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 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.”
“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 !”
“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.”
Frequently asked questions
- How long does it take for tramadol to start working?
- How long does tramadol withdrawal last?
- Does tramadol raise or lower blood pressure?
- Is tramadol an anti-inflammatory drug?
- Does tramadol make you sleepy?
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.”
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.”
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.”
“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 .”
- How long does tramadol stay in your system?
- Does tramadol cause constipation?
- What are the bad side effects of tramadol?
- Is Toradol related to tramadol?
- Can I take tramadol with sertraline?
“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 .”
“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.”
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.”
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.”
“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.”
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.”
“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.”
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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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”
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!”
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!”
“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.”
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.”
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.”
“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.”
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!”
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!”
“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.”
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