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My Mind Was Clearly Dulled
Tramadol
by TheMind
Citation:   TheMind. "My Mind Was Clearly Dulled: An Experience with Tramadol (exp108522)". Erowid.org. Dec 28, 2017. erowid.org/exp/108522

 
DOSE:
6 mg oral Pharms - Lorazepam (daily)
    oral Pharms - Tramadol (daily)

BODY WEIGHT: 240 lb


I feel a need to give a personal warning against Tramadol. They are not kidding when they say itís a STRONG drug.

I had, to some degree still have, problems with bad general anxiety, and accompanying bad pains which were oddly un-located, sort of All Around. (Iíve only recently learned that this is not unusual and doctors canít help apparently.) So I tried all kinds of different drugs from the Net. One which I felt made a difference was Tramadol. So I used it for several years, getting up to insane doses like six hundred mg daily, partly because it didnít *really* help overall but only suppressed the pain for some hours and then it came back worse.

The first pill gave me a high, one of the few ones Iíve had. Iím supposedly intelligent and this should have given me a clue to not continue. But I did, and I used a lot of money on the thing over the following years.

I quit about eight weeks ago. My doctor warned me it would be very tough
I quit about eight weeks ago. My doctor warned me it would be very tough
, he was not wrong. But the INTENTION to quit is everything. A firm intention.

The first couple of weeks after quitting, several nights the unlocated Pain was so bad I could not even lie down! It was a horror show, and I only made it through because Iíd become convinced that if I continued the Trams it would kill me within a couple of years, I had become only weaker and sicker while taking them.

I only got the incentive to quit because I got a bad anxiety attack at the dentistís, and it could have been a heart attack so they called an ambulance. Iím a strong-willed person, but I donít think I could have quit if something like that had not happened. Thatís why I recommend not starting. Itís not easy to handle pain of any kind, outer or inner. But unless itís quite temporary and prescribed, I would go with mental ďletting goĒ therapies, whatever seems to work for. Drugs are only symptom suppressors, and have side effects which can get bad. (Even Paracetamol will frig up your liver if you take it for a couple of years.)

Within the first few days after quitting, my mind seemed to wake up and I started noticing a lot more around me and also my own thoughts. My mind was clearly dulled by the pills.

I should note I was also on Lorazepam (Ativan, a benzodiazepine), which Iím almost fully off now. It only helped moderately with the anxiety, but it seems to have worsened my situation, the detox symptoms got worse when I tried cold-turkeying it a few days after cold-turkeying Tramadol. I was on 6-8mg daily, also a high dose.

Exp Year: 2009-2016ExpID: 108522
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: 50 
Published: Dec 28, 2017Views: 510
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