Tramadol and driving

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tramadol was my DOC also. i took tramadol for several years and lots of it. you maybe over the worst of it. the 'mental' stuff can be ruff. life does get better. hang in there, stay strong.
Had to go to my doctor yesterday due to a recurring headache. First time I've had a chance to tell him I've been off of Tramadol for nearly 3 months (he wanted to put me on them again for my headaches)..I told him "no" and why and he repeated the mantra that tramadol is not addictive. "perhaps not when used as directed, but I can tell you case after case of people i know who have become addicted to it and go through worse withdrawls than many other opiates.
I took way too much tram a few times, and I had grand mal seizures...one while driving! I don't want to see you get super sick or die, ok? Please let us help you here. You must know how many well meaning people are on this site as long as you have been a member. You could take the same amount of pills tomorrow as you did today and die! The reason for that is that tram has a SUPER long half life! Please come back! I want you to see a doctor though. We will help you here!!! Promise!
Fast forward two years -- I have had 4 seizures and come very close to dying -- all because of the tramadol. The last seizure was a few weeks ago and I was driving. I flew off the road (thank goodness I didnt hit any other people or cars), but i did get a bunch of rocks stuck up in the undercarriage of my car and flattened all 4 of my tires. The insurance stepped in and declared my vehicle a total loss so I had to go out and buy a new car.
I was given Tramadol and told to take 8 a day and found out yesterdy from my doctor that these are addictive. I am so thankful that I have only been taking these for two weeks. I stopped taking them now for 24 hours but have experienced flu like symptons, sweats and just very werid sensations all day, I don't know how long this will last for? I have read everyone elses exp and I feel so sorry for other people who have been through much worse exp than me.
Now I can try to break away from this tramadol (ultram) I have a full bottle of vicodin and a bottle of valium ... and a very strong survival instinct. Every morning I just hate having to take these 2 1/2 pills to start my day. Today I cut it to 2 1/8 of a pill .... and I felt the difference by nightfall. Tommorrow I watch the kid while they are packing .... and then it begins.
Switching over to Vicodin from Tramadol and tapering off the Vicodin seems to be working, and I am getting some sleep. I'm down to 9 Vicodin today. Monday I'll go down to 7 a day, and right now the Anxiety isn't so bad. By the end of the week I should be off all Vicodin, and on the road to getting my life back. MadTram, you've been through alot, and I'm sorry to hear of your suffering with this same horrible Sleep Anxiety. The CBT has been helping me over the past few days.
Then I went to a phycologist and talked to her about my eating dissorder and then told her about the tramadol and how it helpped me to curb my hunger. She said that she couldnt help me and that I need to contact a rehab center but it was so hard for me to get up enough nerve just to tell her. No one can help me. Im not the typical addict you know. Im well educated Im married with a small child and we are living in upper class america the big house and everything.
He says continualy no one loves him, everyone is kicking him when he is down, doesn't like our chruch (50 people showed up at his surprise bd party last month) and so forth....driving me friggin crazy....(well maybe I was a little crazy to beging with lol) but seriously I'm calling his doctor tom. and telling him what's going on. I know he is in constant pain but dang, there has to be something better than this. Darn that felt good venting lol thanks I needed that...
i have been clean from tramadol for 10 days now,but am having terrible 'irritable legs' at night when i try to sleep...it's driving me nuts,i have to keep getting up in the night and walking about' when i finally dose off it is not a restful sleep.my doc gave me 5 sleeping pills,which sort of worked,but they have been gone for over a week and i really don't want to get into pills again.
How long does Tramadol withdrawals last? CT after 2 years and 15 pills a day. Day 3 and deathly ill.
Hi~ You don't need to go to rehab. You're in withdrawal. It's recommended that tram be tapered. Some have gone cold turkey. It's your call. It would be good to call your doctor so he/she knows what's going on. There are meds that will help with those withdrawals;like clonodine which is a B/P med. Generally,it's more comfortable with this drug to taper off. So,if you have some try to do that but still call the doctor in the morning. Drink A LOT of water. Drink apple or orange juice.
I think there is a disconnect between the protocols of pain medication observed by doctors and the patients the meds are prescribed for. I have had tramadol, for arthritic pain in my hands, and I just now looked at the bottle. It says "one 50mg tablet every 6 hours for pain.
I really mean functional) days a week while I abused Tramadol and the other day I would take a maintenance dose to stave off the withdrawals. Half the problem with this drug is that it includes chemicals which act on the same brain receptors as an anti-depressant. I started a very small dose of Paroxetine (12.5mg) a month before I'm now at 50mg or even no opiates in a day.
I am scared to get off completely because I have tried before and feel completely like crap and fatigued beyond belief. Nobody knows about my Tramadol addiction and I want to detox without any of my family knowing, without it affecting my everyday life. Is there anybody out there that has detoxed from Tramadol successfully and if so, what advise do you have to make this as painless as possible. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
She had her second seizure three days ago and was put on some type of seizure meds and quit tramadol cold turkey. She now hasnt slept for 2 and a half days in addition to her other symptoms. The Dr. prescribed her a sleeping pill tonight but she still cant sleep. I dont know what else to do. How long can she go without sleep before i take her to the er Please help me....
some Family med Docs may not be aware of the dangers yet but I would be willing to bet most, if not all, ER's have seen Tramadol Overdoses and Tramadol related issues. Obviously, some people have jumped off c/t at high doses like you and ended up ok, but Im just telling yiou from MY experience (and I was on a little less than you) It was pure hell! I relapsed a week later back on Norcos because I couldnt take the withdrawls anymore.
I could not taper, because my mind would not shut up until I went up and took 4 more tramadol. (damnitol). I duct taped the bottle and gave it to my wife, and told her not to open it unless I was having a seizure. Within 2 days of crying and pure hell, I felt emboldened and my mind come out of that cage. I was on fire! That 3 day period was right up there with boot camp at Paris island, which I made it through.
So I'm hooked on tramadol, without which I can't really walk with my back and the detox is hell, and living in a country where I can get them cheaply, without a prescription, at about 50 locations within a 5 minute walk to my house. Good news: they do have AA here! Bad news: NOT IN INGLES, and my lazy butt hasn't learned Spanish yet. I've tried quitting cold turkey a few times and haven't made in more than 2-3 days. I'm still not drinkin though.
org/user_journals/list/544292 There are literally hundreds, probably Thousands of posts from people quitting tramadol both c/t and tapering, what they did to help Symptoms and so on.
My depth perception was so off when I was driving just a few minutes ago, and i usually don't have issues driving at night. My head has been pounding all day and my back is radiating pain from the middle area up to my neck. Sometimes I see flashes of light if the lighting changes, and I feel like my brain is in an enormous fog. Is this from the taper? Does it sound normal? I'm concerned and it makes me more nervous to completely stop the meds. Any help is appreciated.
I don't have much advice for you-- tramadol withdrawal is quite severe for some people, and very mild for others. You will likely have both opiate withdrawal symptoms and also 'ssri withdrawal' symptoms; the way to avoid them would be a slow taper, but if that is not possible I don't have much to offer. Like my prior posts today, I suspect your time using tramadol is not over--- if you end up back on it again, consider definitive treatment, nurse or no nurse.
I took the ambien, the klonopin and I took .1 mg of clonidine. and my legs were driving me absolutley insane, up all night in pain. My question is, can I take a higher dose of the .1mg clonidine to help with this for the next few nights until it subsides or is this drug too dangerous to increase the dose. I had by blood pressure checked yesterday and it said it was normal. But I would really not like for my heart to stop beating ya know. Anyone have any experience with this?
How great to see a tracker for you - YAY 1 day! That's so great! And tramadol was my DOC for a really long time (6/7 years) and it took about a week for me to get past the physical stuff (maybe 10 days) which isn't the average - you're right about the 4 days being an average. Hang in there - life is SO much better without trams. You'll see! Very very proud of you!
He had been going to see a specialist. He now is ordering tramadol online and is taking at least 8 50mg tables a day. He complains of constipation and night sweats. He is always sweating. He becomes aggitated very easily. Can you please give me a list of signs of dependency? He is currently spending 200-300 dollars a month on these tablets.
I don't know about the laws in Georgia.I do know,from reading here,that tramadol is very addicting and it's a rough w/d,more so then most opiates.Stick around and read some posts about tramadol.Whether the law changes or not in your area,you just might want to think about stopping now before you get in any deeper.Best of luck to you...
A burned my leg badly on a motorcycle in 2006 and since then I've been off and on with Tramadol. I used it for the pain from the burn. Then I used the Tramadol for menstrual cramps, that was my excuse. Now I am taking them every day. It's like I need them, they not only do they relieve aches and pains they seem to elevate my mood too. I am so much more patient with my kids when I'm taking them, I have less appetite and seem to be just more mellow.
didnt help much with the pain but it did give me a seizure, and while i was driving!
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