I have severe arthritis in my shoulder. The tramadol is worse than taking nothing since it can upset my stomach. I have to wait 3 weeks for an appt. with a new Dr. since this dr. looked at me like "oh, well... " when I told him the Tramadol doesn't work. I need pain relief but I'm wary of this drug. Two pills in less than four hours and ... nothing! BTW this Dr. prescribed 50mg - 3 times a day... every 8 hours!! Geez
Dr. gave me 50mg of Tramadol which gives no relief. Does it have to build up in my system?
Question posted by Lisahsings on 10 Dec 2011
Last updated on 24 December 2021 by Missy1315
In my experience I find that either ibuprofen or acetaminophen potentiates the Tramadol. I take it with either 200mg of ibuprofen or 500mg of acetaminophen 3 times a day. I also take Gabapentin with it. The combination keeps me fairly mobile. Ask your Dr if you can also take an NSAID or acetaminophen along with your Tramadol. It really does help.
Its crap. Sorry for being so blunt but the only thing tramadol does is make u nauseous and dizzy, does nothing for pain. Drs prescribe alot as they wont get eyeballed and scrutinized by the DEA after writing as its almost like an aspirin placebo. Drs are safe when they prescribe this crap. Ever wonder why people taking this med are never taken off by their Dr. The patient always asks to be taken off as its a nothing pill. My opinion people thats all.
I have osteoarthritis, plus Stenosis in my back. Tramadol does nothing for my pain. I get more relief from Ibuprofen 800, which is not much relief. I am on Percocet 7.5. I would like to be on Oxycodone instead, since their is no Tylenol.
From my experience the pain relief is not worth the nausea i experienced. I was on it for months, but the nausea increased with time despite my trying every anti nausea trick in the book.
You will also need to be careful coming off the tramadol as it can cause seizures. A lot of doctors have been duped into thinking that this drug is a non-narcotic pain relief drug by the drug companies, but are not explained that once it enters the body it does become narcotic like. It helps some & others have become quite addicted to it. I personally believe if you can tolerate nsaids you should just take them until your appointment. Believe me I know how bad you hurt as I have osteoarthritis in every joint in my body. I wish you the best...
Hi although I wouldn't advocate the use of tramadol (as it is highly addictive), I will say that a 50mg dose for that kind of pain probably won't be that helpful. It is common to take 2 x 50mg capsules as one dose. When I was prescribed tramadol for my back they were really helpful. I would check first before increasing your dose though. The suggestion of diclofenac is also a good call
lisahsings, from what i know is tramadol is useless, go to the er and not back to the quack who wont help you relieve your pain. hope you get relief
Maybe you could try Diclofenac as an alternative to reduce the pain in your shoulder as an alternative therapy, but would recommend that you do try & seek a second opinion, please before you get to see a doc in 3 weeks.
Take care, best wishes!
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