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Tramadol

Hi all, I've been suffering from fibromyalgia symptoms on and off for a few years, but they got much worse since last September after several emergency a and e visits and an 8 day stay due to gall bladder problems and infection, which involved tons of morphine, tramadol and codeine over several months. This culminated in gall bladder removal and three weeks of slow and painful recovery... though I've never been quite the same since. I have a rheumatologist appointment on Monday to discuss my long list of symptoms.

I find that tramadol is good for when I'm fed up with aches, rls and stabbing pains; my question is this: does anyone else find they feel better for a day or so after taking the tramadol and paracetamol? I usually feel more or less normal (apart from my tender points and the tiredness) for around 24 hours, especially in regards to the rls.

Thanks,

Scott

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Hi Scott,

I take Maxitram, which is slow release Tramadol. On days when the pain is really bad I take Paracetamol for the breakthrough pain, and it generally helps a great deal, although doesn't take the pain away completely.

I'm glad you find that the Tramadol and Paracetamol work well for you.

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I find this all very confusing, but muddling my way through. My symptoms feel very erratic, though I'll be in pain definitely by some part of the evening, then laying down completely wiped out on painkillers, hoping to recover enough to teach the following day!

The Tramadol gives me a bit of a break from aching all the time and also seems to help me sleep a bit better, allowing me to recover some energy for the next day. I seem to sleep for most of the weekend though.

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I’ve been on tramadol and paracetamol for 18 years and it’s been working well up to the last year where I’ve had to have Morphine patches on top of it. I had no side effects apart from constipation.

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Hi I take slow release tramadol paracetamol and either ibuprofen or naproxen ( you can’t mix so it’s a whole day of one). I find I have to take them all daily . Flare ups I use diazepam. It’s not a cure but eases things x

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Just seen you mesg- I have stuck to tramadol with paracets for a few years now, when I am vertually pain free I reduce my dose (speak to gp first though) so that when I have a flare (like after being stupid and hanging wallpaper or decorating) I can up my dose again until i feel better, Ive also got onboard with Voltarol Plasters (not heatpads) available at various chemists (online much cheaper) you can wear them for 12 hours, sleep in them but not get them wet. Hope this helps.

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This is brilliant, thanks.

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I find gps not wanting to give tramadol they give very smal prescription for a flare up but they they don’t want to I argue and say that’s fine but else can you give me !!!? I’m getting desperate with pain I have so I’m shocked to hear people having tramadol and morphine patches being given ? X

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I Take morphine, tramadol, codeine, paracetamol and now lidocaine patches chucked in for good measure!;)

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I also take tramadol and paracetamol just to be able to function each day I have found however when I first started them they helped about 90% of the pain but the longer I take it it is now around 50% I have started with cbd oil to see if it helps x

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I've been interested in trying CBD oil. Where did you get it from?

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Hi there ive been on tramadol for a couple of years now and was religiously taking x8 a day whether i was in pain or sometimes not so my body really got used to it so i re thought it and tapered right down and now take one a day when pain is mild with paracetamol im saying this because i learnt its more effective when you are having really painfull days i was addicted and hadnt realised but now am treating them with a bit more respect and my pains managed so much better

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This is similar to me. I also guard against addiction by telling my wife when I am about to take it. When it's really bad I seem to be managing on x2 a day.

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So good its a great painkiller but you have to really own it and it not own you! I was so embarrassed once because id run out last year this was and ended up in a n e they ran allsorts of tests and said it was the lack of the tramadol i was so mortified i think that was the turning point for me! But i am glad you have your wife there helping x

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Thank you. X

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In London you can buy it in any good health shop including Holland and Barrett the strengths vary along with the price mine is a spray u put under your tongue 3 times a day it tastes foul but it is worth it hope that helps xx

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I will look into it definitely. Thank you. X

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And it doesn't affect the random drink and drugs test we have at work on occasions lol however tramadol does 😂😂could be interesting to try and explain if I get tested lol xx

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Tramadol work if you give them up you will get cold turkey Remember they are morpheme based

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Thanks, I've stopped taking them twice before after months of severe gall bladder problems and migraines. I never had any withdrawal symptoms with Tramadol but I did with Codeine.

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Just shows you we are all built differently I was on morpheme patches When I and of them I cold cold turkey for two weeks

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I thought Tramodol was very addictive so have been reluctant to take it, but have lots of pain. Though Dr has given me 2 weeks supply for sciatica.

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Hi ive just been given tramadol .cant tell any diffrence in my pain .still really bad x

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What dosage are you taking?

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Hi eviash im on 50mg .x

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Hi Patches,

I take 40 mg with paracetamol when required at the moment. I'm on fluoxetine anyway daily, just waiting to see a rhuematologist so I can get them to review my medications going forward. Personally, if like to be on none, but that won't work with my job!

Scott

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In addition to killing pain, tramadol also acts on serotonin to some degree. Could be that?

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I wonder. I certainly feel more rested and more energetic during the day...

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