I have been prescribed tramadol for about four years now maybe even longer. I began taking it prior to it becoming a schedule IV controlled substance. I also have a history of substance abuse. I found that tramadol was like no other pain pill I’ve ever taken. I have been able to take none to five pills daily for several years now without having any sorts of cravings or withdrawals. My doctor upped my dose to 4 50mg pills daily. After not taking a day off of the for probably close to three years I decided to “test” my dependency on them. I am now eight days without taking any and I have like 100 pills left. Let me tell you I’ve gone through some crazy withdrawals in my lifetime the worst being Oxycontin. This week I have had what I’d say close to ZERO signs of any withdrawals. I was overly sleepy the first few days but part of that was due to me not getting enough sleep to begin with. I noticed some muscle spasms in my legs and feet when laying down but nothing more at all. Now I realize everybody is different so this doesn’t mean everyone else will have the same experience I’ve had. I have also stopped taking them because I want to lower my tolerance so I don’t have to take 4 or more pills to achieve the effects of the pill. How long would you imagine one would have to lay off them if they’ve been using them everyday for about three years if one wants to regain their tolerance? Any suggestions will be helpful. I'm not looking for someone to make up my mind for me here or anything, thanks.