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NateTut1 posted:
I have been using Trammadol for my sciatica & degenerated disk for a few years & it makes it possible for me to walk. I have no addiction issues & I use it only as directed by my doctor. It doesn't leave me pain free, but I have none of the side effects of other opiates I have tried.
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_swank_ responded:
The problem I have with Tramadol is that it is absolutely useless. I think the same can be said for many others on this forum. It is not very strong and for many of us it does not even touch the pain.
Laura0711 responded:
HI Nate
I have used Tramadol for years and I find that if helps for arthritis type pain that is more of an ache than any severe pain. I have used it for post trauma arthritis in my ankle since at least 05 and it has worked very well for that type of pain. However, for the severe pain I have from my Avasacular Necrosis in my hips it doesn't touch any of the pain at all. I wouldn't use it for severe pain at all because it doesn't work on that type of pain it is made to work on an arthritis type pain is what my Dr. told me about it's best uses. I hope this helps you some.

annette030 replied to _swank_'s response:
Hi, Swank

Tramadol is not very strong, but it worked well for me for many years along with my other opiates. I took it once a day in the mornings when I got up at 100 mg., along with my long acting morphine.

I cannot explain this but it did help. I tried discontinuing it several times for several weeks/months and each time the pain was much worse in the day-times and evenings. I would go back on it, and the pain would improve. I continued this drug as long as I took the morphine. When I switched over to methadone, I discontinued it.

I really believe that this drug helped me keep my dose of opiates lower than it might have been otherwise. Scientifically, I don't know why it would do this, but it did.

I would personally suggest one discuss trying it with your doctor very early in your pain experience. Try it at both 50 mg. a dose and 100 mg. a dose and see if it helps you. Many folks with FMS have mentioned that if they take it on a set schedule they do better than if they try taking it only as needed. They state they also have increased energy, I did not notice that, but I had had FMS for many years before trying it.

Everyone is different in how they react to drugs, better to stay on the lesser drugs as long as possible, then move up to the stronger ones.

Take care, Annette
Barefooter77 replied to annette030's response:
I agree that taking tramadol every day on a set schedule, it can help some. But if you only take it when the pain is bad, I tell people you might as well take m&m's, at least they taste good and they work about the same.
annette030 replied to Barefooter77's response:
Studies have shown that ALL pain meds work better if they are taken when the pain starts and not when it is really bad.

Tramadol is milder than many of the opiate type pain meds, but it does have its place.

Take care, Annette

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