Troubles with Tramadol (Ultram) addiction
I have had surgery 1/13/2011 for T9-10 herniation (endoscopic discectomy) done in NYU Med Ctr by a good surgeon. After the surgery I needed vicodin and dilaudid for a while. Then I "weaned" to tramadol thinking it was a benign drug to use (I am an RN and very leary of being on narcotics so long). HOWEVER, I did not realize that I was subjecting myself to possibly a worse addiction! Has anyone else had difficulty weaning from tramadol? What happened?
I was put on 50mg tabs 2 every 6 hrs (400mg/day). I've used 3 or 4 doses /day at least. Now that I am trying to get off, I find myself addicted. The other day I didn't need the pain med all day until bedtime. By that time, I was irritable, had chills, flu-like muscle pains (akin to fibromyalgia pain), restless legs, and itching!!! I was a mess! I couldn't get warm despite hot packs all around.
Last night I couldn't sleep and was so itchy, that even benedryl 50mg and creams couldn't calm down for quite a while. My arms are raw from scratching. Sounds like an allergic reaction but I've been on this med for several months. I think my body was reacting to me coming OFF the med!
Also, over the weekend I was extremely short of breath. I was trying to do work around the house at the time. I am a fit 140# 50's woman. Prior to my car accident (injuring 6 discs) I could work out.
I am SO curious if any of you have had any difficulties like this with being on tramadol or getting off of it, what your symptoms were like, and what did you do or are you doing about it...... I have decided personally to wean very slowly off this poison. The other night ago was a taste of detox and I'm not interested in that! I've read about this on the internet and it is FRIGHTENING to say the least. I am pretty sure I'm not crazy : )