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User Reviews for Tramadol to treat Back Pain

Also known as: Ultram, Tramadol Hydrochloride ER, ConZip Qdolo

Tramadol has an average rating of 6.4 out of 10 from a total of 208 ratings for the treatment of Back Pain. 56% of those users who reviewed Tramadol reported a positive effect, while 31% reported a negative effect.

Tramadol Rating Summary

6.4/10 average rating

208 ratings from 218 user reviews.

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Reviews for Tramadol

Doug Glatt · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 7, 2021

“Tramadol worked for me in that it reduced the over all pain level. Unfortunately, it did not help address the acute pain I was having (spinal compression factor). Sadly I got to go on this ride for the entirety because my surgeon (who has never had surgery) decided that after a spinal collar insertion that I did not need real pain killers.”

3 / 10
Lori · Taken for 10 years or more March 8, 2021

“Been on Tramodol for 10 years and is the only pain reliever that doesn’t effect me mentally . Quite frankly the only medication that helps my arthritis in lower back. Best medicine ever taken !”

10 / 10
TruthSpeaker · Taken for less than 1 month February 18, 2021

“WHAT A JOKE! This man-made drug, with a list of side effects as long as my arm, is supposed to be better for us than what Mother Earth has provided in opiates.”

1 / 10

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Cldeteghl · Taken for 5 to 10 years February 1, 2017

Ultram ODT (tramadol): “I have been on tramadol for many years for fibromyalgia back pain. I take six 50mg a day. It does in fact help. It makes it bearable most of the time. However when its at its worst, the medicine doesn't faze it. I would recommend a second prescription of something much stronger for occasional pain (maybe 10 a month if that). Doctors and lawmakers need to realize that people with pain that will never get better and will progressively get worse, need relief. Unfortunately that is going to involve addictive medication. But their addiction isn't the high. It's the addiction to function and to live a productive life. We crave these medications because we know without them our quality of life is very low.”

7 / 10
SFOG · Taken for less than 1 month September 12, 2013

Ultram (tramadol): “I took two tramadol and had the best night's sleep for longer than I can remember. I have chronic back pain I got from from when I was younger where I was in a tournament fight. I am 40 now with a kid and working 50 plus hours per week (mostly sitting down). I have taken everything and been in physical therapy and nothing seems to work. I hate being in a fog of the other narcotics. I want to enjoy my life and my family not be oblivious to it. This is amazing. I don't want side effects so I'll keep it to a minimum.”

10 / 10
jenn8701 · Taken for 1 to 2 years December 28, 2012

Ultram (tramadol): “I have been on Ultram for a few years now I had a spinal fusion and they put me on Ultram 50 mg for pain every 4 hours and I must say it helps me tremendously! Even more then Percocet or Vicodin so I would highly recommend this medication for back pain.”

10 / 10
BB February 18, 2020

“I was prescribed Tramadol for back pain due to a motor cycle accident. I was in agonising pain and I had tried all sorts of physio therapy and nothing was working so my doctor gave me Tramadol. It made a massive difference to my life , I was able to function again .I took 6 x 50g a day , so I took 100g morning , afternoon and before bed . Tramadol helped me from going insane and provided me to be able to function and get on with my life .After 3 years I decided to stop the tramadol as my back pain had got so much better , WARNING it was the worst 3 weeks of my life , Withdrawal symptoms were horrendous , shakes , cravings , stomach cramps , nausea , body aching all over , constant sneezing , insomnia and have been left with restless legs. Some people say withdrawal from this drug is manageable , NOT FOR ME , I would never ever take Tramadol again for this reason .”

9 / 10

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Sal · Taken for 2 to 5 years February 14, 2020

“Please be careful whilst taking Tramadol as I became Addicted to them!!!!!!! Wish I never took it , I was given tramadol by my doctor after I was in a serious car accident which led to severe back pain. Yes it did work and yes I felt great on it but I started to get dependant on it . As my back started to heal and I started to take less of them but I hated the way I felt , tired , dizzy , no energy , so I continued to put the dose back up so I could feel normal . I was on them for 3 years and started to develop depression , I decided to come off them so I “cold turkey “ ok not the right decision but I was too embarrassed to tell the doctor I was addicted to them , It took me 16 days to come off them with the most horrendous withdrawal symptoms , I am over it now and feel so much better that I can get on with my life without the craving of Tramadol. I just want to share this to let people know , if you are on Tramadol please be careful .”

10 / 10
AHA · Taken for 5 to 10 years December 6, 2019

“tramadol has made all the difference for me, living with chronic pain from spinal stenosis. I take 50 mg with gabapentin to sleep at night, another 50 mg when it wears off and I wake up in the wee hours of the morning, then 50 mg to get me up and going. Once I'm up and focused on work, I can usually get through the day without any more. Without it, I probably would not be able to sleep at night or work in the day. It doubles as an anti-depressant, but for me pain and depression are so interconnected that it's hard to distinguish them.”

10 / 10
Runosai January 8, 2011

Ultram (tramadol): “Good at relieving pain for a short duration (4 hours at a time) with few side effects. I found that at 200mg/day my pain was cut in half and I had increased energy and a brighter mood. I have used this medicine for 4 years now and find that it is very effective for about four months.. and then effectiveness decreases. At that point, my doctor switches me to a narcotic for three to four weeks and then I can continue with the tramadol over again with a "reset" in the effectiveness factor. The strongest negative for me is getting off the tramadol... withdrawl effects include major mood swings, insomnia, and dizziness. But overall, it is quite effective and has very few bad effects for me while taking it.”

8 / 10
shepppy August 8, 2014

Ultram (tramadol): “I have had a degenerative disk for almost 10 years, and have taken Ultram for the past year and a half. For almost 8 years, due to no insurance, I took nothing and lived with the pain. No narcotic such as hydrocodone has ever touched the pain, but Ultram completely eradicates the pain! It helps my mood and I'm able to work long hours with no pain. As of July 1, 2014 it is a schedule 4 narcotic and now I'm unsure whether I'll be able to get the dosage I need.”

10 / 10
Dave · Taken for less than 1 month May 24, 2020

“So I was on alprazolam for over a year for anxiety and seizure related purposes and a few weeks back, I pulled my entire back out and didn't know what to do. Went to the doc and was prescribed tramadol. It has helped with my anxiety and pain which I didn't think would happen. I take 100mg a day but I find I can't sleep on these so I take 50mg in the morning (8am) and again at 4pm so that by 9pm I can take my melatonin and go to sleep. I've heard long term use causes horrible withdrawals so I'll prob take it for another week and should be good as new. So in conclusion if you got anxiety and really bad back pain or pain in general, I'd recommend it but only for short term use.”

9 / 10
J Nic · Taken for less than 1 month August 5, 2013

Ultram (tramadol): “I have found that this medication not only relieves my chronic pain but I am able to take it and still work- I could not do that with the standard narcotic pain relievers which are typically prescribed. Thanks to my doctor's recommendation of this medicine I am able to live a much less painful and much more fulfilling life.”

10 / 10
Gizmo · Taken for 10 years or more January 10, 2020

“I have been prescribed Tramadol for 10 years for Thoracic spinal pain for which this drug has worked great. I take 100mg up to 200mg in split dosage every 12 hours. Now everything I read says withdraw is hard. I have come off of it many times for up to 10 days and have had no adverse effects other than my pain coming back. I guess everyone is different.”

9 / 10
Juju · Taken for 10 years or more August 16, 2018

Ultram (tramadol): “After car accident, back surgery, I have failed back syndrome, severe sciatica, neuropathy soles of feet, meragia (thighs numbness or pain in the outer thigh due to pinched or compressed nerve), I have used Ultram since 1998. First I used it just when required and slowly increased to 2- 3 day and it gives me life. I can keep my pain level at an endurable level and still teach classes, volunteer with seniors, drive car unimpaired. It is important for me. NSAIDs ate my stomach lining away. Tylenol causes heart palpitations. Some patients need this med to keep doing things and not encumbered with horrible sciatica and chronic pain, debilitating neuropathy. No cure for these conditions so must treat!”

10 / 10
Just a Working Man. September 13, 2013

“I think my review could be helpful to some. Recently I had a severe issue with my back. I was prescribed 2 things at 2 different times: Lortab 7.5 and tramadol 50 mg. At first I took the (opiate) Lortab only to relieve pain. Anyhow, I knew I'd run out of them eventually, and I did. Today the expected withdrawal began: rebound pain, tense & achy legs, bad stomach and weakness. Typical opiate withdrawal. I worked all day like that. Tonight I decided to take a tramadol, to see if it'd relieve the yucky withdrawal. WOW! After 1 hour I feel like a totally new person. An amazing change. It works better than I expected. Like all medicines, you're a fool if you take more than prescribed.”

Anonymous January 22, 2020

“tramadol was worthless for my back pain. This drug is pushed by drug companies to replace narcotics that, with responsible use, actually relieve pain very well. Tramadol is called "baby aspirin" by many people who have been pushed into using it. Meanwhile, Tramadol includes ingredients that can cause suicidal thoughts or a potentially lethal serotonin syndrome when it interacts with other medications. It did nothing to relieve my lower back pain after a hard fall. I have been in agony. I will never use Tramadol again because there's no point in taking a useless drug that contains negative side effects.”

1 / 10
bluerutoo · Taken for 5 to 10 years September 11, 2019

“Tramadol has been my prescribed medication for back pain since 2012. I have a herniated disc. Pain levels vary from day to day. I have found that Tramadol does what I need it to do, and that it grants me relief from the pain I experience. On rare occasions, say about once every two months, the pain overrides the medication. That puts me a little into panic mode, and to this point, my doctor has not felt the need to prescribe anything else.”

8 / 10
Roalbo10 · Taken for 1 to 2 years February 5, 2016

Ultram (tramadol): “I told my physician that I would no longer take Percocet for my chronic back pain. He suggested I try tramadol and assured me it is not a narcotic. I have been talking the tramadol now for a year and although it is no miracle drug it has managed my pain immensely. I can finally sleep at night and function normally. One down side to the drug for me is if I run out and the withdraw starts it is nasty. Be careful you stop the drug abruptly. Good health to all. Rob”

10 / 10
Newmom84 September 17, 2014

Ultram (tramadol): “Around the same time this year I have had a baby and shoulder surgery for osteoarthritis. Hence, I suffered from both shoulder pain AND post-partum depression. Percocet didn't stop the pain and Zoloft made me feel worse. My doctor prescribed Ultram and it is now my miracle pill! It helps with both issues. It allows me to be a normal functioning mom. I love how it helps my mood and physical pain!”

10 / 10
nyte_trane_25 February 27, 2012

Ultram (tramadol): “I have 4 herniated discs (C1/C2 & L4/L5), Fibromyalgia, and Migraine Headaches. I also have Atrial Tachycardia, which basically means that my heart beats at extremely fast irregular rates, and the surgery that fixes 95% of these cases won't work on me. My Doctor put me on Ultram 60mg 3 times daily and Morphine Sulphate Extended Release 50mg recently. I have to admit, at first I wasn't thrilled about the Ultrams. I'd taken them in lower doses before and told my wife I'd be better off on Tylenol. But I gave them a shot and to my surprise the pain relief was amazing! I love Ultram because I don't live in "FOG" all the time. I can drive, go to work, play with my Baby and spend time with my family. I would recommend Ultram!”

9 / 10
GG · Taken for 10 years or more September 9, 2019

“Has transformed my life from constant pain and lack of sleep to normal! Been on Tramodol over 10 years now. The only downside is that if I forget to take it I get withdrawn- very depressed, feel quite ill (nauseous, clammy). But since my back pain is incurable this isn't an issue. I dread to think how I would live a normal life without the pain relief tramadol gives me.”

10 / 10
Jkish1232000 May 30, 2011

Ultram ER (tramadol): “Been on it for three day, and feel like myself again. Decompression, fusion, injection therapy, muscle relaxers, opiates, nerve blockers, NSAIDs. Nothing has given me long term relief the way Ultram ER has. Aside from the dependence issues, I think I found my wonder drug. I have degenerative disk disease and spinal stenosis.”

10 / 10
kjp April 17, 2012

Ultram (tramadol): “I have osteoarthritis, bursitis in my shoulder, degenerative discs, and have had surgery for a herniated disc. I have been on hydrocodone and Percocet, but Ultram 100 mg by far does a better job keeping me comfortable and able to function without feeling cloudy.”

9 / 10
4spicy · Taken for 5 to 10 years July 5, 2019

“I have scoliosis and take one pill a day anywhere from 0-5 times a week depending on my pain which comes and goes erratically but makes me almost cry when it’s bad. I’m currently waiting for a doctor appointment so I can start physical therapy again. However, in the meantime tramadol is the only thing getting me through this rough patch. Fortunately, I find no real side effects other than relief of my general anxiety and I have absolutely no problems when I don’t take it. From reading these reviews it sounds like I’m one of the lucky ones. I’m blessed to have found this medication so I can work and be a good wife and mom.”

10 / 10
Ben January 24, 2019

Tramadol Hydrochloride ER (tramadol): “Hey I’m Ben, a college student. I have severe scoliosis in back and need surgery kinda soon :( My doctor prescribed me Tramadol recently due to chronic back pain. I currently take 50 mg three times a day for moderate the pain. Sometimes more. My pain still exists slightly, but my depression is KILLED by the Tramadol :) I feel energetic & motivated compared to before. I don’t seem to mind the back pain even though it’s still noticeable. Tramadol is the ultimate pain relief combo for me. However, I experienced withdrawal symptoms which included vomiting, restless leg syndrome, tiredness, chills, & profuse sweating. Felt like a fever! Tramadol is great when you’re on it, but really hard when you stop. Only other side effect I hated was SEVERE constipation. No joke, worst of my life. In conclusion, Tramadol helped me a lot for my chronic pain, but surprisingly useful for elevating my mood. Would have highly recommended Tramadol if getting off this drug was easier!”

6 / 10
Drgrandps · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 20, 2012

Ultram (tramadol): “I have a degenerated disc and arthritis in my back. At first the pain was intense and I couldn't sleep. My doctor prescribed Vicodin but that made me feel drunk and couldn't function. I take Ultram 50mgs every 4 hours. At first I took them only when I was in pain. But realized through articles that taking it when pain starts it's not as effective! I now sleep pretty good, before I couldn't sleep and I was like a zombie! Little side effects. After 4 hours I get a little air headed. Been on it about a month! Trying to determine if I as I have been taking it every 4hrs pain or not. I'm pleased that I have a lot less pain and can function!”

8 / 10
Bella · Taken for less than 1 month December 9, 2019

“This medicine does nothing for me. It is also a medication not good for my kidneys. I have stage 3 kidney disease. Please pain doctors listen to your patients. My back pain so severe I cannot take care of my house or myself at times. I am tired of pain and walking bent over.”

1 / 10

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