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Subj: No one told me this could happen.
Date: 6/5/2008
I was put on tramadol for my fibromyalgia. 2 100mg tabs twice a day. I thought what a fantastic drug. My fibromyalgia was gone. Loads of energy. Not much appetite, so easy to lose weight. I took on extra work. Then I decided to have a break after 4 months of taking these pills. Then my hell began. The withdrawals are something that I have never experience in my life. I thought I was going to die. I couldn't stand it, so I took another tablet. I have tapered now for a week and have now stopped. I am on the second day of detox and cannot go to work. I am crying while typing this and I would warn anybody considering this drug to think twice. No one told me this could happen. There should be a warning about this medication!!!

Subj: More energy while pregnant?
Date: 6/5/2008
I have been taking Ultram for some time now.. I quit taking the Ultram when I lost my insurance and couldn't afford it. Like many of you it made me grumpy and of course the pain I deal with all day is harder to deal with. The one thing that I miss the most of all is the Loss of energy and the fact I do not care to do anything if I am not on the drug. Ultram helps me be alert and want to get things done. It is hard to sleep while on the Ultram because I am awake and alert. The only problem is I am not able to concentrate for very long on anything while I am on it. Now that I am pregnant I am taking less then I was before, but I am extremely worried about my baby. I do not want him to be addicted to the Ultram when he comes out. Does anyone know of any other medication that will give me the energy that I need to get on with my days and want to work. Plus help with the pain so I can work. Please help if you can...

AskDocWeb: Sorry Melissa, there is nothing that we know of that you can take for more energy while pregnant.

Subj: Withdrawal symptoms
Date: 6/8/2008
tramadol/ ultram has been a god-send for 2 1/2 years since I ruptured my disc. I never considered narcotics again after taking this. I noticed a slight limb nervousness that took a week to stop since I have cut down from 50 mg every 4 hours to 25 every 6 hours. I feel good enough to get by still. the withdrawal symptoms from cyclobenzabrine/ muscle relaxer were way worse.

Subj: Constipation, diarrhea, sleeplessness and cramping
Date: 6/9/2008
I have been taking Ultram recreationally from someone I know who gets it but says it doesn't work. I was up to 6 pills a day and 2 days ago I took my last pill. I have refills waiting but I'm debating even filling those. Ultram can take over your body. It causes constipation which later leads to extreme diareahha when you stop Ultram. If you suffer from RLS (Restless Legs) get ready for about 2-3 nights of severe sleeplessness and cramping in your legs and knees. I've replaced it with Darvocet, which helps but doesn't really help. I'm trying to find the self-control not to pick up the refill from the Pharmacy Tuesday but I'm afraid that I could suffer seizures, which are quite common among people who suddenly stop taking Ultram after taking it daily in high doses. Please be careful with the things that you put in your body. Ultram can give you a fix but it isn't worth losing sleep, sitting on the can for hours, the terrible cold-like symptoms, and the over-all feeling of worthlessness.

Subj: Switched from percocet to ultram
Date: 6/17/2008
My doctor took me off percocet because it was "addicting". He switched me to Ultram and it doesn't do anything for my shoulder/neck. I am also epileptic and I've read that this causes seizures. Considering my neuro prescribed it, I am baffled.
Mr Bigstuff

Subj: It no longer works
Date: 6/18/2008
I have been taking ultram on an off for 10 yrs. It was prescribed as a breakthrough drug. I no longer experience any euphoric effects. Or pain relief. If I up the dose I actually feel worse than before. My muscles tense up and jaw grinds. I don't know how I would feel trying to get off them I've never tried. But the fact that it no longer works is incentive to stop.

Subj: I never got hooked, but
Date: 6/24/2008
I have taken ultram for 10 years. I was up to 30 pills per week after the first 3 months, then 180 month, then 240 per month, then 360 per month and so on and on and on...Now I am up to almost 900 pills per month. It has almost taken everything. I had actually planned suicide to help my family financially but I know my kids love me too much for me to do that to them. I would do almost anything to come off of them. I was a professional, productive member of society and now am a depressed couch bound, sad human who almost wishes lightening would strike me dead...Be folks who your doctor writes you a script for 30 ultram...TEAR IT UP! TAKE ADVIL! Yeah they give you a little bump in enegy and mood up front but after that initial few weeks look out because you are already in too deep. It is very very sad! I hate myself for ever taking just one. I have taken vicprofin and vicodin for months at a time. I would say I abused them but I never ever once got hooked. When they, the vico's ran out, I never got sick or went nuts as it was a bit tough but no biggie to stop taking them

Subj: Heart attack or panic attack?
Date: 6/26/2008
Has any one thought you were going to have a heart attack or is it me just having panic attack?? I'm only 22 and I only take 2 a day for 2 months?

Subj: Weaning off ultram
Date: 7/14/2008
I have been on this for over a year and if I go over 8 hours without taking it I feel like shocks are going thru my brain, very irritable, extreme fatigue...I had no idea this was addictive in this way. I didn't know it produced things for my brain and my brain would need to rebuild itself. Very scary. Next time a drug is prescribed I will research it. Never again will I take ultram. I am almost weaned off!

Subj: Withdrawal is the worst feeling in the world
Date: 7/19/2008
I have been on tramadol for almost 5 years now. I was first prescribed it when my son was a baby for chronic upper body pain-- I was only 18 at the time. I was told by more than one doctor that it was non-habit forming and much safer to use long-term than hydrocodone. So for the first year or two I was able to take it very responsibly-- only took it when needed, could even go a day without a dose without withdrawal symptoms. Flash forward a few years. Now I'm 23 and still on ultram. I have tried numerous times to come off but, as described by many others here, the pain of withdrawal is excruciatingly painful. The medication doesn't even help with my upper body pain anymore, I mainly take it because it gives me more 'energy', makes me feel emotionally better, and most of all I take it because withdrawal is the worst feeling in the world. But... now I just found out that I'm expecting my second child. So of course I am doing all I can to stop taking them. My instinct tells me that weaning off will be less harmful for my growing child than the horrible physical symptoms of suddenly quitting, so that's what I'm doing-- trying to decrease dosage slowly.

Previously, I was taking 200-250 mg per day. Right now I'm at 125. There's a long way to go, and already I can feel withdrawal ON TOP of pregnancy symptoms. It worries me to think of how it's going to feel in a week or two when I'm down to 50 mg or less. I don't feel like I can be as healthy and active as I need to be while recovering from this dependence. I'll be talking to my gynecologist soon about maybe using a different pain med to lessen the symptoms while I'm withdrawing. I fear for the safety of my unborn child. I too warn everyone out there to NOT BEGIN TAKING TRAMADOL/ULTRAM. It's all well and good at first, then quietly overtakes you when you're not looking. My warmest wishes to all.

Subj: Fear of withdrawals
Date: 7/20/2008
I have been on thos drug for 6 months and I'm already addicted yes it works it is great for the pain but now when it starts wearing off I have horrible sweating. I am only 28 and I have back pain this is why I'm on ultram 50mg. Like I said it works great but I cant stop taking it because of the fear of withdrawals.

Subj: A long story
Date: 7/23/2008
Hi. I am 44 and I have been taking Ultram for over two years. I was also taking Vicodin (7.5 strength). It's a long story but I took too much and so I stopped it cold turkey (yuck). It was awful. I stayed on the Ultram and was taking 8 pills per day for back pain. I was having so much pain, I took more than I should have. So now it is 2 weeks before they will refill it. It's been about 3 days and I am having awful withdrawals...chills, cannot sleep, awful depression, anxiety and jittery, no appetite, & crying. Once I get through those 2 weeks I'm not taking it anymore. Another doctor told me to take ibuprophen for the pain...800mg. That helps the pain but...

Subj: Ultram and breast-feeding
Date: 7/26/2008
I have had a history of serve scoliosis and have had two back operations. I also have been in a serve auto accident and now the discs that weren't fused from the operations are now bulging. Doctors will not perform a 3rd operation to fix the remaining bulging discs because then my entire spine would be fused and they say I am too young. I have been treating my pain with 200mg of Ultram a day for the last 3 years since the accident happened. Like everyone says I cannot go a day without it. However, I just got married and I am concerned with getting pregnant and breast feeding while taking the drug. I have read several blogs but still not too sure if anyone has had any success while breast-feeding and taking the ultram. It seems like many women are ok while pregnant but breast feeding seems like a different story. I have always imaged myself breast feeding. I am wondering if anyone has any current info on this or have any advance for me. Even if anyone thinks I should get the operation before we decide to get pregnant would be helpful to know. Thanks for listening,

Subj: Ultram free
Date: 7/27/2008
I successfully got off Ultram by gradual reduction in the dose for 1 1/2 weeks. I felt crummy for the whole time. It was worth it. I am now Ultram free. I had severe withdrawal symptoms when I forgot to take the 200 mg dose one time. Syptoms includes major chills, nerve pain, headache, vomiting, blue lips. The cold chills stopped an hour after I took my forgotten dose, but I felt crummy and could hold down any food for two days. I was taking Ultram for nerve pain. Fortunately I was also told about Neurogen PN which has relieved the neuropathy substantially with no side effects.

Subj: Addictive
Date: 7/29/2008
My girlfriend, age 31, was diagnosed with degenerative disc decease with spinal stenoisis 3 years ago. She has had severe to extreme lower back pain which was managed with narcotic medication with great success. Unfortunately we have moved to the midwest and she is unable to get the same state benefits available on the west coast. So, she is stuck with Ultram...which does wonders for her back pain and gives her plenty of energy. WARNING: THIS DRUG IS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE! She has begun to abuse it, taking upwards of 15 pills a day and not sleeping at all until she is out. She crashes with severe mood swings, depression, paranoia, difficulty urinating then she gets the "flu like symptoms". I've also been experimenting with Ultram for recreational use: dosage 3 pills to go straight into a lucid trance in bed, which I find quite enjoyable. Last batch gave me a speedy feeling, also fun... until there's no more pills... SIDE EFFECTS: I can't sleep with out it. I'm having the cold/hot sweats, itchy throat, cough and it sucks. Not worth the trouble. Stick with the Vicodin, generics for Vicodin, not as addictive and no scummy speed withdrawal.

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