While researching solutions to my necessary but hellish upcoming withdrawal from Dr. prescribed Tramadol ( Ultram ) I remembered trying Kratom in 2004, and decided to give it a go. It allowed for a relatively painless and quick withdrawal, as I decided to quit Ultram cold-turkey. In addition to that miracle, it has allowed me to manage ongoing arthritis and chronic fibromyalgia in a safe and cost-effective manner. I have been off narcotics for almost 2 years now, and thanks to Kratom, the gentle cousin of the coffee plant, I have my health and my life back. Without it, I would likely be dead. It’s that simple.