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    Old 03-02-2006, 08:32 PM   #16
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    My entire story sounds like something out of a soap opera digest and it's kind of silly when I look back at it and realize what it sounds like. I worked for Ma Bell for 23 years, and we moved into a new building. I began to get sick, strange things like sudden, unexplained fevers to 104 that would go away as quickly as they came on, rashes, fatigue, irritability, and excruciating pain when I would sit for any length of time, which is what I did all day as a service representative. I would stand and do my job, but my supervisors said that "caused distraction" and told me to sit. I began going to doctors to try and find out what was wrong with me. They all said it was probably something in the building we moved into, but without thorough investigation by the proper authorities, there was no way to prove it. I was mostly put on steroids then. Others in my office began to get sick but not to that extent. I began to get hives so bad that I would swell up in my face like a monster. I began to miss all lot of work. It became a nightmare. To make a long story short, after 3 years of symptoms and no results after seeing 19 doctors and missing more and more work, they fired me. Of course, I lost my insurance, had no way to see a doctor, but the strange thing was that once I was home for two weeks, the symptoms all disappeared except for the pain. I was fine. I was in the process of trying to get my job back through the union and had been promised I could go back to work, but then they told me there was no place for me. I found other work and got benefits back. I went back to doctors about the pain in my legs and hips and finally was told that I had avascular necrosis of both hips to the point of collapse, needed surgery, and it was probably caused by the steroids they used to treat the other symptoms. The only problem I had with that was that I had the leg and hip pain before I ever took the first steroid, so I'm not sure if that was the cause or not. At any rate, I eventually had the hip surgery, which requires massive amounts of narcotics, which I took with no problem. That was in 1992. I still had pain and in 1995, my doctor told me there was a new drug out called Ultram that worked well, had no side effects, and was safe. I started taking it, and it worked GREAT. I thought I had found my miracle drug. Then the trouble started with taking more and more. I never got hooked on the morphine, Dilaudid, Vicodin, or anything else I took for long periods of time after my hip surgeries. I quit those drugs without any problem whatsoever. The Ultram was different. I had my surgeries at two different times 2 years apart. Both times I took the heavy narcotics with no problem quitting. It wasn't until I started the Ultram that I began to have problems with depression and all the other things I experienced. I would be fine as long as I was taking it, but then like I said before, I needed more and more, not for pain so much but just because I felt so lousy if I didn't take it. It was like a sneaky little monster creeping into my life stealing my life away from me if I didn't have it. I realized I had a problem and attempted to stop it. It was AWFUL!! The withdrawal symptoms were unbearable. My poor husband and children thought I had gone mad. I had to tell them their wife and mother was addicted, and that broke my heart, but I needed their support and understanding of what was going on. I couldn't bear the withdrawals, so I started taking the Ultram again. This happened twice before I finally think I've made it. It's been 2-1/2 weeks and I still live in a dark hole where nobody else can come. I have constant pain everywhere, not just my legs and hips any more, whole-body pain that is excruciating. I think the worst is the depression and the hot and cold, clammy sweats that come on about 15 times a day and the lack of sleep. Is this ever going to end? I love my husband and children more than anything in the world, but they look at me now as if I was some kind of degenerate druggie who can't cope any more. The sad thing is that I know if I call my doctor and ask for more Ultram, he would give it to me and I would feel fine. I won't let myself do that ever again.

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    Old 03-03-2006, 12:52 AM   #17
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    Re: Ultram addiction

    Does anyone know of any legal avenues to explore this? This drug needs to be made public for what it is. I'm in Georgia. Who would I call to try and get this drug off the market or placed in its proper category? I think it should at least be a class II drug if not class III.

     
    Old 03-03-2006, 01:47 AM   #18
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    medair73, nobody forced this pill down your thought and you used it beyond it's guidlines it seems. I would suggest some sort of addiction counselloring or even better, get down to a treatment centre and clean up from this unfortunate mess. I feel your pain, I've been there with Alcohol, but it is possible to move forward, but 1st we have to stop blaming others and start looking within.

    Best wishes in the meantime.

     
    Old 03-03-2006, 02:04 AM   #19
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    I don't blame anyone but myself. I just want it to be known that if your doctor tells you Ultram isn't addictive, he's wrong. After reading through 100s of posts on this site and others, it seems that Ultram or tramadol is harder to come off of than some other narcotics like Vicodin or OxyContin. I don't care about a law suit...somebody just needs to let people know how dangerous this drug is before it's prescribed. It's not even classified as a narcotic, not even class I!! That's totally RIDICULOUS! I know it'll eventually happen but it should be sooner than later. This is a deadly, highly addictive drug that is VERY dangerous and should be prescribed as such. I just want someone to tell me that the symptoms eventually go away and I'll feel normal again without the pain, without the depression, without the sweats, without the jerks, without all the other hell this demon has brought into my life. I need to know that there's something to look forward to.

     
    Old 03-03-2006, 02:07 AM   #20
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    I'll give you a good example. I have a friend who takes Ultram and got to the end of his prescription and started having withdrawals. He called his doctor, a rheumatologist who should be familiar with pain meds and their ramifications, but the doctor told him he couldn't be withdrawing from Ultram. This guy has been in practice for YEARS and should know better. A rheumatologist is the last step before a pain specialist. If he doesn't know, then how many other professionals don't know how addictive it is? As a rule, patients aren't going to look at a forum like this one before they start taking a prescribed drug...they go by what their doctor tells them because most of us trust our physicians. The doctor is just going by what he's told by the salesman from the company who manufactures the drug unless he does some extensive research on his own, which most aren't going to do, especially a general practitioner. I would think a rheumatologist would do just that, but evidently they don't. When I think of the hell I've been through, wouldn't it be worthwhile to stop even just one person having to go through the same thing? I know there are times that are going to come up in a person's life where pain medications are an absolute necessity, and many times, the patients will become addicted, but I think we're all owed the truth, and just maybe some doctor wouldn't be so quick to prescribe Ultram to a patient who has minor pain.

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    Old 03-03-2006, 02:13 AM   #21
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    you can only deal with your situation, it isn't helping you pointing the finger, really sit back and focus on getting yourself well.

     
    Old 03-14-2006, 11:29 PM   #22
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    I have taken Ultram for like 9 years,I have a ruptured disc in my back and take 2) 50mg of ultram and 800mg of Motrin I usually just take the motrin but when I have severepain I take the ultram combo,this medicine is a dream come true for me because I am allregic to codiene,as far as being addicted no over the 9 years I have had like 4 bottles of 30 pills....I am NOT passing judgement BUT addiction to ultram can ONLY happen if you let it I choose not to let it!!!

    I have some serious health problems and most people couldnt handle it but you have to use self control!!!!

    For the people who get new scripts of Ultram
    Dont be afraid to try it!!! Its a great pain reliever ,just you caution and self control when taking it or any other medicine.....
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    Old 03-20-2006, 04:34 PM   #23
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    Re: Ultram addiction

    I need to know if the weakness and fatigue ever goes away. I get dizzy, short of breath, and faint just walking across the floor. It's been 3 weeks now. Will my strength ever come back?

     
    Old 03-21-2006, 06:03 AM   #24
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    Hey Medair! Hope today is a better day for you. I am going through withdrawal from Ultram as well and it seems that every day is a little better. It has been 7 days with none and I still am low on energy, but my MD assures me this will get better. Have you gone to any support groups? This has helped me. Lack of energy is the worst thing for me. There is life after addicition, this is not my first time to withdraw from something and not my hardest. I will keep you in my thoughts, I truly understand how you feel. Hugs, Rosie

     
    Old 03-21-2006, 11:51 AM   #25
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    Hey I was on here a few months ago going through the same things you were. It will get better I promise. I am a little over 3 months clean after using Ultram everyday for years. My suggestion is find support from a loved one, and go to Narcotics Anonomous. It will help you sooo much. If you need any help with any thing let me know.
    Love, Cher

     
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    Quote:
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    I need to know if the weakness and fatigue ever goes away. I get dizzy, short of breath, and faint just walking across the floor. It's been 3 weeks now. Will my strength ever come back?
    BTW Your energy will come back.
    just give it some time. try to relax and get plenty of rest and nutirents.

    Love, Cherie

     
    Old 03-21-2006, 12:04 PM   #27
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    I have taken Ultram for like 9 years,I have a ruptured disc in my back and take 2) 50mg of ultram and 800mg of Motrin I usually just take the motrin but when I have severepain I take the ultram combo,this medicine is a dream come true for me because I am allregic to codiene,as far as being addicted no over the 9 years I have had like 4 bottles of 30 pills....I am NOT passing judgement BUT addiction to ultram can ONLY happen if you let it I choose not to let it!!!

    I have some serious health problems and most people couldnt handle it but you have to use self control!!!!

    For the people who get new scripts of Ultram
    Dont be afraid to try it!!! Its a great pain reliever ,just you caution and self control when taking it or any other medicine.....

    You have no Idea what you are talking about. Sorry. But addiction is a disease. People don't choose to get addicted. It happens. These girls are going thru alot I can't believe that you would get on here and tell them that it's their fault they are addicted. You couldn't be more wrong. Just because you can take them and not be addicted doesn't mean anything other than that you are not an addict. I didn't choose to be addicted to Ultram and neither did they. I am an 18 year old girl and I had so much going for me... great family, loving boyfriend, cheerleading, volleyball, figure skating, getting accepted to medical school, but I lost it all. And am only starting to get it back. do you think i would throw all that away by choice. NO. It wasn't my fault and their addiction isn't their faults.

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    Old 03-21-2006, 12:49 PM   #28
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    maybe she meant dependance instead of addiction?

     
    Old 03-21-2006, 05:20 PM   #29
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    I know there's a lot of debate over this drug. Tramadol has been somewhat of a wonder drug for me and I would like to consider myself more dependant than addicated. For the last 2 years I have been using this drug for depression with positive results. I have tried AD's with not so good results. So I have been taking 2 (50mgs) every morning and feel great. I have tried many time to stay on 1 pill a day but keep going up to 2 pills a day. I don't get high just feel normal every day with zero depression. I don't need to take more than 2 pills a day.

    If this ia an addiction, then I find it a small price to pay in order to rid myself of depression as I have done for the last 2 years. I asked my doctor about using this (tramadol) for depression but he told me that its only used as a pain medication. So, no help there. They are cheap and plentiful and I will continue to buy them and try again to go down to 1 pill a day.

    This has been my experience with Ultram\Tramadol.

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    Old 03-21-2006, 08:58 PM   #30
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    I took a script of 120 pills and didn't have any withdrawl from them. I didn't see the benefit of the Tramadol... they didn't help my pain.

     
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