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Tramadol slowly not helping (advice please)

adam3iversonaadam3iverson Posts: 13
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in Pain Medications
Hey Team,

My name is Adam Watkins and in 2001 I broke my neck in four places (c3, c4, c5 and c6). I had an h-plate insert and a bone graft taken from my hip. Since my accident I have been taking Tramadol and paracetamol to help the chronic pain. I have noticed this year that my intake has become higher and higher. I am now taking up to 8 50gm a day, and sometimes this doesn’t even help. I was wondering if anyone could please help me and discuss some possible medications that I could take with tramadol or instead of tramadol to help with the pain.
I would greatly appreciate your help.

Thanks for your time :)

Adam Watkins


  • :H Hi Adam...I have taken Tramal for several years now and take 50mg and the 200mg slow release ones also.I noticed in your post that you dont mention the slow release Tramal???Here in Australia your allowed to take up to 600mg if presecribed by your Pain Specialist

    I find they work well together with Paracetamol and mainly Endone and I also take Valium twice a day..

    Speak with your Dr about your meds are not working well as sometimes we build up a tolerance to the dosage and it needs to be varified or change of meds for a while..

    Hope this helps and feel free to ask me what you wish..
  • Thank you very much!
    Ill definatly ask my doc about that combo. I have mentioned Vicodne to him before but he wants to keep me off them. Are they quite effective? I may have to ask him about them again because this tramadol is slowly wearing off i think.
    Again, thanks for your advice i really appreciate it :)
  • Vicodin must be what we here in Australia call Endone..My Dr is the same and was trying to keep me off any Morphine based meds but he could only do it for so long..

    Ask your Dr if you can trial the 200 Slow Release or at least the 100mg ones..I started with taking one in the morning and one at night and now two per night sometimes as you can only take them 12 hourly..Another thing that I found useful was "Norspan" patches that you change every 7 days and they worked well with the Tramal for me, but everyone is different..They also make Fentinal patches that you change every 3 days..Both different patches create a constant slow release over the time they are on your body..

    I hope that I can help you in anyway based on my own experiences..Ive had 5 fusions and a total disc replacement, 15 epidurals in the past 12 months and have survived cancer so I have a lot of "Life Experience" when it comes to chronic pain..

    I find the combination of meds I usually take is just doing the trick but Im having fortnightly procedures at the moment while I wait for the Stimulator trial for my thoracic area so Im on 12 hourly slow release Morphine at the moment as well..
  • I had a fracture too. I did tramadol with only one vicodin a day for 2 years, but after a while the tramadol lost its oomph :(

    There is a new med in the US called Nucynta that people here have a lot of luck with. It is in the same family as Tramadol.

    Also, you're seeing your orthopedic surgeon regularly to make sure there's nothing wrong, right?

    Unfortunately, my fracture was not treated at the time of the accident and collapsed, so I'm not sure what's ahead of me. I'm on lots of narcotics now just to get through. Hopefully you'll do better :)

    Good luck!

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