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Loritab 7.5 did i become addicted...because i stopped cold turkey and got real sick

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  • Posted By: LINDAORO1
  • December 24, 2011
  • 01:40 AM

On October 29, 2011, I broke my fibula, small long bone in my left leg. Doctors prescribed loritab 7.5 for pain and I had 3 or 4 refills on the bottle. Note, I have fibromyalgia and had the loritabs to be taken as needed for pain but I very rarely had to take one for the fibro. I have a very, very low threshhold for pain and I thanked God that I had that medication to get me through when I broke the leg and I had to take them religiously every 4 hours to stay somewhat pain free in the broken leg. After a month of taking the loritabs as I described to you, it felt like they had stopped working. I had a doctors appointment coming up so I decided to talk to them about it. Fast forward to this past Monday. I had run out of the Loritabs BUT I had a vial of tramadol that I was prescribed for something or another many moons ago. I took one and it worked in ten minutes. The directions said to be taken once every 8 hrs. as needed for pain. I thought, wow, the loritabs I had to take religiously every 4 hrs. to keep myself pain free in my broken leg. I told my doctor that I wanted to switch to tramadol and he said ok and prescribed tramadol. Note, at this doctor's appointment they said I was running a low grade fever. I had been sweating alot but I didn't think anything of it. My blood pressure was fine. Well, I had been off the loritabs for approximately 2 days and a severe headache came on, like a migraine. Then the next day, I woke up with the headache more intense than the prior day. I had some errands to do and I had my 4 yr. old in the car with me and all of a sudden I became so nauseous that I had to pull off the highway and into the parking lot of some commercial pipe business and I just started to have the dry heaves and I actually felt like I was going to collapse. I laid over the hood of my car. I thought if a cop sees this, they are going to call an ambulance. That's how sick I was. Stayed there for about 15 or 20 minutes until I felt well enough to get back in the car and drive home. Got home, got in bed, layed there, fever and chills. Never been that sick in my life. Then it dawned on me, was the loritab being stopped so suddenly the cause of this? Now, here's my question, I have now sworn off taking any type of pain med either for my fibromyalgia or for this broken leg. I am only going to take aspirin from now on. But, will my leg pain go away? I know the bone is healing as that's what the doctor says. But, then why does it still hurt? Of course, not like when it first happened, but like I said I do have a low threshhold for pain and I want to know that this pain in the leg will go away eventually. Anyone know? Thanks!

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  • I am a recovering addict and that is how it got started forme. I was givin pain medicaton for my wisdom teeth being removed and because I worked at the dental office every time I said wow I am still in pain 1 of the doctors would just give me a script. When I stopped taking the medication I got so sick, leg cramps, stomach ache, it felt like I had the worst flu and that is what I thought it was. One day I had such a headache and still feeling bad after 4 days of no medcation I had a headache so bad I was throwing up then one of the doc's gave me a script for Vicidon and I was in heaven, all of a sudden no pain anywhere and I felt amazing. So because I was so afraid of feeling such pain I was taking pain meds for the next year and could not stop. Afer a while 1 didn't work anymore and had to take 2 and so on, by the time the year was up I was up to 30 to 40 Vicodon a day. I went to rehab and kept sliping and going back using, stay away from them at all cost. It will ruin your life and no good will come of it. The only thing that you will get is jail,instution or death.
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