On going for over a week, got better but now it is back. Starting at the bace of the scull going along the spine to right above the bra line and out through the sholder and down the arm. Below the elbow and through the hand is ocnly numb with tingling in outside part of hand/ring & pinky fingers. It becomes this severe no less than 2 times a year.
24 Feb 2012
It could,it's an opiate streath non-opiate but is your question will Tramadol work for the pain you described if taken with with Soma which I assume you know is a muscle relaxer with some pain relieving properties & if that's your question the only way to know is to try. Both even though there not controlled substance drugs are considered somewhat (or more in to some people) habit forming. Just thought I'd throw that factoid in just in case you didn't know already. Good luck.
26 Feb 2012
Hi, I am not really sure why you decided on Tramadol there are plenty of pain medications out there. I don't know if it is right for you, I found a little information on it and since it relieves moderate to severe pain I will send it long. Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Tramadol extended-release tablets are only used by people who are expected to need medication to relieve pain around-the-clock for a long time. Tramadol is in a class of medications called opiate agonists. It works by changing the way the body senses pain. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a695011.htm.l I guess you would have to see a doctor to get a perscription and maybe decide a course of action from there good luck.
26 Feb 2012
Sorry for your pain. I know exactly what you are describing... having walked a marathon in your shoes. I know in the prescribing information for nurses and other healthcare providers that Tramadol or Ultram is listed under opiod analgesics for moderate to severe pain. Supposedly, it is supposed to be as good as oxycodone in relieving pain. I personally, did not find that to be the case. Taking a tramadol was as if I took a sugar pill. I also found the Somas, or carisoprodols to be ineffective for relieving my ung*dly muscle spasms in my neck. But, as we all know everyone is different and those two medications may be the perfect comblo for your pain. I truly hope so. It is not pleasant starting the pain med lader (as I call it).
The only thing you can do if those meds don't work, before you start on opiates, is get an MRI and getting a neuro consult to see if anything can be done surgically(I wouldn't advise that as I believe surgery is the final option).
Peace be with you.
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26 Feb 2012
I have your identical problem, & a muscle spasm in the neck is well, a pain in the neck or a pain in the a$$! I take the generic Flexeril for these neck spasms. I am surprised as my friend Laura says, you need an MRI to see if you have bulging discs with a stenoisis(pushing on spinal cord) or maybe arthritis, which can also pinch nerves in the neck causing these symtoms. It's like like you can't walk out a muscle cramp in the neck so I understand. Tilt your neck as far the other way & massage vigorously to start with or have someone do it for you.Once it starts to settle down, Roll your neck as much as you can. Usually when I get sone, another is waiting in the wings to happen, voila, the flexeril & it works great! I have never had Soma, but husband has for his back & it really helped him, but it's like with many things, sometimes it's differnt strokes for different folks.
After an xray or MRI to rule out anything serious see a chiropractor as your neck & spine can become out of alignment too. They are not just bone crackers anymore either. They use physical therapy to help people with back & neck problems. I had to stop going for insurance problems (Medicare won't pay any more) plus I have had several compression fractures to deal with & they won't do much movement because of this problem. I had a really good one , but once I got a compression fracture, he even got a wee bit leary of pushing on my spine & twisting my neck to get it back in shape. They use heat, TENS units, massage, & parrafin for hands & feet too. Look for one that advertises Fibromyalgia care if you go that route. They are much more learned about tender spots, & how to treat them, They would require xray too if you haven't been to one before, so take your along with you after you have them done. I have seen with my doc, putting a herniated disc back into place. I live where the Palmer College of Chirpractic is, & he teaches, & has students as interns. Some even do accupunture which helps many people. I wish you well, but feel the first step is a consult with a neurosurgeon to get the correct tests done to see if it's a surgical problem. A surgeon won't operate on me anymore, but I always suggest to people to get the tests & find out the cause first, then medicate appropriately.I don't suggest opiate pain killers for something that only happens twice a week or so. Could it be it happens at particular times? Like holding your phone between you ear & shoulder ? (& so forth) I wish you the best...
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