I have used opiates in the past , Hydos & Oxy's , Hydromorphone, Now my past history of opiate use is got my Doc afraid of giving me any type of narcotic pain Med's. But I have know desire to abuse any narcotic med's just want to get control over the pain !!!
Tramadol ranks along side codeine as far as strength in controlling pain. It can be abused and although constroversial, it can be addictive. It also has an antidperessant property to it which some find very effective. Only problem is when you go to stop it you can experience rebound depression.
There are non narcotic medicines which may help your condition such as gabapentin or Lyrica. They are prescribed for nerve pain. Might want to discuss these with the doctor.
Hey there, so sorry for being so late in answering your question. May I ask if taking the narcotics in the past were for your pain & did they help?The reason I ask is if they did help at all then taking Tramadol is going to be like taking candy to you & it does have issues coming off of it because of causing seizures. It is touted to the docs as non narcotic by the drug reps, but once it is in your system reacts as a narcotic type of pain reliever. It is not as strong as the opiate family. It is also very addictive & hard to come off of. I take oxycodone 15mg every 4 to 6 hours for my back & leg pain. If I could have surgery to fix mine I would, but there's not a surgeon in his right mind that will touch the mess in my spine so I am stuck taking the narcotics the rest of my life. Now there is other proccedures that have helped others. Spinal cord stimulator, & radio frequency abalation where they burn the nerve causing the problem. I wish you all the best. Let us know how you are doing too...
If the Tramodol isn't doing the trick and you have been used to the others, I agree, it is going to be like candy. You may need to see another doctor and get another opinion. I'm just throwing that in. I don't know if that is what you want or need to do. I do know it sounds like you need something stronger to help you with your pain. Sometimes a second opinion is necessary. I do wish you the very best of luck, and you are able to get out of this pain soon!
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