I take Tramadol for pain. I have cervical spondylosis and have severe lower back pain and pain in right arm and hand. I was on oxycontin before this and I hated it, the Tramadol does not get me high but it does keep the pain away almost as good as the Oxycontin did, I take it three times a day 100mg each dose. I have run out and had no addiction problems but I did notice after the 2nd week of no Tramadol I became sad and felt depressed. I used to take Paxil years ago until I quit and at that time I also started the Tramadol. When I started back up on Tramadol I became my normal happy self again. What is in the Tramadol that works so good? Why are Doctors reluctant to prescribe it? It was like pulling teeth to get my Doctor to give it to me but I insisted as I cannot deal with the pain. I do not think it is addictive, when I stop all I get is the pain back but no withdrawals so why is this a bad thing?
It also helps me to stay in a good mood so what more could you ask for? Is there any long term problems with this. My only hope would be some kind of surgery otherwise but I am not insured so who knows when that would happen?