I started Tramadol (ultram) just the weekend. I wasn't getting any relief from skelaxin so I requested Tramadol after reading about it on this forum. I have a prescription for 50 mg./3 times a day. The Pharamacist explained this drug to me and this is what he said:
- It is NOT a time-released drug. (as I've read on this forum)
- It can last 8 hours. (your dose will be 3 times a day/every 8 hours)
- It is a pain killer that can work like a narcotic pain killer and it is not a muscle relaxer. So, it depends on where your pain is coming from - muscle or nerve.
My co-pay for Tramadol was $15 for 90 50 mg. tabs. The cheapest co-pay I've ever had. Hard to believe, but Skelaxin is the highest co-pay-$50. Lyrica is $50 as well.
For me, I need it mostly for my chronic neck pain that I have 24/7. After about an hour of taking this med Friday night, I started feeling a little dopey, eyes felt heavy, heart racing some, and had some tingling in my hands (good tingling). After a few hours it worked really well for my neck pain. I still had the pain, but it was more manageable which was a first in a couple years. It messed with my anxiety some (felt energetic) but not like what percocet does to me. Percocet made me sweat and very anxious and did nothing for pain. At around 6 hours after taking Tramadol, it winds me down to a relaxed state. I did have a little trouble sleeping in the sense that it was still messing with some anxiety. Saturday I took one 8hrs. after the first one and a few hours into it I was feeling a little more dizzy and eyes were kinda "fluttering" as I worked on my laptop. I don't plan on taking Tramadol during work hours. Skelaxin I've already tested at work and I'm okay with.
I have also been taking Lyrica for about a month now and have just started noticing that it is helping with my tingling/crawling/aching wrists, hands, fingers, legs, and ankles. I have to take my whole 150 mg. at once at night though because I can't stand the daytime fogginess/dizziness at work. It does nothing for the neck pain though. But I don't expect it to because my pain in the neck seems to be caused from muscle/tendon and not nerve so much.
I would suggest you go over it with your doctor to see where your pain is coming more from - nerve or muscle. I have read a lot of post on here and lot of people are using and have good results with Tramadol, which is why I chose to research it myselft and try it out. Also you need to consider that everyone on this forum is different. We all vary by weight, pain, tolerance, and injuries. I'm amazed at how many different meds and the amount of each does people are taking every day. But, they are different than me.
39 year old female. Not overweight, non-smoker, non-drug user, occasional drinker
Diagnosis: Fibro, TMJ, IBS w/constipation, Sinus, some anxiety/depression, trouble sleeping
X-rays -normal, shock test of nerves-normal, bloodwork including thyroid/lyme-normal
Current Meds: Lyrica 150 mg. a day, Skelaxin, Tramadol (Ultrum) 50 mg., Ambien, Nasarel nose spray for sinuses, Bed Buddy.
Former Meds: Cymbalta, Nortriptyline, Lexapro, Percocet
Supplements: Multi vitamin, B-12, Omega3, Psyllium Husk for constipation, Malic Acid/Magnesium