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Tramadol withdrawal Day 3...will it ever end??

Discussion in 'Prescription Drugs' started by KL1475, Mar 2, 2019.

  1. KL1475

    KL1475 Member

    I have been on high doses of tramadol for years (I have major depression, was in an accident and have bad arthritis and it's the only thing that made me feel better). I was on 800mg/day for over a year, then tapered down successfully to 500mg then 4oomg for a year and then the last 3 months tried to taper off and got down to 100 in morning and 100 in evening before I ran out of pills. I had been getting them in Mexico and I haven't been down since running out and have nothing at home to run to. I did have some cough syrup with codeine that I lost...maybe one dose. I can't find it and it's taking everything I have not to ransack my house looking for it because I know it's here. I took my last dose on 2/27 Wed so Wed night, Thurs and Fri was HELL! Haven't slept a wink and the restless legs are the WORST! Now I'm having cramps, irritability and cold sweats. I'm a single mom with 3 teenagers and I rescue kittens that need to be fed every 3 hrs. I don't want to tell anyone because I went through withdrawal 11 years ago and I don't want to hear the disappointment. I can't go back on it, I just want to get clean and healthy. My depression came back in October and it's like the perfect storm hitting on all fronts right now. I have been unemployed but found a temporary part time job online that pays good. I'm afraid I'll lose it because I can't sit still to work on the computer! How much longer is it going to be unbearable like this? I don't know if I can do it....part of me just wants to rip my skin off and the other part wants to run back down to Mexico. But I DO NOT want to go through this all over again so my choice is to get more and avoid the withdrawal for the rest of my life or just keep continuing with the detox because I already have 3 days under my belt. These symptoms are hell and I don't know how much longer I can manage. I'm scared.
  2. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @KL1475 hello and welcome. sorry you're struggling so much. it's tough to know how much longer, but yeah, you don't want to start over... so don't go to mexico ;) can you maybe work with your doctor about this? rather than have to go cold turkey, he/she may be able to help you with taper plan or something. not easy to go it alone for sure.

    3 days... this is the peak stage then i'm guessing. i don't know enough about this topic to give solid advice... i'm sure you want off for good.... that's what i'm hoping for you!!

    stay in touch here. we are here and do care.... are you able to just curl up in the bed tonight? just take care of you like that?
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  3. KL1475

    KL1475 Member

    Thanks for the reply, I am not seeing a Dr right now and I'd have to find one and make an appointment so by the time I got in to see one, it would be weeks (I can only get medi-cal and appointment wait times are very long). I wish more than anything I could curl up but the restlessness is driving me insane. I have been marching and stomping back and forth in my kitchen for 3 days straight. I felt some relief yesterday and thought I was over the worst of it but then it came back the second I sat down :( I can't sleep because I can't sit still. I can handle just about any aspect of withdrawals but the restlessness and no sleep. So hard to stay the course.
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  4. DoxyMom

    DoxyMom Senior Contributor

    @KL1475 you should be seeing the restless leg thing easing up by now. Usually it lasts 3-4 days. The worst symptoms take about 7 days, but it can take months until you feel normal. I would still try to make a Dr appt. Or an appointment with an addiction specialist as you will not have dealt with the cravings. I stopped for a week and since I still didn't feel better and needed to work, back I went to taking the opiates. First it was pills then when they got too expensive I changed to snorting Heroin. I'm not saying that will happen, but it can.
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  5. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @KL1475 it does sound horrible, but you are doing it! it sucks, but you're getting through.... and knowing that you must go through to get free.... might help a tad bit.

    i hope you have a better day today.
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  6. KL1475

    KL1475 Member

    Half way through day 4 and I still have restless legs as I sit here trying to get some work done. I'm getting some sleep, about 2 hrs last night which is better than what I'd been getting. I have seen my therapist but didn't tell her about the pills. I am a single mom and I just am way too afraid CPS could come take my kids. I don't think I'm brave enough to tell anyone who could report me. If I lost them, I wouldn't last 5 min. I've been down in the dumps for 18 years between a terrible marriage and then 10 yrs of depression and pill abuse. I'm done. I have no way of getting any more because I'm broke and I'm already flagged at all the local hospitals so no one will give me anymore. I'm not into finding anything any other way because of my kids. I'm past the point of no return, I have to keep going at this point. I've started antidepressants again so hoping it will keep me from falling to deep. I just physically feel like I can't take anymore.
  7. KL1475

    KL1475 Member

    Thanks for the encouragement. I think I can make it to 7 days. I don't even have feeling normal on my radar. I haven't felt normal in 40+ years. I wouldn't even know what that is. Constant depression is all I know. Even with antidepressants. But I've learned to function around it even when I wasn't on pills. I just want to be able to sleep and sit still at this point. Nausea, cramps, headaches...no other symptoms bother me because there's OTC meds to help. If I thought the restless legs would last another few weeks, I'd go back on the pills. I don't think I could last.
  8. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @KL1475 i'm so sorry you've been struggling so long... on every level. depression is something... the body pressing in on itself...must be heavy. i'm sure you have tried therapy in the past? they prescribed anti-dep meds... hmmm. i woulnd't give up on trying to treat it. maybe try something new... new dr. new therapist. new healing modality....

    for now, i pray that you can get through this detox fast.

    how'd you get through last night? how are you this morning?
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  9. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    @KL1475... Welcome to the community and thank you for sharing with us. I'm sorry to hear about what you've been going through, but I'm glad you found us and reached out. I'm also happy to see that you've gotten some great insight and advice from @Dominica and @DoxyMom. They are both wonderful, helpful humans.

    I think the best thing for you would be to see an addiction specialist, but I don't know if that's an option under your insurance. Definitely look into it, though. I also think you should either tell your therapist about your struggles with Tramadol; or find a therapist that specializes in helping people who suffer from addiction and tell them. Therapy is great, but it can only work if you put everything on the table (IMO). I'm not 100% certain, but I don't think a therapist can report you to CPS for having addiction issues.

    You have to do whatever it takes to get over your addiction and withdrawals. I would even suggest that you consider telling your family what's been going on. I know you don't want them to be disappointed, but family can be the best source of support. It's very likely that they will be supportive and helpful, even if they might be disappointed initially (again, just my opinion).

    We're here to help, support, and listen. You can come here anytime and lean on us. In the meantime, I'm sending you positive, healing vibes, and tons of encouragement and hope. Hang in there. And let us know how you're doing.
  10. KL1475

    KL1475 Member

    I appreciate all the support I'm getting here. It's my main outlet right now. Currently I am not in contact with my family except my ex husband and I don't know if telling him is the best idea. I'm in therapy for depression and back on anti depressant medication. Emotionally I feel better than I have in years. It's physically that is causing me grief. I'm on day 5 now and feel some itchiness and twitching when I sit to do work. If I'm up and about I feel fine. My current issues are gastrointestinal. I'm trying hard to make sure I eat and drink because I normally don't take care of myself at all include eating and drinking. I had lost 20lbs over the past few months since falling out with my family. I got 5 hrs of sleep last night for the first time which was great. I think I'm coming out the other side now. I'm glad I didn't know it would be this hard and last this long or I would not have even attempted to detox...on my own anyways.
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  11. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    I'm happy to hear you think you're coming out on the other side now, @KL1475. That's good news. I'm also glad to hear that you're in therapy and taking antidepressants. That can really be a big help for a lot of people (myself included). As far as your gastrointestinal issues... have you tried taking probiotics? I'm not a medical doctor or anything, but I know that gut health is important to your overall health. I take probiotics and they really help me. There are foods that are loaded with probiotics, too, like yogurt. Just a thought.

    I'm glad this forum is helping your. That's what we're here for. We will always be here for you to lean on, so don't hesitate to take advantage of that. :)
  12. KL1475

    KL1475 Member

    Oh yeah I forgot about probiotics! I used to take it and I haven't in a long time.

    Well I'm day 7 now and I was pretty bummed last night that I was still tossing and turning and feeling prickly skin and really restless still. Nothing like day 3 and 4 where it was non stop 24/7 but I guess I wasn't expecting to be at day 7 and still having these issues. I'm so tired and have a bad migraine and I just can barely keep my eyes open. Falling behind with work and house stuff but trying to stay as positive as I can so I don't spiral back down.
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  13. DoxyMom

    DoxyMom Senior Contributor

    It sounds like you are getting better everyday. Don't get discouraged. If you can get to see your Dr. There are scripts for restless leg that maybe you have now aquired? Just a thought. Here is a silly remedy for leg cramps. Put a bar of soap under your fitted sheet. Can't hurt and may he!p. I read this people's pharmacy in my local paper and people swear by this. Also Cherry juice for achy joints among other things.
    You hang in there! We are here for you.
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  14. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @KL1475 Hey there. Thanks for checking in. i'm glad that you're not as bad off as you were at days 3 and 4. Hopefully within the next couple of days, you'll be feeling much better. I imagine a migraine is awful... hope you can find something to relieve that. try some guided meditations... ???

    keep your chin up. you're doing this!
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  15. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    Soap.... hmmm. that's one i've never heard. hope it works!
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  16. DoxyMom

    DoxyMom Senior Contributor

    @Dominica we have this section in our paper with home remedies and people swear by this for leg cramps. It has been in there multiple times. I've never tried it but it is safe so if you suffer from that I'm thinking it may help with restless leg.
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  17. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    That soap idea sounds craaaazy, @DoxyMom! But if it works, what a great thing! I will keep it in mind the next time I have leg cramps. Thanks for sharing!
  18. KL1475

    KL1475 Member

    Going to throw a bar of soap under the sheets ASAP! lol I'm on day 10 and while I'm a helluva lot better than day 3, I still get restless legs when I'm sitting trying to get work done and sometimes I'm waking up in the night because my feet feel so hot? Today I was having more cold sweats and getting hot then cold. I'm finally able to eat but intestines aren't very happy still. I heard it can take weeks to feel "normal" again so I'm hoping 4 days goes by super fast! I literally can not stand the prickly restless leg feeling. No I didn't get any meds from my Dr because he doesn't know I went through withdrawal :confused:
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  19. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @KL1475 congrats on day 10! that's wonderful! i hope you are back to normal here very soon! nurture yourself today.... and enjoy it best as you can! hugs!
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  20. DoxyMom

    DoxyMom Senior Contributor

    @KL1475 you can always just tell the doctor you are suffering from restless leg of you are too scared to tell him about your addiction. I don't recommend this but at least you can get the medication that helps with it. Hang in there you got this.
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