User Reviews for Tramadol to treat Fibromyalgia
Also known as: Ultram, Tramadol Hydrochloride ER, ConZip Qdolo
Tramadol has an average rating of 7.4 out of 10 from a total of 134 ratings for the treatment of Fibromyalgia. 69% of those users who reviewed Tramadol reported a positive effect, while 17% reported a negative effect.
“Tramadol is the only medication that helps my fibromyalgia and CFS! My weakness is debilitating and only working part time, I am able to take one a day before work! It gives me strength in my legs and energy for a few hours! Downside, I can only take one a day as Tramadol gives me headache with two! No Drs are educated in this field.. at least I found my own help to continue to function and work!!”
“This is the only medicine that had worked to relieve my fibromyalgia pain (burning, aching in my legs) and allows me to function again. Because of the opioid problem and my move out of state, I could not get a dr to prescribe, although I only was able to see PAs. Now that I moved again and found a good Dr that I see who understands fibromyalgia, I am back and able to work. I could not work for 2 years without it. Very grateful to have it. Have not found it addictive. I only take when absolutely necessary and try going without if possible. No side effects. Even gave me back my energy.”
“I've had Fibromyalgia for 5 years, only formally diagnosed in January this year. So, I have suffered. I tried Pregabalin but couldn't tolerate it. I asked to try Tramadol and what a difference, they are a wonderful drug for Fibro pain, to alleviate anxiety and lift your mood most probably because you don't feel overwhelmed with pain. I prefer to not take them if I feel I can cope well without to prevent dependency. I recommend you give them a try.”
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Ultram (tramadol): “Tramadol saved my life. Fibromyalgia had just about taken my life away. I was constantly in pain, tired, and often in a mental fog. It was causing major problems in my marriage, because the pain, fatigue, and fog made me a horrible husband and father. I wasn't doing my part around the house because of the pain, fatigue, and lack of cognitive clarity. My wife was resentful, and rightfully so. I finally ended up in a Doctor's office in tears - I told him I was "crazy". He said I was not crazy, I was ill. He prescribed tramadol and Cymbalta. My life has completely changed: no pain, no fatigue, and no fog. My life and marriage are restored, and we are happier than ever. Daily, I thank God for a good, knowledgeable doctor, Cymbalta and Tramadol.”
“I have had fibermyalgia for my whole life. How I managed to have a full career and raise children, I only owe to eating Tylenol and aspirins like candy day and night over all those years. Of course I was still in pain and couldn't sleep because the pain would keep me awake. My family physician doesn't even believe this disease exists. He was upset my rehumatologist prescribed Tramadol for the pain and told me to discontinue it. Tramadol 50 mg is the only reason I am pain free most of each day. I finally feel like I have a life back. Doctors who have Never experienced this type of chronic pain, do not know what a godsend Tramadol is for chronic suffers”
“I have had Fibromyalgia for 15 years. Tramadol not only gives me my life back, but is the ONLY medication that has helped my depression incredibly. I could not continue working without this med. Has helped MORE than other pain meds which I've been on every single pill out there.”
“I have taken Tramadol for about five years. It has been a miracle drug for me. After having suffered through all the symptoms of fibromyalgia, my biggest complaint was the tiredness and lack of energy. After taking Tramadol the first time, I had a noticeable increase in energy and general well-being. I now take 100mg 3 times a day. Although the effects are not as noticeable as before, it still helps to increase my energy to where I am able to be more productive. One 7.5mg Norco and two Tramadol every 4 to 6 hours have helped me get through the day. My mom and two sisters also have this disease. My daughter was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia. She is currently using the CBD oil, and so far it has been somewhat effective. Like so many of us with this disease, I’m praying for the cure.”
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“I'm a disabled veteran. Diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1992 while still active duty. Have been taking tramadol for years 50mg now 3x a day. I don't think I would survive without it. Allows me to do some of the activities with my family. It is good for relieving fibro pain. I would recommend any new patients to try it. It may change your life.”
“I prescribe Tramadol for patients, for some it does not work because you must have the enzyme to convert it. For the people who have the converting protein it is a wonder medicine. For many with fibromyalgia & chronic pain it works well and allows them to continue working & activities. For all medications there are reasonable limits to the amount used, and precautions for some when tapering and discontinuing. With Tramadol slowly taper and discontinue, do not stop cold turkey. I found Tramadol to be effective with 1 or 2 tablets (50 mg) a day, occasionally on a severe pain day I must take up to 200 mg in 24 hrs. 4 days a wk I only take 1 tab!”
“Tramadol is my miracle. I've had fibromyalgia for about 6 yrs, but I've had depression & anxiety my whole life, sometimes severe. This not only combats that tricky fibromyalgia pain but makes me feel better emotionally. I find that my focus is better, my mind sees things with more clarity (maybe because I'm not in pain) & my depression is nil. Traditional opiates don't work for my type of physical pain and I hate their tiring effect. Tramadol doesn't cause fatigue- for me, it eliminates it without making me jumpy or manic. Just a nice, clean energy. I keep my dose at or under the prescribed-for-me dosage. Along with Lyrica, it has saved me from a life of fibromyalgia pain, anxiety & unnecessary depression.”
“I've got fibromyalgia, as well as osteoarthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome-C, anxiety/depression, and ulcers. I've tried EVERYTHING, but because my tummy is so sensitive, most medicines make my constipation problem worse, or upset my stomach. Plus, the "usual" side effects of many medicines (feeling hungover, bloating, weight gain, etc) can be just as debilitating as the condition itself. Tramadol helps with ALL of my problems without unbearable side effects! My doctor wanted me to wean off of it, so I tried other medicines again (gabapentin, Cymbalta) but my body just does not like any of them. I am quite thin, and only take 25-50 mg a day (I cut the pills in half!) and this works for me. I have not had to increase this dosage and it's been about a year.”
“My legs and feet hurt me so very much, when I arose in the morning, I would need to hang on to the chair rail and take a few steps at a time to get used to the pain in my legs and feet. This happened to me around 5 years ago. Then I found tramadol, it is a miracle. I have hardly any pain, I have energy, I am in great moods all of the time. I submit blood every year so the doctor can run panels on my organs, and there is never any damage to them. I hope I never have to stop taking it.”
“I managed my fibromyalgia pain for many years with exercise/rest and stress management, although always in some pain and with fatigue. I was prescribed Tramadol three months ago when the morning pain, back pain and overall fatigue was greatly diminishing my quality of life (ability to roll over or get out of bed, exercise, do housework, focus on the job, and feelings of helplessness). When I took it I immediately realized how the rest of the word lives-relatively pain free, with better mood more energy. My morning pain is horrible, so I may need to take it in the night or get another medicine to help, I am usually relieved of the pain and stiffness within an hour and a half after taking it. Amazing! I do feel a little dizzy and lightheaded.”
“I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia six years ago - have tried everything (and I mean EVERYTHING, from Amitriptyline to Zoloft & all combinations!) Nothing works as well as Ultram, and nothing else comes close (for me) with as little side effects. Not sure why docs don't want to prescribe this sometimes? I've read posts about the "addictive" factor. Well, I took Vicodin daily for years and that isn't any better! I took Vicodin with various antidepressants (not much help there) Tramadol is safer than Vicodin - easier on your organs. QUALITY OF LIFE matters, and this medicine takes the edge off of pains, aches, depression AND anxiety (including social anxiety). I take 50mg twice a day & feel almost normal - happy, I laugh more, do more. Grateful for this med!”
“I have struggled with many strong meds to help with the pain. All of them would have to keep increasing to work. Tramadol has given me my life back. I have been taking it for 2 years, and it worked immediately.”
“This tramadol has been a godsend for my fibro. My doc originally prescribed this to me for bursitis in my hip. To my surprise, it helped more for my fibro symptoms. I'm 40 and have had symptoms since my late teens. My doc was surprised when I told her its helping more than anything ever has. She said it usually makes fibro worse. As I read some of the positive comments I can totally relate. It makes me not think about the pain and gives me energy and also helps with my depression sometimes. The only thing I don't like that I have noticed is around 6 hours after taking it, it makes me very drowsy and fuzzy. There are times though it keeps me awake too. Some days I only take half. Also I found that if I have to clean or work on a project I take it before I start, because I know my body and I will be hurting if I don't.”
“I was diagnosed 10 yrs ago, & was practically suicidal with how hard life became. When I was given tramadol to try, everything changed. It has given me extreme amounts of relief in all categories. My Pain, fatigue, & even depression was lifted. In the ten years I have been taking it, I have NEVER upped my dosage! It does the same job everyday!. It is hard to know u need any medicine to feel normal, but getting your quality of life back is priceless. I am so thankful for this medicine. I can accomplish so much.”
“I have had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for 14 years. I am sensitive to all the medications usually recommended to treat it: Lyrica, Cymbalta, Savella, amitryptiline and gabapentin. They all give me agonizing headaches and make my brain feel like it's going to blow up. So my doctor started me on Tramadol 6 years ago....and what an amazing thing, the pain was much better. After all that time, I am now on the maximum dose per day and I know I am physically dependent. But it is still the only medication that I can take long term that takes the edge off my fibro pain enough for me to function and work full time. I have also developed osteoarthritis and it helps with that, too. The only NSAID I can tolerate is naproxen.”
“I have been suffering with fibromyalgia for years. Tramadol was prescribed to me for another short term condition. Since it was short term I had plenty left. One achy day I used tramadol in fear of stomach bleeding by combining ibuprofen and celexa. That’s when I learned tramadol not only relieves the aches and pains of fibromyalgia but also relived the fatigue. Pain relief also seemed to last much longer than ibuprofen. Of course I asked my doctor to prescribe it to me for fibromyalgia and I could tell she was hesitant but went ahead anyway. I had to switch doctors and of course this doctor refused to give it to me so I’m back to laying in bed and missing a lot of work due to the aches and fatigue. For me this medicine was a miracle drug. I’d suggest it to anyone suffering with fibromyalgia.”
“I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 2 days ago and prescribed Tramadol at that time. I have already noticed that I have more energy, am thinking more clearly and am able to concentrate better. I experienced some flushing in the chest and face, but no itching or burning. I have noticed an odd feeling at night-I take Seroquel to sleep-but nothing negative. I woke up this morning with very little pain and felt rested for the first time in over 15-years! I feel younger and more energetic than my 37 years. These side-effects are minor and so far I am happy with the medication AND my doctor!”
“I was prescribed Tramadol for slipped disc pain. It did not help one bit. BUT-I noticed immediately how energised it made me feel. I have been suffering from decreased amounts of energy for years, to the point where I sometimes did not even have energy to breathe. Tramadol has changed my life. I take 50mg a day and have never needed to increase the dose. 50mg still does the job, after 4 years. It gives me 4-6 h to complete the most neccessary tasks. Yes, it is addictive and the daily dose is missed, the suffering is pretty intense. But so what? life wouldn't be possible without Tramadol anyway. I am greatful for the slipped disc for giving me Tramadol. Pain is NOTHING compared to debiliating fatigue.”
“I have been taking Tramadol for over 2 years now, and it has been helpful for my Arthritis and Fibromyalgia pain. It does not make the pain go away, nothing I have tried does, but it does dull it enough that I am not clenched up in a ball in bed in sharp pain all the time as I was before taking it. I wish it would last longer though, I start to feel relief about 2 hours after taking it and it wears off at 4 hours after taking it. Since I take it every 6 hours I am still extreme levels of pain most of the time, but for the 2 hours it is helpful I can manage to do basic tasks like get dressed, bathe, hold a pen, open doors which I am unable to do without it. I do not have any "goofy" side effects with Tramadol, so that is also good for me.”
“I was recently dx w/ Fibromyalgia. I take 50mg of Tramadol when I'm having a "bad pain day" which is about 3x per week. Tramadol seems to take the edge off the pain as well as increase my energy level and put me in a better mood. Downsides: it usually causes a mild upset stomach (for the first 30-60mins), it takes about an hour to kick in, and rarely it makes me a little nauseous. Overall, I'm pleased with this drug. My provider had told me that Hydrocodone/Oxycodone medications will worsen my Fibromyalgia syndrome in the long run, but that taking Tramadol as needed is a good method of treatment.”
“I was prescribed Ultram a few months ago when I was in a severe fibromyalgia flare. It worked so well I asked my Dr. to keep me on it. She prescribed 100mg/day in divided doses but told me that a friend of hers took 2 every morning and was doing very well on it. I try not to take it on a regular basis to avoid addiction. The worst part of taking it is that when the pain returns it returns with a vengeance! That's when I want to take another dose but I don't because I know I will end up taking more and more to get the same relief. I didn't realize I was in such extreme pain until I didn't feel it while taking the Ultram. I do have to take 100mg to get relief.”
“I've tried a variety of prescribed medications for about 8 years. The ones that had worked (ie: gabapentin), had stopped working after a few months. Others made me feel sluggish and hungover. I started taking tramadol 6 months ago, 100mg in the mornings. My days are so much better, I feel energize, and it takes 90% of fms pain away. I cannot take Tramadol at night as it makes me have nightmares, and insomnia. Great if taken in the morning. My father and brother also take it for different ailments, they swear by it.”
“Before taking Tramadol I was living off of ridiculous amounts of Vicodin and Aleve. I was still in considerable pain and I knew I was becoming addicted to the hydrocodone. I took Tramadol not expecting anything and I was blown away. I can do my job again (waiting tables) without needing to collapse in pain by the end of the day and my boyfriend no longer has to sleep on the couch because it hurts my back to be in the same bed! It does cause me some nausea, but that has gotten better as I take it regularly. The pain does come back if I miss a dose, but I now only need 1-2 pills to live a normal life, not 10 or more a day. The only downside to this medicine is it causes me awful constipation.”
“Couldn’t live without it. I find it very helpful for fibro pain and also for fatigue. I can still work part time thanks to Tramadol. On the other hand, I am so hooked on it, no idea how my brain chemistry will do without it. And not willing to find out. My only worry is that one day it won’t be marketed or prescribed. Best wishes to you all!!”
“For me, Ultram (Tramadol), combined with Neurontin (Gabapentin), and Elavil (Amitriptyline) work wonders for my fibromyalgia. Take away any one of these and my quality of life plummets downward. I have a multitude of symptoms. These are life saving drugs for me. Without them, I have so much more acute and widespread lingering pain, numbness, creepy crawlies, itching, fatigue, and depression, that I need motility assistance (arm cuff crutches) and get little sleep from my symptoms keeping me awake. Unfortunately, the individuals who have abused these life saving drugs along with the government blanketing all with the potential abuse of these drugs have caused so many to suffer at great costs. My insurance company has recently decided that I do not have enough diagnostic criteria to warrant paying for Tramadol. It is not an expensive drug, so I am able to pay for it out-of-pocket...at least for now, anyway.”
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