View Full Version : Anybody tried Tramadol

09-13-2006, 02:19 PM
Does it help with pelvic pain?

09-13-2006, 02:32 PM
Tramadol (also called Ultram) is the best medicine I have ever used, as far as pain medicines go, for my IC pain. Works like a charm. It works for some IC'ers but not all. The only way to know if it works for you, is to try it. You are lucky if you can find a doc to prescribe it to you....


09-13-2006, 03:08 PM
same as what ICLori said! Tramadol is awesome for pelvic pain.

09-13-2006, 03:55 PM
Is Tramadol adictive?

09-13-2006, 04:57 PM
It can be "habit forming" but it's not classified as a scheduled drug like the narcotics are because there is essentially no possibility of abuse. In other words, it's not a drug people become "high" on like narcotics. However, if you use it around the clock for long enough, you might have some symptoms of withdrawal if you stop abruptly. I have never had any problems with it. Although, I generally just use it at night...


09-13-2006, 05:24 PM
I also find it very effective. And doctors are much more willing to order it than they are most other pain medications.


09-13-2006, 05:33 PM
Tramadol is, by far, the most helpful med that I've ever tried for IC & pelvic pain. I have taken it off and on since shortly after my IC symptoms began. I'm currently taking MS Contin, but continue to take tramadol with it each day.
As far as it being addictive...Like the others said, it's not addictive in the way a narcotic is, BUT for me personally, I have an awful time stopping the tramadol after I've been on it for a while. To me, coming off of fentanyl and morphine was easier than stopping tramadol! The key is to taper it off very, very slowly when you decide to discontinue it. But, as far as trying it, I would definately try it! The only other bad thing that I have to say about it is that it's so easy to become tolerant to. Just be sure to start out with a very low dose (25mg) and work your way up (up to a max of 300mg/day), if needed. And BTW...there is a new extended release Ultram (brand name of tramadol) that allows you to take 1 pill a day that's equal to 6 regular tramadol.

09-13-2006, 06:25 PM
ok thanks. I just got a script for it. I have tried other narcotics in the beginning (Hydromorphone) when my condition was much worse but could not stand the constipitation it gave me but was great for the pain. I'm hoping this will work as well w/out the nasty side effects. I"m a male, 40 years old, and I know I'm in the minority here as far as my gender, but it's not like I can really talk to my friends about this they are all clueless. This board has been very helpfull especially since this is still so new to me. I used to be on a motorcycle chat room but now I'm here lol !! I've had this only since March of this year. The most pain I get is when my bladder gets about 250cc of liquid in it. My perineium area really starts to hurt. But I know at t times I can hold up to 500cc w/out pain so the capacity is there I guesss. Has anybody here tried some sort of bladder training to help graduallly try and hold more? Is there a med to help you hold more? From browsing this board, there seem to be numerous meds out there and it can be confusing. I kind of restrict my liquid intake to avoid not having to go as much but I know that's not a good idea. I am also trying to modify my diet,I'm a health nut anyway so no problem there. I know beer is definately out of the question. I would rather take in the liquid I need the most, water. I would like to still have a glass of wine every now and then though. Does anybody know if red or white is more tolerable or are they both just as bad. Thanks for any feed back, you all have been very kind. Ceder

09-13-2006, 10:06 PM
I had an anaphylactic allergic reaction to Tramadol so unable to use it now. I use Gabepentin, Paracetamol, Amitriptyline, Baclofen, Diazepam, Detrunorm, Morphine, Codeine Phosphate and an antihistamine to control my pain.


09-14-2006, 03:18 AM
I can have a small glass of dessert white wine if I've been very careful about diet all day.


09-23-2006, 05:01 AM
I went to a ic specialist yesterday i have been waiting to see for a few months. She took over the place of the Dr. i used to see and she was wonderful. Anyway, she said she treats ic totoally different than the other Dr. She does not believe in narcotics for pain relief. She toold me to try the lidocaine pain and Elavil and neurontin. I told her i already tried the neurontin and it did not help. I get up 6 times a nioght having to pee. So that is why she wanted me to take the Elavil. I was crying in the office because she did a exam and it hurt so bad. She just said get undressed and did a injection in my bladder of the lidocaine. It made the pain worse. Right now it hurts to move. My back is killing me. Anyone have any advice for me??? I will not go back to see her anymore.I live in Southaven Ms. area does anyone know of a good Doctor here???

09-23-2006, 06:28 AM
I guess that Dr. doesnt have any idea what IC feels like. Maybe you could find another Dr. who at least gives you some Tramadol. It has helped me a lot, and the good thing is I can still function during the day without feeling drugged.
I hope you find some help.

09-23-2006, 07:15 AM
YES!! It was the only pain medicine that worked for me when I was in the hospital for 19 days..morphine, duladid made me sick...

L. Thomas
09-28-2006, 12:59 PM
Tramadol does have some codeine in it.

Watch out if you have a reaction to codeine.
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09-28-2006, 01:31 PM
My doctor gave me a prescription for Tramadol without my even asking for it specifically - I just told him that the Vicodin was useless for my bladder pain. I was so excited to try it as I was having a LOT of pain, so I took it the first night. I was up every hour and didn't feel like I got any rest at all, and I also felt like I had some retention, it took forever to start urinating. I don't usually react too badly to medication, but this was awful (plus, it didn't really make the pain go away). Has anyone else had a reaction like this? I was so looking forward to escaping the pain for a while, it's been pretty constant for the last few months. I am sensitive to codeine, so if there is codeine in it perhaps that's part of the problem, but I was surprised by what I felt. Ideas, anyone? Should I even try it again?

09-28-2006, 03:27 PM
I just started taking tramadol , it does help me better than the other pain meds. BUt im still on a low dose.37.5 mg tablet. I ve been taking it only when i have bad pain,which my period has caused me to flare and ovulation. i try not to go over 2 to 3 pills a day when needed.but have needed it the last 4 days in a row! Hugs Sandra :cat: :cat: :cat:

09-29-2006, 04:07 AM
thank you, I had difficulty sleeping when I took it. I'm pretty sure it was from the Tramadol because it was the only time I've had difficulty sleeping lately.