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Long term users of Tramadol out there?

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    welcome to spine-health
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    Sue
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
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  • chris666cchris666 Posts: 1
    edited 12/10/2015 - 12:02 AM
    adam3iverson said:
    Hey team,
    My name is Adam and I am 23 years old. I have broken my neck in four places (C3, C4, C5, &C6). I did this in 2004. Since then I have been taking Tramadol 3 times a day, so all up roughly 5 to 6 tablets a day (50mg per tablet). I suffer chronic pain and I am not too sure what the future holds for me as I thought the pain would have gotten better by now, and it has only seemed to get worse. I was just wondering if there is any one else out there that has been taking Tramadol for long periods of time? I am a little concerned about the long term affects that Tramadol may have on my over well-being and body in general. I have taken bloods for liver damage and there were no signs of any damage. if there is anyone out there who can share there experience of long term use of Tramadol with me I would gladly appreciate it, as I need to get into a good frame of mind about my future with taking medication.
    Thanks very much for your time.

    Adam
    C.T.F Plumbing
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  • MarissaMMarissa Posts: 6
    edited 12/11/2015 - 7:22 AM
    I took tramadol for chronic back pain for about a year.. It lost its affects after a couple of months and I had to keep increasing the amount taken so I had to get off of it and be prescribed something stronger.. let me tell you getting off tramadol [edit]! The withdrawls are awful.. sweating, chills, insomnia, depression, sneezing, aches... but I am glad I am off it. Ever since getting off of it I feel much better. Now I take oxycodone as needed and thats seems to help alot more than tramadol did. Its a good medicine overall just be careful getting off of it
    MS
  • I had major problems with tramadol namely seizures. It is very important not only to get blood work to check your liver but even more important your kidney function. I had gone to a pain specialist who refused to prescribe it anymore after 3 of his patients went into kidney failure. There are a lot of people including doctors who think the drug is harmless because it is not a opiate but with any drug it can cause some major problems if not the patient is not monitored and sign effects thoroughly checkout
  • Hi Adam, I have been on Tramadol for almost 2 years. I too have had concerns about the long term effect. I have reduced down my dosage to half per my pain dr. but he has told me many put this drug in opiate category, but he says if it is helpg that's what's important for now! My pain level is pretty high and since my surgery in 2014, I would rather take some meds for some quality of life. Talk to yourDr, but if it's helpg you, I would thinkits ok long term?
    adam3iverson said:
    Hey team,
    My name is Adam and I am 23 years old. I have broken my neck in four places (C3, C4, C5, &C6). I did this in 2004. Since then I have been taking Tramadol 3 times a day, so all up roughly 5 to 6 tablets a day (50mg per tablet). I suffer chronic pain and I am not too sure what the future holds for me as I thought the pain would have gotten better by now, and it has only seemed to get worse. I was just wondering if there is any one else out there that has been taking Tramadol for long periods of time? I am a little concerned about the long term affects that Tramadol may have on my over well-being and body in general. I have taken bloods for liver damage and there were no signs of any damage. if there is anyone out there who can share there experience of long term use of Tramadol with me I would gladly appreciate it, as I need to get into a good frame of mind about my future with taking medication.
    Thanks very much for your time.

    Adam
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  • I have been taking tramadol for about 10 years along with gabapentin, meloxicam, and methocarbomol. The main issue I run into is a SEVERE headache if I'm late taking a dose. I'm prescribed 3 times a day for the tramadol and gabapentin and if I get that headache it takes an hour or two to go away. This is my warning, if you have these meds, take them on time. Also, DO NOT drink alcohol or the same headache shows up in minutes! I used to drink beer regularly with friends, I now can't remember my last beer!
    David
  • I am on 200ER - easier for me as I can't remember when 6 hours is up.
  • Judy58JJudy58 Fresno, CAPosts: 2
    I was given tramadol in 2012 after my 1st back surgery and went on to take it for 3 years until I realized that all the medications I was taking was causing me to have a seratonin overload which caused me to have severe twitching at night because I was getting way to much seratonin and tramadol was one of the big ones.  As for pain it worked great, especially as I am allergic to so many pain meds.  I was on tramadol 50 mg every 4 hours around the clock for 8 weeks after my open heart surgery and I didn't have any problems, but I wasn't taking some of the meds at that time that also started the twitching.  In the 3 years I took the tramadol  if I hadn't been taking other meds that messed with the seritonin levels in my body I would have been fine.  So far the best pain reliever I have been given is the Butrans 20mcg patch. I change it every week and I've had no side effects from it.  Just make sure when you take tramadol, if you are taking other meds to make sure it doesn't cause interactions with seratonin levels.  WHY my pharmacy didn't catch this I don't know but it could have been serious.

  • SooveritSooverit Finger Lakes region of NYPosts: 460
    Hi, 

    I've taken tramadol on/off for the past year. I find it to be decently effective, except during monthly flares. It also gives me a mellow and pleasant mood. For a few months, I was taking it in addition to norco in attempt to avoid increasing the norco (tramadol gave the norco a boost and helped it last longer).

    I personally build up a tolerance to it quickly and it ties up my stomach much more so than norco. Other than that, I haven't experienced other side effects.

    It's decent for me, with the biggest benefit being accessibility without stress (docs happy to prescribe without the concern, lectures, awkward vibes, constant pressure to reduce or stop opiod pain meds).

    Glad it's available to those who can't access other pain meds or don't want to.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    hello judy58!
    welcome to spine-health
    please click on link for helpful information!
    Sue
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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