Anyone use Tramadol for their pain?

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Registered: 01-30-2007
Anyone use Tramadol for their pain?
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Sat, 08-10-2013 - 2:25pm

Hello, I'm wondering if anyone here has used Tramadol for their pain?  Is it safe?  I have gone on-line and read that it can be addicting.  I was taking this for 10 days prior to getting my colonoscopy because you cannot take NSAIDS when you're having that kind of procedure.  I was prescribed Tramadol and it seemed like it helped me!  I was thinking of scheduling an appointment to talk to the doctor about this.  I really don't want to take another medication, or any medication for that matter, but at 50 years old I feel myself getting weaker all the time, and I just have to do something different than what I'm doing now.  I have chronic back pain and arthritis in my spine.  I have a 4 month old granddaughter and I'm so afraid I'm not going to be able to play with her and enjoy her like I should, I just have to try something new.  The colonoscopy, btw, was for screening purposes and everything's fine, don't need another for 10 years. 

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Registered: 08-13-2012
Sun, 08-11-2013 - 10:59am

I tried it and it works well but I am very concerned about becomming addicted to it. I went that route with Ambien and I had a horrible time trying to get off of it.

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Registered: 12-28-2010
Mon, 09-23-2013 - 3:30pm

Hi!  I used tramadol for the last year and a half.  It was working fine at one point and then, unfortunately, began to lose it's effectiveness.  When I had knee surgery last month, I stopped taking it and had a very rough time with physical withdrawal symptoms.  I thought I was insane until I googled it and found others who had similar horrible times getting off it.  This is one medication I am not willing to try again but that is only my opinion.  If it helps, I am sure your doctor can help you wean off when the time comes so, hopefully, you do not have a hard time.  And, maybe you won't. 

Good luck! 

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Registered: 01-30-2007
Mon, 09-23-2013 - 7:11pm

Hi!  I'm only using the Tramadol for very acute pain, for no more than a day.  When I use it sometimes the pain does come back worse than it was, but sometimes it helps enough to get me through.  I am going to try just acupuncture alone and see if that helps.  I was always getting acupuncture with an adjustment at my chiropractor but the adjustment always makes me sore.  I have arthritis in my spine and I'm thinking that the adjustments just aren't good for me.  So, I'm going to try acupuncture like once a week for awhile and see what happens. 

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Registered: 12-28-2010
Tue, 09-24-2013 - 9:38am

If you are only using it a day at a time, I definitely wouldn't worry about physical withdrawal.  For me, I was taking it every day so that is probably why I had a rough time. I was thinking about trying acupuncture...please let me know if it works for you...I need to do SOMETHING...this pain is getting intolerable!

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Registered: 01-30-2007
Tue, 09-24-2013 - 12:02pm

Ugghh, knee pain must be horrible.  I do have knee pain sometimes and it is not fun.  At least with my back pain it doesn't usually hurt to walk.  I am knocking on wood, as I write this, but I think having the acupuncture, without the adjustment, might just do the trick.  I'm sure it's just temporary and I will keep having to go in, and I don't know yet if insurance covers just the acupuncture, but I don't think I care.  This chiropractor is very reasonable with their fees and if it costs me $30 or whatever every 1 or 2 weeks, then so be it.  I want to feel better and try to get stronger so I can enjoy my 5 month old granddaughter!  I'm SO tired of being in pain!  BTW, I was sore that evening and the next day after the acupuncture, but I took the Tramadol for a day and it got me through.