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How he Successfully Quit Tramadol, U Too Can Do Same

17 Mar

Here is his story as written by him;Pls guys, forgive every form of
grammatical error, short hand or
omission, as this is written from my
phone and without editing. My story
could get a bit long, so pls be patient.
Before I go on with my story, I’ll like 2
first all thank d op of an earlier thread
“d use and abuse of tramadol” (see link
below)
http://www.nairaland.com/2973705/use-abuse-tramadol/3
and also a particular nairalander by
name “painpill”, whose lol “mockery”
but constructive advice was the back
bone of my success in d fight towards
subduing d withdrawal effects and
consequently d reinstatement of my
body system, after d grip of tramadol
addiction. I write this today so that
those of us out there that r willing and
ready or r looking for ways to over come
this “disease” will be encouraged and be
guided duely.
Now my story
In 2013, I gained admission into one of
d greatest universities in d eastern part
of Nigeria to further my studies for a
masters program in Engineering. That
was d same year I heard n knew
tramadol for d first time. In fact back
then, d guys I heard it from were
undergraduates that uses this drug for
premature expulsion and extensive sex
duration. They always ask me how I
managed to last long during sex but
every physical n metal techniques
(which any ways took me years to
master) I try to teach never worked for
them except with d use of tramadol. I
didn’t know d drug nor it’s after effects
so I had nothing to warn them about,
but it really got my curiosity and I
wanted to try n see how it felt, since I
was also told it gives some level of
euphoria general body highness.
In fact during my tour around d East as
a result of research purposes, every
University I go, it seems it was d order
of the day. In fact one particular
University I went n spent some days, d
guys in and around d Lodge were taking
this drug not 4 sex sake bt 4 personal
highness and would even mix it with
some very strong alcoholic drinks,
despite d high milligram of dis drug
been consumed.
Personally I am a fan of highness… not
that kind of fan ooh… I don’t smoke,
nor do drugs, but I can drink for Africa
when I choose to. At this juncture, I
had to try it. I started with 200mg at a
stretch cos I believe I had a strong
immune and an athletic body type with
very strong brain capacity (as in unto
drinking), despite their warnings to start
with 50mg. Godddddd, I love d
feeling… It was almost like codeine
(don’t get me wrong, I had taken
codeine once or twice, bk then in abj,
some girl introduce me to it. but
because of its scarcity or should I say
it’s unlikelyness 2 get arnd, I didn’t get
to take often), made me relax, free
minded, and Godddddd, sleep with a
smile on my face.
I moved from 200mg to 300 or some
times 360mg, that was my max. I didn’t
get addicted to it then cos I wasn’t
taking it all d time, just when I felt like.
So in 2015, I was done with d course
work of my program and it’s exams n so
I went bk to lagos to search for a job.
Now at some point, Nepa begin Bleep
up, as in like Bleep up… For weeks to
months, there was no light. Sleeping
became difficult with d heat n
mosquitos of lagos, I remembered tram
n decided to tk it to ease my sleeping.
At this point, I was taking it everyday
constantly for more than 6 weeks.
December 28, 2015, I couldn’t take
tram because I was out of it n couldn’t
get it at d moment n decided to sleep
without it. I noticed my night was
terrible but I felt it was because of d
normal heat n mosquito conditions. D
next day, I had diarrhea (is that even d
selling?) n I felt it was normal, probably
took something my system reacted to.
In fact it was alcohol n I took some self
medications n because I was on drugs, I
didn’t bother taking tram. It went on
for 4 days, I was suppose to be getting
better, that’s just how my system works
but I noticed d purging stopped n d
stooling but I was still very weak, in fact
I knew I was not well. I went bk to d
pharmacy n complained but they told
me I will be fine, that I should just
continue with d oral dehydration
therapy. After a week without tram, I
knew I was getting worse, so I had to
run test.
D result of d blood test showed that I
was very OK, no typhoid, just very
minute malaria but one thing that d
result showed was that my white blood
cells were more than d normal count.
So I was hospitalized. I was giving drip
for more than 3 days constantly but I
took solace to d fact that I will be fine n
was still going thru treatment. When d
doctor discharged me, I went bk home,
even though was better than before, I
knew I still was my usual self. I was still
weak. At this juncture, I remembered
tram n how it would help me sleep fine,
I decided to take it n believe u me, I
felt my normal self again hours after
taking it for the first time in weeks.
Now late January 2016, I had some
things to clear in school n had to return
but by this time, my rent had expired n
I had to look for a place to squat. All I
could get was to squat with a yr 1
student I helped gained admission, who
was staying with 3 other guys in a very
small room with no fan. At this point in
my life, after 24 hrs of d last intake of
tramadol, I begin to feel like I was going
to fall sick. I begin to hv high body
temperature, more like an internal heat
n a feeling of nauseaness, so even if I
don’t want to tk tramadol, I feel like I
had to tk it cos I know those symptoms
will stop once taken. My first night with
these boys was terrible n I had to even
increase my intake from 200 to 300mg
at d time.
This continued everyday till March. In d
midst of all this drama, I was beginning
to know that I have become addicted to
this drug and I knew I have to stop!
Anyway I told myself I won’t take it,
the withdrawal symptoms that comes
was mad! So mad that I had to look for
the next available tram n pop. Lol in
fact I bought tram in quantum n carry it
everywhere I go.
One day I decided to go cold turkey…
That day was a day I will never forget in
a hurry. More than 24hours passed
without popping tram, I was a walking
corpse. I couldn’t believe this was me.
From the light-headedness to the
daylight Hallucinations to the uneasiness
to the weakness to internal heat abi na
for night? God! I knew I was in big
trouble. Lol I began to curse all those
pharmacist… R they even pharmacist?
Those greedy igbo men Jareh (am igbo
too, I know wat am saying) both in d
east n in lagos that sold those drugs to
me and realised y those real pharmacist
will always ask for prescription b4 they
sell.
Then I found that thread on nairaland. I
was so very interested. After reading
thru, I was hoping someone will admit
and ask how to go about stopping it,
then “painpill” gave some “larshing” but
experienced solution. I did some little
research about d drug n how to stop it
use and I stumbled upon a particular
site where I found ppl, lol, whose case
are far even worse than mine,
commenting and asking questions on hw
to go about stopping it.
Now after going thru d advice from
nairaland n d little research I did, here r
d steps I took which tremendously
worked in 8 days
How did it work?
1. Do not go cold turkey :
Stepping abruptly (cold turkey) is d
worst thing to do. It will never work.
Even if u were hospitalized, it won’t
help ur situation.
2. Conceive in your heart that u r
willing n ready to stop:
The battle against tramadol addiction is
more psychological than physical. U
have to be ready and willing to do
anything to ensure u win that battle of
withdrawal symptoms.
3. Know your Guage and use it in
tampping :
Tampping is a gradual way of stopping a
particular habit by slowly reducing d
quantity. because my avg max was
300mg, I bought 100mg tram, took it
on d first day.
4. Make a shift in periods of intake:
I took d 100mg at night say around 8
pm. normally tramadol works
approximately 24 hrs in my system, so d
withdrawal symptoms will start after
this time has elapsed. Day 2, at around
7- 8pm, I started feeling d withdrawal. I
managed to fight it till around 12
midnight, then took another 100mg.
Which lead me into day 3. I went to bed
early on day 3 knowing that the
withdrawals will come by 12 mid night
and managed to sleep thru, even
though it was hell, until the next
morning in day 4. I wanted to stop so
badly so I told myself I won’t take any
tram that day. But my dear, d
withdrawal symptoms was not helping
issues. I made sure I was not at a place,
I moved around as much as my strength
could carry me but then, I ended up
taking it at around 2 pm on day 4. (now
at least I hv succeeded in changing my
take in time and my system is beginning
to adapt to d new change.). That
evening in day 4, (at this point I was in
ph) I had to fake a prescription of 50mg
tram and paracetamol, then sent
someone much younger to get it. Now
in day 5, I was able to push further
without taking tram d whole day and
taking paracetamol in its replacement to
help with d headaches n high
temperature. Until around 6am in day
6, I took 50mg tram and engaged
myself in some litle work like washing d
cars (even though it wasn’t dirty), and
sleeping d compound so I don’t feel
idle. I was able to carry on for 2 days
without taking tram n with d withdrawal
symptoms gradually reducing to high
temperature, less Hallucinations n light-
headedness, n so on. On day 8 at
around 7pm, for d first time, I had fever
(note I have never had fever all d while,
even when I was hospitalized). I was
scared in a way but happy too cos
having fever was far better than having
withdrawal symptoms. So I took
paracetamol n d next morning I was
94% myself (without tram 4 three days
for the first time in my life in God
knows how long now). With that, I shut
down tram, shut down codeine, shot
down anything narcotics. Am on my
15th day now n am feeling d way I
should without tram (except for some
very slight normal headaches n fever
dat comes n once I tk paracetamol, it
subsides) and am very happy about
that.
So pls my dear nairalanders,
plsssssssssss, like painpill said, “stay out
of cheap drugs”. Thanks for your
audience and sorry for taking all your
time..
note:this was copied from nairaland.

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