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    Default Ultram/Tramadol withdrawal

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    Hello people, after undergoing major surgery for a double neck hernia...front and back..as well as having a titainium plate screwed in with eight screws..I said scews not a bolt..why do things half heartedly when you can go the whole hog is my motto....I am also just recovering from the insertion of a pain pump via my spine..filled it up with liquid Clonidine to enhance the effect of the Tramadol-Train...no gas for the next 30 miles...the needles in my spine hurt like Hell...after all this trouble & strife it didnt work for me so I have decided to stop taking 400 mg Tramadol....my pain-clinic told me I am one of the elite 5% that the medication just wont work with a $12,000- pain-pump..without taking me into the twilight zone of Morphine.. I have been a user for 8 years, so i dont know what to expect I have taken my morning 200 mg....but i will be slicing 25 mg off it tonight...am I going too slow ? float down like a butterfly..don't get stung by a bee...As i intend to do this for 5 days...which means over the next week i will have gone down to 350 mg...then in 20 days I will be down to 300 mg's and so on until in a few months down to zero...down to the ground..to the ground..anyway fellow sufferers i will keep you informed...seconds away round one....all the best Jim
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    Hello Jim and thank-you for sharing . I am currently Tapering as well and although I think it is great that you are I am not sure a five day taper for an 8 year habbit will be a long enough taper for you . Arlene is the expert in Taper schedules here and I am sure she will be along shortly to give you some advise . And there are tons of people on here that have successfully completed tapers that can help you out along the way . I am not saying that 5 days of tapering is impossible but it may be more unpleasant . Is it because that is all the pain meds you have left ? Either way the decision to quite using is great and we will all be here to help you along the way . Way to go !!

    Kim

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    quote:Originally posted by one day at a time

    Day one;
    Hello people after undergoing surgery for a double neck hernia and just recovering from a pain pump,they gave me clonidine to enhance the effect of the tramadol...the needles in my spine hurt like Hell and it didnt work for me I have decided to stop taking 400 mg Tramadol,as like my pain-clinic told me I am one of the 5% that medication just wont work without taking me into the twilight zone of morphine.. I have been a user for 8 years, so i dont know what to expect I have taken my morning 200 mg....but i will be slicing 25 mg of it tonight...am I going too slow ? As i intend to do this for 5 days...which means over the next week i will have gone down to 350 mg...and and in 20 days will be down to 300 mg's and so one until in a few months down to zero...anyway fellow sufferers i will keep you informed...seconds away round one....all the best Jim
    Hi Jim...and welcome to ODR.

    Lets see...here's what I got from reading your plan...and please correct me if I misinterpreted.

    You indicated that you are on 400mg of Tramadol. And that you are going to reduce by 25mg each 5 days. Is that correct?

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    Hi Arlene..yes that is my plan to silently slip slide into port...don't break the waves...just a ripple here, a ripple there..shaken but not stirred...I must share that the 25 mg reduction seams to be working for me...of course I want to just dive in head first and swim for all I am worth...to land on some distant sandy beach..where the girls all play with big red balls..you can smell candy-floss in the air but that may just be a dream...is this your cocktail,Sir ?...not that much flak in the air i did expect more..mind you im only down by 25 mgs..who knows what will appear on the horizon as we sail even further..I will be looking for Captain Jack Sparrow and any other Caribbean Pirates around the Island of Tram...all the best jim
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    Hi People,
    hoist up the anchor..splice the main sails..one man one shot of rum...the MS Tram is on the move...I know I am moving like a dancer with corns on his feet but these are unchartered waters for me...sandy bottom ahead Captain...steady men..my (small) slice of 25 mg went unnoticced with my body but my mind made a mental note...like Queen Victoria...it was not amused..the journey has begon..silently but on a set course..bound for better places..Hawaaien gals in grass skirts..white teeth..no ill effects at all.....all the best Jim
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    Hi People,
    just for the record..I have taken throughout the years many..many strange concotions..so many combinations its untrue...neurotin on drums....liquid canabis back vocals...lyrica on bass...some only for one prescription...some became dear freinds...all sorts of bright and shinny things...with some I smiled...some scarred me..I am often stirred but never shaken..what I have kept as a friend is valium 10 mg 3 times a day..I take this to relax the muscles..Hey there's they guy with the sleepy muscles..but I plan to take off 5 mgs a week..valium is no biggy...no heavy weight..well not in my books its not even a contender..its going down..six weeks and hes out for the count..all the best Jim
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    Hi people,
    so far so good...all is well and it seams that drifting slowly down to the ground is easier than I had expected it to be...no crash helmet needed..no goggles ...gloves..I dont even need a map..I am not really noticing my slow-taper..I want to hit the pedal to the metal...1000 miles an hour is the speed that I drive...to take a bigger slice off this tram-cake...more tea Vicar ? but like any kid at a party your eyes are always bigger than yor belly...to take another 50 mg's off my taper would speed things up a little but I know its a false sense of security...I have to stick to the taper....I cant keep chopping and changing the taper as that would only trip me up somewhere down the line...so today the 375 mg's is just fine..I just need to take it easy..relax..drift..learn to walk and then run
    all the best
    Jim
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    Hi Jim:

    I think your taper sounds dead on. I would do it slowly so your body has a chance to adjust to each drop. Once you have gone down on a dose the important thing is not to increase the dosage again. If you do that then tapering is no good. Another reason to go slowly on ultram or tramadol is you may have seizures on a dose as high as yours if you taper to quickly or go cold turkey which means you stop all at once.

    Let us know how you are feeling and best of luck.

    Take care,
    Jackie

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    Hello there Jim I am No benzo specialist and you clearly have more experience cutting down on that as you have come down from 30 mgs but just take the valium taper nice and slow . There is one more person that I know of doing a valium Taper and with years of being on it it is much safer to taper nice and slow as it can be more dangerous to come off of . If you feel o.k than I guess it is alright . Just worried that is all . Other than that glad to see you are back for day 2 take care and have a great day and thank-you for the PM talk to you soon.

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    Hi Brown-eyed-girl,
    (or Kim) Thanks for the reply... When i stopped taking the Valium it wasn't with a taper..I just cut out the morning and evening edition..extra extra read all about it...no big deal..I was using the Valium together with the Tramadol a lot of Lyrica too..a high dose of 600 mg a day..maybe my body didn't even notice the Valium leaving by the back door..it never slammed the door shut just tip-toed silently away..my doctor is not a a man for..one for one...not a one-man-band man..
    he tends to lean to a four tablet combo...also another favourite sentence from him is "double up Jim " in times of pain or stress...just double-up....two tabs good...four tabs better...he also like to smash things with heavy hammers I think...just bash it..bash it !
    all the best
    Jim
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    Hi people,
    I'm every where and nowhere baby...that's where I'm at...I'm running around in circles in my Tramadol hat...the peas are in the pea soup baby..as well as in my head...I am pulling out of a curve..G's distorting my face as we pull out...flying on empty...the gradual reduction is working very well..of course my body is wanting more..just like the drunk at a bar who shouts out for more...he doesn't really need another drink..it's a just habbit....its strange how your brain can and does move not only mountains but limbs...makes you yawn...a host of silly things..tics...phantom aches and pains...a twinge here...a twinge there...all this to trick you into starting again...or at best increasing your taper..just for today...start again tomorrow..just be strong..take your time..its on your side...
    all the best
    Jim
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    Hey Jim, you have gotten some really good advice. I just wanted to say hello and that I am glad you decided to post. There is a wealth of information her and the people are awesome! This can be a great recovery tool to use. We are all pulling for you and God bless!!!

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