Asha's Tramadol Journey
I took Ultram (100-1100mg/day) since 2004. -Today is
Day 110 of my severe Post Acute Ultram Withdrawal Symptoms.
My doctors assured me for eight years that "Ultram isn't
addictive". They lied to me, and Ultram's manufacturers lied
My worst tramadol withdrawal symptoms: Chronic Insomnia,
chronic tinnitis,(ear ringing, possibly caused by kidney and
adrenal problems-Tramadol damages the kidneys, liver and
brain), horrible depression, explosive and dangerous rages,
irrational fears, complete physical and mental exhaustion at
worst and muscle fatigue at best, extreme mental clouding,
slow thinking, poor judgement, inability to concentrate,
memory loss, nerve pain, digestive problems, liver pain and
What I'm using:
B6-Pyrodoxine HCl.B1-Thiamine, a balanced B vitamin
supplement. My doctor recommended a mix of amino acids to
improve my brain function. I'll let you know how well they
work. I'm still having mental clouding.
Melatonin-My doctor put me on 20mg of Melatonin to sleep.
Dear Friends, I SLEPT FOR 6 uninterupted HOURS LAST NIGHT.
Yippee. What a miracle. It's been over a year since I've
slept that long at one time. Try the "Natrol Brand" chewable
Melatonin. I've had a problem with long delays before
Melatonin worked for me. Don't take Melatonin after 2am, and
becareful. Taking 20mg is enough to knock you out, this
happened to me. The Natrol chewable Melatonin work
immediately and didn't leave me groggy the next day, even at
that high dose.
L-tryptophan(500 mg every 4 hours). L-tryptophan helps me
sleep and eases anger and fear issues. Better ask your
doctor or pharmacist before taking L-tryptophan. (Buy a good
brand with a Lot Number on the bottle. It's available at
Health Food stores-I like the Mason brand).
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking SSRI
anti-depressants before taking L-tryptophan. I've taken as
much as 6 grams a day to relieve the SSRI withdrawal
Please don't start taking Zoloff or any of the many SSRI
type drugs that many doctors like to prescribe. They are
very addictive to some people and far worse to stop using
than Tramadol.(IMHO-I'm not a doctor)
Valerian Root and/or Passion Flower capsules.
Drink water continually. Water is not tea, soda, juice,
coffee, or beer. Water rinses toxins out, other drinks
don't. Period. I know water is boring, and soda or tea
tastes better but I've had to learn too often that
dehydration causes increased and HORRIBLE withdrawal
symptoms. Don't use anything that will dry out your GI
tract. (alcoholic drinks, heavy starchy or salt foods or
Benidryl or other antihistimines). Keep yourself hydrated so
you can get over the withdrawal.
To those who are in Tramadol withdrawal hell, Ultram can be
long detox process if you were as toxic as I was when I
weaned off Tramadol. In addition to my age and long history
of Ultram use, my liver was the size of a house cat, and I
was addicted to other drugs as well.
I'm finally feeling better than I deserve, considering my
past bad behavior. Please take heart. In the last 100 days
I've seen my withdrawal symptoms go from "continuous" to
"occassional". Recognize that each day the symptoms are
slightly less severe, especially if you were as "addicted"
as I was on these poisonous Tramadol. If I can recover, then
you can recover too.
Even in this agony our bodies are meant to heal themselves
and always move towards health with care and support. The
worse we feel, the sooner we recover from the Ultram
withdrawal. Today is my best day so far. May you recover quickly!