I'm a physicist, not an MD. I've been to the ER for back and wrap-around chest pain on my left side twice in the past 1-1/2 months. The first trip concluded with the ER doc finding, via CT scan, that I have bone lesions on my ribs. He didn't prescribe anything effective: Norco's. I went to another ER at our other local hospital. The ER doc there prescribed Gabapentin (300mg 2x daily) and Tramadol (50mg every 4 to 6 hours), both intended to get me to an upcoming visit to a new GP. Beautiful! Pain gone... till the new GP rx'd long term Gabapentin, but refused me the Tramadol. The result? I ended up using the Gabapentin in increasing numbers till they were used up in half the time. Now I'm stuck with the pain returning and it's unbearable to the degree that I have difficulty sleeping without sneaking my wife's Zolpidem, (She doesn't use them anymore and wants to see me out of the pain.)

I'm going to find a new GP in hopes of long term Gabapentin/Tramadol rx's. I have polyneuropathy along with the bone lesions now. I'm a big fellow. I have no seizures, but do have fasciculations just about everywhere. Is this a safe med combination?