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   Posted 2/17/2009 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm currently taking Lyrica (225mg 2x daily). Dr. says that I'm at the max Lyrica dose without seeing a rheumatologist. If the Lyrica doesn't do the trick, then she will possibly prescribe Tramadol/Ultram. For those who are taking or were taking Tramadol/Ultram, what is/was your experience? Thank you so much for your posts! This forum is awesome and has really provided me with knowledge and hope I would not have otherwise received. Thanks!

Fibro, IBS
Lyrica, Elavil
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   Posted 2/17/2009 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Purple (my fav color I might add)...

I think you should see a rheumy for a second opinion if nothing else. I take gabapentin(neurontin) 600mg a day at night. Lyrica didn't work for me, I tried for bit. I do take Ultracet (tramadol and acetaminaphine combined) as needed. My real bad pain days of course come and go from day to day and I ache all the time. I use to take Tramadol, started about 3 years ago, worked o.k. at first. But I find know the ultracet really makes a difference. I work full time so I don't really care to be taking any other meds during the daytime. Gotta stay focused, know what I mean? I take all my meds at dinner time. Most just help me sleep, so why make it more difficult during the day for myself,huh....Well taking Lyrica and tramadol together is not uncommon, but I would research more on the drugs themselves. Sherrine (forum Moderator) has good website addresses when in need. She'll probably respond sooner or later. Check out the the 2nd thread on this forum, lots of info on Fibro.

I've gotta run, I'm at I just wanted to give you my 2 cents worth...

Take Care,

Hugs and welcome,
Dx Fibro 1/2008, gastritis

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   Posted 2/17/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been taking tramadol for 5-6 years now. let me state right from the beginning, it does NOT make me pain free. what it does do is cut the pain levels for me to something that is easier to handle. I also work, and I couldn't do all the things I do if I was on narcotics. but there are many days that I really wish I had something stronger. smhair

you might want to read up on the magnesium and malic acid regimen. I started on it about 6 months ago, and it has really helped me more then anything else I have taken in the last 6 years. I went off of it in mid december because I was going on vacation, and I have some digestive problems because of it, would have made traveling difficult, lol. I got back home in a major flare, and haven't been on top of things like I need to be, so just the last 2 weeks I have been taking it again. I am not as tired, and have less pain then before.

just remember, what works for one person who has fibro, may not work at all for you. you have to try things and see if they work for YOU!

big hugs,

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   Posted 2/17/2009 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Purple- I am taking ultram and have been for several years. When I am not taking it [if I stoopidly run out or something like that], I can tell within 18 hours what the pain would be like without it. I take 100mg twice a day, and there are times when I up that dose if I need it. I have been Rx this med by at least 7 docs [we moved alot]; each doc had different opinions of the drug. It works for me, it doesn't offer breakthrough pain relief for me. Its possible that the combo of lyrica and ultram may do the trick for you; I take a combo of ultram and cymbalta. Good luck and I hope you find your perfect chemical combo soonest.
"A butterfly is most vulnerable immediately after its metamorphosis."
Dx FM- 2003
Rx Meds- Ultram, Flexeril, Toprol, Cymbalta, Buspar 
OTC meds- Benadryl, Claritin, Melatonin, Valerian, B Complex, Multi Vitamin

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   Posted 2/17/2009 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I take 50 mg of Ultram up to 6 times "daily" can mean an almost waking 24 hours sometimes. Most of the time I'm okay on 4-5 tabs a day.

I also take 900 mg of Gabapentin daily.

I am not working, and find that this combo is not eliminating my pain. some days are better than others.

I cannot take 100 mg of Ultram at one time - it's too much for me!  smhair   can see how and why this drug gets abused!

Still learning how to manage my Fibromylagia, and all the lovely gifts it brings.   
I had severe spinal stenosis, had fusion done on C5-7, and my life has changed. 

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   Posted 2/18/2009 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I have dealt with day to day pain without much of anything for years, but about 6 months ago the pain got REALLY bad.  I have these headaches almost daily now (caused by the muscle tnesion in my neck).  The dr put me on Tramadol around that time. Honestly... I hope it works better for you then it does for me!!!! It really didn't do much of anything for me.  I also tend to have  a very  hugh tolerance for medications.  For instance most people take a flexiril and pass out...  that is not the case with me.  I can take it and stay up for hours.  I will have to say that when the pain is bad... there isn't much of anything that will truely take it away anyways.  I have just learned to put a warm compress on where it hurts and try to relax enough to just fall asleep... I am a heavy sleeper so if I am able to fall asleep then I am pain free for a bit!!! : )  I have heard that Tramadal is good for Fibromites, just doesn't work well for me.  Everyone is different though, what doesn't work for me could be the miracle for you!!! : ) Good luck to you!!!!

Wishing everyone a great day, ((((hugs))))
Partial thyoidectamy (hyperthyroidism), fibrocystic breast disease, low blood pressure, hypertension, depression, and anxiety, severe headaches, joint and muscle pain due to fibromyalgia.
Wellbutrin SR 150mg twice daily, Ultram 50mg once every six hours, Propranolol 10mg once every 4 hours, and Xanax .50 every 6 hours, Flexeril 10mg once at night.

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   Posted 2/18/2009 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Purple!!

Welcome to the forum!!

I take tramadol and I've got to say it does help. I just started taking it about a month ago. Yes, I still have pain now and then, but when I started taking it I was just coming off of a major flare. Of course I hope and pray I never have a big flare like that again, but I'm realistic too, so yes, it could happen again. But so far so good.

Hope that helped.
Be well,
Fibormyalgia, 4x Lyme Disease Survivor, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Dyslexia, 2 Lumbar Disk Herniations, Allergies, Bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel. 
Meds = Elavil, Tramadol, Lipitor
"Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - author unknown

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   Posted 2/18/2009 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
hi purple,
i have been taking tramadol for almost a year now and i do like it and i only take three a day....well most days but for my good days it does the trick if i take it easy

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/18/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   

 I take 300 Mg of Tramadol once a day and it does help with alot with my hip, leg, knee, heel wrist, arm and elbow pain. It does nothing for my back, shoulder, neck, head and ribcage pain. I use it in combination with Darvocet and Cymbalta.  I also try to limit stress completely. It is my biggest enemy. If I'm under a great deal of stress nothing works for my pain.

 It's like you have to go through trial and error before you find what works best for you. I'm pretty content with this combination. Of course this combination will lose it's effect after awhile and I'll have to try somehting new. It's the nature of this BEAST called Fibromyalgia


Sera Smiles
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   Posted 2/18/2009 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I have read that it is safe to take up to 400mg a day of ultram. Carney- you take 300mg at one time, and no more throughout the day? I haven't tried that, I wonder how that would feel to try and kick pain early and hard. I may try that. The malic acid/mag combo didn't do anything for me, so I have been hoping to find a new approach. I just have to say that I am amazed at the huge variance of reactions to this medicine. I have been told it can be abused, but I am shocked to hear that! It doesn't have an impact on me in terms of woozy or anything that feels like I need to increase dosage over time.
"A butterfly is most vulnerable immediately after its metamorphosis."
Dx FM- 2003
Rx Meds- Ultram, Flexeril, Toprol, Cymbalta, Buspar 
OTC meds- Benadryl, Claritin, Melatonin, Valerian, B Complex, Multi Vitamin

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