Citation: edgewise1. "Seizures After 10 Years: An Experience with Tramadol (exp92913)". Erowid.org. Nov 23, 2015. erowid.org/exp/92913
I have been on Tramadol for over 10 years. I started out using it to stop withdrawals from Hydrocodone and Percocet, and it worked really well for that purpose. But the opioids dried up and Tramadol was/is readily available.
I want to stop at this point and just say that I know how STUPID, irresponsible, and dangerous it was to take the amounts I have.
I began taking Tramadol on a regular basis in 2004. This regular basis is everyday. I was addicted to this drug in short order, but I always thought that I would be the one who would not experience wd's [withdrawals] and that I could quit any time I felt like it. Oh how ignorant I was!
My tolerance went up, up, and up, to the point that I was taking 1800 to 2000 mg's a day. This was beginning to cost a lot of money, about $600 a month. But I make good money, and so I have continued to use.
On the day in question, this being the dosages and times I have included with this report, I was behind the wheel of my vehicle. I had taken my neighbor grocery shopping, and had just turned into my driveway and stopped to let her out. I remember that I was thinking about what I was going to be doing later on that evening, when I became aware of someone leaning over me asking me my name, and telling me I had just suffered a seizure!
I was placed in the ambulance and taken to the Emergency Room at our local hospital. Blood was drawn, a CAT scan was done, and then the questions. When the CAT scan came back it showed no tumors that may have caused the seizure. Then the blood tests came back clean. The doctor asked me 3 or 4 times if I was a heavy drinker, and I kept telling him I was not, because I rarely drink alcohol anymore.
During all of this my neighbor had come into the room and told me what had happened. It seems like I was sitting there one moment and the next my neighbor and I were barreling down my driveway and heading toward a power pole. She was able to grab the wheel and yank the truck to the right, missing the pole, but not the tree! The tree was small though, maybe 10ft in height, and we ran right through it taking it completely down. Then I took the corner out of an outbuilding two yards over. My neighbor was able, at this point, to grab the shifter and throw it into park, ending the ride. Of course I was still in the midst of the seizure. Another neighbor pulled me out of my truck and put me on my side, since I was foaming at the mouth. My eyes rolled back also. This was a typical Grand Mal seizure. I was told it took 5 people, three EMT's, and 2 LE officers to hold me still long enough to place me on the stretcher and then strap me down.
I was released from the hospital about three hours after arriving, with the doctor still scratching his head over the cause.
This event really creeped me out!! Just the thought of how quickly it happened, with no symptoms to forewarn me it was happening. And then to be behind the steering wheel.......UH.
I was very lucky that I did only property damage and no one was physically injured. Of course my insurance is taking care of the damage I caused.
If nothing else, please just remember that even though you have never had a seizure due to this med, it is still possible, and frightening as hell!!
[Reported Dose: '800mg @ 630AM 600mg @ 100.PM 600mg @ 400PM']
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