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Old 5th August 2020, 09:38   #1 (permalink)
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Tramadol

Do any members take this for pain? Are there any drawbacks? Does it have any unwelcome side effects? Most of all, does it work?

I am at my wits' end with the pain in my hip. I am so wary of co-codamol having landed in hospital because of this in February.

I have given in this morning, after another virtually sleepless night, and have started quaffing liquid morphine. This has dulled the pain a bit, but it messes with my head, in that I get away with the fairies! It is similar to being slightly squiffy, but is a strange feeling. It makes me quite unsteady on my feet.

I am going to have to be careful today with what, if anything, I decide to do. Definitely not the day for climbing the tree to fix my washing line.

Mark says he will come with his stepson on Saturday to do this for me. But generally speaking the only thing I can rely on Mark for being - is unreliable!

I am having trouble spelling here as well, have to keep going back.

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Old 5th August 2020, 09:51   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Tramadol

I had it prescribed once but not for long. It's an opioid, so can be addictive and comes with a range of possible side effects.
Like all things drug wise- do a bit of research first and then if you do use it, it is informed choice.
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Old 5th August 2020, 09:55   #3 (permalink)
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Maisie , Tramadol affects me in the same way as Oromorph , Trammies are addictive but Marol , the time release version is imho slightly less so , as slow release gives less of an initial hit . Therefore not so much of a high and then a downer , just steady warm feeling , ( man ) . LOL

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Re: Tramadol

I took Tramadol for pain caused by prolapsed in my neck. I found that it didn't actually do much for my pain, just made me extremely tired & unable to do anything as I was so tired & after about a month I also completely lost my appetite.
I spent that month sat on the sofa, until my husband dragged me off to the doctors and got my medication changed.

I moved onto amitriptyline then noratriptoline then gabapentin. I found them better for my well being than the tramadol.

Make sure that they prescribe Omeprazole or the like with any strong painkillers, as I ended up with stomach ache & ulcers caused by the painkillers. I also ended up having my gallbladder removed due to a build up of hundreds of tiny gallstones, which could of been a side effect of the medications. The manufacturers don't seem to recognize this, but lots of people on a Facebook forum that I follow have had the same. It could just be coincidental though. Apparently gallstones are either caused by a fatty diet, something that I never had, or my starvation/not eating enough. Most gallbladder patients are overweight. I was not.

Sorry I have digressed.

I find that warmth helps my pain. I am a big user of the heat patches, my wheat bag & my electric blanket. I also find that some gentle stretching at home helps & I now go to various exercise classes for older people in my local area. I do toning tables, tai chi & aqua, but there are all sorts of classes in my area. Things like seated yoga. Once that your pain is more manageable it might be worth trying some. In my area I got the first 6 sessions free
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My wife recently paid privately to see a well recommended physiotherapist for a repetitive injury caused at work.
The pain was to her lower back but was diagnosed as actually being due to a muscle and nerve problem further up her back, giving what is called 'referred' pain to the area she felt it.
The physio did the usual massage and manipulation of the affected area, but then added acupuncture to the treatment which sorted the problem in one session with no medication needed at all.
The only side effect was that acupuncture releases chemicals within the body as painkillers and the side effect of that was that when she got home, wifey went to kip for a couple of hours, slept like a log and left me to cut the grass.
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Re: Tramadol

I found a tens machine invaluable few years ago, basically the same treatment I was getting in the state hospital but without the 100km round trip. Not recommended for those with dodgy hearts though.
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Wow! I already take omeprazole and amitriptyline regularly. I had a very bad experience with gabapentin and it took months to safely wean myself off it.

Dave bought me a Tens machine yonks ago, but I couldn't use it. I got a tremendous electric 'belt' from it unless I turned it right down. So pretty useless.

The morphine that I have just says 'morphine oral solution' on it. I tried to get 'addicted' after I had a hysterectomy through a self-administer machine. But it was regulated and I could not get as much as I wanted. However, after leaving hospital (2 days later), I found I did not need any painkillers at all. Marvellous!

The main problem with my hip pain is that it isn't there all the time. I had a pretty bad 'do' in the few weeks after losing Dave. But it went away. That was now four months ago, and it has only just come back.

I have osteoarthritis (recently discovered with a special full body scan) and possibly sciatica on the worst side. I have hardly any feeling in my left foot and this is progressing upwards, halfway to my knee at present. Strangely though, I have the feeling that I have something large under the outside of my foot. Nothing to see or feel though, my foot looks 'normal'. The pain from my hip radiates down the back of my leg but it stops now at my ankle as my foot has no feeling. What a crock!

I am now undecided about tramadol. The effects from the morphine I took this morning is beginning to wear off. I also feel slightly sick. Probably because I took the morphine this morning on an empty stomach. I think I might try and manage through the day and perhaps just take some at night to try to get some sleep.

It is so annoying that I cannot get a proper appointment to see my GP. What I want is to have the long overdue injection in my hip to see if this might help a bit. Bearing in mind the problems I had with increasing doses of gabapentin (at GP's instructions) and also with co-codamol, the last thing I want now is to get addicted to morphine. Particularly as I know that this latest pain bout will subside on it's own eventually.

I can't take beta blockers as my blood pressure has always been on the low side of normal. My GP said once that it is indeed a shame they cannot prescribe cannabis in the UK. If I really wanted to try it, I know I can get it. But what with the other medications I take regularly, this is possibly not a good idea. I take 17 pills in the morning and 12 at night. I am supposed to be taking another pill for the osteoarthritis, but I cannot take this until I get my teeth sorted out! Sounds ridiculous I know, but it is correct. All dental work must be completed before embarking on this stuff. Getting to a dentist at the moment is going to be very difficult because of the virus. All is conspiring against me!

Anyone know anything about CBD oil?

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Re: Tramadol

Sorry Maisie I haven't tried CBD oil, although I too thought about it at various times.

The feeling that you have a lump on your foot is something that I am familiar with. I get mine on the ball of my right foot. I have had scan, physio on my feet and ultrasound guided injections and non of it did much good. I have now found that I can keep the under control by only wearing Skechers shoes & sandals and not walking around the hard floors of the house without shoes on.

I have decided that this sensation is caused by a prolapsed disc in my lower back. It also sometimes causes shooting pains in my second toe & sciatica.

Laying on the floor & stretching out my fingers & toes to stretch my spine is the best way to relieve it, also doing side stretches. I have also seen a very good private physio therapist. The private physio was a worthwhile expense for me & a totally different experience to the NHS one.
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Re: Tramadol

I was prescribed slow release Tramadol when I had my knee replacement, I was also given a quick fix opiate drug from memory called Oxynorm, they certainly worked, I had very little advice on coming down off them though which was a problem for a few days, long term I'm on Celecoxib 200 mg and paracetamol to suit until I get my other knee done, I also have to take lanzaporole. Moral of my story is listen to your mum and your trainer when they say running in the wrong shoes will cause you major problems in later life, mums dead now, no idea about the trainer but they were both right now I'm in later life. All I would say in your situation is follow your GPs advice, if they are prescribed take them as said.

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Re: Tramadol

Maisie, I thought of you last night when I woke & had an ache in my hip. I grabbed the spare pillow and slept on my good side with the pillow between my legs for support. Maybe something you could try
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