Vertigo side effect

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 10/6/2009 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I landed myself at the emergency room last night for vertigo - I was so dizzy I couldn't stand, walk, or even move my eyes without feeling spinningly, nauseatingly dizzy. I had to stay home from work today as well, which is never good. I didn't have any other signs or symptoms of stroke (which vertigo can often be a symptom of)  - it is either the baclofen or the tramadol I started taking about a month ago. We are all guessing the tramadol. One of the side effects in (I think) 21% of people is vertigo. Dizziness is a side effect in all of my meds, but I've been taking the gabapentin and cymbalta the longest, so the doc thinks it is a newer med rather than older. So I'm still going to take the cymbalta and gabapentin tonight and wait and see for a few days, til my next rheumatologist appointment Friday. So sad - both the baclofen and tramadol were working, until all this started. I am so glad I knew what all the side effects were in advance, because otherwise I woud have been terrified. Knowledge is power... so back to the drawing board.
I know tramadol works for a few people on this forum - does anyone else get vertigo or nausea with them?

Irish Babe
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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 10/6/2009 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so glad that you are ok, that must have been so frightening. I had a similar reaction to Ultram yrs ago when I got the Shingles. I see so many ppl here take it for the pain and it really seems to help them, the mere mention of the word upsets me.
I had Shingles many times, the 1st time I was given Ultram and I had no problem, the next time I got Shingles, I was given Ultram again. I had such a horrible reaction to it, scared me to death. I had the problem w/ vertigo and nausea. I have a lot of problems w/ meds, which why I don't take pain meds. I take the barest minimum of meds I have to.
I hope you are feeling better. I agree w/ you, it is good to know the possible reactions, this way you can help yourself and the drs to get the help you need. Rest well tonight, hope tomorrow is a better day for you.
God bless.  Alice.
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