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Tramadol

Early August I was taking 15 Tramadols per day, had been for several years.  Sometimes I was taking upwards of 20 in a day.  I was kinda wanting to quit, kicking the idea around.  During the next few weeks, I dropped to 13 pills per day.  And 13 Sep 2008 is when I joined this Forum, I was at 13 pills per day then.  Now exactly 4 weeks later, I'm at 7 pills per day.  Still got a ways to go!  But I am Happy with myself, I think I've done pretty well up to this point.  I am nervous of what's to come for me in the next 48 hours though.  I know the withdrawal symptoms are coming for me.  I can't wait till Monday, I'm sure I should be level on 7 per day by then, I just have to resist taking over 7 today and tomorrow.  Which is kinda hard of course.  I have not exactly been getting any real enjoyment from Tramadol in the last four (4) weeks at all.  Which is good, I'm letting go!  I'm just trying to stay motivated, for I am doing this all by myself.  This Forum is actually my only Support Group.  None of my friends or co-workers even know about my addiction problem.  And I have my mom, but she is also an addict, and she don't even want to quit.  But I have dropped her to 8 per day.  I was going to have her come with me to 7, but she just aint ready and she said she don't want her weekend ruined.  And dropping from 8 to 7 would ruin it for sure!  Well mine is ruined!  I don't care though.  I'm wanting to break Free from Tramadol so bad, I'm just eating, and taking all the Pains that come my way.  Just Taking it!!  I admit, I feel my motivation slowing down.  Every pill I drop, of course, gets so much harder than the last.  But, Still on track!  At 7 per day now!  And I will not Fail!  I will be Clean and Free again!!!  I hate being a slave to a drug!  Literally a Slave!!    Just wish me luck guys, I'm gonna need it the next 48 Hours!  Got my Aleve right here though, for my Massive Headaches, I get dropping down in doses.
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GREAT for you!!!! Keep it up...you sound like a very strong-willed person, and I know you will succeed at this!! I think it's fantastic that you are getting off the Tramadol. My brother committed suicide, and yes, it was due to Tramadol. PLEASE just hang in there, and don't go back....you can do it!!!! Be strong, and be safe! This drug is not worth taking, and will ruin your life if you continue to take it. The dosage you were initially taking was wayyyy to high! My brother was at about 30 pills a day...so dangerous! Good luck....you can do it!
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Thanks.  I appreciate your concern and support.  I am Hanging in there.  Oh, and 7 per day is way too much!  And that's where I am.  sigh.  But at least I'm working on it.
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Hang in there, bro, I know you can do it. Good work.
Bob
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Good luck, hang in there.

I do not know why people take this garbage, it astounds me.  I mean, if you are gonna do the time, so to speak (i.e. go through wd), then do the crime properly, that is to say, take an opioid that is at least highly recreational.  

In any event, hope things work for ya.

Ray
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of course i wish you all the luck !!!, and i know you can stay in 7 following your plan. I can see you are very serious with it and determined so, do not feel down, you're doing all right , ok,pan ?

i was wondering how were you doing cause i know how important for you is this place and i haven't seen you for the last days, now i see you're all right and on track, good!!
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Thanks again everyone.  So far everything is going great.  Not even a headache so far.  But yea, I'm still on track.  7 per day now, I am feeling good about that.  Next Saturday, 6.  I don't care what happens, I'm going to 6 next Saturday.  I already can't wait.  It is exciting being at 7 per day now.  I have a Lot further to go yet though.  And all the hard part is still to come too.  So far it's been mainly mental.  The withdrawals I've been having while doing my taper have been Mild, thank god for that.  Staying Focused though!
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I think I get ya, if you are going to do the crime (take the pills), be prepared to do the time (go through the withdrawals).  Agreed!  What goes up, Must indeed come down.  And the coming down part is never too fun for some reason.  I'm doing the best I can to do my time like a man.  Thanks for the good wishes.
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Everything went fine yesterday at 7.  Not a single withdrawal symptom, which is wierd.  But I'm locked in at 7 per day, for a week anyways.  Saturday, I go to 6 per day!  Wow, I'm starting to get close to quitting.  7 won't be a problem for the rest of this week, I feel as if I'm already leveled.  Tramadol withdrawals are far from predictable, that's for sure.  From 9 to 8, I had some mild withdrawals, but dropping from 8 to 7, I get No Withdrawals!  Just wierd, but I'm not complaining, that's for sure.  Thank You everyone here for all your support!  I appreciate it very much.  Call me crazy, but it almost seems like the great energy I got from people here at the Forum, kept me from having withdrawal symptoms.  (well the thought crossed my mind, I dunno why, maybe it's silly)  I just can't make heads or tails of it.  Maybe it's because 7 is my favorite number.  Who knows, but I'll take it.  WoooHooo, no withdrawals !  I'm not going to test my luck and drop another pill this weekend though.  I'm going to stick to my plan, and Saturday I'll drop to 6.  I'm already saving like $160.00 a month in pills, compared to when I was taking 15 per day.  Still spending about $200 a month though, my mom takes 4 from me per day.  They are .60 cents per pill, at my cost.  Spending $360.00 a month was killing me.  Well things are getting better for me.
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Stay focused and stick to your plan - you will succeed!!

For me tramadol (tramacet) saved me from a bad oxycontin dependency.  When I took my first Tram I never took another oxy.

Then, after 21 days of Tram (8-10/day) I quit cold turkey.  I am now ten days clean.  Still have bad W/D but I'm hang'n in.
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Just wanted to say congrats on ur accomplishment!!!
I've kicked them before @ about 15/day habit along w hydos percs ect....
That was then this is now, unfortunately I'm back @ sqaure 1 since I no longer have a baby in my belly!!!
Anyhow you are doin GREAT. It takes such control and motivation to taper like ur doin. Keep it up!! If it gets to be to much I'd just drop um all together once ur @ a low enough dose. A lot of info on this forum about seizure risk from CT. In my research I have only saw this w/ taking the drug(lowers seizure threshold) esp in high single doses...
And I can't resist a comment to ....Daystorm Ray, If you only knew. Tramadol is one of the most misunderstood drugs around by MD's and addicts alike. The first time ya take it it's like tylenol then you find ur dose and it provides the high like any opiate I have ever taken. I have RX's for 10 mg hydro and prefer tram anyday.So nice comment in the support but watch talkin about a drug that u don't understand.
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WOW, I evny u Pan..your my inspiaration.  I am getting ready to drop another pill and I find that extra strength tylenol worked wonders  for my last headache...and am thinking the headaches are caused by the tram anyway..my bodies way of begging for tram I guess.  .  I also agree w/ wanna waen about Daystorm comment...Tramadol is highly misunderstood and uniformed ppl tend to think it is just like aspisrin and we are fiull of it unless u have experienced it u probably wouldn't understand but I can take a ton of hydro and/or oxy and the feeling never comes close to what I feel on half the amount of tramadol and it last way longer.  So don't knock it if u haven't experienced it.
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