I was recently prescribed Tramadol MR [Ultram in the US?]by my doctor - I was taking 100mg a day for a week and it worked - however I felt I was getting addicted [pain avoidance is a very strong incentive!]and came off them [with some nasty withdrawal symptoms]because I'd read horror stories about it's side effects [depression, increased pain, dependence]. Thing is, I'm of work at the moment waiting to see a specialist for an epidural and it's about the only thing that keeps me pain free, so I'm thinking of going back on it. I'm also worried that it'll mask my DDD symptoms and I'll do more damage.
I'd be interested to hear about other people's experiences with opioid based pain meds