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Does Tramadol help endo pain?

On my last GP appointment, the doctor I saw told me to take a double dose of ibuprofen for pain. I explained to him that my pain was severe (8 out of 10!) for 5 days of each month, so I don't feel suggesting ibuprofen is enough! I'm going to make another appointment, but wanted peoples opinion on it first. I did have gastritis for a year and a half, but that was 2 years ago now. I have been told I can take lansoprazole to protect my stomach.

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Please try to stay away from Ibuprofen. It also damaged my stomach lining and I am still struggling from digestive problems etc.

I use mefanamic acid and cocodamol and try to alternate them but I always take them every 4hours. Please confirm with the doctor again, but definitely stay away from Ibuprofen. Also keep taking lansoprazole.

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Thanks for replying. I have made another appointment to see another doctor. I'll ask for something else if there is something! But I've avoided ibuprofen completely since I had gastritis, and I really don't want it back as it was a nightmare! Got enough pain without stomach pain again.

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Mefanamic acid is also an nsaid so can cause stomach lining damage. netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/a... You might be ok with NSAIDs now your stomach has healed the past 2 years but it's still a bit risky. Def keep taking the stomach lining protectors whichever one you go with and stop using NSAIDs if you get any symptoms of stomach lining damage. I'm on Ranitidine daily due to NSAIDs causing damage. Problem is even 30mg codeine and tramadol do little for me - it seems to be all about the inflammation for me but everyone's different. I've tried all the NSAIDs and they help me the most but I'm still bedridden. It's like I need a super strength anti-inflammatory that doesn't exist but now I have stomach damage I couldn't take it anyway! I'm still having to take NSAIDs occasionally during worst flare ups but trying to avoid them as much as possible as need my stomach to heal so using the other painkillers plus cbd balm and anti-inflammatory diet and omega 3 supplements. It's horrid that anything that seems to help the endo pain causes more health problems xx

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Oh it is totally sh!t to say the least. You'd have thought they'd have come up with another way of taking anti inflammatory medication that wouldn't harm the stomach, such as sublingual or even injected. At least that way more people could reap any benefits.

What sort of thing do you eat on an anti inflammatory diet?

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It really is. I've heard some really good things about diclofenac (prob spelt wrong) suppositories but apparently once you've had a reaction to NSAIDs in the stomach it's likely you'll have the same reaction using a suppository and then you'll have damage 'up the back door' as well 🤦🏻‍♀️

If you google anti-inflammatory diet or endo diet you'll find a lot of info. Kinda like a Mediterranean diet - lots of veg and oily fish for omega 3. Cutting out gluten helps some women (for me no effect on pain, just got rid of the endo belly). Doing that for 15 years seemed to keep my endo pain confined to 4 days a month but now with a lot of adhesions and endometrioma and adenomyosis it's not effective and I'm in daily pain. Everyone's different but def worth a go. And avoid citrus like the plague! Anytime I have it I have horrific pain later that month plus vomiting so I replace it with lots of berries, bananas, pineapple, etc. Just the last few days I've had success with cbd topical balm so that may be worth a try. Cbd Brothers and Love CBD sites do cheap samples. It's unbelievably helped my daily pain but I doubt it will be a miracle when full blown flare up hits. Lots of people have had a good result with cbd oral drops but that's done nothing for me so I was gutted about that. I'm on quite a lot of meds - stomach lining protector, high blood pressure pills thanks to danazol for endo 23 years ago, antidepressant plus the bucket of painkillers so maybe that's why taking cbd hasn't helped orally but it's certainly been a success topical balm-wise for the moderate endo days and severe back pain. If it even means it can replace NSAIDs for me and then top up with tramadol and codeine during the worst it will count as a massive result in my book xx

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I agree with endokicker1, please stay away from ibruprofen. It also damaged my stomach lining and I still have problems with digestive problems. I take Tramadol when the pain gets bad, but don't follow the instructions on the box.. ie take 2 every 4 hours etc. I only take 1 when I need it or increase to 2 if necessary. I don't take daily. The only concern is, my GP doesn't like prescribing them as she says its 'addictive'. I always feel like she is implying I'm a druggy, or I'm not really in pain. I hope you find something that works.

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Thank you. I wouldn't need anything on a daily basis, just for around 5 days per month. Surely they are only addictive if somebody takes them on a regular basis? But I have read they are addictive :-(

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I think they would only be 'addictive' if you wanted them to be, the same as coffee, chocolate or anything else out there. I would ask to try them. It took me a while to get used to... don't take them before you go to bed if you want to sleep. Strangely it says it makes you sleepy but that doesn't work at night. When you've been awake all night and you have to rush around in the morning etc, you can feel 'rough'. Wishing you all the best. x

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