I can't add too much because I was on Tramadol(Ultram) for my arthritis before being diagnosed with FM. I have tried to do without it and I realized it helped me. I have quit taking it at night because of something I read here on the board, that it disturbs sleep. And lack of good sleep is a serious problmem with me. Another non narcotic drug that helps me is Mobic. It is one of the few NSAIds I can take with Ulcerative Colitis.
Hope that helped a little. When I had my one and, I hope only serious flare, nothing helped the pain until they gave me Lunesta for sleep. Much luck.
Just wanted to echo Sera's comment re: tramadol. I am not painfree but it definitely takes the edge off and does not make me sleepy. My PCP was the first to prescribe it and my rheumy agreed with that decision. I was concerned about addiction but my rheumy put me at ease about that. Since I don't have a history of addiction, he said I shouldn't have to worry. All I know is that it has been a godsend and helps me through my daily activities. I have only been on it a few months so my experience with it is limited. Hope this helps... Cyndi
I use tramadol too, it really helps a lot! My only problem is that I don't have enough pills to take it every time the pain gets really bad, I'll be working on that with the doctor soon.
Everyone at work calls them "happy pills" too, they say I sound like the happiest person in the world and I talk a whole ton whenever I'm on tramadol. They don't quite understand that when I'm "in a bad mood" or "look really sad" that it either hurts to breathe from my back muscles pulling on my ribcage, or that my neck is pulling on my head so hard that I'm dizzy and nauseated. It must look weird to have me be either "really really happy" or "really really sad" and nothing inbetween, but that's how much the tramadol helps
It's kind of funny, there's a lot of meds I can't take so I always end up on tramadol or darvon for pain. Even though darvon is an opoid and theoretically should work better, the tramadol helps 10x more with pain. Yay!
Good Luck with Ultram, I hope it is effective for you.
I didn't have any luck with it and I was on 200 Mgs of ER and nothing.