stressed out woman pulling her hair

Doctors love tramadol (Ultram, Ultracet) because it is perceived as safer than narcotics like hydrocodone (Lortab, Norco, Vicodin, etc.) or oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet, etc). Many prescribers are unaware of the withdrawal reaction that can occur when people try to stop tramadol suddenly.

There is a sanitized term for this extremely disorienting condition: “discontinuation syndrome.” It does not begin to describe what some people go through when trying to stop tramadol. At last count there are over 300 comments about this problem with this article. Some are truly hair raising. To read them all, click on the box at the bottom of this page labeled “Older Comments.” But first, the question that started this thread:

Q. I have been taking Ultracet (tramadol) for several years for back pain. I was taking 100 mg three times a day as prescribed. The pain is better and I tried stopping the tramadol and had a terrible reaction.

I went to my internist who advised that I stop taking the tramadol over a period of time. I am now taking 50 mg three times a day but cannot get any lower than that without experiencing nerve twitches in my legs and intense jitteriness that interferes with my sleep.

Have you heard of similar problems and do you know of any way to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms without getting hooked on another medication?

A. Tramadol (Ultram, Ultracet, Rybix ODT, Ryzolt) is a strong pain reliever that was originally thought to have opioid-like activity without the same potential to cause addiction as morphine or similar narcotics. To quote the “experts,” tramadol was thought to have a “low potential for abuse.” In other words, it wasn’t supposed to cause physical dependence or produce a “withdrawal syndrome.”

It turns out the drug is a lot more complicated than many experts first believed. In addition to its analgesic action via opioid receptors in the brain, tramadol exerts a profound effect on other neurochemistry. That means that brain chemicals like serotonin and norepinephrine are profoundly impacted by tramadol. Sudden discontinuation can bring on a host of symptoms including:

Tramadol Withdrawal:

  • Anxiety, mood swings, irritability
  • Brain zaps (shock-like sensations), tingling
  • Sweating, chills, goose bumps, shivering
  • Tremors
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia, sleeping difficulties, nightmares
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations, unusual thoughts
  • Aggresiveness

Some of these symptoms may persist longer than many health professionals realize and there is no one-size-fits-all tapering program. People vary greatly in the way their bodies adapt and recover. It may take several months to gradually wean yourself from tramadol. You should not attempt this on your own. A health professional who understands the complexity of the drug may be essential.

Many of the withdrawal symptoms associated with tramadol are reminiscent of those linked to sudden discontinuation of antidepressants like sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil) or venlafaxine (Effexor). Symptoms can include dizziness that will not quit, brain “zaps” or “shivers” that are a bit like electrical shock-like sensations, sweating, insomnia, headaches and difficulty concentrating. Read stories from readers who tried to get off antidepressants like duloxetine (Cymbalta) at this link.

The FDA has not provided physicians with clear guidelines on how to phase off such drugs. We frequently see recommendations like “gradual withdrawal,” but no one bothers to provide clear instructions about what that really means. We’re really sorry that we don’t have any great insight on this process either. Readers have shared their own solutions at this link.

Although many people can relieve their acute or chronic pain with tramadol, here are some symptoms to be aware of while taking this medication.

Tramadol Side Effects:

  • Nausea, vomiting, indigestion, diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue
  • Restless legs
  • itching
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating, flushing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping, insomnia
  • Skin rash
  • Serotonin syndrome

Please note serotonin syndrome above. This can be a life-threatening situation and can be precipitated if tramadol is combined with other medications such as “triptans” prescribed for migraine headaches or antidepressants that affect serotonin. ALWAYS check with a pharmacist about the drug interactions before combining tramadol with any other medication. To learn more about serotonin syndrome, click here and here!

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  1. S. Indirveer
    Detroit
    Reply

    Aggresiveness is spelled Aggressiveness.
    Very good article.

  2. Sally
    Hounslow
    Reply

    After reading all of these comments it’s frightening . I’ve been taking Tramodol for one month for hip pain due to have surgery hopefully soon . I ran out of Tramodol last Wednesday got a repeat prescription for the Thursday but I didn’t get time to cash it in ,from Thursday until now sunday morning at 2am I’ve had flu like symptoms, theres my daughter saying I think your going cold turkey and there’s me saying nooo it’s the flu …. how wrong was I and my daughter right . I’ve just got out of bed for the 5th time tonight and ripped the prescription up I’m never taking the horrible thing again I will see it out ….I’ve no twitching now Just can’t sleep my eyes are so sore . Good luck everyone take care .

  3. Joe
    Morris county new jersey
    Reply

    Wow. All these stories worry me. I’ve been on ultram for 7 years due to back pain. I would like to stop but I know what I’m in for when I do. Willpower is my biggest hurdle. Help!!! I ran out once and I can’t begin to tell you how horrible it was. As you all know. After reading all your comments it all makes sense to me. The brain snaps, lack of energy, sadness, and all the rest. I hate those magic pills but I can’t pull the trigger on quitting .

  4. Joe
    Morris county new jersey
    Reply

    Wow. All these stories worry me. I’ve been on ultram for 7 years due to back pain. I would like to stop but I know what I’m in for when I do. Willpower is my biggest hurdle. Help!!! I ran out once and I can’t begin to tell you how horrible it was. As you all know.

  5. Troy
    Wisconsin
    Reply

    Hello, this has been my experience with Tramadol:
    This drug was prescribed to me 10 years ago for neurological pain, and I have been on 400 mg daily for most of the 10 years. Approximately two years ago, a “pain specialist” noticed that I was also on Vicodin and therefore did not need the Tramadol, so she told me I could just stop taking it. I questioned her about withdrawal and abruptly stopping the medication. She told me there would be no problems, as this is not “an addictive drug.” Words cannot describe how angry I was with her after a week in hell.

    My biggest problem with stopping this drug abruptly was extreme fatigue and loss of balance. After three trips to the ER from falling, I went back to this doctor and asked her to put me back on it just as an experiment. I was amazed that within approximately an hour of taking one pill I was back to feeling almost the same as before stopping cold turkey.

    As of 10 months ago, I started seeing another pain specialist who suggested an intrathecal baclofen pump, which would of course supply baclofen along with fentanyl. For the most part, it has been a great improvement and has allowed me to go from 400 mg a day of Tramadol to 25 mg a day as of today. My plan is to be off this drug in two weeks or less. It has taken me close to a year to get off this horrible drug, and if you can avoid being prescribed this at all, you will thank yourself in the long run. Even with tapering, I have experienced fatigue and painful muscle twitching in my lower legs Drinking large amounts of water and taking a good multivitamin has helped me a lot with the side effects.

  6. Stuart
    Sweden
    Reply

    I took 1 x 100mg slow release pill for a month or two almost every night (a few nights off here and there). Then I took one every night for 7 nights straight. I didn’t really need them I just enjoyed the high as I am kinda bored at this present moment in my life. I then decided on the 8th day that I was gonna have a little break from tramadol because it probably can’t be that great for me.

    Mannnn this withdrawal thing sucks. I’ve never done opiates but this is enough to make me second guess them. Just to reassure readers who have only done tramdol for a short time like me, this is bad but it’s not the worst thing in the world. I’ll admit the first 2 days were really tough. Severe Nausea, mood swings, head aches, flu like symptoms, I don’t know if “depression” is the right word but I definitely thought a lot about how meaningless all human life really is (I might be on to something there though).

    Every day seems to be getting better with the “depression”, mood swings and the flu like symptoms.. The flu like symptoms are down to just late afternoon & nights for me now. The head aches are still there. No more nausea after the second day. I’m coming up to my 7th day now. If it isn’t significantly better by day 10 then I’m smoking pot. I will post back with my results.

    Cheers to everyone on the forum, it’s nice to know I’m not going mental & that it is the withdrawals & good luck to everyone out there trying to kick the habit!
    Peace

  7. Melissa
    California
    Reply

    I have been dealing with the same as everyone on this page. I have been on Tramadol for years. I started at a low dose and am now up to 400mg-500mg a day due to tolerance. I DON’T want to take this stuff anymore. It is affecting my life and my job. Every time I try to get off the withdrawal symptoms down right just suck!

    I am trying to cut my dose in half for the next few days continually tapering off till I’m out. I do not want anymore refills. I would rather deal with the back pain than feel helpless to this addiction. Sharing with others having the same problem. Thanks for the advice, and I will soon know how a Tramadol-free life feels!

  8. Linn
    Missouri
    Reply

    Tramadol is a nightmare and not worth what mediocre help it does provide. I’ve taken it for around 6 years for chronic moderate to severe joint and back pain. Sometimes I used it for migraines but it’s pretty useless for that.

    My Rx is for 50mg 2 times per day — useless! I started using 2 50mg’s 2 times per day and running out. My sister/roommate has the same prescription for chronic pain, too. She gets by with less, so she has covered me if I’ve been short. Pretty soon…. this turned into a big problem. Two pills wasn’t enough. Three was needed. I started sneaking pills from her Rx bottle to keep up my growing addiction. I felt horrible doing it. Totally unlike me, really.

    Then I confessed to her…. She’s a jewel of a sister. She forgave me and was more concerned about helping me. She locked up her pills. For a couple weeks, she helped me taper down to my own Rx level. I continued to fill the Tramadol Rx and pretty much behaved with it. However in recent months, I’ve completely thrown out my better judgement and have taken up to 6 at a time and more at only 3 or 4 hours later. Easily 1500 mg’s give or take, in one day. I felt awful, and it scared me, so I would ease off.

    I was also back to stealing. I have now confessed again, to my sister, just a few days ago. Gave her my Rx bottle and asked to please help me stop these horrible pills! Problem is, since I didn’t tell her just HOW far too many I was taking, phasing down to 2 pills per day is making me crazy and feel horrible!! She doesn’t understand.

    • Misty
      United States
      Reply

      Pot is the only thing that gave me any relief while I was withdrawing. I used it first to help me get off of tramadol. Then trazadone (which was the worst) then Zoloft. Smoking a bowl before bed every night is the only way I could sleep. I am now happily not taking anything. Not even pot.

  9. john
    us
    Reply

    I was prescribed tramadol for a back injury. I took 50mg, three times a day for a month and that was it. I went through the most extreme withdrawals known to mankind. I have taken opiods before for the same injury, precocet 10 mg 3 times a day and stopped that cold turkey. I might have been in a bad mood for a day and felt a little edgy but that was it. The tramadol was horrible, NOTHING like percocet. I was laying in bed for the third night wide awake, with RLS so bad that I looked like the girl from the exorcist. I mean both my legs swinging up and down like hammers for HOURS!! I was up taking a shower every half an hour because I didnt know what else to do. Burning up one second and freezing cold the next. In so much anger and anxiety I almost put my car through a building on my way to work one day, not because of suicide, but extreme anger that I missed the traffic light. I have NEVER been like that. For 30 years I have been known as the nicest guy in the room and always had a smile on my face. These nights lasted 4 nights in a row and by the last one I thought I was going insane from sleep deprivation. My doctors wouldnt help and though I was “making it up” because according to their papers, Tramadol is a “safe and non addictive” medicine. Heres what they dont know. Read this next part carefully!

    Tramadol is not an opiod. Tramadol was originally developed as an antidepressant and some patients reported a “pain killing” effect. So the medication is prescribed off label for pain. It is one of the strongest antidepressants known to man and THIS is what these horrible withdrawal symptoms are from. It is NOT from the opiod part. Tramadol is both an SNRI AND an SSRI. This is VERY important. Discontinuing this medication can put you into a LIFE THREATENING seizure due to “discontinuation Syndrome”. Again, this has nothing to do with “painkiller” and EVERY thing to do with the “antidepressant” side.

    I spoke with my doctors about this and they thought I was crazy, and the research is RIGHT THERE on the internet about the chemical make up and original purpose behind tramadol. Everyone going through withdrawals are having them due to the SSRI, SNRI withdrawals, and this is VERY dangerous. I noticed while I was on tramadol that one of the biggest “feelings” I got wasnt from “being high on drugs” but an overwhelming amount of energy and positive outlook. It was as if my mood was always super positive and not even the bad news was bad. And now I know why, I was using an intensely strong antidepressant.

    I pray for you all and hang in there. DO NOT stop taking tramadol cold turkey, this is LIFE THREATENING!! you will feel withdrawal when you taper but it must be tapered. Have hope and stay strong, you can get off this medication. I feel tramadol is one of the most insidious and evil drugs to ever hit this market, especially since it has been marketed in such a horrible way that doctors dont even know what they are. Please be safe friends.. God Bless

  10. Pat
    Alberta
    Reply

    Depression. Waking up often during the night, tight muscles, jittery.

    • Cherie Coxon
      Reply

      I agree 100%. I’m going through hell right now, but thank God for a strong mind and determination to get off of this medication. My naturopath is helping, and all I can say to you is, thank you for not letting me feel like I am on my own. The back injury is a nightmare. This is like its twin sister,

  11. Yvonne
    California
    Reply

    I have been taking one 50mg timed release in the am for four months.I was concerned about getting addicted but the doctors and pharmacists assured me one a day would be OK.About two months in I started having flu like symptoms during the night and waking up with nausea in the morning.This would go away after the morning pill and I would feel good. This kept getting worse and I began to feel like I had some serious disease.I asked the doctor for a blood work up and it was all normal.
    Pretty soon the morning pill was not working and I felt like I should take more so I decided it was time to do more research. I switched the pill to night and had no problems during the night but early afternoon the nausea,aches and pains would start.I then realized it was all from the tramadol. I called the doctor and told her and she said then stop taking it.
    I was relieved it was not a disease,but the withdrawal is hell.I am on the fourth day and am trying anything to make the pain go away.Asprin,alieve,Vicks nyquil, even a half Vicodin when it gets really bad. I don’t know how much longer I can take this.

  12. Michael
    West Chester, PA
    Reply

    Hello all. I never comment on boards like this one, but after reading all of your comments, I just HAD to.
    Here’s my story: 57yo, chronic back and joint pain (back injury & psoriatic arthritis). Started off about 8 years ago on Tramadol, 300mg/day. Common syptoms for me while taking it were bad constipation, difficulty sleeping and occasionally the pads of my feet would swell making it difficult to walk. It works fairly well for a while until it doesn’t, making me think “why am I even taking this stuff?” Symptoms are not unlike taking an opioid.

    But those symptoms are nothing compared to trying to get off of it or stopping suddenly. I found myself taking oxycodone to get off of the Tramadol!

    Stopping suddenly is a really bad idea – the feet thing I mentioned? Ten times worse – could hardly walk. Sleep nearly impossible, headaches, severe gastro issues (including gas buildup, constant belching), joint pain worse than I ever felt, shakiness, anxiety bordering on panic. Lets not forget the sneezing (usually the first sign you are going into withdrawal) Whew!

    This is just my opinion based on my experience – Unless you are going to go to a substitute that also hits those pain receptors like oxy-whatever, you really have no choice but to taper off gradually and hope your doc has enough sense to give you ativan or something else for the first week or so. Good luck to all and thank you for your comments. They made me understand that I wasn’t alone with these issues..

  13. Jim
    Southern Virginia
    Reply

    Hello to everyone, glad to say I am doing much better. My sleep has almost got back to normal, for me anyway. I am slowly getting my energy level built back up. My coordination is getting better, it was very troubling to me. I haven’t taken any tramadol in 2 weeks now. But I started my dose reduction, 2 weeks before that. I now depend on aleve, advil, and herbal help, chondroitin, ect.
    I would try to encourage anyone, who is struggling, to not give up. The first week, without any meds, for me was really hard. It seems to me that after day 6, improvement came much faster. I am getting outdoors and accomplishing, (slowly), jobs around the place. I think my outlook seems to improve a little each day. I believe physical excercise has really helped me this past week. Mostly, just moving and staying active.
    After reading your comments, and speaking with others. I truly believe some folks have a much harder time than others. So don’t be discouraged, if your not on track with someone else. Move at your own pace. Cut your dose as you can, remembering better life awaits you. I again thank you folks for your honest words. I really needed to read your words, to understand my own predicament. My prayers continue for you, and your physical situation.
    Thanks, Jim

  14. Debbie
    Virginia
    Reply

    I am so glad that I found this site and all the comments. I have been on tramadol for just over 1 1/2 years for shoulder pain. I noticed the pain would go away and I would get a boost in energy. This helps me as a 58 year old hairdresser with a bust clientele. I for the flu two weeks ago and for several days forgot to take the pill twice a day or even once a day because of my high fever. I had a runny nose and respiratory infection so I thought that was what was happening. I hadn’t taken it in several days and thought I should be feeling better four days after the flu. Went back to the doc and he thought perhaps I had a secondary infection. Prescribed antibiotics. But the fatigue was suffocating. So heavy and exhausting I haven’t even felt like doing anything thing. Every flat surface looks like a bed. Food tastes awful. Tried a beer, that was awful. Everything tastes nasty and truth be told there is no appetite. I care about nothing. I hurt. Have RLS at night. It just dawned on me this morning I have been fully tramadol free for two solid days. So this exhaustion must be from the withdrawal. I am tempted to take half of one just to see if I get any energy back.
    This drug has changed my tastes. I was recently told by my doctor that I had a dysautonomia. That my autonomic nervous system is so out of whack my heart is messed up. My God, could this drug have caused this? Prayers for us all!

  15. MJ
    Dallas
    Reply

    Arghhh..second time getting off this drug and it’s as bad as I remembered. I’m 49 and have chronic back pain from injuries as a teen. It had gotten to the point that between back ache, restless legs and insomnia I was a walking zombie during the day.100 mg of Tramadol a few hours before bed solved all that. After 4 months my supply is gone and I’m faced with a choice. Take pills for the rest of my life or survive a week or two in hell and go see a new doctor and figure out an alternative. I loved my Tramadol! I just don’t see myself medicating forever. So it’s 4 AM on day two and my arms and legs got bugs crawling under the skin. I want to scream. I warned my wife that I’ll try not to be a jerk. I KNOW life will be better but wow does this suck!

  16. Jenny
    Watsonville
    Reply

    I’m 42 years old and I have been taking tramadol 50 mg for the past 3 years. I have try to stop taking tramadol on 3 occasions with no luck. I had experienced leg pain, flu like symptoms, headaches, and insomnia. I really don’t know how to stop.

  17. Kat
    New Zealand
    Reply

    I’ve only been taking tramadol for 1week, I stopped taking them 2 days ago and now I’m feeling like crap I have sore achy body shivers and dry sore throat is this effects from tramadol or have I not been taking it long enough for it to effect me? Please help it’s 2am and I agreed to go back to work tomorrow but feel like crap and can’t sleep

  18. jim
    southern Virginia
    Reply

    Great to hear from you folks. I really thought I was just becoming a whack job. I started with tramadol, only when needed, about four years ago. This was during and after a hip replacement, at 54. I have always been extremely active, outdoor activities, farming, dirt bikes, ect.

    About a year ago, I began to have periods of total malaise, despair, fatigue, and no interest in my own life. Nights became torture, RLS, insomnia, which I’ve never been a good sleeper, but it became misery. Since I have never had any problems at all, with any drugs ( meds ), it was new territory for me. In this period my doctor, who really is a great physician, and friend prescribed sertraline, to help with my inability to relax, which has been a lifelong problem. I am just a intense, active, type A personality. Now I realize these meds, don’t really go together. I finally realized, from reading about your folks experience, what was going on. I now, can relate any of these periods, to a period of using tramadol.

    Last month, after a painful day, I used tramadol, as prescribed. It really didn’t do the job. But it, now I realize, turned my mental attitude upside down. I have had all the symptoms you folks have spoke of. But the malaise, despair, and fatigue, were the worst. Thankfully, my DW, is a med professional, with great knowledge of meds, and illnesses, ( this has been a shock to her also ).

    Today I am doing better, still tapering down though, on all meds. The lack of good sleep, was my biggest problem. Have a Dr. Appt next week, but have spoken to him on phone in this interim. Still have some RLS, and crazy sleep pattern, but I have faith this will.pass in time. I really believe what you folks have told me in your notes. Tapering is the only sensible alternative for this issue. I recommend herbs, aleve and liquid benadryl, as medicinal help. There is some suffering, but nothing insurmountable. My prayers to all. Please continue your efforts. Your postings, were what got me on the right path.

  19. Jacque
    Colorado
    Reply

    I went through 2 weeks of the hell described in the article after tapering off of Tramadol after surgery. I was prescribed Tramadol because the surgeon’s nurse didn’t want to prescribe a 3rd prescription for Percocet even though I was taking less than half the allowed dose after reconstructive surgery. I’m 66 and have never had addiction issues so this seemed silly. Fortunately, I have an M.D. who practices Functional Medicine. Unfortunately, he was out of town the 2 weeks I was in misery. I’m self-employed so being so ill affected my business. When I was able to get in to see my doc he recognized Tramadol withdrawal and ordered a lipid exchange IV the same day. There were three supplements in this treatment. Glutithione is the only one I am familiar with and I can’t remember what the other two were. By the next morning most symptoms were gone and the remaining symptoms were dissapating. After reading what other people went through getting off of Tramadol I’m very grateful for the treatment available at Tri-Life Health in Fort Collins, CO.

    • Cecil
      CT
      Reply

      I hav been on tramadol for 6 months I hav stop taking it I did it in 4 days with the help of smoking weed I still hav some withdrawal symptoms but smoking weed helps a lot and going to the gym I will never go back on tramadol again

      • Cherie Coxon
        Reply

        Some one else suggested tea made with cannabis leaf might help, I cant smoke due to a lung problem. would you suggest this?

  20. Shaunta
    Maryland
    Reply

    Hey all…

    First, let me just say Congratulations to all of you who successfully got off of Tramadol. This medication is one of the most misleading drugs on the market and has been handed out like candy on Halloween Night to patients too easily. If you are still struggling to come off of it. Trust me! YOU WILL DO IT! I have Chronic Back Pain and I took anywhere from 300 mg to 450 mg a day to ease the pain. It worked for a while but then it didn’t. All I can remember thinking was that I needed to get a higher dosage and more pills. It only got worse and it got so bad that my entire savings was wiped clean because I needed the pain medications not only for pain but because I COULD NOT STOP TAKING THEM. Well, I could stop but I would feel like a train hit me followed by a bus on fresh concrete. This is what I did because enough was enough. I tapered down by 10 mg everyday until I was completely out. I am on Day 6 without any Tramadol. I still feel goofy and foggy. I feel those brain zaps coming down and I also am beginning to get an appetite. Hang in there. If you can’t do it on your own remember there are Detox facilities available. But the only way I suggest you do it is to taper!

    • Cherie C.
      Reply

      Brain zaps. That explains exactly what I have been getting. It’s so hard to describe. Thank you. I can now put into words what I am gong through. I’m cutting down and will eventually stop this crap. Just seeing the words you described. Gives me a name to call the stuff I’m going through. I’m pretty stubborn and want to just stop taking this stuff. but realise I have to to this bit by bit.. It’s what is happening in my head I am having trouble handling.

  21. Bill
    Temple City, CA
    Reply

    I was prescribed 200 milligrams a day of Tramadol about six months ago for chronic headaches. (Ironically, now that I’m trying to get off of them, the headaches are now horrendous!) I weaned myself down 50 mg. less per week until reaching zero, couldn’t take the withdrawal, went back to taking 100 mg. a day for a few days, then 50 mg. for a few days, then back to zero again, “cold turkey”, and I now have five days of no Tramadol use.

    It has been rough but I’m glad I’m undertaking this task. This Tramadol drug is no good snd has got to go! The side effects are way, way worse than any benefits it may produce. Besides the elevated headaches as I mentioned, I’ve experienced severe agitation and mood changes (yelling and swearing when I never used to do that), bowel problems, no energy, feelings of despair for no apparent reason, losing weight (not the worst side effect, nevertheless I’ll prefer to lose weight on MY terms, thank you!), and sleep problems.

    I am getting through it by reading comments by people in this forum, who say it will go away after awhile if you stick to it. I am also taking care of myself by going outside as much as possible, walking and letting the sun hit my face for at least 15 minutes, smiling at strangers, taking vitamins snd eating fruits and vegetables, watching good movies, etc. Otherwise this Tramadol stuff will do some more punching and kicking on its way out if me–lol. Good luck and God bless to you all.

    • Katherine
      Ny.
      Reply

      Amazing job! Congratulations. It’s not easy.

  22. Mick
    Oh
    Reply

    I am on day seven of no tramadol. Same story: back injury, 100 mg went to 200 to 300 and so on until reaching 1000 mgs a day to relieve pain. Or as I am learning here to stay happy and energetic also.
    The first few days were hell. RLS is unbearable. My arms even ache. The insomnia is scary. I had one seizure on tramadol(a grand mal). It was horrible. They believed it was from insomnia caused by taking the tramadol. Afraid I’ll have another from insomnia from not taking the drug.
    Wine has helped a little. But can’t do that every night with kids. Weed has helped with restlessness. But also can’t do that all the time…..
    I believe the hardest thing for me is my mental state. I’ve always been the one to get a laugh. Without the drug I feel –Sad. Alone. Lacking energy. Unmotivated.
    Takes everything to get up and move at times.
    I can say as a week has transpired I feel much better today. My mood is better. And the aches aren’t that bad. (I’ve been riding a bicycle and walking my dog to kill restlessness).
    Oddly, I’m sneezing a lot!
    I wish everyone the best as we all fight this demon! I just want to be happy and healthy again!

  23. Karl
    Ireland
    Reply

    I’ve been on and off tramadol for the last ten years due to bladder cancer. I’ve had quite my share of major and minor surgerys and am very familiar with how this medicine works. As a pain medication it is extremely effective in dealing with ones moderate to severe pain, but the side effects are horrendous if this medication is stopped suddenly, especially if higher doses have been used for a prolonged time. My advice(what works for me) is to halve my current dose until the minor withdrawal symptoms abate -usually for a few days, then half the dose again for a few more days and again until I’m on my last half dose.

    • Cherie Coxon
      Reply

      Sad and alone. I so relate to that. . Its not the person that I am. My whole out look on life has changed. But I’m fighting it. I will beat this.. So many battles in my life. One fall and this injury, and now another huge battle that I didn’t see coming.
      I refuse to let this beat me. !!!!

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