... does nothing to help my pain. I usually end up staying home and not even being able to do housework anymore. Yesterday, I went shopping with my husband, daughter and her boyfriend trying to get out and I was in so much pain and this was taking this medication just earlier, but it did nothing at all. I am so tired of being in pain. I want to be able to go out with my family and enjoy myself. I was also diagnosed with clinical depression too. I am so tired of going to doctors and having tests done and taking 1,000 pills and being in pain even though I was given Tramadol which to me does nothing for my pain. I would rather be on vicotin or the other one so I would have less pain and be able to live
Are you getting any counseling help? Meds alone will never be enough; chronic pain is like dragging a dead body around 24/7 only no one else can see it, which makes our pain seem worse because it's not "visible" and therefor hard for others to perceive (they compare it to a toothache or broke bone they once had. Frustrating and depressing).
You can find help locally if you look hard, we cannot remain isolated, it's a community and the support there is often better and/or more effective than any medication can ever be alone.
You sound like me only I am on vicodin and it does nothing for my pain. My worst pain now is from back injuries and it does nothing for that either. I have to force myself and then pay for it. The housework gets done when i can. Today I have to clean the snow off my car and go grocery shopping. I will use the cart as a walker it helps my back, and then I have to lug in groceries. I don't have someone to help, ( my dogs have refused to help) lol... So you aren't alone and the docs are so afraid to order pain meds that it doesn't look like it will change, so we have to have coping mechanisms. Humor of course is mine. I seldom complain no one understands except those of us here, and it only gets you down trying to make your family understand. Have you had trigger point shots at a pain management dr.? They help that burning pain between the shoulder blades and the headaches.
You should ask your Dr for hydrocodone 10/325. That works really well. Just be very open and honest with your Dr and let him know the Tramadol is not working at all and you would like to be able to function verses being in bed all day. They may start you with 5/325. Either one will help you way more then Tramadol! That stuff does not work for serious pain. Hope I could help(:
I don't have heart disease or osteoarthritis but I do have fibromyalgia with migraines. You didn't say how much tramadol you are taking. I take six 50mg tabs a day plus 1000mg tylenol. This takes most of my widespread pain, but for the severe back pain from accidents I had corticosteriod trigger point shots. It took 10 days after the injections to have any relief, but then the pain went away. But I'm not sure I can have it again, if I need, because I continue to have acne and a persistent dry cough, allergic reaction to it. Doctors get nervous when patients have strange reactions. I am allergic to the drug of choice, gabapentin.
The worst part of this for me is the chronic fatigue. Day after day year after year having to peel myself off of my chair to get anything done. I feel like I have weights strapped to my legs and arms, and chest. It sucks. Because I don't have help with anything, I still do it and pay with increased pain. Believe me I am depressed too. I take bupropion for that. I guess it helps, but sometimes its hard to tell.
Friends and family are sad for me, but they don't know the half of what I go through. You all in here know more than anyone else in my life. It just can't be comprehended by healthy people. And maybe they don't even want to think about it because they know they could get it too?
As far as you feeling the opioids could give you more relief, only you know. If you have exhausted all other meds and you feel your quality of life is greatly effected by your pain, you can find doctors who will prescribe opioids. They are harder to find now, but they are out there. I personally am allergic to narcotics, so I don't have that choice. But I know people who take them and are doing fine. The constant scrutiny, screening and testing that they have to deal with bugs them most of all. The doctors are just complying with the AMA. Also, the docs in my state of Oregon have to comply with the state medical board with a long list of procedures to follow.
One more thing I would recommend if you have a doctor in your area that practices integrative medicine to give that a try. There are other non-traditional methods that help with our disease.
I u dee stand totally. Tramadol truly helps if your not in a horrific flare. If it's less than that & then it eedes the pain a smidge if you take every 4 hrs. But right now I am also in horrible pain with lupus & fibromyalgia & neuropathy. Rheumatoid arthritis. Tramadol is not doing a thing right now. Doesn't even touch the pain. I am taking dilaudid right now for pain '& even that is bary taking the edge off when all these diseases are flared up @ 1 time. Very painful. I like tramad cause it's less of a narcotic but used for chronic pain & not when your in a bad flare, it won't help enough. You need Vicodin or one of them for these times. Then maybe you can do something's with your famy. As you know it takes time to come out of the fibro flare up. Very very painful. How long have you been in such pain? Ask your Dr. For Vicodin. Tell the dr tramadol doesn't begin go touch it when your in this much pain
I take tramadol and Voltaren or Aleve. I also medicate and get therapy. It doesn't work completely but it helps. I'm considering trying acupuncture but have no experience with it and you absolutely must keep in touch with other people or support groups everyday or you'll go totally crazy.
Hi, i'm so sorry you are suffering with all of this. I used to take Tramadol (for a back injury), and on days when the pain was overwhelming, i would Paracetamol & Ibuprofen alongside the Tramadol. Or other times i would take Diclofenac alongside it. I was also prescribed a tricyclic antidepressant (Amitriptyline) off label which helped with the pain and also helped me to sleep. . I know you have stated that you don't want to keep taking pills, there are alternatives, such as physiotherapy/aquatherapy/use of a TENs machine, all worth considering? As for the depression, have you been prescribed anything to help you deal with this or have you been offered counselling?
Have you considered trying to integrate complementary medicine into your current medications?
I have M.E., depression, colitis, IBS, vertigo, hyper-mobile joints syndrome & a few other things, & changing my diet, adding in some carefully chosen supplements & taking a few herbal remedies has allowed me to come off all pain relief, all medications for my colitis, & now my practitioner is working to help me come down my dose of anti-depressants. He's a Dutch man named Jan de Vries, who lives here in the UK. He has written many books, which you can see on Amazon or other sites selling books. He is brilliant! I've bought almost all of his books, & they're really eye opening. He has one on Fibromyalgia, as I have that book.
I'm certain there's one on heart disease, & he definitely has one about arthritis, as he treats my Mother for hers.
Mr de Vries used to be a pharmacist, so he has the benefit of medical (orthodox medicine) training as well as the decades of work in complementary medicine.
Usually, when we end up with multiple ailments, our bodies are trying to tell us that there is a big problem going on (such as a food allergy/intolerance, for example) & we get sicker & sicker, because we treat the symptoms, not the cause.
Well worth a look! His work has helped change my life.
You are right about the exhaustion and loneliness of being in constant pain. It is a lonely place to be. In the US we have to petition our gov't reps to back off from labeling medications needed desperately by people like us as narcotic causing doctors to be fearful of prescribing them. A rheumatologist I went to prescribed vicodan generously knowing many of her patients were in awful chronic pain. The federal gov't contacted her wondering why she was doing this and she got so afraid she now prescribes NO medication. I don't go there anymore and she was a wonderful compassionate physician. I live in the northeast and recently fell on ice which was in my garage. I landed on my face (nose) on some metal furniture, fracturing my nose, having a concussion and bleeding everywhere. That was 2 weeks ago. The bruising has gone away but the fall has put me into a flareup like I havnt had in years. I sleep 12-14 hrs daily and barely go outside.
I hardly drive and don't clean. Mostly I listen to or watch tv. This is a lonely journey without support from others who also suffer from the same or similar thing.
Consider counseling even for a short period of time. My best to you.
Welcome to Drugs.com! I am so sorry for your pain & suffering, aldridge1950. Chronic pain has the ability to mould us into being reclusive, whereby leaving our home can be difficult & effortful & not always worth the pain that will ensue as an aftermath. Presently, I use Tramadol (37.5/325) on an as-needed basis for chronic pain. I dread even taking any of those pills & use them sparingly. They don't really lessen my pain, they just make me very sleepy.
Please keep persisting with your doctor. Perhaps you'll be able to find a med that will actually give you a bit of relief.
I hope that you'll be able to find some comfort & support from your family & friends. Keep in mind that you can always avail yourself of good support from the many caring people on this site in addition to several support groups.
I wish you well, aldridge1950. God Bless & good luck.
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