I have been taking tramadol now for about 2 years. I am up to taking 600 mg. (3 in the morning and 3 in the evening). I started out taking it for back pain but really liked the way it gave me energy and I could get a lot done. Because of this I feel like I'm abusing it and want to get off of it. I have read all over about how the withdrawal is almost unbearable and I'm so scared of facing it! I haven't told my husband. I would really prefer to get through this myself so that I can get back to normal for him and for my two kids, 5 and 6 years old. I have a few more left and think I can get another prescription so that I can taper off but am in need of a tapering schedule that will work. I know that this won't take the withdrawal symptoms away completely but I need to be able to go to work and take care of my family, even though I know I will feel like crap :( I went through my medicine cabinet to see if there are any medicines that I haven't taken in a while but might help:
Buspirone - for anxiety
Effexor - for anxiety (I only have a few)
Tizanidine - muscle relaxer
Phenergan - for nausea
Clondine - blood pressure (is supposed to help with chills and sweating)
Adderall - ? not sure if this could be helpful
Immodium - for diarrhea
Ibuprofen - 800 mg. for pain
Bath salts & jacuzzi tub - for muscle aches
Gift cards for massages
I have read the Thomas recipe and will go out to buy some other things like Tylenol PM, Vitamins, Vitamin B6 caps, L-Tyrosine, etc...
Is there any advice that anyone can give to help me through this? Mainly I'm here for support because I know that if there is someone I can talk to, I will stick to it and get through it! I have to post daily to make myself accountable and to beat this. I'm tired of waiting for my next refill and spending so much money at the doctor. I'm tired of being moody and dependent. My back pain is better I know it. I can't wait to get back to normal!