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Comment from: Dancnkc, 35-44 Female on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: September 24

This medication works well with minimal side effects. It mutes the pain levels down to a point where you can concentrate on daily activities without feeling "drugged".... There are two very important points to this medication that cannot be ignored without side effects. Overdosage: From all the blogs I've found, overdosage often results in sleeplessness. Headaches and stomach cramps are also widely reported. Abruptly ceasing use: If you take a moderate to high dosage of Ultram each day (5 to 8 tablets), then abrubtly stopping Ultram results in some fairly severe withdrawal symptoms...particular at the 36 to 48 hour mark after your last dose. In my particular case, I lost my prescription and went a weekend without it which resulted in some of the most horrible overnight symptoms I've ever experienced. Restless leg syndrome and/or acute insomnia seem to be the primary complaints. The symptoms persist on and on and do not let up, no matter how tired you become. You cannot sleep - and when you do manage to doze off for 15 minutes, you wake up with RLS/Insomnia in a sweat. Headache and acute dizziness are also complaints associated with Ultram withdrawals. Exaggerated pain as well. It all adds up to a strong desire to do whatever a person has to do to relieve the insomnia and just sleep - especially when this cycle drags on for a number of days. Step down dosage over a long period of time i.e. a month. Depression is also a widely complained about symptom - even for those who dose down slowely. Make absolutely sure a doctor knows what you are doing and can help treat the symptoms. You may very well need the help.

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Comment from: 45-54 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: October 25

Ultram has alleviated my pain for 3 years now. However, I question how much of my pain is real at this point and how much is rebound pain because I am struggling to get off this med. I take the full dose -- 100 mgs. four times daily and know it is addictive. I am struggling within 3 hours after dosing and need more. I find now that I am exhausted right before I take each dose and once I take it there is a surge of energy for a brief while. This is prevalent in addiction.

Comment from: Jade, 25-34 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: March 12

Interesting medication. Love it! I started taking Ultram after knee surgery. I had very minimal side effects. Worked well for the pain, but I also noticed something else. You see, I have suffered with paralyzing anxiety/depression for the past 10 years. Panic attacks, insomnia, lethargy...all that good stuff. Well, when I started the Ultram I noticed something. I actually felt GOOD! Not just good, great! It elevated my mood and you know what? My anxiety is all but gone. I am able to hold a good job, and am actually able to enjoy my friends and family. I have a life again and I am so greatful for that. I no longer have much pain but continue taking this medication for the other effects, basically. No, not because it gets me "high" or anything, and i do not increase my dosage and stay well within the maxiumum daily dosage of 400mg. I just simply like feeling energized, upbeat and generally having a positive outlook again.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: September 20

This has been very effective for treatment of fibromyalga,one ultacet per 2 hrs daily

Comment from: friskmemrcop, 19-24 on Treatment for less than 1 month Published: January 02

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!! I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, I have pain in my jaw one day and the next, pain in my knee. Then, the next, pain in my arm and so on, an ongoing every-day struggle. I never know where the pain's going to be the next day. I'll take the Ultram and it works in 5 or 10 minutes. It's truely a blessing.

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Comment from: melinda5345, 45-54 on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: November 15

I have used ultram for several years. I have found to get full effectiveness of the drug is to take with 8 oz. of water. This pain medication for me will last for 12 hours. It may take a little longer to get the full effectiveness of relief but for me it really works good. Remember it is a full glass of water.

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Comment from: CJ, 45-54 on Treatment for 6 months - 1 year (Patient) Published: October 05

degenerative disc disease in lower back; went through epidurals and physical therapy; ultram (50 MG) kept me sane

Comment from: rxking, 25-34 Female on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: March 09

Woderful. I have used this medicine for ten years now taking the max dosage of 400mg daily. It manages my pain well and gives me the energy that I need for a full day. But, be very aware that this can be a very addictive and habit forming drug that can have very dangerous side effects if stopped abruptly, such as seizures , restlessness headache, chronic fatigue, and extreme stomach discomfort. If taken properly, though, this is the most efffective pain reliever for my injuries that I have ever taken.

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Comment from: pp84405, 65-74 Female on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: January 25

I have taken this drug for 10 years for a serious back injury with some parcel peraliss in lower back and left leg. Have had no problems what so ever with Ultram 50mg

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Comment from: grannym, 55-64 on Treatment for 6 months - 1 year (Patient) Published: September 18

It has been a great help with my muscle pain

Comment from: merkur, 55-64 Female on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: January 29

i have used it for 20 years or so. it doesnt take away the pain, it takes away the debilitating effects of the pain. in other words it manages the pain. I am allowed to think about things besides pain, and do much more than just lay in bed and sulk. It doesnt make you high, so there is no reason for abuse. regular pain pills are a joke, a mask, or a fog with many unhealthy side effects.

Comment from: 19-24 on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: August 10

i had been taking around 10-15 vicodin a day for back pain, i wanted off of it, so my doctor put my on Ultram, 4 X a day. it has worked amazingly! i dont have to take as many as i did with the vicodin, i would recommend it to anyone in pain :)

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Comment from: Broken Arm, 45-54 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: July 13

Tramadol was Given for Severe skeletal muscle pain due to a fall causing impact to bone and severe muscle pull, strain and hyper-extension resulting in excruciating pain when shoulder and arm are moved. Due to the 'war on drugs' causing MD's to be afraid to actually give medicine that actually works and provides pain relief, this overrated, overhyped & ineffective drug was given in lieu of real pain relief because its taunted as the wonder non narcotic pain reliever. When in reality, it has the same efficacy as high dose Ibuprofen. Needless to say, I suffered ALOT more than I should have and for days because of the clinic protocols in place now all across the nation. Give bare minimum pain relief with an appeasement drug like TRamadol and send the patient out the door because the MDS are told NOT to write for anything stronger by the DEA or face conseqences. In other words, no matter how horrible you pain, the DEA thinks you should suffer and youR pain should be underTREATED. I hurt severely for over a week because of these protocols. The DEA and DRS and the makers of the woefully ineffective Tramadol should be ashamed of themselves. I suffered for no reason what so ever. These ridiculous protocols should be reviewed...NO PATIENT should be made to suffer as much as I have because of the ridiculous restrictions placed on Drs by the DEA. Tramadol does not work on this kind of all!

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Comment from: [email protected], 65-74 Female on Treatment for 6 months - 1 year (Patient) Published: August 08

I was "talked into" trying this medication for the pain associated with Osteoarthritis. I have had it for several years, and did not want to become dependent on something or other for the pain. Mostly I could put up with it, but when I overdid an activity, such as carpentry, or car repair, or such, then I would surely pay for it the next day. At times I found it difficult to even clean a dozen fish, and so I began limiting many of my favorite activites... Last year, during my annual physical, my doctor made the suggestion that I might want to consider using Ultram ER on a trial basis. I, as per usual, declined with the same old excuse that I didn't want to get addicted to something, just so I could do things I used to do. Well, my wife chimed in, stating that I was to the point of doing little or nothing anymore because so many things tended to make me hurt. So, why not give a try for just one month, and see how it went. I finally agreed. I filled the scrip for a months supply, and after about a week my sister happened to ask how I was feeling, not knowing I was on a new medication. It was then that I realized that my hands had not hurt for a day or two... WOW, was I ever surprised a the realization!!! So, I have know been on ULTRAM ER for about 50 weeks, and I am doing many of the things I used to do, and suffer little, if any, from the activity, unless I totally overdo it. My friends even have noticed how much better I seem to be, and how much more I can do without complaining or bellyaching about the hurt. It has been a real godsend to me. And I would suggest others who may not want to get "hooked" try it - it's great!!!

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Comment from: miatajane, 55-64 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: December 16

Have taken it for fibromyalgia for quite a few years. Works well enough so that I'm able to work 30 hrs a week and I'm 60 yrs old.

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Comment from: Not Impressed, Female (Patient) Published: May 01

Ultram is one of the weakest pain relievers that actually requires a prescription. It is a joke. Over the counter Ibuprofen works MUCH better. Don't waste your money. If you have real pain and this is all your doctor gives you then you should find a new doctor that will take your pain seriously.

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Comment from: lunky, 55-64 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: January 14

I have been using this drug for almost 20 yrs, if a doc says he's going to take me off of it, this is what I tell him/her. My Mother said, "If it works, don't mess with it" I can't take most of the other drugs for arthritis,this works, and works great, now if you take more than the dose,yes you can get sleepy,amoung other things, I don't have nightmares,or dizzy but my husband did, gave him one to help with some pain and he got so dizzy,sleepy,etc, so with this and all drugs, some work, some don't, for me this is a life saver, and it does help with the mood, not sure if it's a "side effect" or just because the pain is gone but i'll take this any day, have arthritis in hips,lower back, neck, and hope that's all the places on me it decides to visit. If you haven't tried it, give it a try,you will know if it works or not, a cheap pain killer, Wal-Mart does Tramodol for $8.00 for 120 pills, I qualify to get the real deal Ultram free, check it out.

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Comment from: vtekracer, 35-44 Female on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: July 26

I have taken a combination of Ultram (Tramadol)2-50mg pills with Neurontin® (gabapentin)1-300mb pill for almost 4 years now as I was diagnosed with Sciatica. I was in tremendous paid, so much that Vicodin 500, 6 times a day was not doing anything after sometime. My doctor along my pain specialist prescribed this combination of drugs and I have to say it is the best thing that has happen to me. Just like other members described. I had also had some depression/anxiety. After taking this drugs not only the oain was gone buy my depression and anxiety as well, I would have said this is the miracle drug, Also since young I always struggled to get off of bed and fully wake up, it was normally take me 1-2 hrs to get myself up and running. I found myself taking my dose the minute I opened my eyes and I would be up and running with so much energy and such a positive feeling as soon as the meds kicked in. I am still taking the same dose but I have found that my memory has really taken a toll and it just does not get me going like it used to. I have tryed uping my dose but I really try to just stay at one dose in the morning and one dose after lunch.

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Comment from: jkc313, 55-64 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: January 04

This stuff is NOT a narcotic. It has very little affinity for the mu receptor and is actually an SSRI and acts on dopamine. It is about as effective as life savers to control even mild pain. The only reasons doctors prescribe it is because it is not controlled and doctors are more interested in avoiding the DEA than doing what's right for their patients.

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Published: October 16

Well it sounds like ultram helps everyone that takes it. I too take it for a compressed disc and torn muscle in my back. I was researching its affects on my liver because it seems that even though I take my reccommended dose my doctors office acts like I take to much. They perscribe it to me, give me refills and then make me feel like a drug addict. I have done physical therapy, chiropractics and spinal shots are out of the question. I am so tired of there additudes when I call for my script. The ultram does its job and like another guy said its not to bad for just making you feel happier and energized. I can't seem to find any liver failure information on this drug and it seems my dose 400mgs a day is just right for my pain level. So I just don't get why they treat me like they do. I have never taken another pain killer in my life and they even tried to put me on Vicodin but I told them the ultram worked and that was what I wanted to take. That was after they took it away from me for six months no letting me off it easy (what hell that is when you go to bed) they yanked right away said I was to young to have that much pain (I'm 24) and I had to go another route. I may be young but I ride race horses that would crush anyones spine. so I tried their suggestions. After six months of eating Excedrin like candy they gave me an MRI and discovered my compressed disc and torn muscle but they still give me a hassle about taking my reccommended dose of ultram. I am so tired of it but they are the only doctor in my small town and I really need this medication for my back. None the less this medication is helpful to say the least and as good as it gets in the pain killer world if you ask me.

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Comment from: living with pain, 45-54 on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: August 14

I have been taking tramadol for a number of years for fibromyalgia. It worked great in the beginning and still works pretty good I have had to increase my dose. I clean houses for a living so my job is very physical. I could not do it without the tramadol. My husband takes it for chronic back pain and it works for him. We have felt no side effects. It has been the best choice for both of us.

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Comment from: Lisa, 35-44 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: January 30

I have fibromyalgia and since I started using tramadol my life has gotten better. I am able to control my pain and get to work all because of using tramadol. It has really saved my life!!

Comment from: 45-54 Female on Treatment for 10+ years Published: May 20

i was using oxycontin intraveinously, self medicating for several years, ultram, saved my life, i was really in bad shape.i still have to take ultram, but my life is back to normal..if u r abusing opiods try 100 mg every 12 hours,you will still have some rough days..but if you really want to quit opiods this was my savior,plus a lot of praying..these things were God sent for me...

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Comment from: 45-54 Female on Treatment for 6 months - 1 year (Patient) Published: September 17

I have been taking ultram 50 mg for back pain for 6 months now. Its effectivness is nothing short of outstanding. Plus Ive also noticed it elevates my mood and gives me a boost of energy. I'd recommend it to anyone.

Comment from: 35-44 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: August 30

Yup this pill is a joke. Let me tell you a real story. A family member I have has been in the medical community since 1979. She says when patients come into the hospitals or clinics for pain if a doctor even suspects "addict" they through up the T sign. You know one hand over the other hands fingers, like time-out. There are some docs who do not believe the experiences people are having because of this. Careful, your name gets put into a national database if the so called gods of medicine believe your not really in pain. I have seven hurniated discs, degenerative disc disease and arthritus of the spine. I have been dealing with this since 1990. I only see the doc when flare ups occur. I seek physical therapy, massage, and early on a chiropractor. I do not want to be on meds at all. But, when I am in pain, I want something that works. Surgery??? My new neuro-surgeon has three hurniated discs, and she won't even have surgery because of known complications. So were dammed if we do and dammed if we don't. Good Luck to all!!!

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

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