User Reviews for Ultram to treat Chronic Pain
Ultram has an average rating of 5.1 out of 10 from a total of 37 ratings for the treatment of Chronic Pain. 38% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 43% reported a negative effect.
“I have been one of the many finding myself suffering severe chronic pain, fibromyalgia, cervical radiculopathy, severe osteoarthritis in all my joints and 3 bulging discs. Stripped of all my pain meds and only allowed sporadic usage of ultram. I went from 125mmg fentanyl every 48 hour w/ Vicodin for break through pain to one ultram every 4 to 6 hrs. I might as well be taking a baby aspirin every 4 to 6 hrs.”
“Tramadol is a good medication that can take care of a wide range of pain. This medication is a great sub to addictive meds. A medication that only manages the pain and does not manage your mental state.”
“Ultram has worked well for the multiple chronic pain issues I have and has allowed me to function though the cervical/lumber problems are becoming worse. If not for Ultram, I would be housebound & unable to move. Unfortunately, a new doctor without reason reduced the script which has resulted in my pain increasing and being unable to sometimes walk. I did further research and found the DEA final report that clearly states that doctors should not decrease or stop this med for chronic pain. They were quick to prescribe gabapentin which is one of the worst drugs taken-within 36 hours I had a severe adverse event. I filed an adverse event complaint with FDA and also had my pharmacy redline the drug so it would not be prescribed again. Read the information on meds you are taking or a doctor suggests you take before you pay for it. Sometimes the negative effects are worse than the health problem you have.”
“I've been taking tramadol for back and knee pain from a motorcycle accident for over a year, it is a great pain reliever that eliminates 90% of my pain issues without making me feel drowsy like hydrocodone or oxycodone. It controls my pain and I still live my normal life.”
“Tramadol works as expected. It does just enough so I can remain functional without stepping up to stronger painkillers. Tramadol only works for me if I take the doses consistently. When I first started taking Tramadol it took about a week for the medicine to be fully effective.”
“Ultram (Brand) has made my life bearable. I suffer from Fibromyalgia, Osteoarithritis, and Osteoporosis. I have lessened pain if I take Ultram (Brand). Tramadol, the generic does nothing to lessen the pain. My Rheumatologist said many of his patients are not helped with Tramadol. It is not even the same formulation. Ripoff.”
“Takes care of my chronic knee pain. Due to cancer, I am not a candidate for a replacement at this time, though I am need of them. Tramadol keeps me from suffering. I usually take 2 daily, prescription is for 4 daily. I up it to three if I have a day where I am very active. Everything has side effects and I can live with Tramadol. I like that I can drive and go to work while taking it.”
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“I have been on Ultram for 15 years. I started with 150mg a day and l am up to 350mg daily. If l do not take it every 5-6 hours l start feeling sleepy and irritable. Worst of all my pain comes back two fold. I cannot stand up straight due to the severe pain and weakness in both my legs. I had a lumbar fusion that has left me with neurological leg weakness and SI joint pain.. l have severe DJD and arthritis. I was recently changed to a generic type of Ultram. I feel like l am withdrawal all the time . How do l get my pharmacy to replace this generic garbage?”
“I have chronic back pain. I have degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis. The pain is unbearable at times. My doctor prescribed tramadol for me. It has been a life saver for me. This drug has given my life back. It takes my pain away for a few hours so I can do some house cleaning. It is amazing. Please always follow your doctor's directions when taking this drug.”
“I suffer from chronic back pain due to lumbar spinal decay and facet joint arthrosis. I have been taking tramadol (50mg) for quite some time. I know what the pain feels like when I don't take it (excruciating!) and taking it regularly - 3 to 4 times a day - along with others allows, me to function reasonably normally. I get a dry mouth at times and this is expected. I couldn't live without it.”
“I've been living with chronic pain now for over 5 yrs due 2 DJD, Rhuematoid Arthritis, 5 Herniated Discs in my neck, 2 in my Lumbar Spine. I started seeing a Pain Management Neurologist and between Trigger point injections, Prednisone as needed, Tramadol 200mg-400mg a day if needed I was finally able to function again. There wasn't any side effects that occurred while I took it and I found this medication extremely effective. It never removed my pain completely but did allow me to function again. As anyone w/chronic conditions we must learn to live with some pain. There's no natural or man made Opiate in Tramodol but it works similarly as a drug that contains an Opiate. I was on this drug on/off for almost 3 yrs and no addiction issues.”
“After taking 15 mg oxycodone for 3 months for my back pain, Dr. decided to put me on 100 mg of tramodol every 6-8 hours as needed. After taking this medicine for only a week, I find it does Nothing for my pain, not even a little. I find taking this medicine for pain is a waste of money as well as whatever it does to your liver. Whoever approved this drug for pain, has never had to take it for pain. Absolutely worthless.”
“It's a great alternative for people with stomach issues as it causes no GI upset. You do have to eat, it can make you nauseous if you don't, but I can't tolerate anti depressant or strong opiates, so this does the trick for moderate chronic pain. Not a good choice for severe pain or post surgery.”
“This medication is about as strong as aspirin or ibuprofen. If you take them longer than a few weeks you will also end up with withdrawal worse than any other narcotic pain reliever. It can make you sick to your stomach and if your prescribed too much it can cause severe seizures. If you've never been on any other opiate pain relievers it may work for a bit but I'd use extreme caution in doing so.”
“I was referred to a ‘pain clinic’ for extreme low back/sciatica pain. I have had hydrocodone for years which I have always used sparingly. (Due to Florida restrictions on opioids my family doctor was hesitant to give me a narcotic prescription as in the past.) I was prescribed 50mg (2) every 4 hours. I would rate this medicine as 0 for severe pain. I turned to Extra Strength Aleve which worked better but only slightly diminished my pain. For me Tramadol is useless.”
“I have back pain every day of my life. My doctor prescribed Ultram. I took it for a few weeks and the pain never subsided at all. This drug is as useful as screen windows in a submarine. And. . .After I stopped taking it I had bad withdrawals!! Do not take this drug!!!!!”
“I started ultram a little over a month ago and am impressed with the lack of side effects. I also noticed it helps with my moods..maybe having less pain just makes me happier. Ive had spinal injections and am using ultram to hold me over until I get my next set. I do take it every 4-6 hours”
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“This did not do anything helpful for me. I tried it for 2 weeks as an opiate substitute after intermedulliary nailing. (This surgery always has a Very painful and long recovery) I was given this by my surgeon because it was supposed to be less addictive. After two weeks I decided to taper off it. This produced HORRID withdrawals. They were far different and more severe than stopping the opioids which I was over in one day. Don't take this med! If a dr tells you it won't cause withdrawals don't believe it. Opioid worked during my surgical recovery and were no prob to taper off then quit.”
“I have been taking Tramadol for a while for endometriosis. It works okay. It makes me extremely restless though and after about 8 hrs I get really nauseated and end up vomiting. It does help with the pain though. Not completely.”
“I took this drug for approximately 2 months and while it helped a bit during the day, the multitude of side effects were much worse! My skin itched so bad I felt like I had bugs, and my joint pain was horrible. I have two herniated discs and I'm in constant pain, but this was definitely not the pain medication for me.”
“I have chronic pain in my muscles and joints. Diagnosed as unspecified auto immune. Hla-b27 positive. My uncle suffered from anyklosing spondylitis.I have suffered all symptoms except crohns disease and spinal fusion.”
“I have been on this medication for about 4 years due to Ankylosing spondylitis and I find it pretty effective. However, I have found that this medication caused unexpected side effects. It was pointed out to me that shortly after taking a dose, I undertake massive projects that I normally wouldn't, become extremely talkative, insomnia and motivation that wasn't there originally. I was diagnosed as being bipolar a year ago and these are all symptoms of the "hypermania" aspect of Bipolar disorder. My doctor has found that Ultram put me in a "manic state" and when the medication begins to wear off I tend to become anxious and agitated. There are studies reflecting this online. I would not recommend this medication if you are bipolar.”
“I have been on Tramadol/Ultram for 13 years. It works on my pain 80% of the time. However when I added Tizanidine (a muscle relaxer - not to be taken with Tramadol at the same time), I have been mostly pain free. I take Tizanidine at night for back pain. It causes drowsiness so do not take during the day. I take 100mg Tramadol 3x a day for nerve pain. It works PERFECTLY for me. Unfortunately I was forced to taper off and get off Tramadol to try Nortripyline which only worked 60% and made me so fatigued I was bed-bound. Now I am tapering off Nortripyline and going to whatever plan B my neurologist has for me. My honest opinion - Tramadol works for moderate pain - not severe pain. I like it because it keeps me comfortable and does not have the loopy side effect of Hydrocodone. I can function well at least until 5 or 6 p.m. before the nerve pain hits. This to me is a win.”
“In 1986, I had Intramedullary rods inserted in my RT femur and LT Humerus, and require internal, and external fixation to stabilize my horribly fractured pelvic. Since then, I have resisted, for the most part, narcotics. In early September I was prescribed Ultram. Not too good...”
“My Doctor prescribed me this for chronic pain. I tried it 3 weeks in a row and it did nothing for my pain! I was really excited about getting it and trying it and was so disappointed. Though it did help me a couple of time's coming off of stronger prescription painkillers. It was helpful with some of the withdrawal symptoms.”
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