YES I’M HIGH WRITING THIS – MY EXPERIENCE WITH TRAMADOL
If you’re someone who has a chronic illness pain trying different pain killers becomes the norm. You have to figure out what pain relief works for your symptoms, if any. When I used to have flare ups of pain I would take paracetamol and ibuprofen which did not touch the sides. Now I take codeine, co-drydomol and naproxen which is better but as times going on sometimes these don’t even cut it. This time round I’ve had a pretty bad flare up. I’m around 6/7 weeks post op (diagnostic laparoscopy, endometriosis excision surgery). My flare ups have been just as bad if not worse than before my operation. So today I took tramadol. Here’s my experience with tramadol.
I took tramadol at around 6pm. The wooziness started around 7.30pm. I dropped on our sofa in the lounge and all of a sudden had this numbing feeling. It was like my body was just so peaceful. Then I got really emotional. I began crying and my boyfriend looked at me and was like wtf? Are you ok? He was so concerned because it came out of nowhere (I mean it’s not like I do this a lot – lol jk I defo cry randomly all the time). Then I felt really, really drowzy. Now i’m pretty used to the effects codeine does to me. I’ve had morphine multiple times for christ sake but this was like I was a complete zombie. My boyfriend helped me up to get into bed. I felt so sloppy, I just lay in his arms with tears running down my face not knowing why the hell I was so upset. It was pretty comical actually. I felt almost like I was detached from my body and even after around 2 hours I could still feel pain down my left leg and hip yet my whole body felt so numb and still.
FALLING DOWN A RABBIT HOLE
I tried to sleep but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t sleep. I ended up watching YouTube videos of girls dying their hair quirky colours. 1 video soon turned into 3, 3 turned into 6 and before you know it I’m sat their keying my paypal information into a hair dying website buying two obnoxious colours that I wasn’t even sure I wanted! Then the dread came fluttering through me. I felt so guilty because me and my boyfriend are saving up to go on our little adventure next year. I text him ‘I’ve done something bad because I fell high’. He came in and was like ‘what is going on’ with a smirk on his face. I burst out that I fell down a YouTube rabbit hole which led me to buy some overpriced vegan friendly hair dye in the colour ‘anime’ and ‘cloud’. He laughed out loud and hugged me. Comforted me that it was ok. He stroked my hair and I felt numb again. My words kept coming out slowly. Or at least I think that’s what they sounded like. That’s how it felt when I spoke. Like I was slurring.
SLEEPING ON TRAMADOL
Personally, this is what scared me. My heart was racing. I kept waking up saying I’d seen something in the bedroom. Like hallucinating, but I wasn’t sure if I was half asleep. My body was shaking as though I was cold. People say tramadol is good for making you sleepy. Which is kind of true in my experience with tramadol. I was like a zombie but I was becoming so anxious I couldn’t sleep.
RESEARCHING OTHER ALTERNATIVES
After my experience with tramadol being a somewhat negative one. I’m still doing my research into alternatives for pain relief. I’ve been looking at CBD oil which I’ve read is legal in the UK. I’ve also read that some strains of CBD oil will be made illegal to buy from January 2018. Since going vegan I’ve very much become more aware of what I’m putting into my body so I would like to look at a more natural pain relief like CBD. If any of you have experience with CBD please do let me know in the comments. Leave me your social media links too – I always love to interact with you guys. And if you suffer from a chronic illness just remember that when life throws problems at you, throw rainbows back – because you got this girlllll!!
Related reading – ‘Chronic Illness Sufferers – You Got This!’