I know it probably varies from person to person but what's a good guideline of taking tramadol to avoid physical dependence? My doc wants me on it around the clock for my back(4 degenerative disks and lumbar stenosis). I was on it around the clock before but stopped taking it after 2 months and had nasty stomach issues for a week straight. Tramadol works but I don't want my body to rely on it so any suggestions would be great. Thanks!