Also known as: ConZip, GenRx Tramadol, Rybix, Rybix ODT, Ryzolt, Tramahexal SR, Tramal, Tramal SR, Tramedo, Ultram, Ultram ER, Ultram ODT, Zamadol, Zydol
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tramadol for Depression: Though never clinically depressed, I discovered the powerful side effect of tramadol while taking 150 mg/day for chronic sciatica. The unrelenting pain was a real downer, but the tramadol reliably helped me maintain an optimistic, upbeat attitude. During five years of taking it, I never had to increase the dosage for the desired effect. The downside is that it often interfered with sleep so that I found a mid-day nap essential.
Review by ledfoot1965 (taken for less than 1 month):
tramadol for Back Pain: After being on opiate therapy since 2000 for a spinal injury and fusion I found tramadol to be a great substitute. After some initial discomfort from slight withdrawal tramadol is a life saver. It acts upon the same receptors for opiates which makes it easier to come off them without the major side effects and severe withdrawal sickness I experienced with another drug I had tried. Still feel a little rough from being on opiates for so long. Would do better with a stronger dose with extended release. Thank goodness for no more positive drug tests.
tramadol for Chronic Pain: I have been taking for 15 years for a variety of chronic pain, mostly cervical degeneration and neuropathy, alone and in combination with NSAIDs. It did not do much for severe low back pain but otherwise it works well and I would rather not be taking Vicodin. It does leave me with severe cotton mouth and possibly some dizziness (could be due to other issues though). I consider it inexpensive and relatively effective, I don't experience any kind of high from any of my pain medicines including Vicodin, so my experience may not be typical. It is sure worth a try if you are having pain and not finding a good medicine to help you with it.
Review by James100 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
tramadol for Pain: Tramadol is such a good medicine for all kind of pains even I can't explain in my words. I was suffering Backache problem last three years but there is no effect by any medicine. Even I consult 5-6 doctors then one my father's friend told me start to take tramadol. Believe me within one year now I am absolutely fine.
tramadol for Fibromyalgia: I've got fibromyalgia, as well as osteoarthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome-C, anxiety/depression, and ulcers. I've tried EVERYTHING, but because my tummy is so sensitive, most medicines make my constipation problem worse, or upset my stomach. Plus, the "usual" side effects of many medicines (feeling hungover, bloating, weight gain, etc) can be just as debilitating as the condition itself. Tramadol helps with ALL of my problems without unbearable side effects! My doctor wanted me to wean off of it, so I tried other medicines again (gabapentin, Cymbalta) but my body just does not like any of them. I am quite thin, and only take 25-50 mg a day (I cut the pills in half!) and this works for me. I have not had to increase this dosage and it's been about a year.
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tramadol for Back Pain: I have been on Tramadol for 6 yrs. for herniated discs as well as spondyliolisthesis which causes severe sciatica. It has been a Godsend as narcotics did nothing for the sciatica and are awful all the way around. It also helps my mood and is a good replacement for antidepressants with absolutely no side effects. The only downside for me is the tolerance factor. I have to take more now for the same effect, 100 mg 2x/day instead of 50 mg 2x/day.
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tramadol for Depression: I've been prescribed EVERY anti-depressant known. I have resistant Depression. I stumbled across Tramadol 2 years ago and WOW, after a hour, energy, happy, feel like I can do things again after 20 years. Haven't had to increase the dosage after 2 years. This medicine has saved my life. After I take it, my wife says my eyes aren't blood shot, my mood is like it was 30 years ago, and now working full time and building a business up on the side!
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tramadol for Vulvodynia: I initially started taking tramadol for my vulvodynia. When my psoriatic arthritis was diagnosed I transitioned to hydrocodone but after a couple months I couldn't tolerate the side effects. I am back on tramadol. It doesn't work as well on my pain as well the hydrocodone, but I don't have the nasty side effects either.
tramadol for Fibromyalgia: I managed my fibromyalgia pain for many years with exercise/rest and stress management, although always in some pain and with fatigue. I was prescribed Tramadol three months ago when the morning pain, back pain and overall fatigue was greatly diminishing my quality of life (ability to roll over or get out of bed, exercise, do housework, focus on the job, and feelings of helplessness). When I took it I immediately realized how the rest of the word lives-relatively pain free, with better mood more energy. My morning pain is horrible, so I may need to take it in the night or get another medicine to help, I am usually relieved of the pain and stiffness within an hour and a half after taking it. Amazing! I do feel a little dizzy and lightheaded.
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tramadol for Anxiety: Its hard to believe something like this can exist yet when you go to a doctor with cut up arms & hearing voices, scared out of your mind, obsessed about an idea as irrational as the empty tight feeling in your chest they give you a box of antidepressants. I have always been socially awkward & use to cry allot as a kid, the day dreamer who enjoyed being alone except I didn't like being alone. Tramadol gives me around 6 hours of bliss, 6 hours of clear thoughts of what is in-front of me, its amazing. a cure to unhappiness, its a shame its difficult to get, I have been on it for a year and a half, 1 50mg pill every 3 days gives me the motivation to wake up.
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Ultram (tramadol) for Back Pain: Started taking for back pain took two doses and ended up in hospital with halucinations, dizziness, and feeling faint. Shortly after that my body started shaking uncontrollably from the inside making my legs feel like I had ran for days.
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tramadol for Chronic Pain: I have Temporomandibular joint disorder which is Chronic and very painful. I asked the doctor for something for pain and he wrote tramadol. It has been very helpful more so than hydrocodone. I recommend it to anyone.
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tramadol for Vulvodynia: I have very painful episodes of pain associated with lichen sclerosus. I am not a daily user but when I have peak pain levels of 6 or 7 tramadol has been helpful and allows my body to return to a more tolerable pain level after a few doses. So far I haven't used more than 2-3 50mg tabs daily for a few days at a time. My pains are controlled better by topicals but when pain peaks after exercise or physical demanding tasks tramadol along with topicals have made life at those times more bearable. Vulvodynia probably may have painful experiences comparable to those of painful Lichen Sclerosus with disfiguring skin changes.
tramadol for Back Pain: When I was a young teen, I tore 90% of my low back muscles during a recreational activity. My doctor did not want to put a 16 year old on narcotics so we went through the whole loop of prescription Advil, Tylenol, and Aleve. Finally I told him none of those worked so he put me on Tramadol. I am on 50mg every 4 hours as needed. I like these since they allow me to still be functional, yeah it is short term, but I'm functional. They do make higher doses with the extended release coating which my sister has for her back pain also. I would highly recommend this as a narcotic alternative.
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Review by FibroChick16-20 (taken for 2 to 5 years):
tramadol for Fibromyalgia: I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia during my junior year of high school when I was 16 years old. I am now 20. Since then I have been on every medication imaginable, seriously no joke. The one medicine that never failed me and always helped with managing my pain was tramadol. I live by it, especially during the winter months. I have been on Lyrica and it worked but on doses above 100mg you gain an extreme amount of weight very quickly, I went from 160 to 210lbs due to it. However, I recommend gabapentin if you need another pain medicine that is a nerve relaxant and that helped a bit with the pain.
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tramadol for Restless Legs Syndrome: I really had been suffering this complex and less studied disorder which can seriously affect your efficacy. Fortunately I shifted to a country were no good COX-2 inhibitors were available for my on and off back pain so I was given tramadol 50mg twice daily. Once I took a cap after 2 hours I find my legs quite fine and sensation free, which I used to have for a decade on and off
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Ultram (tramadol) for Chronic Pain: Tramadol works as expected. It does just enough so I can remain functional without stepping up to stronger painkillers. Tramadol only works for me if I take the doses consistently. When I first started taking Tramadol it took about a week for the medicine to be fully effective.
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