Hello everybody, been reading a few of the stories on here and just want to share my thoughts with you. I always feel better when I talk about it. I have been takin pain mess for years on and off but over the last year I have began to take more and more. I was taking cocodomol and was then moved onto Tramadol 50 and then Tramadol 100.
I don't want to bore you with the background of the story but my knees hurt and everything up untill a few days ago was ok until I was lying in bed and was struggling to breathe and was then sick. I went downstairs and could sleep until 10am the next day. This came to a head the next day when I didn't take any Tramadol at all untill I went to bed. After about an noir in bed I just broke down and there was floods of tears and I was glad my wife was there to help me or I don't what would have happened. She calmed me down and it was again like 6am before I was asleep.
Taking a step back I noticed my sleeping pattern was so bad, not going to bed until 3am and then not sleeping till 5am mos nights, I was waking till 3pm in the afternoon. Well yesterday I came to a decision to stop my pills and boy let me tell you it's been hard.
I am doing the cold turkey approach and it's a killer, my head is constantly aching and feeling like it is going to explode, I get more panic attacks, I have the cold sweats and and I sweat really bad round the neck and head. I am paranoid about going out so I am staying in but this is only day three and I am scared to take my pills and it's scaring me not taking them.
I just wish I never got in this situation a wish everything would be better. I am in pain with my knee all the time with arthritis and would rather be in constant pain than feel this bad. The Tramadol was making me feel good about myself and now know that was all a cover up. My wife is helping me cope as she went through this with her dad. I wish the docs could give me something for my knee where it's not addictive or opiate based. Just the other day I was taking 800mg a day and it was messing with me bad.
I hope to be able to write back maybe next week and let you know how I am getting on, hopefully better than now.