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I am new to this but my story is the same as most with Tramadol. I began taking it for pain. After two years and PT, Chiro, Massage etc I am pain free (mostly). So I went to my doctor and said that I wanted to be done with it. He began the titration process and put on 3/day for 2 months. At the beginning of my newest RX I got a terrible toothache and took Tramadol over my normal amount 4/day for the pain. It wasn't working at all. I went to my doctor and got Vicodin. I didn't want to take it so I continued with Tramadol thinking it was less "addictive and safer" than the big bad opiates. My doctor also wrote me an RX for Diclofenac and after 1 pill my tooth pain was gone. i resumed my regular 3/day tramadol and then decided I was over titrating. I was ready to be done with these stupid pills and didn't need them. INterestingly the Diclofenac helped my back and neck pain as well. In any event, I am now going on day 5 off tramadol. I figured I would try taking the Vicodin for a day or two to offset the opiate w/drawal and it worked! It however did NOT help with the other devil pill symptoms. I stopped the Vicodin after day 2 and then relied on clonidine and diclofenac only and so far so good. I still have little to no appeitite and my sleep is all haywire, but everyday is better. Tramadol is a terrible drug. I have never had any issues stopping any drugs in my life. I am no saint I've done my share of experimenting with drugs but I have never had such an ordeal trying to discontinue anything. I wish I had read all of these posts before I ever agreed to take the "safe, non addictive, pain medication." Uh ya right! It sucks to be physically addicted to a drug you don't EVEN WANT TO TAKE. I can't lie I have considered taking "just one more vicodin" to feel normal but I refuse. I have a refill of tramadol waiting for me at the pharmacy and I refuse to pick it up. I don't want to be tempted to put an end to this. I know I will be right back at square one. Cold turkey was the only option for me. Granted I didn't take it for any reason other than pain, but that doesn't mean a thing, plenty of people are taking their pain medication exactly as prescribed. Unfortunately with this drug, those of us who followed the instructions lost the freedom to just discontinue when we didn't need it anymore. I don't think many doctors really understand just how addictive (physically) this drug is. Just because abusers choose other drugs (opiates or whatever) doesnt mean that tramadol is safe. That logic doesn't even make sense...I guess I am just rambling in my withdrawal induced anger but...this drug is dangerous and I am so happy to have found all of these posts from other folks. I felt really ashamed and embarrassed over my plight. But now I realize that so many others have been, currently are, or will be right where I am at. I am halfway to the end of the "acute" phase, and then another 15 to 30 days of sleep disturbance and phantom pain (and who knows, it may not be that long), but I know if I give in, I will be all the way back to the beginning. Thank you to all for posting and sharing, I am inspired and feel a sense of support that I guess I need right now. I feel less like a weak pathetic soul, and more like a VICTIM of this stupid pill! Disclaimer, I do understand pain though, and for pain control for a chronic condition I do believe that Tramadol taken as prescribed is great. I just think docs should exhaust ALL avenues of treatment before just writing scripts...

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