... was given tramadol-I get no high whatsoever, have been taking it for years. Most I've ever taken is two per day, when I work out. Why am I suddenly hearing that this is an abused medication??? How can something that gives no high be addictive? I have arthritis issues, am an athlete and get no side effects from this and am very frustrated. I take an anti inflammatory before I work out, and sometimes after a workout. Many medications give me stomach issues but I don't get any with tramadol. Can someone clear this up for me?