Okay. It's the Tramadol. You're tapering your dose too quickly so cut back in smaller amounts over a longer period of time. For now, stay where you are until you feel better.
For that skin crawling feeling do this:
Get some Hylands Restfull Legs at Walmart/Walgreens. Take a combo cal/mag/potassium supplement twice a day. Buy some Epsom salts and poor that into a hot bath several times a day and soak. Your body will absorb the magnesium in the salts and you'll feel MUCH better!
These things work well for most and I hope they work for you! Let us know...
My own personal experience with benzo withdrawal is that cold turkey is not a viable option. I tried this and I was as sick as I've ever been in my life, not only physically but mentally. For some people, benzo withdrawal can be problematic even on a reasonably slow taper, much depends on the person, dose and how long they've been on it.
I think for most people though, if you work with a doctor and taper over a period of months, you shouldn't expect many problems and in many cases, you can remain symptom free. Just like some people are very sensative to certain drugs or foods, there are some people who simply don't tolerate tapers very well and will have symptoms. The only real danger is going cold turkey or taking huge dose cuts, say from 4 mg a day (xanax) to 1 or 2 mg a day over a short period of time.
I had benzo withdraws one time when the pharm and doctor could get on the same page. During those couple days, I had weird body aches, stomach cramps and I felt dizzy. I really wish I had never gotten involved with benzos. since early June i have been tapering. Not overly successful. But no big physical problems. I would like to keep hearing about your progress. You seem very strong. I wish for you more then anything to be free of this.
Hello! On day 15 of benzo withdrawal and have tapered from 250mg/day tramadol to 175mg/day over 1 week which has been more painful than benzo detox. Glad I was given all the info I was given from all of you. Still have a way to go with the trams but now I know I will get there. Weaning slowly, don't want to tip my bi-polar any more than I already have. Am I tapering too slow? Just don't think I can tolerate any quicker taper. What do you think?
I think you have to do the taper that is best for you. Everyone is different and if this is working for you then go for it. the fact that you are sticking to it is wonderful. Keep up the good work and stay strong!!
Actually, I think your taper is way too fast. Cutting your dose in half is too much. That's why you feel awful.
Only drop by small amounts and wait a while between drops. I think that would work better for you. Take it slow; there's no need to be in a hurry. The whole point of a taper is to feel comfortable during the detox process. But, it has to be slow...
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