Thurs. afternoon I am scheduled for a fasting blood test .
This doctor prescribes me Tramadol, 50 mg once every 6 hours. In reality I take about twice that dose daily.
Due to the backwoods paranoia of the area I live in among medical professionals, if it shows in my bloodwork that I have twice the prescribed dose in my blood, there is a good chance I will be denied future scripts of Tramadol.
Allow me to explain. I live in a small city. A few years ago some moron decided to start a pain clinic and get everyone's kids hooked on oxys. Of course he was driven out of town on a board with a nail in it within no time. Ever since this guy got the book thrown at him a few years ago, all doctors in the area are reluctant to prescribe narcotics to anyone, including those who need them. For example, I was in a car accidnet 2 years ago and have all kinds of *documented* neck problems and neck/back pain. Documented as in MRIs clearly showing my cervical discs are not where they are supposed to be. Even with this, it was over a year from the time of the accident that I was ever prescribed anything stronger than IBUPROFEN.
So hopefully that helps you understand the backwoods paranoia I referred to earlier.
So in summary, will a fasting blood test show the amount of Tramadol I have taken? If so, how far back will it show? With the knowledge that Tramodol has a 5-7 hour half life, if this will indeed show up on a blood test, when should I start tapering off?
Thanks for reading and for your help.