Skip to Content

User Reviews for Tramadol to treat Fibromyalgia

Also known as: Ultram, Tramadol Hydrochloride ER, ConZip

The following information is NOT intended to endorse any particular medication. While these reviews might be helpful, they are not a substitute for the expertise, knowledge and judgement of healthcare practitioners.

Tramadol Rating Summary

User Ratings
27% (36)
27% (36)
15% (20)
5% (6)
4% (5)
3% (4)
2% (3)
1% (1)
4% (5)
13% (17)
7.4/10 Average Rating
133 ratings from 139 user reviews

Compare all 30 medications used in the treatment of Fibromyalgia.

Reviews for Tramadol

Anonymous · Taken for 5 to 10 years November 7, 2019

“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.”

10 / 10
Mama Kaz · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 10, 2019

“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.”

10 / 10
Jenjen · Taken for 1 to 2 years October 3, 2019

“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.”

9 / 10
Mary September 9, 2019

“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.”

10 / 10
Polly · Taken for 1 to 2 years August 2, 2019

“Tramadol seems to be the only medication so far that helps with my fibro pain. I do get side effects (feeling "dopey", difficulties concentrating and difficulties with sleeping), but through trial and error I have worked out that a daily dose of 50 mg taken in the evening (often combined with paracetamol) works reasonably well and keeps side effects to a minimum. When I have a serious flare, I go up to 3 x 50 mg per day, but then I cannot work as I feel too stoned. I am reluctant to take it permanently due to the risk of dependency, but for the moment, I am just glad that it is exists. I do not want to take duloxetine due to the common withdrawal problems and problematic long-term effects, and unfortunately, I cannot tolerate pregabalin; I will try amitriptyline soon. Lidocaine patches seem to help only with superficial pain. I find alternative treatments (supplements, TENS, acupuncture, massages, yoga and mindfulness) helpful, but they are just not effective enough.”

7 / 10
Betsy · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 28, 2019

“Severe whole body pain coupled with osteoarthritis. Cannot take NSAIDS! Percocet stopped working. Won’t use Schedule 4 drugs due to no driving, no gun permit and terrible stigma. Tramadol never even worked for my dog!”

1 / 10
..uhhh · Taken for 5 to 10 years June 28, 2019

“Tramadol has worked very well with Neuropathy and Fibromyalgia My problem is when I switched Pharmacies the new to me Mylan brand I get from Albertson's is nowhere near as strong as the brand I got from Rite-Aid. The Mylan ones are about 30-40% smaller and do NOT relieve the pain nearly enough. I think I'd have to DOUBLE the 100 mg every 8 hrs.. Albertson's will be hearing from me....”

9 / 10
Kat · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 11, 2019

“I was prescribed tramadol as a pain relief option for fibromyalgia. Works nicely for mild to moderate pain, but noticed it had many other benefits. Tramadol is the only thing I have found that helps my chronic fatigue some what, as well as anxiety and depression, additionally I am calmer and more focused, so helps with ADD, and, there is more. I am more creative on this medication, and while taking it for pain when I had a head cold I noticed that it literally alleviates all cold symptoms! If you take this while you have a cold when it is in your system you feel completely fine, better than any over-the-counter decongestant I have tried in my life . And all this is on a very low-dose, most days I take 75 mg total.”

9 / 10
Angel · Taken for 6 months to 1 year April 21, 2019

“Best drug for fibromyalgia.”

9 / 10
Littlepain · Taken for 2 to 5 years March 26, 2019

“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 least for now, anyway.”

9 / 10
MrsM · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 16, 2019

“I have been quite newly diagnosed (in my first year) and I have had quite a few medication changes just to get me relief. I had previously had to have Tramadol due to a shoulder injury I sustained 9 years ago, and it was used for 18 months until I found out I was having my oldest son and then I came off it. It worked for the first fortnight this time around, I could rest if I needed and actually sleep without too much pain, I felt like after several relapses that I found the key to trying to maintain my usual lifestyle as much as I could - for the sake of my children needing a "fun" mommy and for myself to just feel a bit better about the whole of my life flipping upside down. But now it won't even move a minor headache. I am getting no relief at all, the pain can vary from stabbing to burning to twinges, all minor and severe on the pain spectrum and it does nothing. Hoping there's something out there to make me feel "normal" again.”

2 / 10
Nicole · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 20, 2018

“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.”

10 / 10
Toomanypills December 1, 2018

“I have a complex history of autoimmune problems and fibromyalgia. I had tried multiple different medications including NSAIDs, tricyclics, SSRIs, lyrica, and cymbalta. What worked best for years was low dose oxycontin 5-10mg twice a day. My doctor suggested long-acting tramadol, because she knew I was worried about the anti-oxycontin push by government agencies and misinformed doctors and worried oxycontin would be made illegal ( other schedule II narcotics like fentanyl and methadone made me too tired to function). Tramadol worked even better than oxycontin. Both agents caused constipation, Ultram at 300mg a day caused twice as much ( based on how many senna pills I needs to take). Both agents caused insomnia, tramadol caused more ( I needed 5mg ambien to sleep with low dose oxycontin but I need 10 mg with tramadol 300mg long acting). Now I am told there is a manufacturer shortage of tramadol and hope I will not have to go back to oxycontin.”

9 / 10
Tat · Taken for 5 to 10 years October 1, 2018

“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!!”

10 / 10
Aj · Taken for 1 to 2 years August 14, 2018

“Tramadol is the only thing that has ever helped.”

8 / 10
Justsayno · Taken for 6 months to 1 year June 20, 2018

“I started taking Tramadol for chronic pain due to many years of fibromyalgia. It helped somewhat with pain the true problem was the depression that started almost immediately. I tolerated the depression for as long as I could. I was not on a high dose. Only up to 3 daily but even at 1 the depression was constant ...waking me at night with despairing thoughts. When I chose to stop taking it I was miserable. Worse than coming off of oxycodone in higher amounts and worse than benzos. Restless leg syndrome was constant for a week and then the psychosis that almost sent me to the emergency room. Stay away from this drug. If you don’t have issues with depression DO NOT take Tramadol. It will screw up your brain. It’s been two weeks and I’m starting to feel happy again.”

1 / 10
Fibrogal April 30, 2018

“As far as I'm concerned Tramadol should be put on the market as yet another OTC medication. It is only helpful to get another ulcer. I have never received any helpful pain relief from it . 25years ago or since my doctor will no longer prescribe me any opioid medications he's put me back on useless Tramadol/Ultram. So much for compassion”

Anonymous · Taken for 5 to 10 years April 10, 2018

“Works best for me”

10 / 10
Joanna · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 28, 2018

“Hi I have had fibro about 6 yrs and been prescribed a variety of different meds to try. None of them helped. Then after phoning doctor in tears with pain I was prescribed Tramadol 50 mg. Was nervous to take as doctor said can be addictive but I decided to try and it is the best medication I've tried for fibro. I do not take every day only take when I am having a really bad day with pain and it really helps the pain. Sometimes I go days or a weeks without taking it. I don't feel remotely addicted.”

10 / 10
mama March 1, 2018

“I have had fibromyalgia and many other health issues for the last 13 years.. being passed off from dr. to dr. none of them not knowing how to treat my pain. I have been on tramadol for about 1 year now and call the dr. today and the RN says she is not going to refill it anymore for me and she will not do anymore back injections for me I had 34 in past 13 years and she wants me to go to pain management for ketamine infusions. I am very upset I spent well over 2 years and over 2 grand with this NP W/ 0 help. If your MD is going to have you see a NP for a serious pain problem PLEASE DO NOT wastetime with a NP go to a real PAIN MANAGEMENT DR. right off the bat. I am very disappointed in ALL the DR.s I have now seen with zero relief. I don't know what is ahead of me and I am very scared I suffered for 13 years. May God Bless and Heal all of you reading this. it is a horrible way to live your life suffering in pain every second of your life...”

4 / 10
MikeSchultz · Taken for 2 to 5 years February 16, 2018

“Tramadol is pretty useless unless you have a anti-inflammatory with it. You can't take ibuprofen for years but you can for a while. I myself have found frankincense to be a magnificent anti-inflammatory. When it comes to not having any side effects at all. It reacts with the Tramadol just like percocet has Tylenol in it. It actually works. I really didn't want percocet or any other narcotics like that I'm going to be forced to have a narcotic like Tramadol. Gabapentin and other nerve medications give me severe side effects. Try to frankincense and tramadol together. I even make my own I buy a bag of frankincense and put it in capsules so that there's no other ingredient in there. I take three capsules with the Tramadol. Now with severe fibromyalgia I can get away with 75 mg with frankincense.”

7 / 10
Trishbell January 6, 2018

“I started with 50mg 4x/day. Ended up taking more that. I bought it online for 14 years until they scheduled it. The most terrible withdrawal in the world. I heard worse than heroin. Be careful. Its better for mood than pain. I can't imagine it for post surgery. Not a great pain killer. Methadone for withdrawal's, that's a whole new monster...”

Ckbhamilton · Taken for 5 to 10 years October 18, 2017

“When Tramadol was first released as Ultram years ago, it seemed more effective.Now with so many genaric on the market,as with any drug it's full of fillers. I was on Ultram about 5 years then my doctor (due to insurance) put my on Tramadol. Despite the pharmacist opinion that it's exactly the same. I know my body very well and it is NOT the same. Unfortunately I got no pain relief and stop taking it”

1 / 10
Tea girl · Taken for 10 years or more September 15, 2017

“I have had fibromyalgia for 14 yrs. My second Dr. put me on Tramadol 50 mg every six hrs or so, and Ultram 300 mg slow release at night. I also take Celexa for depression. This combination gave me my life back. I would not have survived without these med's the pain was too intense.”

10 / 10
myra jean · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 6, 2017

“Four years ago I went septic from Enbrel. I am unable to take any kind of RA medicine. I have been taking Tramadol since last spring. It works better than Norco. Cannot take Tylonal with codeine because I'm allergic to it”

9 / 10

Learn more about Fibromyalgia

IBM Watson Micromedex

Symptoms and treatments Health Center

Mayo Clinic Reference

ICD-10 CM Clinical Codes (External)