Thanks for the info. I'm sorry it took me so long to see it and get back to you.
I've been spending a great deal of time where the computer is not accessable, so I haven't had a chance to check in like I want to.
I do have the option of the tramadol (and to take tylonol separately), but I find that the strengths are different. Actually the ultracet is 37.5 of the tramadol and the lowest prescript
ion I can seem to get in the plain old tramadol is 50. I know most people would prefer the more potent one, but I seem to get nauseated when I use the 50. It may be a difference in the company who makes it. All seem to be generic now, so I just get what is easier. I can always up the dose, but I'm trying really hard to keep my pain meds on the low end of the scale. I'm even trying to keep the dilaudid at .2 (four times a day). I have a very good friend with a husband who has serious "pain med issues" and I'm terrified of being like him. Honestly, right now I feel like I wouldn't mind being in la-la land for a little while because all of this travel has me in terrible pain. I just broke down and took two diluadid at once and I think I'm going to head for a hot shower to try for some relief.
Please don't get me wrong, I think pain meds are there for a reason and I honestly could not handle life without some relief. I am so young (40ish) to be taking as many meds as I do and I want to stay as functional as I can for as long as I can. From reading your posts, I'm positive that you understand.
Thank you again for the information!