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    "Altram" anyone use it?

    I had an anesthesesiogist suggest this drug. She said to ask my Pain doc about it. Anothother F'ing drug. Can you believe it. Tell me your experience please. Zonegram is not working great at this time as well.

    Feelin good is good enough!

    #2
    ULTRAM AKA Tramadol

    I answered my own question. I quess that is what happens from time to time. you forget that you have even tried certain drugs. Tramadol only made me sleepy and did not take away any CNS related symptoms.
    Feelin good is good enough!

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      #3
      some people DO have some luck with this med,unfortunetly I did not.i really didn't notice any real changes in my overall pain levels when taking it for a few months as kind of a breakthru type of med.This med also has some kind of anti depressant quality to it as well.this alone can help some folks.but if you are actually taking any SSRI you have to be a bit more careful with it and there is a condition called seritonin syndrome that can occur too.

      Like every other med out there we try,its kind of a hit or miss type thing,ya know?maybe you will have some luck with it over time.anything is worth a shot when trying to control the uncontrollable.Marcia

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        #4
        I was given Ultram in the 90s until reports indicated it shouldn't be used in people with a seizure history. It didn't work for me, but was worth a try.

        My doctor switched my Neurontin/Gabapentin to Lyrica a couple of weeks ago. I was skeptical because nothing had worked. However, Lyrica has given me the first relief I've had since '93. I still have some burning/stinging/skin ripped off pain, but not as much as I had had.

        I guess I'm telling you this to say, "Don't give up!" For whatever reason, Lyrica is working for me. I hope you and your doctor find something to give you relief soon.

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          #5
          I use tramadol (Ultram) 3 or 4 times a day along with Morphine Sulfate ER & Hydrocodone for central pain. The tramadol helps with the hypersensitve skin pain but nothing else. I rely more on the morphine & hydrocodone for overall pain relief, not that it works very well but they do help somewhat. The tramadol is the only thing that seems to help take the edge off the skin that is sensitive to any stimulation, heat or cold, touch, even the breeze blowing over my stomach area. Seems like the lighter the touch, the more painful. Clothes hurt, the bed sheets hurt. The tramadol does keep me awake at night though so only take it during the day, up until 2 PM. My doc told me that there is a bit of anti depressant in the tramadol & that might be what kept me awake.

          Gaylord

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            #6
            Yup. its what I used for a long time and still do when I have to take a pain killer. I found it was the only painkiller that didn't make me sick when I was still in bad shape. Worked really really well for me for general pain. Im not sure how it works for nerve pain though. Definitely great as a general painkiller though.
            Don't think of yourself as an ugly person, just a beautiful monkey.
            Always remember: if the world didn't suck, we'd all fall off.

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              #7
              does ultram cause insomnia?
              Daniel

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                #8
                Originally posted by dan_nc
                does ultram cause insomnia?
                I don't recall that it did with me, but the pain did/does.

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                  #9
                  It sure didn't cause insomnia for me. I used to take 1/2 of one before bedtime and it helped ease the pain and relax me enough to sleep.
                  Don't think of yourself as an ugly person, just a beautiful monkey.
                  Always remember: if the world didn't suck, we'd all fall off.

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                    #10
                    I'm not very familiar with Morphine Sulfate ER but hydrocodone and oxycodone keeps me awake a bit like speed/meth would. I only take it once in awhile (24 - 10mg pills over a 3 day period) for a few days (mini-vacation!) at a time but I can't sleep a wink while on it. Maybe after awhile when/if you get used to it it's a different story and you can sleep while on it. It makes my feet swell too.... it must act the opposite of a diuretic and retains water in your body because after I stop taking it I have to urinate like twice as much as usual for a couple of days until my body gets back to "normal". The feet swelling can in part also be attributed to me staying up in my chair for longer periods of time too.

                    I think they put something in it so you don't get real drowsey and perhaps fall down and hurt yourself. Or fall asleep while driving etc.

                    I'm on Neurontin/gabapentin (4 x 300mgs) for a severe stabbing pain in my right side and to my surprise it really works. But it was driving me crazy... quick to anger and just agitated. So I started taking Valium (diazepam 4 x 5mgs) with it and that's helped a lot... calming me down and enabling me to concentrate but the combination makes me drowsey especially if I'm in bed. If I'm up in my chair doing stuff I'm okay with it.
                    "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." - Philo of Alexandria

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                      #11
                      tramodol causes insomnia in me, but so does oxycodone. i have to take lunesta and even with that i still have trouble sleeping. find ultram works pretty well for low to moderate nerve pain, i get this big toe being lightly hacksawed feeling and ultram works pretty well on that.
                      oxycodone is stronger.
                      weird about the seizure warning, i actually started getting some crazy body shaking neck flaing at night.
                      i try and take more ultram to keep my daily oxy doses lower, maybe not a good idea.
                      cauda equina

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                        #12
                        I have used it and still do with no negatige effects. And I have not had a problem with in in relation to seizure activity.

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                          #13
                          iT CAUSED INSOMNIA WITH ME
                          SM/ACM Surgery in 1999

                          When the world says "give up"; hope whispers "try one more time"
                          -anonymous

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                            #14
                            In most cases,the way any given person will actually respond to any med is usually a very highly individual thing.

                            i used to take neurontin and was on it for over two years and never ever really felt any of some of the overwhelming side effects that i have heard so many people say they have experienced.I mean nothing at all.it was like just taking a vitamen or something,til they incresed the dosage to 3600 mgs and I started having blurred vision and was swithched to gabitril.what is really bizarre now,despite the fact that neurontin and gabitril are basically the same exact med,I have had the need to totally fall asleep while on the gabitril and this particular side effect has never ever gone away,and it has been over two years on it now.The only way I can tae it is to do it before bed.it really helps take away my night pain and works even better than the ambien I used to take just to be able to sleep.this stuff just almost knocks me right out,even after the two long years I have been taking it.just plain wierd really.

                            no two people will always respond to any med in the same way.someone could really be totally out of it by taking ultram and then, like you,others will have insomnia.strange but true.Marcia

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                              #15
                              i have taken it for three years and this is my second time trying to come off of it since it does nothing for my pain, except make me numb to the world and not care, so i decided to stop (again) Its highly addictive and it is very hard to come off of. Major withdrawal. Two drugs for the price of one (anti-depressant and a pain killer) double trouble if i've ever seen it.
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