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    Chronic back pain. Taking soma/hydro combo now & curious about Tramadol instead. Thanks!


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    Both Tramadol & Soma are for short-term use only. Tramadol is good for management of pain for 5 days or less while Soma can be used up to 2 weeks only. Since you mentioned that you have "chronic" back pain, neither of the 2 drugs can be used long enough for your condition.

  3. Uh, ok. So what else works besides hydro, because I don't want to up my intake of those, just makes me woozy & pain is still there. What is good for chronic back pain?

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    Patients with chronic back pain are usually put on several medications, from switching to different types of NSAIDs to cox inhibitors. However, cox inhibitors are not for long-term use either. Medications are given along w/ non-pharmacologic remedies like therapy, exercises, hot compress, etc.

  5. Understood. I have gone through the gamut of therapies, PT, water, acupuncture, massage, heat (this helps some), NSAIDs, also had cortisone shot. This has cost me a ton of money, time and frustration, and some of which have left me in more pain. I am utterly disappointed with my current medical care and I cannot afford any more alternative therapies. I had read something good about tramadol for pain & also boosting seratonin (I think) - it sounded good, chronic pain has really brought me down, but many more scary things so I guess I will stick with what I am doing. I see dr. again in a month (primary) and hopefully he can refer me to a pain management specialist as the back drs. (HMO) I have seen have left me hopeless, it is like if they can't make money off of you through surgery, they are not interested.

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    I've been using Tramadol & Soma to get rid of the pain in my leg, the cartilage is worn down, & I'm always in pain. It works very well, I was taking Oxycodone but it made me itchy and it didn't work as well as the Tramadol. I been taking these for over a year now with good sucess. I get them at uspharmacystores.com because I don't have insurance.

  7. Soma is a muscle relaxant....temp cure...not long term...its the therapies that work best for chronic back pain...have you tried oxy?

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    Yea as far as muscles too me soma is the best and thats just my opinion.

    And tramadol i have now found out 300mg's has No pain relief for me its like tylenol. That is just another opinion.

    It may be im used to the stronger stuff?? , i have no idea, but it dont work for me.


    But a beginner, a perc 10 and a soma, should help, even a lortab 10, with a soma.

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    "Taking soma/hydro combo now & curious about Tramadol instead. Thanks!"


    Srry for my last statement.

    you mean hydro as hydrocodone, right?

    If you go from hydrocodone to tramadol you wont get pain releif.

    maybe try percs, a perc 10 is a lil stronger than a tab 10 neways.....

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    I like Tramadol during the day and then add Soma at night, very nice & relaxing.

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    Ok, look soma and hydro works good, but tramadol and soma ...NOPe..try Hydro first and soma at night ...also try to buy percocet that works too

  12. Tramadol should be a better choice because it is a potent, strong analgesic. Just not sure about how Tramadol will impact you if you take it regularly and for a long time. I asked my aunt (a pharmacist of almost 20 years), and she dismissively said it won't.

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    Your message states "chronic" back pain which tells me that this is something that either cant be fixed surgically or can be and in the mean time you are treating the pain. Its important to note that none of these drugs are cures they are simply like band-aids, they just cover up whats there. Now, if you have legitimate chronic pain I would advise physical therapy in conjunction with an opiate regimen maybe Subutex or Oxycontin. Purdue is getting ready to release a new transdermal system called BuTrans which is a Buprenorphine patch. Not sure when its going to be released but its been approved by the FDA. Moving on. Are you curious about switching to Tramadol and ditching both the Hydrocodone and the Soma or replacing the Hydrocodone with the Tramadol? I assume the latter. First, Hydrocodone and Tramadol share some similarities but they are different in the sense that Tramadol is not a true opiate. While it attaches to mu-opiate receptors and weakly inhibits norepinephrine/seretonin reuptake which produces the analgesia. Hydrocodone binds to various opioid receptors to produce analgesia.

    Here is a link to a opiate comparison chart:

    Opiate comparison - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I dont like citing Wikipedia but this one is pretty accurate. You will see that 30mg of Codeine is equivalent to 30mg Tramadol. Therefore for chronic pain Tramadol is not going to be ideal because it probably wont provide you with the relief you need. If it does you will be taking lots of it and it would make sense to put you on a continuous release medicine. As far as the Hydrocodone is concerned I would get off that (I'm assuming you are taking it in the form of Vicodin, Norco, Lortab etc). If your taking it daily and in high amounts you are also taking high levels of Tylenol which is very bad for your liver and I mean very bad. Do your liver a favor and look into switching to something with no APAP or if you must use it looking into Cold Water Extraction.

  14. tramadol acts as a semi opiod even though it isnt just mimics the effects of one and also acts like an snri the wd's are worse then other opiates bc u will be wd ing form an opiate and an snri and you wont even get an opiate high waste of time tramadol

  15. ok i have beeb on both. i have a boken disease. and soma are so much better and have been on them for about 4yrs. with no problem.

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    "Tramadol is not going to be ideal because it probably wont provide you with the relief you need." -mlo
    @mlo is right. As someone who has been prescribed tramadol for chronic back pain I can attest to its only relatively modest efficacy. I'm lucky to get even a little relief when I have a back spasm and/or I throw it out. But the VA chooses to under-treat pain rather than over-prescribe opiates, and so I'm left to my own devices to fill the gap in care (which is why I am here). I know of people who are worse off than me and need a fentanyl patch it gets so bad, and I know of people who are better off than me who actually get relief from tramadol. But if you are looking for a magic bullet for back pain, tramadol isn't it. Doctors have told me tramadol is hard on the kidneys too. Tinmuning said tramadol isn't meant for long-term relief. It may not be meant for long-term relief because it's hard on the kidneys, I'm not sure. But if you're looking to taper off the opiates, or reduce opiate consumption because of the side effects or to improve your over-all functioning, I would encourage you to give tramadol a try (because you haven't provided us with much detail of your condition, it's impossible to predict whether it will be helpful to you or not).

    Someone else mentioned non-pharmacological approaches. Those have been key to managing my back pain. By stretching, using warm compresses, exercising moderately and regularly and lifting using proper form I have been able to have periods of time which last a while where I have little pain at all. Then I keep the pain meds for when the pain is really bad. I've found that constant use of pain meds reduces their efficacy to almost zero, so I try to refrain from use whenever possible.

  17. Im in the same position as you, my orthopedist has prescribed soma and tramadol for my back for years now, personally i find the soma much more helpful in reducing pain.


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