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If you have used Ultram, please help others by adding your feedback. What would you tell your best friend about using this pain medication?


Subj: Ultram with pregnancy?
Date: 3/3/2006
I've been on Ultram for 5 years since I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Before Ultram, sitting still was excruciating. It made it possible for me to function like a semi-normal person again. I currently take (2) 50mg pills a day.

My concern now is that I'm considering getting pregnant, and I don't know if that's possible because I can NOT stop taking the Ultram. I'd like to hear from anyone who has been pregnant and on Ultram and your experience.
I'd also like to know if anyone knows where the details of the study are online. Those rats could have been given high doses, and that's why there were negative effects on the pregnancy.
Elysha

AskDocWeb: You need to discuss this with your doctor. If readers have experience with using Ultram while getting pregnant maybe you can share that with us.


Subj: Addicted to Ultram
Date: 3/10/2006
I started Ultram "accidentally" when my mom would give me a few for headaches. They didn't work on my headache, but it put me in the best mood ever. I felt totally different: energetic, happy, affectionate, outgoing. But it is not the same (high) feeling as opiates. And there wasn't any "coming down" feelings, either. Then, I discovered how easy it is to buy them online and my dilemma began. I would stay on them forever, if it weren't for my nagging guilt. I'm not in pain, but it has helped so much with my social anxiety, fatigue and depression. There have been a couple times that I have run out between orders and the WD's are horrible. It feels like you have the flu, can't sleep, can't eat, diarrhea, depression and lethargy. But that all goes away when the mailman brings that package.

It's very, very addictive. Even with that said, I still love them. I love who I am while taking them. I wish the FDA would approve them for depression.
Christy


Subj: Ultram for sprain?
Date: 3/11/2006
I'm 27 weeks pregnant I sprang my ankle about 2 weeks ago and I have been taking Ultram the doctor in the ER gave me for the pain. What are the risk factors of birth defects or something else being wrong with the baby so late in Pregnancy with taking this medicine?
Amber

AskDocWeb: This was your doctor's call, although we think it was a bad call to prescribe something that strong for an injury that minor.


Subj: Ultram stops fibromyalgia pain
Date: 3/23/2006
Twice now I have been hospitalized for sudden emergencies, and was given Ultram afterwards to take at home for the pain. I also have fibromyalgia, and each time I came home from the hospital (on Ultram) I found I had so much energy, was able to tackle big jobs like organizing piles of junk that I couldn't even think of before--basically, as I realized, because the Ultram stopped the fibromyalgia pain! This second time I came back from the hospital (pancreatitis), I really noticed this effect. It even helped my chronically stuffed-up nose, which is no small thing! However, my PCP will not let me stay on Ultram, even though it is not narcotic and does not hurt the kidneys, liver (like ibuprofen or acetaminophen), and improves my quality of life so. I see a couple of you have used this "for years" for your fibromyalgia. I live in Boston. Can anyone direct me to a physician who is willing to prescribe Ultram long-term for fibromyalgia? Thanks very much!
Dimitra


Subj: Pain med Darvocet
Date: 3/24/2006
I am 33 weeks pregnant and have been diagnosed with ICP which is a pregnancy induced liver disorder that makes me itch. I recently had some teeth pulled and was put on darvacet for pain. My itching was under control, but now that I have stooped taking the pain meds it seems to have started up immediately. Is there any way davacet could be causing this and why?
Charlie

AskDocWeb: We don't think Darvocet had anything to do with it. Darvocet is just a pain medication and wouldn't help with any itch problem.


Subj: Saved my life
Date: 3/30/2006
Thank you all for saving my life. I have been in recovery for 18 years and was told by my doc this drug was safe for pain. I only took one 50mg per day and began having panic attacks, sweating, chest pains restless legs. Called the doctor and told him he said it wasn't the tramadol, I thought it was all in my head. Dumped them down the drain and was a total mess for weeks and had no idea why. I was recently prescribed tramadol again for back pain and was assured they were safe. I only took 1 at night. Last week something told me that these pills were killing me and I dumped them down the drain. I'm through with them, never again. Thank you all for confirming that the side effects of this drug were not in my head.
Pat

AskDocWeb: Sometimes we know our bodies better than the doctors.

Subj: Better think twice

Date: 4/3/2006
If you have chronic pain I must say Ultram really does work. As a matter of fact it worked better for me than anything else I had tried including percocet, and vicodan. However it comes at a price.

I was taking 50mg Ultram for about 15 months for chronic knee pain, mostly I took it in the evening to help me sleep and also during the day at times if I had a flair up. Usually no more than three to four tabs a day. (recommended dosage was 1 to 2 tabs 4 times a day) I recently lost my awesome insurance and decided to stop taking the Ultram because I simply couldn't afford it any more. It was the worst four days of my life. The withdrawals are terrible.

If your going to stop taking this med wean off slowly and maybe even get your Dr. to prescribe some other temporary pain and/or sleep med to help you through the withdrawals. If you quit cold turkey your in for nausea, hot/cold, sleeplessness, really bad rebound pain, and depression so bad you are begging God to make it stop. I kid you not. Think twice before using this stuff long term.
James


Subj:
Date: 4/19/2006
I have taken ultram for about 3 1/2 years and just found out I was pregnant. Many times I have tried to go off this drug with no luck. I would and am now having awful withdraws going off of it, I must say if you have not been on this before and the doctor wants to give it to you I would say no because no matter what they say you DO have withdraws that can be hell. You feel as if you have the flu, you can not sleep you can try but... your body won't let you lay still you feel like crap mentally and it takes about 1 week to get out of your body. I wish I would have never been given the drug to start with and the amazing thing is that doctors would give it to me like it was candy. My advice do not take this drug or stay on it for more then 2 days at a time take it for 2 days then go off of it for about 2 days. I never in my life was dependent on a drug like that till I had gotten on ultram.
Sandra


Subj: Neurotransmitters
Date: 4/30/2006
ULTRAM (Tramadol)Thank you for giving the chemicals (neurotransmitters), that are used to help pain. Other sites Do Not list this... I have energy! Less pain and I'm sleeping better at night. -Fibromyalgia- I know many have said - withdrawal was hell. As a Health Care Professional for more than 20 years, Cold turkey is not the way to get off any drug!
Sara


Subj:
Date: 5/12/2006
Hello, boy where do I begin! Lets start off first saying that I am honestly one of the most strong willed people around. I smoked for 10 years and one day I said I was done, and I quit and never took another drag, it is now 11 years since that day....

But I was in a motorcycle wreck in 2002, which resulted in me having emergency back surgery as my spinal cord was affected. Well, I had another surgery about a year ago to remove the hardware in my back from the first surgery due to an resistant form of staph.

I was in a great deal of pain for the first two years, half of the back pain was actually from the infection causing everything to spasm, I would actually gasp for air when that happened and that was about 2-3 times a day at 1-4 hours each!! Wow, so yeah I discovered Ultram about 4 - 6 months after my accident and boy, I had energy and in the past 3 years, I have done things that amaze me physically, since I am basically disabled! I was in denial about a lot of things though I did know I was dependent, actually after missing a dose I realized what it was, I am a logical person.

Well, I tried to quit them before my second surgery last year, and boy what hell-on-earth experience that was, I made it 10 days and could not bear it anymore and gave in. That whole time I had my mom stay with me, she is the best support in the world and I know I was wearing her out.

So here I am after taking it again, 1 year later and I am trying to stay off it, the pain is there, but its there when I take it (I just don't give a sh*t about it at that point) so I decided to stop the merry-go-round. I hide it from everyone I know, even my dear girlfriend Melissa Lynn, who I love so much. I find myself pretty numb while taking this stuff and boy! I AM ONE REGRETFULL, REMORSFUL, EMOTIONAL WRECK! I was only taking 4 a day (1 every 6 hours along with 600mg neurontin pills) but still, I know that I have ruined a few relationships in the past few years while on this stuff, I would be happy to just stay in my house and ignore everyone while flipping them off and actually think its funny. NOT SO!! I had never been that way and I don't want to continue this false-sense of security blanket we know as tramadol. The last dose I took was Thursday morning (05-11-2006 at 8:45 am) It is now the following day, Friday at 5:00 p.m. at work and I haven't spoke but 5 words all day. I feel like dirt, crap, depressed, no energy, no appetite, my girlfriend wonders why I won't have sex with her (no drive), my skin is constantly goosey, got a cough, been sneezing, eyes are watery, etc, etc... I feel like heroin junkie and was only taking this as prescribed, never more.

I hope to post here on the 11th day and I hope to say that I am still free of the devil, tramadol.
Mr. Motorcycle accident man

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