I have posted recently about having terrible back and rib pain. I had been on tramadol for two years and was having terible side effects (headache, nasuea) and kept telling me dr. that. He wanted me to stay on it and I kept calling his office about it. Two weeks ago, I started having horrible pain attacks mentioned above. My rheumy started to believe that something else was wrong and ordered a bone scan and put me on a prednisone pack (the third set that he has put me on since Sept.) He would not give me anything for pain so I ended up at the hospital for some relief. I called my primary dr. and she told me stop the tramadol immediately and put me on percocet. she only gave me a limited supply for a week and a half. I am now awaiting my test results and have no pain meds and my back has started twitching like crazy and it hurts. I have some xanax and it helps me to sleep a little but that burning searing pain keeps coming back and now it comes with the twitching. Is this drug withdrawal and if so what do I do. I feel like I will be at the hospital again soon. Can somebody help me?