles in my hands and feet and dry gritty eyes .Does Tramadol withdrawal cause adrenal ,hormonal or thyroid problem?this has been 6 months of hell ! Hope ur well x
Hi, I went thru suicidal thoughts and attempts for 2 years and it was scarey! I am so sad for you...i have been on tramadols for 2 1.5 years now from brain surgery, crainiotomy. I also am on perocets too. I have 13 pieces of metal in my head now. but tramadols do make you feel happier and it's not safe at all to go off cold turkey...screw your dr. for even saying that to someone who is suicidal. have a dr. ween you off of them. Also, mental hospitals i have been to and i was soooo embarrassed to be there at first but they are extremely helpful and you are around everyone just like you. Hang in there..don't let the devil win. god is on your side always and forever.
How are you doing ? Had to write after reading your post. I understand this so much ...and I can say it is possible to get free from Tramadol but you most likely will need medication to settle you.
The 'withdrawal' isn't forever ...but it seems like we will never be 'normal' once we are in it. This is the trick of withdrawal ...it tricks us into beleiving the state we are in will be our permanent state.
Like I said, additional medication to settle us is, in my opinion, a help. Talking about it with people who have overcome it themselves is a good bonus.
Yes, I would suggest you try kratom (it's an herb) which is helpful in opiate addiction rehab, plus it is anti-depressant and mood-elevating. Kratom has been used safely for hundreds of years in Southeast Asia as a traditional medicine for all the things you are suffering from.
In my opinion (I'm not a doctor, but am fascinated with medical learning), pharmaceutical drugs are a "black hole" with side-effect upon side-effect. I watched my mother go through this -- she needed drugs to deal with the side-effects of the first drugs she was prescribed.
Kratom is gentle and will help with the pain, depression, anxiety, etc. My ideal would be to resolve the underlying cause of the pain through healthy nutrition and exercise, which will help you through withdrawal and more.
I will give you a safe regimen to get rid of tramadol addiction. Take Sertraline 100 mg for about 3 weeks that will boost your seratonin levels. Now take Baclofen 10 mg + Loperamide 6 mg + Clonazepam 10 mg in the morning and night. same regimen with out clonazapam at noon. Then tail off clonazepam in few days as well as others slowly. I have been taking 250 mg daily. Today I took only 50 mg with this. Test this and let me know.
Does anyone have any problems with an irregular heart beat taking tramadol? I take two a day 50 mg for pain but I have a horrible time with skipped beats with my heart. I have been to a cardio doc & they can find nothing wrong with my heart.
Yes, I have actually, I take 6-8 50mg tramadol a day as needed for pain and I will get that "skipped" heartbeat once a day sometimes. It is very scary actually and thankful is gone in...well..a heartbeat. All seriousness though, yeah I have noticed that as well.
I have had two open heart surgeries when I was a baby. I am 41 now. At 29 I was put on Metropolol due to Tachicardia a very fast dangerous arrythmia. I have always had skippings and sometimes hard pounding heart beats here and there. The Tramadol has not caused me any heart issues, meaning that I am the same as before I started Tramadol. (I started Tramadol in February 2012). Could the skipping be a result of anxiety or panic attack issues? The other thing you could do is request for a halter monitor, it is a heart monitor that records your heart beats and everything for 24-48 hours or longer if need be. That is the best way to detect any heart irregularities. Best of luck!
Hi, i have never posted on a sight like this before but just read your post so thought i would let you know something regarding the skipped heartbeat. I am 35 and had problems with Tramadol addiction for 2 years now. I fluctuate btw 6 - 10 tramadol a day depending on when i am trying to cut down. I collapsed in March and was rushed to hospital with a heartbeat of 180, i was in a rhythm called SVT, flipping btw that and AF, i wasnt actually missing beats like you describe but having ectopic beats which was where ur heart throws in an extra beat which feels like your skipping and is probably what your experiencing. Normally a self resolving condition like this would be basically not further investigated as it did right itself afer several hours however my husband is actually a senior member of the Cardiology team at the hospital i was taken to so i was investigated to the fullest of extents!! i was kept on a cardiac monitor to see correlations btw medication and my heart rhythms, i had EKG ECHO loads of cardiac bloods.. every test under the sun! They said it was the tramadol without a shadow of a doubt,arrythmias due to severe toxin overload. Scary and a good reason to stop taking it. Personally after trying and failing with cutting down i ended up going cold turkey, when you cut down the tramadol becomes more effective again like when you first started taking it ..so the less you take the harder it becomes. I was like a zombie for about 4 days going cold turkey but another health professional friend recommended some paracetamol with a small amount of codeine in (only 8 mg so not addictive) and this helped a little. After 2 weeks i felt like my old self again. And no further heart problems thank goodness.
I have been taking tramadol now for 3 years. I have severe back pain and knee pain. I'm a waitress and this pain gets in the way when I need to make money. There have been times I stop taking them for a week or so and I experience pretty serious withdrawl symptoms. I feel vertigo and sick to my stomach. At night my legs will not relax and I am very snappy with the ones I love. I just want to feel normal again
3 more years and you may have more serious issues than just pain from knees and back - like liver and kidney problems. If I were you, I'd think about that first.
For me, I stopped smoking by simply acknowleging that I was hurting my lungs. I was a pre-mature baby, born 3 months early, the surfactin had not been built in my lungs - I nearly died, mu lungs tried sooo hard to keep my body alive, and vice versa...knowing this, I feel sorry for my lungs, and do not torment them with smoke anymore. But it took a very counsious decision to stop.
I do not know what you can do for the withdrawl symptoms, but they will subside, and they will only get worse the longer you stay on the pills.
Maybe seeking an accupuncturist for that pain?
i was taking 100 mg twice a day and ran out one night. It is difficult to experience just how horrendous you feel when you are withdrawing from this drug. I have never before experienced anything like these symptoms. My arms would not stay still, i had goosebumps, felt cold while also feeeling too hot (very wierd) and a feeling of being totally uncomfortable in your own skin. it was intense. however i really believe if you gradually reduce your dose the affects should not be too severe. i have reduced from 100mg 4* a day to 100mg once a day and feel i can now reduce this further. speak yo your doctor, they should advise you on how to reduce your dose. i am only 24 and there is no way i am going to let this drug get the better of me. i aim to be totally off it within one month. woop, woop!
Based on what you have posted, regarding your hypothyroidism, my mom is under that condition as well and I must say that she also have a low pain threshold that when i gently touch her arthritis, she feels it as if I was breaking her knee. I came to think that pain sensitivity is somehow related to the thyroid status.
I take 800 to 1000 mg of Tramadol per day, plus some Skelaxin, and I know I'm addicted to it. I already tried weaning myself off of it and it didn't work, so the only way is cold turkey. I am scared because I know I am going to feel like Hell but for me there is no other way out of this nightmare. Damn Tramadol to Hell. I hate it. I'd rather live with my pain than be addicted to this stuff.
4 yrs here....no less than 1000 mg a day. I'm not on anything else. I have no insurance so I was able to buy it on computer. I had a seizure. First ever. I don't remember it but it freaked my husband out. I tried cold turkey. No way! I started yesterday. I'm doing 800 mg a day for 3 to 5 days. Then take it from thereto 600 and so on.....will update.
I am a tru addict I take upwards of 1500 mg a day. I am fortunate enough not to have money problem and spend 240 to 300 a month for my habit. I kicked it once but have since come back. I have problems sleeping due to severe spinal pain. I boosted the dose and had a stroke a week ago . Full on grand mal with bleeding and now have neuro deficits in my rt hand and leg. I won''t tell the dr why it happened but I love this drug. It helped me lose 70 lbs. I just can''t stop . I suffered for two days and raced to fed ex to pick up my new 180ct today ....... I can feel it coursing through my veins as I write this.... I need help
I can relate. But I am 5 months pregnant. I tried to kick twice once by choice and once just cause I couldn't get any. It was HORRIBLE for over a week!! NO ENERGY and I could NOT sleep for nothing! Now I'm afraid of the bad effects it will have on my yet unborn baby. I am also scared of him having withdrawl symptoms once he's born and the authorities taking him from me. Totally scared!!
I just wanted to say I know where everyone is coming from. I found out I was pregnant a little over two years ago and was hooked on them. taking quite a few and having seizures from time to time from taking to many. Be very, very careful with this. If you have a hang over or havent had enough sleep you are at major risk for a seizure while taking them! Anyway, I reduced way down while I was pregnant and was scared to death of it hurting my baby. I got down to 6 a day and was taking 10 to 12 at a time 3 times a day... yeah, I know... stupid. So, 6 was tuff but I did it. As selfish as I felt for still taking them while pregnant everything turned out ok. I was so afraid she would be deformed or sickly and addicted, but she was perfect, healthy and had no signs that the tramadol even effected her. She is a beautiful smart 13 month old little girl walking around my house and she is so sweet and loving! If I had been on oxy's or some other narcotic she would have went thru withdrawal and I wouldn't be sitting here with her today. I don't recommend going thru withdrawal while pregnant, that is extremely dangerous, I am an RN and I have seen it. Anyway, since she came into the world I stayed at 6 a day for awhile and am now down to 4 a day with no problems. I want off of these pills but I don't have time for withdrawal or time to go away somewhere, so for now I am stuck on them. I hope everything turns out alright for you, just cut down as much as you can and over a period of about a month. Do not let yourself go into withdrawal. Try to get to at least 6 a day, 4 if possible and everything should be ok. I can't promise that, but it should be. Do alot of praying! That is what I did!
so the tramadol will eventually stop working cause your body will get used to it. you will build immunity to it and wreck your liver maybe, do you want to end up inm hospital beacause u need to shed weight
Hi I'm a 49 year old male and I was up to Tramadol at a rate of 35- Pills at 50mg Q as needed, Now at that rate the doctor finally backed off and I had started taking them when I ordered from the Internet, I will not post a long version but I can tell you get off of this drug it is a very dangerous drug and it has a very high addiction rate. Contact a Addiction for Prescription medicine in your area and get off of it now the coming down is a mess but it is only a few days.
Please take my advice everybody it is a eveil drug, go to wikipedia and research Tramadol you will see that in May 2009 the companies were hit from the FDA because that did not state all of the truth about it.
I have a mission to make this drug more diffcult than most to get and to run the 50 billion yes billion dollar business off the internet.
If I can be of any additional assistance I would be happy to tell you the medications and such they used to fix me.
Well. I,m not fixed. I was scared and still am. However I have not taken any tramadol or other addictive painkillers in over a year. I got help to get of them sowly but more inportant is the help i am getting staying of them. Belive me this can be done, it will be hard. But remeber do not do this without medical supervision. The only way is to actually want to.
All the best
What meds did you use to fix you? I need to know cause this has been super hard for me an I'm down to 1/2 a day and still can't get off these little pills I even take a pill splitter and take 1/4 at a time like every other day that's true weening but I got anxiety so I take 1/2 of Xanax 2.5 and I also suffer from vertigo so I wonder if the tramadol is the cause of my anxiety I want to normal and on nothing but I have always been used to popping a pill for my problems even if its just a little I still get off in it it's weird
I'm in the process of quitting. I have been taking 10-30/per day for 10 years. My wife has to hide the bottle and divide them out. I kept finding them. When she asked our son to help hide them that is when I realized I had to stop. I'm down to 2 per day and hope in 2 weeks to be totally off. It's the sleeping and trying to crawl outta your skin that I hate when not taking them. However it only last for a day or 2 when you step down... Fool your body take lass and less. It's worth it. I have lost short term memory because of this drug. I can't find proof..... but when you walk into a room and forget why that can't be good
my husband is addict to it he takes four a day every day from mon-sun and I'm trying to hide it but he is always asking and he gets mad when I don't give it to him. I don't know what to do anymore? will anything happen to him hes 24 years old.
This site proved to be so useful and i had no idea that some people could go that high in the dose.
Unlike all of you, I donlt even have pain and I am taking 1 tablet a day (100mg). This is so bad to say but it has improved my quality of life. I have been in so many problems in my life non of which I will mention here however without tramadol I couldnlt have made it.
I am a very healthy person in general and refuse to kneel down to anything but exercise and healthy food and a good attitude but people who have been in life problems know that when you have children you have to immediatley stand up on your feet again after any blow in life.
I used to take (and still do ) a pill and day and it saves me from screaming my head of with my twins. I also am a better person to be with in my work and as a result better results come up. HOWEVER, what is the bad side. The bad side is what happens if sometime they are cut out. It's an awful feeling being addicted to something and if you only think that you may not get them some time is a terrible feeling. I don't want to ever think what will happen if i donlt have them on my purse at anytime. where i live i need a prescription and I am goign around lying about why I need the prescription. Let alone saving some of the money that shuld be for the kids for those pills.
well if your only taking 1 pill a day and it improves your life then your fine. The problem with this drug is at first at a low dose it gives you energy and you wondered how you ever lived without it. Then you increase your dose little by little and then your taking way more then you ever wanted to. This medicine above all relieves depression and anxiety and instantly lifts your mood. You don't feel "high" just a happier you. Unlike other natural opiots it lasts longer and no crash. I have been on this med for 5 years and I take a lot. I'm a social worker and have a family I'm ashamed of becoming an addict because I never did drugs or drank even as a teenager but it only took 2 pills to get hooked emotionally!!1
I can so relate! I was given Tramadol for R.A. & Fibro. I was told it was safer then Hydrocodone (which I took 1/2 to one a day) They had me taking 200 mgs. a day. I started to realize it was effeting my life I stoped CT and threw them out. After three months my head still would spin if I turned it from side to side. I would wake up 2 to 3 times a night with RAS and basically want to crawl out of my skin. And I had NO energy. I am a wife, a monther of two and work full time. It was so impossible to go on with my life so I went backon them. It took three days to feel normal again. I thought after three months of what I thought was WD there must be something wrong that I needed to be on them. I didnt. I was never educated about what it does to the brain. If I was I would have never EVER taken them. PLEASE go to the section here on the website about the use of 5-HTP. You can type it in the search bar. 5-HTP & addiction recovery. You may find that helping your body replenish its natural supply of seratonin will help you stop taking the Tramadol. I know it works for alot of people. Just a suggestion. There are a few good books that talk about the use of this supplement and others and why it works. Hope this helps.My thoughts are with you. Its a hard road but your a mom and already have a great reason to get through it! Good luck and stay strong!
I will check that 5-HTP out. I never heard about it. I like it whn soeone gives me an alternative and not just tells me it is wrong becuse I ALREADY KNOW IT IS WRONG. Not that the alternative will fill the place 100% but at least it will help me get out of the addiction.
Chapeaux bas to all yee mothers....i Say sometimes that one of my twins running and coming to me with a bear hug at the end of the day is the best seratonin anyone could ever have.
I've been taking tramadol for appx 8-9 yrs. At first I would take 3-50mg tabs p/d. I kept increasing the mg on my own because it seems I became immune to the benefits and needed more for diabetic neuropathy. I loved this drug at first because it gave me a euphoric high and I was in such a good mood with no pain. After years of use I no longer get that euphoric feeling but they do allow me to sleep and cut my pain down. I know its psyhcological but just this week I've wanted to cut down to 2 tabs p/d. Yesterday I was able to take only 3 for the whole day. I was able to sleep from pure exhuastion. I feel horrible this morning. course the pain in my feet. I tried not to take them at all once because I feel i am a strong person emotionally and psychological but this drug has me whipped. The day I tried to quit I was anxiety ridden, no sleep, twitching, and of course the pain in my feet. The DR has never asked me if I'm addicted after so many yrs. He keeps ok'ing the script. Its awful to be dependent on a drug to feel half way alive. I just want to cut down to 2 a day . Like I said I do need it legitamately for my pain but I do admit I over-drugged for the high at first gave me. Now no more high but out of habit or addiction I want 6-7 a day. Just wanted to share my story.
is it possible to go cold turkey and if so, how long do the withdrawl symptoms last? I have been taking a total of 8 - 50 mg. a day for about a year. I just starting seeing a pain mgt. doc., and he told me to completely stop taking them, just substitute 3 vicadine a day, until he can do an injection of kenalog in my back. I've gone coldturkey for 48 hrs, now, but the vicodine is only lasting 4hrs. instead of 8. I don't know how long i can hold out.
Tramadol is an opiate agonist which means that it works by changing the way the body senses pain. It is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain, making it an easy out for a number of people. Once a tramadol addiction has started, it is best to seek professional assistance in breaking the addiction. The chances of success are better than going 'cold turkey', trying it solo or trying to ween yourself off of it.
I have just gone cold turkey reducing the dosage from 400mg-100mg and then nothing, I think the doctor didnt quite realise what a nasty pain killer this is to come off, tho I followed his advice. I am also a recovering alcoholic that has been sober for just over 2 years, I have never ever felt such an awful withdrawal like this, the physical and mental pain, Insomnia, restless leg and the cravings where nothing like I have ever felt before and the 24/7 stomach cramps. I would suggest with proper medical advice and a little knowledge to explain your fears to your doctor. This drug even though is synthetic (your body and mind doesnt know its man-made) nearly cost me my sobriety.
With love and support from my friends in AA to scream at down the phone I dont know where I`d be, keep busy to occupy your mind, even if you have to polish your shoes a 1000 times do it.
To everyone struggling with a Tramadol Addiction--I feel your pain and it is NOT worth staying on this medication. I was mis-diagnosed with severe PCOS, Androgenic Alopecia, and chronic back pain combined with hypertension..at 17 years old. Now the Tramadol, being a synthetic opiate is easy to be drawn to as opposed to Vicodin, or other medications that are derived from Opium itself. Do not be fooled--When taking this medication for a prolonged period of time, the serotonin your brain produces is now produced using the synthetic particles in this medicine, which disables the brain from creating these chemicals naturally.
Months and possibly years depending on your dosage, will be needed to repair the body. I was taking the medication for four weeks possibly less, before it became a serious problem. I took the medicine only at night usually 3-4 50mg pills, and I loved the feeling this medicine provided. I no longer suffered depression, was able to move freely and convinced myself this medicine was the best anti-depression/anti-anxiety medication on the market. Before I knew it, the three to four tabs nightly became a morning ritual combined with another five tabs in the evening when my tolerance was built. That would put me up to ten or so tabs a day. I had manipulated every doctor and Pharmacist to the point of their promotind Tramadol as an anti-depression medicine; Until I ran out. I quit cold turkey, and have been clean of Tramadol for five months. It's possible to do, and you will have to do it yourself. Mark my words guys, you will die from this--I do not have children nor a fiance' anymore (whom only added to my problem with his abusive tendencies) so if not quit for yourself, do it for your children.