Tramadol or Ultram: Ears Ringing and/or Tinnitus
Hi, I am new to the Forums and joined for the purpose of asking others for their experience and information. I am in my fifties and have chronic arthritis. Per a recommendation from a fellow worker, I tried Tramadol. I literally took 4 50Mg tablets over two days (a single 1 on one day and three the next evening). It did work for the pain however I seem to have had a reaction, perhaps hyper-sensitivity. The drug stayed in my system much longer than expected, well into the next day. I am going to have my kidney/renal functions checked for this reason.
In any case, I am posting to this forum is because about 18 hours after taking the drug, I noticed painful ringing in my ears. This got so intense that I felt 'squenching' in my ear tubes. I finally got over the drug effects about 36 hours after taking the tramadol but the tinnitus did not subside much at all. I now also seem to have popping when I swallow and also it appears that I have a little swelling. After all of this, I researched and found that sure enough Tramadol is Ototoxic. I had no idea this was a potential side-effect and it was not listed on the warnings at all. Has anyone else had a case where they took Tramadol or Ultram (namebrand version) and had a resultant ringing in their ears? If so, did it resolve itself after days/weeks/months? Like others on the forum, I am concerned because I have experienced this for several days now and have had trouble sleeping. I know some people have report tinnitus due to abuse and I have been a regular alcohol consumer, some would say more than that, for a number of years. I have tapered off quite a bit in my fifties and never had any hearing-related issues until I took this tramadol I am worrying my poor wife to death with my anxiety. Thanks for any input on this.