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User Reviews for Tramadol to treat Back Pain

Also known as: Ultram, Tramadol Hydrochloride ER, ConZip

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Tramadol Rating Summary

User Ratings
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6.4/10 Average Rating
197 ratings from 210 user reviews

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Reviews for Tramadol

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
Masterwolf March 8, 2020

“Tramadol started out ok but after a week my body got used to it and didn't seem to help”

Chronic pain · Taken for 2 to 5 years March 7, 2020

“Switched to APO Tramacet after using T4s , when I was in bad pain I could take 10 pills a day like it was baby aspirin and the doctors would not give me anything stronger. I have learned to just live in pain and tapered down to as needed, to make my monthly fill last. I get generic I’m Canada and the APO ones work good but the MINT Tramacet must be placebo pills so I went back exchange for a different brand, so you don’t get the APO ones”

9 / 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
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
Oog · Taken for less than 1 month January 28, 2020

“I took one Tramadol pill for my Severe spinal stenosis and an hour later the room begin to spin and I vomited continuously for 12 hours and had to be hospitalized for 2 days. Terrible medicine.”

1 / 10
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
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
Suzanne_s · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 9, 2020

GenRx Tramadol (tramadol): “Just got my refill, and these are different pills than I usually take, which are white oval TV 58 tablets. This new refill is of white round AN 627 tablets. I normally have adequate coverage of my chronic back, sciatic, and arthritic joint pain, but this refill has been completely ineffective. Except for lack of withdrawal symptoms, it is as if I am taking no pain medication at all.”

1 / 10
Bullybabes · Taken for less than 1 month December 16, 2019

“I've tried tramadol twice for my back pain and both times it didn't help at all, but did make me feel sick, confused, irritated and shaky. What's the use of that? This synthetic drug is a joke. While it MAY work on some people for whatever reason, it does NOTHING for me.”

1 / 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
Suffer · Taken for 1 to 2 years December 8, 2019

“Tramadol just doesn’t work period. I started low and worked my way up to what the dr said what the highest allowed dosage and it didn’t do anything for my back pain. In fact I felt it made things worse. My stomach hurt and I felt shaky. I don’t understand the move towards this useless medication at all. It just doesn’t work.”

1 / 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
SC · Taken for less than 1 month December 5, 2019

“This medication is awful. I have severe back pain and leg pain that when it gets at its worse, I can’t do anything with out screaming and crying. I can’t even stand, sit or lie down. Due to the opioid crisis, I was prescribed tramadol and it did absolutely nothing. I kept taking it because I was desperate for anything to help. The only thing I got from it was awful withdraws from when I finally stopped taking it after a couple of weeks. I didn’t sleep but 2 hours a night for months, I had awful anxiety and depression and was severely agitated all the time for no reason. I would never recommend taking this to anybody.”

1 / 10
Anonymous November 25, 2019

“I have been on these tramadol for just a few weeks for permanent nerve damage and sciatica. I've been tried on a few medicines and one worked before but has come under restriction in the UK as a controlled drug (gabapentin) due to people abusing them, so now I am on these Tramadol, they work great in removing the burning, numbness and severe pain that travels from my butt to my toes on my left side, for the best part of the day at least but, They have not been without there side effects! I had bad nausea when trying to get to sleep, bad constipation and delayed emptying of my gut, hemorrhoids due to the constipation, over tired during the day when trying to do my work (manual worker), feel bizarre sometimes, like I am high, vibrating inside lol, been told by my doctor to bare with it my body will eventually settle down and it is just I have never had opiate meds before, I hope he is right but I am also told that they are very addictive, this worries me a bit!”

Pouyan · Taken for less than 1 month November 20, 2019

“This drug is not meant for depression it is an opioid and highly addictive should only be taken when you have a lot of pain that ibuprofen/tylenol can’t get rid of. Very highly addictive with side effects just like codeine. For my pain it works really good.”

5 / 10
Lola · Taken for 2 to 5 years November 16, 2019

“At first it was the best medication I have came across in my life made me happy and energetic. I had just had a baby girl who has colic so you can understand my need for a super drug I took everyday it gave me super powere I would say but 2 tablets a day wasn't enough now my baby girl is 3 years 9 months and I was taking way too many at a time it almost killed me with have 4 trips to the ER. I was losing control of my life. I let this tablet control me I HATE TRAMADOL. That happiness isn't permanent it's all fake it's going to fade, that energy you seem to have is going to take a huge toll on yourself once you stop. I'm now on day 7 of not taking it and it is terrible - I still have no energy to cook clean or look after my baby - it's the worst feeling in my life. God help me I pray for you all and your families that you never have to suffer from this piece of garbage. They should stop destroying us humans this way!!!!!”

1 / 10
Jason October 29, 2019

“I love it, tramadol is not very strong for me and gave me relief. Being a patient of lower back pain I have been to mostly all the doctors. and the medicines they prescribed seemed to help me temporarily. Currently my pain management Doctor and he has recommended me thermotherapy. Which has been quite helpful for me. The icing might help in injuries but I believe it would cause more pain if applied for joint pain. ”

9 / 10
Backpain October 14, 2019

“I have had negative experiences with SSRI's in the past. I had no idea that tramadol acted on serotonin and norepinephrine. This has greatly increased my depression, which was already close to unmanageable. I feel betrayed by my doctor and pharmacology as I was hesitant to be put on anything in the first place.”

1 / 10
monster October 11, 2019

“This drug tramadol works. You do have to watch out for side effects, especially if you take it on a regular basis. Withdrawal usually lasts a week and can be a bit on the rough side due to: bowels ,weakness, temperature control. It really slows down the bowels. I actually think it is a better for mood enhancement than pain relief. Can be a positive experience IF managed properly-tolerance control is key.”

7 / 10
Bill September 30, 2019

“Took tramadol for 14 years as a result of shoulder injury and ongoing issues. Worked wonders throughout time frame for moderate pain. By the end I was taking 100mg three times daily. As I entered my 50s I believe the long term use triggered an acute mental health nightmare of anxiety. I slowly weaned myself down over 2 weeks. The physical withdrawals were significant, particularly night sweats, intestinal complications and constant tremors. After six months of non-use I slowly returned to “normal” and all physical symptoms of withdrawal were absent. My mental health is well one year later and under consult of psychiatry . Indeed Tramadol “took the edge off” of pain but retrospectively was also leaned upon for the opiate like feel good mentally. Shoulder pain still sucks but much better than loosing my mind and now I am staying well grounded. I’m stunned to hear the off script uses for depression. Maybe initially it’s all good - but there are classic opioid consequences.”

3 / 10
Penguin · Taken for less than 1 month September 27, 2019

“Taking tramadol with naproxen at the moment only been a week but feel even worse. Thought these would alleviate the pain. No side effects either don't feel tired at all. Even been given diazepam. Nothing works.”

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
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
Artstein · Taken for less than 1 month August 29, 2019

“I had a serious acute back pain (herniated disc), much worse than I had ever had before. I received a mix of various medicines, including tramadol and ketoprofen. In the end the pain was gone, but it's very hard to pinpoint which was the most effective. Tramadol for sure helped, but I could finally get off the bed after I received an additional dose of ketoprofen. So it is most likely effective, but does not provide instant relief.”

7 / 10

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