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How long have people been using tramadol for?

Hi be very greatfull to get some help on this wondering how many years people have been using tramadol for

Thank you



  • Hi jonisingt35r

    Welcome to Spine-health

    I have been taking tramadol for 4 years with one break. My doctor used this with other drugs for the ladder affect and it has worked for me.  Some people say it doesn't help, but I don't know what they are prescribed it with.

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  • jonisingt35rjjonisingt35r Posts: 165
    edited 11/24/2017 - 6:05 AM


    I have sciatic pain, lower back pain and hip pain, legs arms I usually have 100 mg in the morning and 100 on the afternon, and sometimes in the evening i t really does help I am very worried about it not working any more, I've seen people still using it after 20/years I really hope it still works for me then, I'm 48

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  • jonisingt35rjjonisingt35r Posts: 165
    edited 11/24/2017 - 6:18 AM

    I would really like to find another drug which works in a different way so I can swap every 6 month so I don't build up a tolerance to it? Is this possible? Could you reccomend one maby?

    Thank you very much

  • Medication is very hit and miss. Therefore, if you find something that works I’d stick with it. 

  • Yes but I am very worried about tolerance which why I'm trying to find an alternative one 

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  • I was on Tramadol 10 years, the maximum dose the last 5. It was terrible to get off of it.

    Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.
  • Thank you, may i ask why you stopped taking it did it stop working? Is so what are you taking now ?

  • BitzicatBBitzicat PhoenixPosts: 58

    I have been taking tramadol along with gabapentin for over thirty years for fibromyalgia.  I am currently at the maximum dosage of 400mg a day.  A year ago I reduced my dosage in increments of 50 mg to 150 in anticipation of spinal fusion surgery.  After surgery I went back to the 400 mg.  It was my only pain medication for both the fusion and the fibro.  It used to work really well but now it just feels like “not quite enough”.  I am trying combining extended release with immediate release throughout the day (still only 400) to accelerate the meds to the time of day the pain is worse.  Have not had any luck with that.

    With the new government intervention in opioids (they determined tramadol was an opioid only three years ago) it has been harder and way more expensive to use to control pain.  Suddenly, I am a 72 year old “addict”!  

    The fusion surgery did correct the immediate problem but created new issues and new pain.  The tramadol still works for the fibro but not for the back pain.  I sometimes add 800mg Motrin when I am more active.

  • jonisingt35rjjonisingt35r Posts: 165
    edited 12/04/2017 - 10:57 AM

    Wow 30 years I feel a little better now, I'm terrified of becoming tollerent of it as it does ease my pain.

    In really don't understand why there is a war opiates, I'm from the UK.

    Hope things get better.

    Thank you 

  • Hi bitscat do you take tramadol 100mg every 4/5 hrs every day ?

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