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479459 tn?1246742019

brain zaps from tramadol/ultram?

Does anyone else get brain zaps when they decrease a dose or first thing in the morning when they haven't taken any yet? It feels like a fishing wire is tied around my brain and someone is tugging on it.
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Tramadol is a designer drug that I wish had never been created, and I had never laid eyes on. As if opioid WD wasn’t bad enough, to throw SNRI WD in on top of it, and I swear it feels like it has benzo WD as well, and tell people twenty years ago that it wasn’t habit forming. Yea right the liars! I have found great assistance with CBD, and a few other options. Yes, CBD from hemp. It acts as an antagonist to the CB1 and 2 receptors, and not only aids in cannabis WD and cravings, but it’s actions have shown great promise with opioid and even cocaine WD and cravings. An option, a mild SSRI and bupropion an NDRI, help with depleted serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, during weaning and WD’s, that results in brain zaps. Do a low morning dose of bupropion, to avoid additional insomnia, and the SSRI at night. 5-htp can be used as an OTC substitute for an SSRI, and L-tyrosine a sub for bupropion but L-tyr only boosts dopamine not norepinephrine, but still helps some. Melatonin can help with sleep. Omega fatty acids especially 3, sunflower lecithin, B-6, B-12, magnesium, vit D3, and Acetyl L-Carnitine with alpha lipoic acid all help with brain zaps and fog. The best help though, has been CBD. It helps calm the mental chaos some, the anxiety, the depression, the mental dwell time, the thoughts and cravings for tramadol just seem to be eased. It’s easier to make bigger dose reductions when you’re on a high daily dosage, but gets harder the lower the dosage you get down to. I’m down to a half (25mg) of a tramadol in the morning and a half at night. I’ve never been this low, or this close and I’m ready to make a mad dash for the finish line. I can’t wait! I hope this helps anyone wanting free of tramadol. There’s more research and options now than there used to be. Don’t wait too long because of fear of WD’s. I wasted too much of my life as a slave to this miserable drug that has now become the go-to post operative, and emergency room, pain killer because MD’s are afraid of prescribing sched II hydrocodone or oxycodone, because of the opioid crisis, but those two are actually easier to get off of and have less potential for abuse/addiction than sched IV tramadol. It’s crazy. Tramadol also increases intracranial pressure, for all you high b.p. and stroke risk patients out there, and has risks for seizures and sudden death, so be very careful with it. Well, good luck all!
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I get this with Tramadol.  It's f*ckng brutal.   I tried everything to remedy this situation.  I tried klonopins, High-dose neurontins..   But since this is such a serious condition:  I will be honest to what really helps:   High-dose Robitussin.

I know this sounds "edgy"...  but when you need help, you need help
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Thats crazy that you like brain zaps! I just found out what i have .I thought it was a serious condition, but its going without tramadol.
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Thats crazy that you like brain zaps! I just found out what i have .I thought it was a serious condition, but its going without tramadol.
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I get mild brain zaps every morning.  They are mild though.  They stop about 20 minutes after I take my first dose.  I kinda like the feeling of brain zaps though.  
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631581 tn?1224844661
That is good information for me...I'm on Effexor and if I forget to take it by the next AM I have what I would call Brain Zaps--great phrase.  Like little bright lightening bolts behind my eyes.  Have to shake my head a bit and I feel like I'm doing it in slo-mo.
Does not help the original poster but at lease I know that I'm not the only one with it.
january43
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511524 tn?1266349934
that hbappens when ppl on anti-depresants dont take there dose the day before, no one knows the exact cause, but tramadol is a synthetic quasi-opioid and also a rapidly acting anti-dpressant that has to do with serontin lefvels and norepenephrine, so thats probably the cause of it, my girlfirend was on an anti dpressant called lexaproa nd when she missed a dose her brain would shake and tug it was horrendous to see i felt terrible but there very little you can do with that situation but with yours if you took a tramadol it would go away after it takes effect, but you need to taper off of tramadol slowly otherwise you risk seizures and normal opioid wd's...-christos
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633961 tn?1222615789
I get those all the time from Fentanyl.....I didnt think anyone else would know what im talking about. I get them more when a higher dose is in my sytem though.....sorry this did not help you at all i know....just wanted to share
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479459 tn?1246742019
Thanks. I got these when going off of cymbalta. It must be from decreasing the seratonin is all I can guess...
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thanks for replying.
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631119 tn?1222782326
I do get that. Mine occurs when trying to sleep. Look up my posts on my profile and read the thread with the title "Please help, lortab withdrawl symptoms". There is a medical condition called Opiate Induced Myoclonus. It explains more in my thread. I experience these while on Lortabs and Tramadol. Hope this helps some.
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I got these first when waking up from tramadol, and more currently all day and night.  We are trying to figure out what the cause is, although I'm hesitant to taper off because it has helped my pain.
I got these first when waking up from tramadol, and more currently all day and night.  We are trying to figure out what the cause is, although I'm hesitant to taper off because it has helped my pain.
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