I read the list of possible side effects related to Tramadol and I am not sure my son, who is a C-4 - C-5 quad, would know if he was having some of them. He is incomplete so he does feel some but not enough to recognize a lot of the side effects on the list.
What side effects are you worried about. Perhaps I can give you ways of telling if he's having them. I'm sure he needs something for pain. A person who can't move will still have pain above the fracture. ie headache. I took care of a quad for a bit of time and even tho he felt virtually nothing, when we moved him or repositioned him, he felt the pain.
Hi, i've done a bit of reading about this on the site 'Apparelyzed', and Tramadol is one of the recommended medications in spinal cord injury pain management. Including use in people who have a "tetraplegic (quadriplegic) or paraplegic spinal cord injury... " You should have a look at the site, it is very interesting and lists many pain management treatments, pharmacological and alternative therapies...
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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