Question about pain meds?Take them or not?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Sheila1366, Oct 1, 2005.

  1. Sheila1366

    Sheila1366 New Member

    I was wondering about my med. it is the generic of ultram.

    Right now my pain is not so bad.Should I keep the ultram in my system?Is the ultram fighting off pain and that is why I don't hurt so bad right now?I am almost afraid to not take it.What do yo all think?

    Sheila
  2. believe me, you will know when to take your pain meds, you won't have to question it. I mean if the pain isn't that bad, I wouldn't take them.
  3. stillfighting

    stillfighting New Member

    Sheila,

    I take Tramadol too, and find if I go much more than six hours between doses, my body reminds me that it is controlling my pain. But I've also learned to titrate the dose, depending on the severity of pain.

    My goal is to keep the pain level no higher than a 2 or 3. Honestly, I can't remember the last time it has gone below that level. If it is rising only slightly after 5-6 hours, I take one pill when the next dose is due. If the pain is higher than a 5, I take 2. Most nights, I wake up in pain in the middle of the night after 6 hours, but occasionally (like last night), the pain didn't hit until long afterwards.

    The best thing to do about when to take the pain medication is to work it out with your rheumy. This is how I came up with my pain management plan. If your doc seems unwilling to have this discussion with you, it could be that he/she is not very knowledgeable about pain management and you need to find someone who is.

    Hugs,
    Hilary
  4. Sue50

    Sue50 New Member

    only when the pain gets bad enough that the flexeril won't work, my DR told me if I take the ultram everyday it won't work after awhile.
  5. abbylee

    abbylee New Member

    I take Methadone everyday and Oxycodone for breakthrough as needed.
  6. matthewson

    matthewson New Member

    I have been taking tramadol (generic for ultram)consistently for a year and 1/2 now, and the good thing about it is that it has controlled my pain at the same strength for all that time. I am happy with this med because I HAVEN'T had to increase my dose over this period of time and I take it every day. I take it with neurontin and the combo seems to work the best for me as I have tried one or the other and neither works as well as the combo.

    I was on vicoden before this and had to keep upping my dose to get less and less pain relief and since I switched to tramadol and neurontin, my pain is mostly under control.

    Believe me, after you have been on this for awhile, your body will tell you when you go past the time of your next dose! I also forgot to take my meds with me to work one day, and I suffered in agony the whole day! Won't do that again!

    Another thing I like about tramadol is that it has slight anti-depressant qualities and I have been able to do away with my zoloft.

    Hate to sound like an ad for tramadol, but it has worked so well for me! If you have very bad pain and other problems such as DDD or arthritis, it might not be enough for pain relief, but if you just have FMS, it might work for you.

    To answer your question, ultram is probably what is keeping your pain at bay. If it works for you, go for it!

    Take care, Sally
  7. tandy

    tandy New Member


    My script says I can take 2 every 6 hrs....
    But I can only tolerate 1 at a time. I get too "heart racey' when i take 2. I feel like I drank a pot of coffee!! I wish I did'nt feel like that cause I need more than 1 to control my pain.
    I might hafta switch meds??
    also can't sleep when I take ultram/tramadol.
  8. lilaclover30

    lilaclover30 New Member

    I have taken 2 Tylenol #3 in the AM only when I plan to go somewhere. I never take the 2nd dose. The AM dose is not working at all now. I took it before church today and I was in intense pan all morning.

    Tomorrow morn. I go to my PCP for him to tell me my options for Spinal Stensis, OA, and FMS. I don't want surgery for the spine. I would like something to keep all of my pain at least down somewhat. Say a prayer.

    Gentle Hugs
  9. Bambi

    Bambi New Member

    and keep trying things until you find what works for you that's what I'd do. Otherwise I'd look for a pain specialist. The best pain control is 24/7 of the pain never getting intolerable. That usually means a schedule of taking the meds at the same time every day, so that your pain doesn't escalate too far and you end up starting back at point A to get to tolerable levels.