Is Ultram helpful?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by desertlily, Jan 26, 2003.

  1. desertlily

    desertlily New Member

    I have CFS and FM and have been dealing with a lot more pain lately than in the past and I'm starting to consider trying something more than Motrin (which has never really helped that much) for the pain. I've read that Ultram is the next thing to try for pain control - any comments on that? Has it been helpful or not? Thanks!
  2. j9miller

    j9miller New Member

    I was in a medical study for this in 2000/2001. It did nothing for me but did indeed help others. I had allergic reactions as the dose was increased and then coming off it I had major reactions like depression and anger etc. I do read on here that this med helps many people but since we are all so different you have to find out for yourself what will work. Good luck.

    Janine
  3. Dara

    Dara New Member

    and it did nothing to help the pain for me personally. I think Advil probably worked better than the Ultram. I know it does help some people though, so hopefully you will have good results with it.

    Dara
  4. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I cannot take it, but there are some here who swear by it.

    Love, Mikie
  5. fifty1ford

    fifty1ford New Member

    desertlily,

    Ultram, VIOXX, Advil, Aleive, Tylenol, Aspirin all have not worked for me. At best they just don't work, at worst they cause an allergic reaction (VIOXX). The only pain medication that works to any degree for me is Percoset. I am fortunate to have an MD who understands the pain I have and the effort it takes for me to perform my daily physcial therapy routines even with the medication. It would be impossible without it, much less go to work every day.

    I wish you luck, Be well, Peace,
    fifty1ford
  6. fibolady

    fibolady New Member

    i have been on ultram for years and it is my life saver. it makes all the difference in the world. i have no side affects, but i take it regularly everyday, good or bad. nor have i had to increase my dosage, which is a good thing (only during really bad flares, but then i ususally supplement it with advil or something)

    be aware though, the generic, tramadol causes headaches for many. some sort of filler they put in the pill, i had a horrible reaction.

    seems doctors readily rx ultram where other pain meds, such as in narcotic classes, are very hard to obtain. good luck.

    warm regards,
    fibolady
  7. Sandyz

    Sandyz New Member

    The Ultram works very well for me. I`m finally getting some pain relief. The doctor didn`t even suggest it for me I asked for it on my own. I also take Bextra which helps for arthritis pain in my knees and hands.
  8. desertlily

    desertlily New Member

    I appreciate everyone's responses - I think the next time I go to the doc I'm going to ask him for it and give it a try. It seems like a lot of this is just trial and error, isnt' it?!

    Thanks, desertlily
  9. northwoodssue

    northwoodssue New Member

    Hi Desertlilly:
    I've been on Ultram for past 3 years, and it has made my life easier. It doesn't take all the pain away, but lets me live a little easier. Don't know what I'd do without it.
    I guess it works like morphine, and is non-narcotic. It attaches itself to morphine receptors and works like ms, according to doctors and research. It does work for me and worth a try. I agree with the others that the generic ultram is not as good for pain control as the real stuff. I also take a baby tylenol with my ultram, as this is what is in ultracet. It's the new ultram - only it has tylenol in it.
    It's worth a try to see if it helps your pain. It is supposed to be the number one pain med for fms.
    sue
  10. j-bearmama

    j-bearmama New Member

    PLEASE be aware that ultram IS INDEED a narcotic.
    some drs. say it's not. it IS mild. I will agree withthat.
    but I personally refuse any and all narc drugs.


    I had a dr. give it too me anyway. I was UNAWARE that it was a narc.
    My sister who is a nurse told me and I stopped taking it.
    I told my dr. that I did NOT appreaciate him giving me narcs when I specifically told him I never wanted that stuff in my body. EVER!

    he told me he did not KNOW it was a narc.
    ( HELLO??? DUH?)
    it is an opiate derivative.

    I only take motrin, which does very little. but it does take the edge off enough to keep me from losing my marbles.

    I'm not judging those who need narcs. We all have different levels of pain.
    It is a personal thing for me.
    I figure I made it all through the teen years witout drugs and I'm not about to start now.

    Also ultram is found to be addictive in many patients.

    if you do a search on ultram you will get the chemical make up of it. I did the search when I got it. thats' when I got TICKED. I printed it out and gave to dr.

    PLEASE keep in mind that drs. are busy. not all are consciencious. and those who are get behind in their research.
    My dr. DID appoligize.

    before a dr. gives you ANY med. ask for ALL the info on it.
    remember also that lots of drs out there freely give out what the pharmaceutical companies give as samples.

    I'm glad I sought out a dr. who hates meds.
    and only gives what is needed. in fact my PCP and reumy both really like use of natural remedies. BUT insists that I inform them BEFORE I consider taking anything. and they always ask what all I'm taking so they know what's safe.

    so far I'm doing real well with magnesium for pain.
    if I take motrin 3 tiems a day and magnesium at bed time i do really well.
    BUT If I forget that magnesium pill for get it! Just can't move the next day.

    hope the info helped. Good luck.
    j-bear
  11. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I used to feel exactly as you do about opiods until I did some research. I used to live off of ibuprophen. Since being on the Guai for 1 1/2 years, I now seldom need anything for pain. When my pain got to be too much for the ibuprophen two years ago, my pain specialist recommended Morphine. It was a God Send until I found other ways to contro the pain.

    You didn't say what scares you so much about opiods (narcotics), but my guess is that you are afraid of addiction. Fewer than one percent of people with chronic pain become addicted to opiods. Opiods are the most effective method for dealing with severe pain.

    Constant use of ibuprophen also has its dangers (everything we take does). I'm not suggesting that you take opiods, only that you keep an open mind about their use in treating our pain. There are many here who have to use them just to function.

    I believe we should have the goal of using lesser treatments (Guai, physical therapy, Yoga, etc.) to help us with our pain, but that cannot be done when we are in severe pain to begin with. Narcotics can help us get to a place where we no longer need them.

    Had I never used the Morphine, I would still be taking ibuprophen continually and risking internal bleeding. I thank God and my pain specialist for the Morphine which got me through a period of hell.

    Love, Mikie