I have chronic back pain due to disc problems and an old fracture. I currently take codeine and amyltriptilene. The codeine doesn't help at all, the amyltriptilene does help but it knocks me out so much that I can't take it if I have to be at work the next day as I'll be so spaced out I'm not safe.
I've been back to the GP today and he's referring me for a 2nd opinion as the last consultant tried everything apart from surgery (he said the risk of surgery was too high). In the mean time e's prescribed tramadol.
Looking online it says that the side effects are drowsiness, so possibly won't be any different from current meds and I won't be able to take it. I could give it a go and see how it affects me but it was all the statements from people saying they became addicted to it that really put me off. Saying it made them anxious and irritable and then they tried to stop taking it and were ill with severe flu like symptoms every time they tried. Does not sound good, anyone any expereince of it?
I have been on Tramadol for 2 weeks because of agonising pain after third CX . I've also been worried by the info about side-effects and addiction, but no signs so far. It made me a bit drowsy at first but have had no other side-effects, and I have reduced the dosage without feeling any problems. I have to say its also a bloody good pain killer
My MIL was prescribed tramadol after a hip replacement operation. She was very spacey and not at all 'on the planet' while she was on them and since then has been having absences which the GP feels could have been triggered by the drug.
On the other hand, my Mum had it after her knee operation and it was really useful to help her through the first couple of really painful weeks and although she was spaced out she was otherwise fine.
I would think they are ok for short term use but not as a longer term solution.
If codeine is spacing you out so much that you can't work I have a feeling tramadol won't be a solution for you.
You need a referral to a pain clinic to find something that will effectively deal with the pain without the horrible side effects. I find my TENS machine deals with most of my problems - generally slipped disc and spondylosis.
I found it a reasonably effective painkiller but I was not able to drive on it. I drove once and it was quite frightening.
I can't quite remember how long I took it for. I think I took it for a month or six weeks and I did have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. I'm told they're quite unusual but I was surprised to get them as badly as I did after such a short time.