I have cervial spondylodis and very bad back and take the Tramadol for that but also for Depression. It kills two birds with one stone. I do not think I'm addicted but there isn't an alternative I can find to switch to. The benefits of Tramadol in this case outweigh the negatives. The only thing that ever worked for the pain before was Prendisone which I cant take and stronger opiates which I do not want. My doctor tried to give me Vicodan with Paxil as an alternative but I said no and remain on the tramadol. 300mg a day is the dosage--100mg 3 x a day. I do not feel like I took a drug nor get a "high". It just numbs the pain somewhat and I am not crying depressed nor jumpiong for joy. I feel normal and it took 4 years to get this way, trial and error. So why do I hear on news that Tramadol is being abused and is a bad thing all of a sudden, I hardly think it gets you high, just dulls pain for me. It is even sold over the counter in some countries so I don't see what the problem is?
3 Dec 2010
For you there seems to be no problem. You are taking them as directed, not abusing them, and perhaps you should not worry about it. For some people the potential for addiction is great with Tramadol, but for others it is a lifesaver.
Best wishes to you,
3 Dec 2010
Thanks for the response. I never worry about addiction. I dont really think that a person in pain who uses a painkiller to stop it, is an addict. Even if they are hooked on the meds... isnt it better than pain if there is no alternatives? Unless the medication is affecting them in a negative way I see no reason to not prescribe morphine or even stronger meds, as long as it is for pain and that is the last resort. If there is nothing else but the choice of being an addict or being in pain... I choose addict.
I would take no pills if I had a choice, but the Governemt should stay out of the pill business and let people choose what their Dr. thinks is best... all of this scheduled crap is stupid, no other countries do this as far as we go. In South America there is alchohol,coke and pot everywhere and basically no enforcemnt of drinking age laws but you do not see nearly as many drunk driving deaths nor kids abusing it, you rarely see binge drinkers like here. Same with many parts of Europe. Perhaps we go too far in this country telling people what they can and cannot have? I do not drink nor have I ever done street drugs but not because I was told not to, because I chose not to. People need to grow some spine, if they don't maybe thats God's way of culling the weak ones? If they want to kill themselves drinking and drugging then go ahead but do not involve others. I think Methadone clinics are a joke. Detoxing in a jail cell will teach them a lesson they will not get from Methadone which is just another "high" for these people. Stop pampering these drug addicts and toss them in jail. Leave the rest of us law abiding citizens alone.
3 Dec 2010
LEMON is absolutely right! U r taki.g as directed, it is numbing the pain and your depression, and u r not abusing it or getting high. The stuff on the news is more along the lines of abusing it. I would stay just where u r as long as it continued to help both problems. I have really bad back problems and ten yrs ago my old Dr. put me on lortab (vicodin) and it was the biggest mistake ever becuz I got highly addicted and have been in treatment goin on 4yrs now and it is hard to overcome. Do not switch to any opiates unless necessary. U might could take opiates for a short time and not get addicted, but the longer, the higher the risk of addiction. In my opinion it sounds to me like u r right where u need to be. Unless anything changes u r Safe. Good Luck and keep us posted. Be extra careful if u do change, and I am.sure I can speak for Lemon and myself when I say we r here if u need advice or to talk. I will friend u.so.u can talkto me privately. Talk to.u soon... Anna
3 Dec 2010
Being in pain is bad for the one's health. It causes all sorts of bad chemical reactions in the body that are stressful on almost every organ. It's also horrible for the soul or spirit, and mind. That's why there are so many suicides from pain.
There is a huge difference between addiction and dependence.
Diabetics are dependent on their medicine. So are chronic pain patients who take pain medicine.
It is only when one abuses medicine, ie; takes it to get high or to "feel better" even when the pain is already controlled is it addiction.
3 Dec 2010
Although there are parts of your statement I don't agree with, overall, your main points I do. Tramadol is a dual acting medication. Its' been known to work on pain as well as depression. The problem is when people take handfuls of them at a time. And since they lower the seizure threshold, when you try and quit them cold turkey, convulsions and seizures is a serious possibility. People will always find a way to abuse medications. The government can't regulate that. But like you, when taken responsibly, can work very well for people. Abuse is different from dependence. And dependence is different from addiction. But the worst is an addict who abuses. Personally, I'm addicted to my medications. I've grown not only a physical dependence on them, but a psychological one as well. It happens.
Even though I don't abuse them, when my refill date comes around, I get a little panicky, count my pills to make sure I have enough in case the refill date falls on a weekend, worry that my surgeon may be out of town, irrational thoughts that I need to get a grip on. A good friend of mine here has given me some home remedies to try. He lives in India where you can buy benzo's by the bagful, legally. The one that seems to be helping is warm cream and freshly ground tumeric. Tastes like dung but seems to help relax me and ease some of my muscle pain. I'm getting off track here, sorry. But my point is, when you take meds responsibly, they DO help. But many people who end up abusing medications are covering up a deeper pain and may need help, not prison. I'm happy your medication works well for you. So many people who post here have the opposite problem. Nothing seems to work for them. Have a good weekend and best wishes to you.
3 Dec 2010
yes if the tramadol is wroking keep with it but be caareful, about a year ago my doc put me on tramadol 100mg 4x a day and said it wasnt addictive and even though i take the prescribed dosage i feel im very dependant on them now, so be caeful because addiction and dependance sneaks up on you, so dont take it unless you absolutely feel you need to.
4 Dec 2010
YES!, Thank You so much! I am taking Rysolt, 100 mg. which has an anti-depressant included with a pain medication. I still have spasms, but they don't hurt as much. or as often. And mentally I am in a better place. I am hearing a lot of negitive things about the tramadol, which has worried me. Presently I am only a month into this therapy, but am worried, about the bad things I have heard form the forum. And these are very smart people, who have taken this walk , before, and I am hearing things, that are making me think twice, about this product. I have no happy or high feelings, just a dulling of the pain, which is suposed to be a 24hr. pill that actually gives me about 6 good hours and I can feel it wareing off, and I start spasming again.
9 Dec 2010
Hello, I am new, but wanted to respond because I understand. I suffer from a depressive disorder, sever at times and have cervical problems that cause a great deal of pain. I've been to my "regular Doctor" many times for help. He referred me, after taking a mri of the brain and neck, he informed me I had some flattening of the spinal nerve... but I went to him with a complaint of neck pain and headaches. This would not cause those symptoms. So, bulging disks and bone spurs had me referred to a pain management specialist. I know, I don't know, but I tell you I know this Dr. was one that put his patients on a conveyor belt and roll them down the assembly line. No questions no answers... until tests are completed. This is a four to six week process. I have insurance, but the "at time of visit" were absolute and high. I did have chronic pain but not every minute of every day.
The type of pain and and area in that region varied as much as the degree of pain. I was scheduled for a treatment one week. The morning of, I woke with nausea and a tickle in my upper neck. When I lifted my head vertigo stepped in. I called concerned that I should not take the shot in the spinal cord that day. I was told, as sick as I was, to come in right away. My husband and I made the one hour trip. He moved my head in all directions. The neck did not hurt that morning, it made me dizzy and nauseous. The Dr. seemed angry. He only would say the previous shots did not cause my trouble. I told him I knew they had not, but also did not help my pain. It did not locate the nerve endings he planned to burn... woohoo; first I heard of that. He referred me back to the general practice physician noting I should see an Neurosurgeon!
I capitalized that because the neurosurgeon informed me that they should have referred me to a Neuralogist. How could they not know. He suggested 12 days of physical theropy. I went and the theropy ended and I gave up.
A year later I returned to the family Dr. He prescribed Tramadol and said he could do nothing else except refer me back to a Dr. I could not afford and had zero report with. I explained I could not afford and wondered about the TINS or something anything but Tramadol or Hydro... whatever. Neither worked well and the Tramadol... you are so right... did not have the tendency to abuse because it makes you feel worse in ways. I did experience mild, flu like symptoms when I stopped taking Tramadol. But, it was not a lot and not a long period.
I've read all I could find because I am absolutely positive Drs get their knowldge concerning medication from the Pharmacutical reps. Tramado and SSRI anti depressants can lead to seisure. I had symptoms... vertigo, sudden falling, confusion, lines floating across my eyes... nausea. These are the signs that a seisure or stroke are in the makings. I feel worse than when I just gobbled asprin.
Tramadol can cause depression. It does for me. I do know that some Drs. prescribe the older trycicline anti depressants which are super effective with pain. I hate them. For me, weight gain was a real turn off. Others have no problem. If the combination works, stick with it. But, you might want to get a second opinion. Paxil is banned now... I think, not sure. I've read a lot of negatives and dangers concerning Tramadol.
Perhaps you could find an alternative by getting a second opinion. I believe the problem with weight gain was due to my belief I would and women always seem to have more of a problem with weight issues.
I would ask, if you managed to wade through all this non-expert ramble, please let me know if you find an answer tha does not include Tramadol or the other addictive drugs... Tramadol is a narcotic; my doctor perscribed so much of it, I don't think he reads a thing having to do with medications and updates. I live in a seriously rural region of a seriously rural state.
My quality of life is going down too fast. I am crying... sorry but thank you for the question.
11 May 2012
I have been taking Tramadol for almost 10 years for the pain of Fibromyalgia. About 5 weeks ago I decided that I was tired of being in such a fog all of the time and the Tramadol did not really take away much of my pain anymore. I started tapering the dosage down slowly for two weeks and then three weeks ago I stopped taking it altogether. The withdrawal symptoms were so bad that I had to take a three week leave of absence from my job. I was in the depth of depression like never before in my life. I shook (especially at night) all the time and felt like I wanted to tare my skin off. I had chills and was very sick to my stomac. I could not put one foot in front of the other without extreme effort. HOWEVER, I am now so much better! The depression is really starting to lift and I don't shake too much anymore. I feel more clear headed than I have felt in years. It was so worth it - but even a week ago I would not have said that, I felt so, so sick.
I sometimes thought I would need to go to a rehab center, and I only took what the Dr. prescribed to me - never more (300 mg/day). They are finding out more and more about this drug and how it changes people over time and how HARD it is to get off of. I will now deal with my pain in other ways - cold packs, heat packs, stretching, etc. and not irritating my trigger points. Good luck with your decision - it's always difficult to decide and sometimes only experience can persuade us.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
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