... understand that a "cocktail" of medications work better together than just one classification. Has anyone tried this with success? Maybe the addition of a muscle relaxer and anti inflammatory med would help? I am so uncomfortable and am taking more and more Tramadol everyday just to function.
You're right, sometimes a combination of medications works better than just one. I've also got OA and don't really find much relief from muscle relaxers as arthritis strikes the joints themselves. I'll admit it can make the surrounding muscles sore though, so maybe a muscle relaxer would benefit you. There are various anti-inflammatories which could prove beneficial for you. Your Dr could make a more informed decision as to which one would likely help you the most. Your body is most likely becoming accustomed to the Tramadol and that's why you're needing an increased dose to control your pain. There are several other medications your Dr can prescribe that might better help you. Or he may just decide to increase your dosage. I understand there are days when you hurt so bad you just want to lay in bed.
Believe me, I've been there! But you really will feel better if you make yourself get up and move around. Gentle stretches and exercise will help the painful stiffness and pain. Some days the bathtub and heating pad are my best friends! I also use a rub called Mineral Ice. Not the best smell, but it feels great on those sore muscles! I hope this helps you some.
Sandra, all I can tell you is that my doc says I can take Ibuprophan for inflammation (joint pains mostly) along with my Tramadol for fibromyalgia (muscle pains mostly). However, I find this really increases drowsiness to the point that all I can do is nap all day. If you're taking more and more Tramadol, maybe it's time to consult your doc about a different prescription solution. (And adding a muscle relaxer would put me "under the table").
I have OA everywhere, stenosis, and fibromyalgia. My pain Dr. and my CPC each added Rx as needed until we found the right combination. I have asked them to get me off some of the meds, but every time they go thru them with me, they feel that I need each of them. I take
Meloxicam (Mobic), analygesic/anti-inflammatory, 7.5 mg
Lyrica 100 mg,
Bupropion SR 150 mg and Cymbalta, 60 mg, both antidepressants
Levothyroxine 100 mcg;
Xarelto 20 mg, an anti-coagulant
Pravastatin 20 mg.
Valsartan 160 mg., to lower blood pressure
Nexium 40 mg. for reflux
I also have Norco (tylenol with a small amt. of narcotic) for times when there is still pain.
I take Zolpidem Tartrate 5 mg., as a sleep aid
Yes, it does seem like a lot, but if I happen to miss one of this combination, I know it! So, I know for sure this combo is right for me. You just need to keep trying to find your perfect combo.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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