Tramadol and rebound headaches

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i think they may be what if referred to as rebound headaches. i had them very bad and only found relief from feverfew. that is an herb, but you can buy it at cvs or most drugstores. i grow herbs and so eat mine off the vine. taste is bitter but it works. it can be steeped as a tea. since all drugs began as plants, why not go to the source. no pain reliever i tried could rid me of those specific headaches, not even opiate based ones. it's just a suggestion from an old witch, me. lol.
I have tried to cut down, and I get terrible headaches, cramps, aches, vomiting, unbearable fatigue and depression. I want to stop taking it because it doesn't help my headaches much, and I don't want to need a pill to feel normal. 1. Is it really worth tapering, or am I just prolonging my misery? I tried cutting down to 6 a day and felt terrible. Would I be better off going cold turkey?? And how long will I feel like dying if I do? 2.
So why would a physician prescribe tramadol to try to get off the vicodin? I have cluster headaches since the surgery and now I think it will be twice as hard to try to discontinue either of those. Looking for some input.
My husband got sick and I had to do more and had even more pain and was gives the morphine sulfate and was ok for awhile, but I think I just have to accept this is cp and mixing drugs is not fun. I was an exercise nut my whole life and hurt myself but I think the tramadol is playing with my emotions, I have never been this unhappy. Yes, I do have lots to be down about but I think it's time to stop. I stopped the morphine easy and restarted it but the tramadol I heard is much harder.
but from the research I did). Tramadol is a nasty and awful drug in my opinion. I quit cold turkey almost 9 months ago. They say the best way to stop is to taper off although I didn't know that when I quit. So if at all possible, try to slowly wean yourself off by reducing the amount you take every week. This however requires a LOT of discipline and if it's possible to have someone you trust dole out your reduced does, that is the best way to go.
The reason I was wondering is because some hydro's have lots of tylenol in them and as for myself personally when I take any kinda drugs with tylenol I get headaches and lot's of strange creepy stuff. I hope you make it because if I make it we can rejoice together...hang in their my friend...
Thanks. I am looking for knowledge on this. I am almost off of the trams and depressed as can be. I know there is a huge thread on someone's page. I read some of it. I think sucess stories is a great idea. Yes, it's good to be informed but some people have different reactions and thresholds. I would love to speak to someone about coming off trams and don't wan't to hear"go to so and so's page".
I asked my doc's NP (as they wouldn't schedule me w/him) about getting off the fioricet as I know apap can cause rebound headaches. She immediately jumped into serious questions that made me feel like I was taking my meds wrong. She said she must "discuss" with my doc. She called me & says "he wants to wean you off the meds, specifically ultram" so I have an appt with him a week from today.
I went ahead and got the Tramadol and tried it today and it's a definite NO for me! It just made my headache worse and instead of just back of head pain it was all over... Made my tongue feel fat, slurred words and just made me feel worse period! So guess I'll be making an appt to see about switching me to topamax! Hope he does!
So, a couple weeks ago I called my md about coming off (at least drastically lowering) my fioricet dose (also for migraines) because I felt the Tylenol was causing rebound headaches. I had been on tram pre-preg and had more pain control where I could take less fioricet with a little higher of a dose. Well, my appt was made with a NP-- and suddenly she turns the table & treats me as a drug seeker/addict, ect. Aka:rude, uncaring!
My issue was that I got used to taking the max dose, always being refilled no problem and that amount if APAP causes rebound headaches. As for tramadol, what's great is that my doc is very understanding, not wanting to make this more stressful that needed. It's the staff, his NPs that make it stressful. I am frustrated because like you said, with each drop I'm gonna feel w/d symptoms and I keep thinking "if I would've just c/t a week ago I'd be done by now".
It's amazing that you no longer have migraines since a pain pill like Fioricet every day leads to rebound headaches. My first neurologist was an idiot who prescribed me Lorcet (an opiate) and Tramadol 24/7 continuously to treat my severe migraines for 8 months until I saw another neurologist who offered other treatments. I don't know how long you have been on the narcotic, but you will definately need some medical advice to wean off the Fioricet when you do. Don't just stop it.
The usually side effects with most meds including tramadol include nausea, vomiting or stomach distress. This and most other pain meds may also cause constipation, headache, drowsiness, anxiety, irritability, dry mouth, or increased sweating. Also more rare side effect may include mental confusion, disorientation, seizures, tingling of the hands or feet and trouble breathing. If you notice any of the rare side effects you should notify your physician or pharmacist.
If your headache has been constant since 2008, and you are on multiple medications, which it sounds like you are, one of the most common causes of headaches in people with chronic headaches is called medication rebound or medication overuse headache. This would not be the initial cause of your headache, but what is perpetuating your headache and making it worse.
I am becoming somewhat frustrated with the way a lot of my colleagues practice medicine. Disenchanted, angry would be the other words that could be used. We all get ostensibly that same training and all of us are supposedly in it to help our patients. So, how come have I been getting so many letters lately on my addiction forum from desperate people unable to quit taking the tramadol pills that their own kind doctors have so freely prescribed for them?
I have been on Fioricet and well due to its addictive qualities I'd much rather get off because working nights again and having an almost 2 year old now I find myself using them more often and I am starting to get rebound headaches from trying to cut it out. I have been making sure I am eating healthier and trying to have at least one cup of caffeine because I know they help my headaches. I am trying to find a something that is not habit forming and Tylenol does not suffice.
Xanex can be a good muscle relaxer but it also has all sorts of risks involved (addiction, rebound headaches)...I used it as an anxiety med/muscle relaxer and it was OK but can become quickly addictive and can be dangerous to stop if you take it regularly. I preferred lorazepam though, which is in the same family (they're both benzos, all of which are primarily anxiety medications but are sometimes off-labeled as muscle relaxers...
I experienced reallly bad pain in my upper arms after I quit tramadol but it did subside a lot with time. Rebound pain maybe? And now the OTC stuff works great for my pain. Have you tried motrin or aleve? Congrats for quitting!
Recently, (about a year ago) I was prescribed Tramadol for my headaches. In the beginning the Tramadol was very helpful, but I started seeing an increase in headaces. At any rate, it became a very viscous cycle to where I was taking more and more Tramadol every day. I was taking anywhere from 6-8 50mg pill a day. I decided that I didn't want to do that anymore and began to wean myself off of the medication. I did come off of the medication rather quickly, but was very sick because of it.
Be careful that u r not getting rebound headaches. Cant take ibuprofen or aspirin or acetomeophen every day or wammo.. you get headahce cuz u need the stuff! AS it wears off. I put ice bag on my head a lot, it helps deaden pain. MAssage helps, (if you got someone to giv e you one!), progressive relaxation helps.. Kava Kava really induces sleep but u got to tke a lot more than on the label. I use about 55 or 60 drops of the liquid. Someons else was asking about it but i forgot who...
It sounds like you have tried everything though. I know you are right on the rebound headaches. I only took the tramadol a couple times this weekend and hope to not take any tomorrow. I actually don't like how they make you feel. First one was great and took away the headache then after that it put me on edge and I couldn't sleep at night. Was not a good feeling but it was much better than the headache. Will let you know how Thursday goes with the scans.
I am starting by tapering to 3 tabs fioricet this week, then to 2 and 1 as quickly as I can. I don't feel withdrawal from that so far, other than rebound headaches from either the Tylenol in it or possibly the caffeine component. Then as soon asi can do that I'm going to start the tramadol taper as he suggested. I am not going to get down on myself if it takes longer than I want it to. He doesn't seem to believe I "need" to do this quickly.
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Have seen several people have seizures when TAKING tramadol. AND, every tramadol related seizure I saw did not seem related to how high a dose the person was taking; RATHER was in instances where someone markedly INCREASED their dose. I think the confusion is in that seizures are common when withdrawing from sedatives (alcohol, barbiturates, benzodiazapines etc). Rare in opiate withdrawal.
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I did know about the rebound headaches before I even to a doctor, Ive done lots and lots of research. Most the time I just don't take anything because I know nothing works anyway. The doctor put me on this predizone burst, so I had to take it for 7 days, and that was awful, the perscription made me just feel awful and then he gave me a preventative migrane prescription which has also been a waste. I just read about those injections yesterday but I don't much about them.
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