The Ultram doesn't work for me either if I just take two pills. If I want to be pain free I have to take 2 Lortabs. But a) I don't want to become addicted to Lortab, and b) my doc won't give me much anyway. So what she has taught me to do is take two Ultram when I first get up and then take them throughout the day for a total of 8 per day. As long as I keep them built up in my body I do ok most days. When the pain gets too bad I slip in a lortab or two now and then.
That's why mornings are the hardest for me because it takes a while for the stiffness and the pain to subside. This morning was particularly bad so I took something stronger than Ultram and slipped into a hot bubble bath and relaxed there for a while. That gave the lortab time to start working and the hot water helped relax me and my sore muscles.
I think we each need to find what helps, and I'm always up for hearing new ideas. I keep promising myself regular masages. Maybe that should be my Mother's Day gift to me.
I hope you find something that helps you be pain free or at least comfortable.
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