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Finding_the_Light
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   Posted 12/9/2009 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
So i sent my pain dr a message about Ultram. I was reading my files online and noticed that the visit from mid nov (b4 she brought up the fibro) she mentioned if the celebrex didnt help we would be looking to try Ultram. Well i forgot she mentioned it and i know she forgets a lot during my appt time sometimes so i brought up maybe trying it until the lyrica has a chance to kick in. Thing is i had to look it up and since i noticed its a narcotic i was anti bringing it up for fear that she wont believe me and think im just trying to get pain meds. And i know deep down its ridiculous 4 1 she thinks i have fibro and 2 she was the one who brought it up this first time and she is a pain management dr anyway. Does anyone else have these fears? how did you go about asking? and does ultram provide relief?
Probable diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Along with: Bipolar,OCD, Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, anxiety, gastroparesis,pcos,add Meds: Neurontin, Lyrica, OMEGA 3 Fish oil and vit d3, tenex wellbutrin i stopped taking.


Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/9/2009 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Be honest. That's the best thing to do. Also, there are some ways to ask for what you need that actually work. When you are in pain and you ask for help in a plaintive, high pitched voice it sounds to the doctor like a whining child. Note I'm not saying that you are a whining child, just that this is the trigger it sets off in the doctor's mind.

Instead, if you lower your voice an octave, look the doctor in the eye, take a big breath and say, "I need some relief here, Doctor. I am having trouble getting thru the day." you will sound like a rational adult asking for assistance. High pitched voice sounds are reminnicent of the cry of a baby who can only wail to get its needs met. Low voices are usually found in men and our minds react psychologically to the lowered pitch as to authority. We are pre-programmed to do this so it's something you can do to get the doctor's attention. Practice at home and then give it a try. MIght help, can't hurt.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Finding_the_Light
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   Posted 12/9/2009 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks and youre right i used to be like that back in my teen earlier twenties but now i try not to spaz cus they just dont understand completely and its not really their fault. pain managment isnt too hard to talk to. Well at least not when shes telling me how gr8 cymbalta is and even tho i tried it for a few months before i finally said its not working and stood my ground. By stood my ground i simply mean i made my point heard and she listened. Unfortunately she isnt in the office today prob due to the snow and it means i have to wait until at least tomorrow to find out if she will give me some ultram to get me thru the tough times!
Probable diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Along with: Bipolar,OCD, Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, anxiety, gastroparesis,pcos,add Meds: Neurontin, Lyrica, OMEGA 3 Fish oil and vit d3, tenex wellbutrin i stopped taking.


Dagger
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   Posted 12/9/2009 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Ultram (tramadol) helps some people with fibro and doesn't work for others. I take it for endometriosis pain and it also helps a bit with my fibro pain. It takes the edge off enough so that I can do most of what I want to do.

FunnyGurl
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   Posted 12/9/2009 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes Light Ultram (tramadol) does help and is highly suggested for Fibro pain. 
 
Note:  Ultram is a narcotic-like pain reliever
 
Since it is a synthetic narcotic like pain reliever it is not in the same class as codeine or opiods such as percocets, vicodan, morphine etc...You will not have to sign a narcotics pain contract with your medical provider for this ultram medication.
 
I have been taking it on and off for years.  I started taking it consistently when I was first diagnosed by a Rheumy back in 04.  He was a fibro specialist and said he gave it to all his FM patients around the clock.  Meaning 1-2 50mg pills every 4-6 hrs.
Now it does not get rid of all your pain but you can tell when you skip a dose.
It helps a bit better if you take it with tylenol or if you also take a muscle relaxer take them together.
I also take percocets now for Breakthru pain on my spine and nerve pain.
 
Do not be afraid to bring up anything with your Doctor.  Remember they work for you and YOU are your best advocate.
So go to Dr and tell her you need to have an RX for ultram for pain relief you would like to try it to get some much needed pain relief. 
Good luck to you!
Humour is always the Best Medicine!
 
Fibromyalgia, DDD, 2 herniated Lumbar discs, OsteoArthritis Lumbar, Migraine, Dysthmic Disorder, Anxiey, Panic Attacks, OsteoArthritis Knee, Carpal Tunnel both hands, Currently Double Depression


Finding_the_Light
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   Posted 12/10/2009 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
hey thanks :) and as of right now my dr wont give me anything else with the lyrica because we just started it and she wants me in the pool therapy 3xs a week. In the meantime tho im in so much pain im only on ONE 25 mgs dose a day ive read most people w fibro are on about 300 at least :( i feel as though ive layed on my shoulders wrong and i just cant fix it. When i sleep im constantly woken up from pain that makes my eyes water and it kills to move my arms. Oy vey how much longer? i see her point in that im on a bunch of meds and she just put me on a new one but wth do i do in the meantime? i hear suggests on here and ive tried some of them and they work a bit :) but what do i do at night?
Probable diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Along with: Bipolar,OCD, Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, anxiety, gastroparesis,pcos,add Meds: Neurontin, Lyrica, OMEGA 3 Fish oil and vit d3, tenex wellbutrin i stopped taking.


Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 12/16/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
 
~~>" Tramadol belongs to the group of medicines called opioid analgesics."
 
*huggs*
   dani


 

 

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Littleneck
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   Posted 12/17/2009 4:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I love, love, love my tramadol. There was a mix-up at the pharmacy when I called in my last refill and it sat on their shelf for a week instead of being mailed out, and during this mix-up the prescription expired so I had to go back to the doc for an appointment, etc. etc. So, happy ending ten days later. The first couple of days without it were physically uncomfortable but day three hit hard and fought dirty - after that I was in a bad flare and have been ever since (3 weeks ago). I take a total of 200-300mg during a day and usually a couple of extra-strength Tylenol about midday. One 50mg Tramadol plus my other meds at bedtime (gabapentin, cymbalta, baclofen) working in concert have finally started to get me back up to at least 6 hours straight, once I fall asleep.
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