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Sorry, here it is:
2 years ago, I got in a car crash, broke my neck among other bad injuries. About a.month ago I had my 2nd neck surgery. Since my accident, I've been on a lot of pain meds, Norco being the longest. It has stopped working so I'm getting ready to go get my first perscription of tramadol 50mg. I don't know what to expect but I have read that it isn't strong. What should I be expecting with tramadol (also getting a muscle relaxer) andhow much should I take to help with the pain? (realistily.. I know most of you are going to say 'take the amount your Dr says, blah blah blah)
You dont want to take more than 400mg in a 24 hour period. Tramadol needs to be taken on a regular basis rather than as needed. It works better when taken by the clock. this way it prevents pain rather than chasing it. Tramadol is different kind of pain med than Norco. It is a pain medicine but it also has antidepressant properties. If you take too much Tramadol it can cause seizures so it IS important on this one to stick to your dose as this medication lowers the seizure threshold. It can work quite well when taken regularly. If it isnt working, rather than increasing the dose, talk to your Dr because you dont want to go over 400mg in a 24 hour period.
Tramadol is one of those medications that work extremely well for some and not at all for others. Doctors like it since it's not a narcotic and a controlled substance in only about 2 states. It keeps the DEA off their backs. But Dzoo is right, it has some pretty strong consequences, so read and follow her post carefully. Best of luck to you! :)
Technically, the analgesic properties of tramadol are roughly equivalent to codeine. However, because of its antidepressant properties, it may work better than the Norco. I kind of don't understand why they switched you to something that's technically less potent, but perhaps they're thinking the antidepressant properties may work well for your pain. I think the reason why antidepressants work for some for chronic pain is because serotonin and other brain chemicals also play a part in pain reception. It works for some, not for others. It all depends on the individual. I think it's worth a try. I tried it, it didn't work though. But I'm also naturally highly tolerant to medications. On the other hand, my sister can take half a pill and it gets rid of all her pain. Follow Dzoo's advice, definitely never take more than 400mg in one day. If it still doesn't work at that max dosage, you can always try Nucynta, which is related to tramadol but more potent.
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