Tarmadal is the same as ultram and is a non nacodic medication. My surgeon did give me Ultram to take at regular times and still take norco for break through pain. Did you surgeon still realize that you were taking you pain meds still? I really do think that surgeons will just keep writing scipts for meds without even asking. Maybe you should consider going to a pain management Doctor to try to control the pain. Flexeril is a muscle relaxer. I hope that we don't have to deal with this pain forever. Soooo tired of it all as you are!!!!
Keep us posted.
Thank you Alice. I will call right away Monday morning. Something is just not right here.
It is good to hear from you. I am glad to hear the nurse got back to you so quickly. Now, is this set of scripts the last that he will be providing you with? If so are you going to go to a pain managememnt doctor next?
Tramadol is kinda nice for "everyday" use. When coupled with my Tricyclic it does work well.... it just has a bad habbit of causing seratonin syndrome in some people. So, be sure to watch out for that the first few days... though at 50mg (per day?? or 3xs per day?) I wouldnt think that would be a very big concern? I was just "monitored more frequently" for the first month because of the "combination of medicines" I take. IE Tramadol +Tricyclic, BT med, muscle relaxer combo 3 most times daily. Obviously it didnt happen with me, but they just called alot and I had to be seen / checked up on in the first month or so.
For muscle relaxer I take Baclofen 3x per day and it works great, but leaves a bit of "foggy-ness". So far, its effectiveness hasnt gone down atall. It might be something to consider if the Flexaril doesnt cut it.
For inflammation though, I use cortisteroid epidural series along my spine and a medicine called Nabumetone. The combination of those two are great. Hands down the "heavy hitter" in my pain "cocktail".
Dani, ....yes, this will be the last. His nurse said he will only provide up to Six months of pain meds.
She said I will have to go back to my PCD for the next round, or take other action.
I'm hoping that the Flexeril will take care of the problem, and can be totally off of the pain meds shortly.
The Tramadoll says to take every 6hrs 50mg....and the Flexeril is 5mg taken up to x3.
I have my fingers crossed, and of course I still have six more months to his the 12 month mark on my recovery.
I'm so glad that you had a good laugh this morning....from reading the other post! :)
We do need a good laugh from time to time! :)
Above all else, I hope you are able to get through this pain increase quickly. You have worked so hard! But, if it doesnt work out, I hope you can get into your primary care as soon as possible. It looks like the meds will run out in a few weeks. Who knows? You might be able to get your flu shot early and your yearly physical out of the way while you are there. Two birds, 1 stone? ..It is like pulling teeth to get my husband to go in for his yearly physical. I often have to resort to blackmail When the nurse mentioned "other actions", did she give suggestions?
I really admire your drive and strength. Rest up! Know you are in our prayers
For anyone wondering about the med in question....
Tramadol is a narcotic-like pain reliever.
Tramadol is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Tramadol extended-release is used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain when treatment is needed around the clock..."
Read more: http://www.drugs.com/tramadol.html#ixzz0xI0D3VGW
It is designed so patients can "tolerate" it easily, without burdonsome side effects.
Hello all! Well I went to work yesterday, and after about an hour, I told my boss that I really needed the day off, as I was totally worn out. He said "See you tomorrow" He knew that I was pushing my body, and could tell that I was hurting.
Ok,....I called the nurse yesterday on my way home, and she promptly returned my call, and told me it was OK to take the Ultram (Tramadol) with my Percocet's, or I could take just the Ultram by istelf. She said that I had reduced my pain meds way down from where I had started from, and that the Ultram was way less than the Percocet's that I am now taking.
She did say that working 7 days a week probably was not helping the situation, and that I needed some down time, as she thought I was probably keeping my back irritated. My job requires heavy lifting, bending, twisting, and at times, long periods of sitting in a chair. The stress level is fairly high as some of the parts we make cost a quarter of a million dollars.
I have been asked to bring a new machine on line in our shop, and that is stressful in itself, and can take a few weeks to do. Taking off, made me feel like a new man this morning, and I have a little hope again. We will see!
Today, my focus is on Mikel, and we all are waiting to hear some good news about him.
Hang in there Mikel!....you have a lot of members pulling for you! :)
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Chartreux! ......I'm just tikled Pink!....that you are back! :) Wahoo! :)
I am sorry I have been away. Not feeling to goo and trying to keep up with a whril wind schedual myself. I am glad you nurse got back to you so quickly! 50mg is such a low dose, but of course what you decided to do, or not to do, is your choice What I hope the most for you is that this is just a "bump in the road" so to speak. Hang in there