Tramadol Helps with Exhaustion

Posted by keeptrying @keeptrying, Dec 6, 2017

Besides the constant pain, the exhaustion of trying to carry around 2 dead, numb legs (I call logs) exhausts me until I can do nothing. My neurologist prescribed a minimal dose of Tramadol for pain, but it is wonderfully effective at giving me some ENERGY so I can just do simple basic tasks. Anyone else either have this extreme fatigue or a Tramadol experience?

@beckiw814

@lioness I do not do any vitamin B. Is the rub you use over the counter or a prescription? The runs that I have found tell you to was it off your hands. That’s the most significant pain area.

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Beckiw814 yes it is OTC I buy it at CVS I didn't find it in n the cream isle but over with the hand,feet isle you dont have to wash it off your hands there,s no capsaicin in it .I just normally wash hands B complex is best to take 50 mg or 100 mg.@pat1962

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@keeptrying I found Tramadol gives me some energy and relieves fatigue also as it takes away the pain

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@lioness

Beckiw814 yes it is OTC I buy it at CVS I didn't find it in n the cream isle but over with the hand,feet isle you dont have to wash it off your hands there,s no capsaicin in it .I just normally wash hands B complex is best to take 50 mg or 100 mg.@pat1962

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Thank you so much @lioness! Definitely will be going to CVS tomorrow!

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@lioness

@keeptrying I found Tramadol gives me some energy and relieves fatigue also as it takes away the pain

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Me too. Combats the fatigue. Other opiates don't

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I sometimes take 1/2 of 1 tablet of Tramadol … it numbs the pain enough so I can be myself and live my life for awhile; it doesn't make me sleepy or 'out of it'. The state I'm living in now (Virginia, a suburb of DC) has started asking about everyone's health issues and medications on Driver's License Applications – and they are refusing to give licenses to people who list Tramadol – even people like me who have never had an accident or arrest. The state has also started a 'data sharing' plan – they say it's to combat 'opioid epidemic' but it doesn't stop there. The Walmart Pharmacy refused to fill my rx for Tramadol just last week because the doctor who wrote it won't give up information about his patients to the state and the Walmart. I had it filled elsewhere. It scares me to think that clerks can withhold our medicine and make us suffer. Peggy

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@pfbacon

I sometimes take 1/2 of 1 tablet of Tramadol … it numbs the pain enough so I can be myself and live my life for awhile; it doesn't make me sleepy or 'out of it'. The state I'm living in now (Virginia, a suburb of DC) has started asking about everyone's health issues and medications on Driver's License Applications – and they are refusing to give licenses to people who list Tramadol – even people like me who have never had an accident or arrest. The state has also started a 'data sharing' plan – they say it's to combat 'opioid epidemic' but it doesn't stop there. The Walmart Pharmacy refused to fill my rx for Tramadol just last week because the doctor who wrote it won't give up information about his patients to the state and the Walmart. I had it filled elsewhere. It scares me to think that clerks can withhold our medicine and make us suffer. Peggy

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@pfbacon Oh my gosh ,your kidding thats awful whats our government doing to us ,its going to send people to the black market

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Yes, people who have chronic physical pain will have to turn to drug dealers, or, they will reach the limit of the pain they can stand and they will commit suicide. I wonder how many deaths from 'suicide' and 'depression' were actually physical pain. Humans can only stand so much. That's why the military is still using torture to get information from enemies — it works — pain breaks people. We need to write to our elected representatives. Whatever happened to the Grey Panthers? They used to be activists for seniors. Peggy

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@gailb

@vibert22 @lisalucier

Thanks Lisa for inviting my input with vibert22. I'm not a medical professional, but I have taken Tramadol 50 mg, 4 times a day as needed for back pain before and after my laminectomy surgery in December, 2016. A laminectomy is outpatient surgery where part of my L5-S1 disk was removed to relieve my spinal cord from the pressure on it. I also have a herniated and misaligned L4 disk that can only be repaired with major surgery involving rods and pins. I was directed to Pain Management following my surgery on my L5-S1. I was also taking Baclofen and Gabapentin at first, and I have been taking Citalopram antidepressant for 6 years.

My experience with Tramadol was great. My pain was reduced as long as I took it 4 times a day. Actually, my pain on the left side of my back was completely resolved by the laminectomy, but my right side was so,painful I couldn't walk without great pain and I couldn't go up steps a t all. That's what I was taking Tramadol for. It helped, but didn't make my pain go away. I needed it just to walk. My surgeon had recommended that before I opted for the major surgery, I should seek other ways to relieve my chronic pain on the right. I was taking physical therapy at the time and it wasn't helping, nor did acupuncture or massage. In the meantime, I was still taking all my pain medications.

I felt so out of it and brain foggy, that I decided to stop taking Baclofen first, and began withdrawing from it, which was pretty easy. Next, I began withdrawing from Gabapentin, which was quite difficult, but I did get off it. I discovered that my brain fog went away and my memory was restored after stopping the Gabapentin. It's a bad drug in my opinion. That left only the Tramadol which I continued to take to relieve my pain.

My experience of Tramadol was that I felt very calm, and pretty good on it. My attitude even with pain was good. I had no trouble sleeping except for the pain in my right leg, hip, and back. I took the Tramadol every 6 hours even at night. As far as I could tell, I was having no side effects from the Tramadol. If you are taking the 50 mg version, you might want to try Tylenol PM with the Tramadol. If you're taking the 5/325 version, don't take any Tylenol as it's already in the Tramadol pill.

At about this time I decided to try Active Release Technique ( ART ), which uses deep muscle massage with certain body movement by the practitioner to release the nerves and muscles that have been bound together from trauma. To my surprise and delight, it worked. But I continued to take the Tramadol for 8 more months for other pain, and now I know I was dependent on it. I decided to get off it several months ago and began to slowly withdraw from it. I used CBD to help my withdrawal symptoms. After I was off it, I began to feel my normal self again. That's when I realized Tramadol gave me what I have described as a boost in my mood and energy. I used to feel that from my antidepressant, but the antidepressant seemed not to be working after I stopped the Tramadol. I am back to having my normal boost from my antidepressant now that I've been off Tramadol for several months.

I liked the extra help Tramadol 50 mg gave me–it was very pleasant. But now I have learned that I shouldn't have been taking Tramadol with Citalopram as they are both SSRIs and I could have been overdosed and gotten serotonin syndrome. I didn't ever feel bad on both drugs, in fact they made me feel better, so I may need more serotonin in my brain than I'm getting with my antidepressant. I continue to take 1/2 a Tramadol 50 pill when I am having difficult pain. I usually can get into my ART chiropractor before I take more than 1/2 a pill. I am still using the final prescription I was given in February, so I haven't used the 1/2 pill very often. Today is a day I required it for back pain. Im out of town, but fortunately, I'll see my ART doctor on Friday. My back doesn't do "travel" well–different beds, luggage, etc.

I hope this has been helpful for you, even though it was long. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. I think Tramadol is very good for certain kinds of pain. Some people become dependent on it, and im one of those people. But I never required more than I was prescribed. I never craved it, and I didn't abuse it. It was difficult for me to stop taking, but not too bad. I had a few weeks of foggy, cranky thinking and anxiety which CBD relieved enough for me to tough it out. I'm happy I took Tramadol when I needed it, and I'm glad to be off of it on a regular basis. I find pain relief from Tylenol when I need it, and only add the 1/2 pill when Tylenol doesn't work.

Warm regards,
Gail
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@ gailb – or anyone else who might help me with some answers. Pain mgt dr sent me to a neurosurgeon – who wants to do laminectomy, rods, pins…3 1/2 hr surgery. I am 80 years old, do have quite a bit of pain, but do I want such a big surgery at this age? I do think yoga/stretching helps the pain (and Tramadol, occasionally Percocet) – that's my question to you Gail – are you still going for the ART? Not sure I could find a chiro close by that does that, but would continue with stretching. I'm afraid of becoming paralyzed (which is what I'm hearing from the drs). I do use the Tens unit, as @lioness does, and take Tramadol along with gabapentin and requip to help me get through the evenings, which seems to be my worst time – can't sit and relax as my one leg goes crazy jumping.around! Some nights are better than others…

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@barbarn Can you refresh my memory of what the back issues are? I would stay on the meds your taking and doing what you are doing . If you can get in a pool those aerobic exercises are easier on the joints After my back fracture this is the P.T. for my ,in the water. For your legs there are several things you can try taking magnesium, calcium and potassium is important for the body , pickle juice when a cramp starts or before you go to bed, drinking a cup of ginger-turmeric tea after supper, Topricin cream its called MyPainAway, these are only a few suggestions .

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I find that Tramadol does the same for me. It gives me lots of energy in addition to helping with the pain.

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@barbarn

@ gailb – or anyone else who might help me with some answers. Pain mgt dr sent me to a neurosurgeon – who wants to do laminectomy, rods, pins…3 1/2 hr surgery. I am 80 years old, do have quite a bit of pain, but do I want such a big surgery at this age? I do think yoga/stretching helps the pain (and Tramadol, occasionally Percocet) – that's my question to you Gail – are you still going for the ART? Not sure I could find a chiro close by that does that, but would continue with stretching. I'm afraid of becoming paralyzed (which is what I'm hearing from the drs). I do use the Tens unit, as @lioness does, and take Tramadol along with gabapentin and requip to help me get through the evenings, which seems to be my worst time – can't sit and relax as my one leg goes crazy jumping.around! Some nights are better than others…

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@barbarn One thing I forgot to tell you I have upper back issues pain and what I use is a long handle foam like for the dishes in sink and put my cream on it then I can reach my upper back .

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@lioness

@barbarn Can you refresh my memory of what the back issues are? I would stay on the meds your taking and doing what you are doing . If you can get in a pool those aerobic exercises are easier on the joints After my back fracture this is the P.T. for my ,in the water. For your legs there are several things you can try taking magnesium, calcium and potassium is important for the body , pickle juice when a cramp starts or before you go to bed, drinking a cup of ginger-turmeric tea after supper, Topricin cream its called MyPainAway, these are only a few suggestions .

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@ lioness – low back issues – stenosis, nerve impingement L3,4 and 5 – plus, hard fall that left bruised right thigh- hip to knee nearly 2 years ago, possibly that could have bruised/damaged the ilio-tibial band? After that fall, I also had shingles on that right thigh, so am not sure I'm not dealing with some post-herpetic neuralgia also.
We have an outdoor hot spring in which I have swum laps 40 years, but have not been there for over a year…you are correct – I should get back to swimming, or at least walking in that warm water. Used Topricin, but that seemed to almost make it worse. I do take magnesium, but not calcium or potassium supplements. And need to figure out a way to get some turmeric down!!! Thanks for your interest, and for all the good suggestions – and I think I'll have a ginger beer with vodka this evening! Wishing you were here to share!!

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@barbarn

@ lioness – low back issues – stenosis, nerve impingement L3,4 and 5 – plus, hard fall that left bruised right thigh- hip to knee nearly 2 years ago, possibly that could have bruised/damaged the ilio-tibial band? After that fall, I also had shingles on that right thigh, so am not sure I'm not dealing with some post-herpetic neuralgia also.
We have an outdoor hot spring in which I have swum laps 40 years, but have not been there for over a year…you are correct – I should get back to swimming, or at least walking in that warm water. Used Topricin, but that seemed to almost make it worse. I do take magnesium, but not calcium or potassium supplements. And need to figure out a way to get some turmeric down!!! Thanks for your interest, and for all the good suggestions – and I think I'll have a ginger beer with vodka this evening! Wishing you were here to share!!

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@barbarn Sorry for all your problems I like Ginger beer have to get some payday I,ll be thinking of you and how cool that is .What about that pickle juice ???? I think what helps the most is to just keep moving how ever. Id love to go in that hot spring where do you live? I,ll be right over lol The tea is the only way I can take the turmeric I tried the capsules but it bothers my touchy stomach You can find it at Trader Joe,s ginger -turmeric . its not a strong turmeric so I can drink it. have a good Sunday

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@pfbacon

I sometimes take 1/2 of 1 tablet of Tramadol … it numbs the pain enough so I can be myself and live my life for awhile; it doesn't make me sleepy or 'out of it'. The state I'm living in now (Virginia, a suburb of DC) has started asking about everyone's health issues and medications on Driver's License Applications – and they are refusing to give licenses to people who list Tramadol – even people like me who have never had an accident or arrest. The state has also started a 'data sharing' plan – they say it's to combat 'opioid epidemic' but it doesn't stop there. The Walmart Pharmacy refused to fill my rx for Tramadol just last week because the doctor who wrote it won't give up information about his patients to the state and the Walmart. I had it filled elsewhere. It scares me to think that clerks can withhold our medicine and make us suffer. Peggy

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@pfbacon peggy oh my gosh. I can't believe they would do that. I take tramadol because l can only take 2 pain meds due to my liver. And l just got out the hospital last week because l had to have my appendix taken out and my doctor gave me a prescription for tramadol and l filled my prescription at Walgreens. Where l live we have the highest opioid abuse but l asked several of my doctors if tramadol was an opioid and the answer was no. It's really not any worst than tylenol or any other otc pain meds And l guess if l couldn't have it my insurance wouldn't pay for it but l guess it's better than morphine. Have you asked your doctor to write a note to your insurance company or maybe you can try mail order. I would see what your doctor can do.

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@lioness

@barbarn Sorry for all your problems I like Ginger beer have to get some payday I,ll be thinking of you and how cool that is .What about that pickle juice ???? I think what helps the most is to just keep moving how ever. Id love to go in that hot spring where do you live? I,ll be right over lol The tea is the only way I can take the turmeric I tried the capsules but it bothers my touchy stomach You can find it at Trader Joe,s ginger -turmeric . its not a strong turmeric so I can drink it. have a good Sunday

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@lioness – is the tea in teabags? Long way to Trader Joes (like 170 miles) but maybe I can find it in a grocery store here. also – what kind of pickle juice? (sweet or dill?)

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