Just wanted to share my experience with everyone in case it helps someone avoid what i am going through now. This will probably be my last post here as having spent the last 5 years in pain and convinced it was endo i finally persuaded the gynae to do lap, which i went skipping optimistically into on Monday so sure this was the start of feeling better only to be told it was all clear. I must have been the only person coming out of hospital crying in desperation and devastation having been told there wasen't a problem there. So back to square one for me
Anyway, before surgery, i decided that afterwards i would ditch the Tramadol that i've been taking for a year 3 times a day. A rash decision especially as they were the only thing that worked for me but again- ever optimistic! To cut a long story short it seems that i am now hooked on the painkiller, Tramadol. Suffered severe withdrawel symptoms for 2 days before i couldn't stand it any longer and gave in. After taking just one pill it only took about 30 mins before i felt like me again. The symptoms being an army of ants digging with spades in my insides or maybe a crackling fire consuming me. Dizziness, nausea, sweating and shivering, anxiety, feelings of despair and literally wanting to die. I shut myself off from everyone and couldn't even make a call to my sick, elderly Mother. I was as they say almost literally climbing the walls.
My GP is now exploring other avenues again for the pain but to be honest that now seems secondary to getting myself of these evil pills. I have started a plan of smaller dose, slow release Tramadol and i guess will have to take each day as it comes. Yesterday was the first day doing this and i just about held in there - but only just.
Please, please ladies i do know how much pain you are all in and it makes me sad when i read your stories and think of my own but be careful about what you use to control your pain. I definately regret having set eyes on Tramadol and now feel that i have given myself just another problem to deal with.
Take care ladies xxx