So, I have been using this website and all of you as a way to get my life back from Tramadol for about 2-3 weeks now. My situation has changed a little since Sunday 11/1/09. That was the last time I took any Tramadol. I had been tapering down from around 30 tramadol/day to 12/day for about 10 days prior to Monday. I had my gallbladder removed Monday 11/2 and have been taking Norco (hydro) since. My fiance has had control of the hydros and been giving me only the prescribed (2 tabs q 4 hours) since. I have had NO tramadol. I have been very afraid of overdosing since I almost did a couple weeks ago. Somtimes I feel ok, other times I want to explode. I have had a few severe bouts of depression and rage over the past couple of days. I think these episodes are compounded by the fact that I am usually a very active person and I haven't been able to do much since surgery. I actually have not really thought about taking any Tramadol these past couple of days. My plan has always been to taper myself off the tramadol instead of quitting c/t. I guess where I am going with this post is....... any idea what is going to happen when I stop taking the hydrocodone soon? I think I haven't really had too bad of withdrawal symptoms from tramadol because of the hydro's. I am quite surprised that I have absolutely no desire to abuse the hydro's. I am not craving the feeling that makes me abuse these drugs right now. I don't know if it is because I have absolutely nothing to do so I don't care if I feel crappy or not. I don't need the energy boost I get from tramadol either. As you can tell, my thoughts are all over the place. I guess my question is..... should I pick up on some regimen of tramadol tapering when I am done with the hydro? I have about 40 more hydro pills left and no more access after those are gone. However, I do still have many tramadols. Any input, comments and/or suggestions are GREATLY appreciated.
As a side note, I have only been on this site a couple of weeks but the support has been tremendous. It is very helpful to talk things through with others that have been and are battling the same issues. I am thankful for the support:)
I dont know what you should do that is a tricky question. I mean the tramadol is not supposed to be as strong of a narcotic as Narco but I also heard that it is harder to get off tramadol then Narco. Lets wait and see what the others say I would like to know the answer to this question also.
The only reason I am taking Hydro is for post-op discomfort, not to get off tramadol although I was hoping it might help. My hope was that since I have not had any tramadol in a couple days, maybe I wouldn't need it and the withdrawal symptoms from previous tramadol use would be few to none. Thanks for the encouragement.
I am planning to go the route you suggest by seeing how I feel after stopping the Hydro's. I am hoping that the tramadol w/d symptoms will be gone by then:) Somehow I think that is wishful thinking. I have heard that w/d is worse from tramadol than hydro but I guess it depends on the person. I am encouraged however that I have not wanted to abuse the hydro or take any tramadol since Monday. If my tramadol w/d symptoms are gone when I stop hydro, I will do everything in my power to never touch a tramadol tablet again. If I follow the Thomas receipe, do you think I should start now?? Maybe that will help. Thanks for your support:)
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