Related Drug Monograph: Ultram ER See All User Reviews on WebMD and Submit Your Own Review Comment from: meredith, 55-64 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: June 20 Several months ago I fell and fractured a pelvic bone - Pubic Ramus - 5 cm fx. Anyone familiar with this fx knows it is very painful. After 2 1/2 months my x-rays showed considerable healing and new bone growth. I was informed by my ortho that the muscles would eventually lose the edema and inflamation. Facing returning to work as a busy pharmcacy tech, knowing that I could not continue taking Norco - I asked my PCP for a drug I could take and still function. I must be able to think! He recommended Ultram ER - the first few days I really didn't notice that much relief - by the 4th day I felt 10 years younger, could move and walk freely and the pain in my side was gone. It was a miracle! I ran out of the sample on the weekend and by Monday am - i could hardly move. I have experienced a great relief from hip/side pain - also the stiffness in my hands/feet has improved. I have experienced no side effects. Having taken several different pain relievers as well as muscle relaxants, I would highly recommend Ultram ER. I have now taken the 200 mg dose, once daily for one month and it has greatly improved my quality of life, movement, work and mental attitude. When you suffer dibilitating pain for a long period, you "wait" for it to come back as the medication wears off. I no longer have that dread, the Ultram ER seems to relieve it on a steady basis. No, I am not always pain free or uphoric - I just feel normal - I still have some pain - but nothing I can't tolerate. I am 61 years old and work fulltime - I take care of a 2 story split/level home - so their are stairs everywhere. I can now go up them again at a quick pace without the banister ( I was pulling myself up before). I am so thankful to be painfree and not "drugged". Related Reading: edema | norco | ultram er Comment from: Patti, 55-64 on Treatment for 6 months - 1 year (Patient) Published: September 28 I call Ultram my miracle drug. I took narcotics everyday either for headache, leg pain or back pain. Some months I have cut my narcotic use by 75%. Stormy months my narcotic use is still down. It also helps me sleep at night. I use to wake up after about 3 hours of sleep and walk the floors until my narcotic would take effect. Now I sleep through the night and seldom need other help. My husband also takes this drug and if he skips a couple of days he can hardly move. Like I said I call it my wonder drug. Related Reading: ultram | headache Comment from: Yorkieville, 55-64 on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: February 23 I have severe nerve pain in my spine & small fiber neuropathy in my legs. I was on 300 mg. of UltramER a day, for 14 months. Then, they came out with the generic Tramadol HCL ER & my pharmacy changed my 'script and my pain s full blown and my thighs, knees, legs, ankles, and feet are throbbing! I've been on the generic 34 days. Contacted my doctor today for a new prescription for UltramER with no substitute for the generic. I hadn't checked my new prescription when it arrived, and didn't realize there had been a substitution until 2 days ago. Related Reading: tramadol Comment from: gljohnson, 55-64 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: September 27 I have fibromalgia, and the Dr. is afraid I'll become addicted to vicodin, so tramadol is his drug of choice...I do not feel it's helpful, and am frustrating trying to explain this, and it's lack of help. I also have bi-lateral stenosis, and my orthopedic gave me vicodin, until my primary Dr. told her he didn't want me to have it, now she won't give it to me either....I continue to suffer, and loose much needed sleep Related Reading: vicodin | tramadol Comment from: Lenora, 55-64 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: January 15 The first day I took Ultram ER, I took it late at night before going to bed. It took my pain completely away, but the next day I felt sleepy. So the skipped a day, and started taking it around 8:00 p.m. and I felt no sleepiness the next day. I was just pain free. I cal lit my miracle drug. An added benefit for me is that it took my lowered my appetite, especially for sweets. Comment from: ket, 35-44 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: June 04 I have had lower back and leg pain for past 15 years. Don't know what is causing pain as of yet. I live in pain daily either from back or my legs. I am now seeing someone to try and figure out what exactly is causing this, meanwhile the doctor gave me this to try, as I have been taking hydrocodone for pain, but that didn't take care of it all the way. Ultram ER, I took it yesterday at about 8pm, felt fine, slept fine, but this morning!, wow! absolutley pain free, not even a twinge of pain. BUT I have thrown up, and it is now 9pm the following day and I have been spaced out all day, feel like I have been dizzy all day, do not like the feeling, so don't think I will take it again, unless I can get a lowere dose, as mine was 200mg sample. Love the relief it gave, but not the messed up feeling. Related Reading: hydrocodone Comment from: 25-34 on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: December 30 I have been on everything under the sun. you name it I have tried it for CRPS, Ultram ER is one of the best with little side effects, I take 300mg (the max)each night before I go to bed and feel GREAT in the morning, I live without Narcotics because of it. I have tried Ultram and Tramadol and found them to be less effective then the extended release. There are going to be side effects with any meds that you take, I would rather small side effects than debilitating pain and live a happy life. Related Reading: ultram er | ultram | tramadol Comment from: 45-54 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: January 31 I have had 6 back surgeries which include 2 spinal fusions. I had been using hydrocodone for about 15 years at least 4 times per day. I never slept through the night and when I did awake in the am, I immediately needed to take a pill. My doctor suggested Utram ER at night. I am amazed. I sleep at night, wake up without the need to take a pain pill, and can go almost all day with only needing to take one hydrocodone. This drug has been a miracle for me. I am on my second month of using it. Related Reading: hydrocodone Comment from: Stan-the-man, 65-74 Female on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: November 09 I have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis as well as lumbar stenosis. I use Tramadol ER in conjunction with arthiritis strength Tylenol every eight hours and the results are remarkable. Related Reading: tylenol Comment from: 45-54 on Treatment for less than 1 month Published: October 26 this works wonderful for the pain in low-back and sciatica down my leg. Problem I have is Bad headaches and lots of nausea with this dose. ultram er 100 mg tramadol 50mg 2x day works better for me. Related Reading: sciatica | ultram er | tramadol Comment from: JSGARDEN, 65-74 on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: October 08 I've had LBP [arthritis] for yrs..6 yrs ago my kidney function studies were elevated b/c of 5 yrs of NSAID'S perscribed by othrpedic AND family Dr. After celebrex, stopped, studies returned to normal...I can not take any meds usually used for arthritis. icludes aspirin. managed by nephrologist. i returned to PCP w complaints of severe low back pain not relievd by tylenol, lidoderm patch, darvocet[b4 removed fron market. PCP ORDERED ULTRAM 300MG TIRATED UP, 100 1ST WK, 200 MG 2ND WK 300 3RD WK...IT GIVES ME RELIEf 95% OF THE TIME. Related Reading: arthritis | celebrex | aspirin Comment from: ginny, 45-54 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: March 17 I felt the side effects too much during the day when I took it at night..so now I take it in the AM and when the "ER" kicks in at night ,I'm home and better able to deal w/ the funny feelings.It does not ease all my pain but I can walk and stand for longer periods of time now.Feels like my heart races at times. Comment from: mason, 45-54 Female on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: December 02 This drug has been prescribed to me for chronic pain due to a disc removal and fusion in 2001. Since, I have experienced a great loss of sexual desire and thought, loss of erection. I have however been able to return to work as a mason, and work six days a week. I also take Norco with this drug. When I stop taking Ultram er 200 for a few days I can acheieve an erection.... Related Reading: chronic pain | norco | ultram er Comment from: 35-44 on Treatment for 6 months - 1 year (Patient) Published: September 28 Just went back to Ultram from Suboxone for Fibromyalgia. Got a full night sleep for first time in a looooong time. No side effects that are bad enough to outweigh the benefit of pain management. Love it! Related Reading: suboxone | fibromyalgia | pain management Comment from: scot0949, 45-54 Female on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: January 06 Only problem with this drug is I had to increase my dosage for it to become effective. I stopped I stopped using and switched to hydrocodone. Then the withdrawals I ghad, were something I wouldn't wish on my worse eneimy! I was taking it for 1 year. be carefull with this stuff! Related Reading: hydrocodone Comment from: mj9949, 55-64 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: July 21 I have severe leg pain & am getting a hip replacement in the near future. The first time I took Ultram ER 100,it was 5pm - I didn't get pain relief until 8am. It took my pain completely away but I felt sleepy. For me, taking one every other day works fine. for me. Also, an added benefit for me is that it took my lowered my appetite, especially for sweets. I have dropped a dress size. Related Reading: ultram er Comment from: MsTheresa, 45-54 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: May 16 I have suffered with a torn rotator cuff for seven years now. I had very limited range of motion in my shoulder and could not lift anything over 5 pounds. With bursitis and arthritis also aggravating the shoulder, I was ready for surgery. I went to an Orthopedic doctor and was put on Utram ER 200mg once a day. I have been on it for a month now, even though I am on Lexapro, and the Utram ER has worked incredibly well. I now have to be careful now not to injure my shoulder further, because I can move it so freely now without pain that I am using the arm in ways that I haven't been able to in years. My shoulder lets me know within hours of a missed dose because the pain starts returning and the strength is limited. Related Reading: bursitis | arthritis | lexapro Comment from: kmarks9631, 45-54 Female on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: January 02 Ultram ER has allowed me to lead a more active life and eliminate narcotics entirely. I have only been using the drug for a month, but really like the results. Comment from: 3furballs, 35-44 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: February 08 This medication did help the pain but gave me a TERRIBLE side effects. Decided the morning after to NEVER take the drug again. I started itching, feeling drunk/loopy, very, very tired (have slept roughly 24 hours since yesterday), and feeling very out of it. Went to the ER for treatment. NEVER, EVER again will I take this drug, although I wish the side effects weren't so bad, b/c for the first time in months have I felt very little pain! Comment from: 35-44 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: December 27 It was very effective, I have a strong fear of medication so I would only allow myself to take a few. However, I was pleased that it did not have any strong side effects for me. I usually find myself dizzy and sick the whole time I am on these types of medications, this worked much better for me. Comment from: giambi5875, 25-34 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: March 01 I have a bulging L1 and L2 on my back. I was perscribed percocet and became very out of it. Dr put me on Tramadol and I felt like I was still taking Percocet with the same symptoms. I finally was put on Ultram 200mg extended redlease and my pain is a 3 out of 10. I take it every morning without food and i have no symptoms of tghis drug. Works the best for me while taking care of 3 kids under age of 5. Related Reading: percocet | tramadol | ultram Comment from: wee1, 35-44 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: May 29 Doctor put me on 200mg about a week ago to help with chronic pain from headaches caused by a bludging disc in my neck and oestoarthritis. I take 200mg of Celebrex to help with the arthritis and the Ultram is for the actual headaches. Formerly I was taking regular tramadol dosed at 100mg every 6 hours as needed. My doctor chose to put me on Ultram ER at 200mg in hopes that it would help manage my headaces better by lasting longer in my system. So far its been okay. Like any drug it needs to be taken at the first sign of pain however, that it not as easy as it sounds. I've found if I'm in a lot of pain 7-8+ it seems to work better if I take it with Arthritis Strenght Tylenol and 10mg Flexerial. The combination really helps alleviate the pain to the point where it is manageable. Related Reading: chronic pain | celebrex | tramadol Comment from: 65-74 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: March 17 Diabetic neuropathy, figromyagia, and osteo arthritis. It seems to control the pain on all easily. At start of treatment. Time will tell. Related Reading: diabetic neuropathy | arthritis Comment from: Susan, 45-54 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: February 10 I have had back pain for almost 4 yrs due to multiple fractures of my vertabrae. I've tried many drugs(opiates, nsaids, anti-depressants) & procedures(vertebraplasty,epidural & trigger point injections,radio frequency,acupuncture). Ultram ER is the only med that has helped my pain. I take 100 mg 3-4 times a day, depending on my pain. Related Reading: nsaids | ultram er Comment from: 25-34 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: September 23 I have a herniated disc and pinch nerve in my lower back. I am finding it hard to sleep with this med. 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