Hi! You will feel better in about a month for the lingering stuff. The worst will be over in a week or ten days. Insomnia and low energy last the longest. Talk to your doc about an anti depressant. I did, and it really helped. I was on about 15 a day, and I felt like I would die during WD, but I didn't. That was over 8 months ago!
You can do it! Keep posting. It really helps!
First let me say I completely agree with you that this particular pill is the devil! I think whomever developed it should be made to take it then forced to WD from it themselves. It is an evil evil pill. I am currently 98 days clean from Tramadol. One thing I recommend is to check out another member's journal on here named Emily. It cronicles her battle with Tramadol and also has a ton of other members either trying to come clean or that have gotten clean from Tram. Here is the link : http://www.medhelp.org/user_journals/show/233589/Tramadol--Ultram-Recovery-Room-Part-38
If at all possible it would be best to see your Dr. and develop a taper plan with him to slowly wean you off. There is a small risk of seizures going CT from Tram but the risk of seizure is far greater from taking it at the amounts you were. Tramadol is so nasty to WD from because of not only it synthetic opiate but because is also contains an antidepressant. If you are able to see a Dr and include their help they could possibly precribe you an antidepressant to help with the depression and anxiety that usally comes with WDing from Tram. In my case I did a short 4 day taper then jumped off CT because that was my only option. What helped me the most through the worst of the WDs was drinking a lot of fluids. Mainly water, gatorade and some weak tea. Try to stay away from anything caffinated because caffine is a diuretic. Immondium AD for the tummy troubles. A good quality multi-vitamin and a B complex. A calium, magnessium, zinc combo vitamin, Hyland's Leg Cramps for the RLS. I also took 5htp for the anxiety and irritablity the first couple of weeks but you shouldn't take it if you are an antidepressant. After a couple of weeks I switched to St John's Wort and still take it now and it helped a TON with the depression. I have took Zoloft in the past for depression problems and the St. John's works just as well for me. You have to be a little more patient coming off of Tram than other opiates because it does take longer but by day 5 I was starting to feel human again. I was able to take my kids school clothes shopping by day 7. Granted I was wiped out by the time I got home but I did it! Be sure and get outside and get some sunshine and fresh air several times a day. You may think its no big deal but it truly helps. Be prepared for little to no sleep the first 5 days. But it does gradually come back. Melatonin helped me more than anything else with sleep. A little over 3 months clean now and I sleep 6-8 hrs a night. I still have some problems with RLS and take Hyland's for it but then again I had problems with it before Tram. I have Rhuematiod Arthritis and Fibromyalsia and its common to have RLS with those conditions. Didn't intend to turn this into a book but I hope some of it is helpful and be sure to check out that link. It is possible to be free of Tramaol. There is a bunch of us on here that have done it. It may not be easy but it is definately worth the battle. I am here and loving life again! Take care and keep posting.
Hey tramahater I just wanted to let you know that in the beginning you were a true insipration for me. Thank you for all you do and the encouragement you give people to be free from this evil drug. And WTG on being over 8 months Free!
Thank you so much for the encourgament. I am currently taking Lexapro 10mg and have been before the tramadol was prescribed. What I need is reasurance. I took only 8 today and that is going to be what I taper down to for a while. I went from 18-20 just 3 days ago. I took 15 on Sunday and now 8 today. 8 is where I am staying. I can't control the crying and the anxious feeling. You say that it might get better by day 5, which is Friday?? God I hope so. I can't take this. Thankfully, I have a great wife who is helping me. If you can, please respond right away. I need to talk to someone who has been through this. My doc didn't call me back today. I am sure he is made, because he was the one prescribing me the 6 a day. Like I said I am going to take 8 for a while, so I am not going cold turkey. But thank you for your notes and letters. You are a God send.
I guess I was referring to after you completely stop. As long as you are tapering then it takes a few days to adjust to the lower dose. You have done a BIG reduction. Be gentle with it. You don't have to do this overnight! The important thing is to have support and help. I couldnt have done it without help!
Ladylisa thank you sweetie, and big Congrats and hugs on your clean time too!
I almost forgot. Talk to your doc about the lexapro and tram together. You could get really Ill from too much seratonin.