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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Reviews for Tramadol to treat Back Pain
Review by Horse race:
tramadol: 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.
Ultram (tramadol): 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.
12 users found this comment helpful.
tramadol: 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.
11 users found this comment helpful.
tramadol: I think my review could be helpful to some. Recently I had a severe issue with my back. I was prescribed 2 things at 2 different times: Lortab 7.5 and tramadol 50 mg. At first I took the (opiate) Lortab only to relieve pain. Anyhow, I knew I'd run out of them eventually, and I did. Today the expected withdrawal began: rebound pain, tense & achy legs, bad stomach and weakness. Typical opiate withdrawal. I worked all day like that. Tonight I decided to take a tramadol, to see if it'd relieve the yucky withdrawal. WOW! After 1 hour I feel like a totally new person. An amazing change. It works better than I expected. Like all medicines, you're a fool if you take more than prescribed.
53 users found this comment helpful.
Ultram (tramadol): I took two tramadol and had the best night's sleep for longer than I can remember. I have chronic back pain I got from from when I was younger where I was in a tournament fight. I am 40 now with a kid and working 50 plus hours per week (mostly sitting down). I have taken everything and been in physical therapy and nothing seems to work. I hate being in a fog of the other narcotics. I want to enjoy my life and my family not be oblivious to it. This is amazing. I don't want side effects so I'll keep it to a minimum.
59 users found this comment helpful.
Ultram (tramadol): I have found that this medication not only relieves my chronic pain but I am able to take it and still work- I could not do that with the standard narcotic pain relievers which are typically prescribed. Thanks to my doctor's recommendation of this medicine I am able to live a much less painful and much more fulfilling life.
50 users found this comment helpful.
Review by goodolboy (taken for less than 1 month):
tramadol: Been using naproxen almost daily for years, for back and hand related near chronic pain-partially due to inflammation and swelling. Had to stop taking ALL NSAID's on orders from my GI Dr.
USED 3,000mg daily ACETAMENOPHEN FOR 3 MONTHS-much less effective than min dose naproxen had been for pain and useless for inflammation/swelling (using large doses of omega 3/fish oil for inflammation.)
Started tramadol about 2 weeks ago, noticed difference over acetamenophen alone in the first 2 days while taking 25mg at a time and still ramping up to 4x daily. Now I take it every 6 hours, and if I miss a dose-especially the last one at night-significant pain and stiffness returns. Hope to switch to extended release version.
22 users found this comment helpful.
tramadol: Cervical fusion C5-C6 after a car accident in 1987. Recent MRI show one cervical disc pressing on the spinal cord, and degeneration in remaining disks. Constant pain varies from a low of 2 to almost a Show-stopping 10. Most severe pain is right after getting out of bed, or low activity. Best feeling is when exercising or doing semi-hard work. Tramadol taken at 50mm doses 2x a day is the only pain medication that helps, aside from narcotics, which I refuse to take.
46 users found this comment helpful.
tramadol: I started taking Tramadol 50 mg twice daily - due to disc extrusion and severe leg pain.
I am now on 200 mg in the morning and another 200 mg at dinner time.
I would not be able to get out of bed if I did not take Tramadol, its an amazing difference it made also on my leg pain.
Some side effects are, headaches and drowsiness
39 users found this comment helpful.
tramadol: This medication eases the back pain and not much dosage is needed to achieve this. I rather take this than Vicodin or Percocet. They seem to be way more addictive. Tramadol has also given me more confidence and had eased my social anxiety. Just don't quit cold turkey, the effects are less than pleasant. Lower your dosage until you reach like 50 mg a day, then stop.
58 users found this comment helpful.
Ultram (tramadol): I have been on Ultram for a few years now I had a spinal fusion and they put me on Ultram 50 mg for pain every 4 hours and I must say it helps me tremendously! Even more then Percocet or Vicodin so I would highly recommend this medication for back pain.
99 users found this comment helpful.
Ultram (tramadol): I have a degenerated disc and arthritis in my back. At first the pain was intense and I couldn't sleep. My doctor prescribed Vicodin but that made me feel drunk and couldn't function. I take Ultram 50mgs every 4 hours. At first I took them only when I was in pain. But realized through articles that taking it when pain starts it's not as effective! I now sleep pretty good, before I couldn't sleep and I was like a zombie! Little side effects. After 4 hours I get a little air headed. Been on it about a month! Trying to determine if I as I have been taking it every 4hrs pain or not. I'm pleased that I have a lot less pain and can function!
59 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
tramadol: I stared using this a week ago. I have gone from chronic high pain to a level of 1 to 2. I can function like a person again. While this is only until we address the actual problem causing the back pain, this has made me look forward to having days with very little pain. The difference is like night and day. I still have the pain if I stand for too long, or if I do too much physical activity, but I can now sit for extended period of time pain free. I have a slight upward tic, nervousness, and at times dizzy. I take this with food. For me it is a relief to be so pain free after dealing with the problem for over 18 years without any real relief.
33 users found this comment helpful.
tramadol: I started taking Tramadol 3 weeks after my spinal fusion. During the three weeks prior to starting Tramadol, I was taking narcotics around the clock. Withdrawal from the narcotics was severe and a difficult process for me. Once I was finished with that process, I started taking Tramadol 50-100 mg every 4-6 hours for back pain. With Tramadol I am able to stay awake during the day and manage my pain. These two factors allow me to work on my muscle strength and stamina. I am now 5 weeks post-op and do not require around the clock doses of Tramadol. I am not experiencing any withdrawal symptoms.
24 users found this comment helpful.
Ultram (tramadol): I have osteoarthritis, bursitis in my shoulder, degenerative discs, and have had surgery for a herniated disc. I have been on hydrocodone and Percocet, but Ultram 100 mg by far does a better job keeping me comfortable and able to function without feeling cloudy.
64 users found this comment helpful.
tramadol: I have had back pain for the last month and was given 50mg tramadol tablets upon where I take two at a time usually once a day. I wanted to discuss my side effects as they seem bizarre but looking online I'm not the only one. After 30 mins I feel extremely happy and everyone is my friend. I feel overwhelmingly more in love with my wife and I feel like having sex more. However, talking from a males point of view it dampens the experience but keeps the erection. It basically makes me last longer. My only negative side effect is a feeling in my arms as though someone has just punched me using their knuckle. This goes eventually.
23 users found this comment helpful.
tramadol: I have been taking Tramadol 50mg for about 2 yrs now, and before I found this medicine my activities with my children were very limited. I have extreme lower back pain due to a slipped disc. I felt like a terrible mommy because I could not move around well at all, and I was only in my early 30's. I could not even do simple house cleaning activities for any longer than 30 minutes, if that! But now, with Tramadol, I have my life back!! I able to run and play with my kids, and conduct myself as normal at work, and my daily household chores are done with no problems, my relationship with my children and my husband have deffinitely gotten 100% better, because I dont feel like I am a burden anymore. I can do so much more now..
31 users found this comment helpful.
Ultram (tramadol): I have 4 herniated discs (C1/C2 & L4/L5), Fibromyalgia, and Migraine Headaches. I also have Atrial Tachycardia, which basically means that my heart beats at extremely fast irregular rates, and the surgery that fixes 95% of these cases won't work on me.
My Doctor put me on Ultram 60mg 3 times daily and Morphine Sulphate Extended Release 50mg recently. I have to admit, at first I wasn't thrilled about the Ultrams. I'd taken them in lower doses before and told my wife I'd be better off on Tylenol. But I gave them a shot and to my surprise the pain relief was amazing! I love Ultram because I don't live in "FOG" all the time. I can drive, go to work, play with my Baby and spend time with my family. I would recommend Ultram!
76 users found this comment helpful.
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