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Old 03-11-2009, 12:58 PM   #1
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Tramadol help?

Hi there, I have been suffering from Migraines for several years but last year they started happening every 2-3 days. Then if I didn't have a migraine I had a bad headache. I have tried so many different drugs I have lost count, maxalt, axert, Imitrex tabs, and injections, prozac, zoloft, IV DHE, acupuncture, Blood pressure meds, amitriptiline, Prednisone, Xanax, Cyclobenzeprine, and then was prescribed Norco, Dilaudid, Percocet and Oxycodone. I have gotten the meds under control to where I will only take 1 or 2 Imitrex with a migraine and nothing else. Does anyone have any Good experience with Tramadol? I am leary of taking the narcotics any longer and haven't had one in over 6 weeks but some days I just need relief from the pain to care for my three small children. I don't have the luxury, as many don't, of just going to bed in a dark room. Are there any other pain relief measures out there. OTC meds are useless unless I take Aleve with Imitrex which is supposedly the same thing as the new Treximet. Thanks for any feedback!

Last edited by WSseattle; 03-12-2009 at 10:33 AM. Reason: forgot...It's not menstrual related as I don't have periods.

 
Old 03-11-2009, 01:20 PM   #2
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Re: Tramadol help?

hi , has any dr tried to find the root cause of your migraines,do you know what triggers them off ? i have for many years suffered with migraine but find that it is usually before a period they seem to be more frequent i have always just taken a paracetamol and worn a pair of sunglasses as i also get the visual disturbances as well, i find if im stressed they come on as well .

 
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Old 03-11-2009, 06:36 PM   #3
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Re: Tramadol help?

You are asking the "holy grail" of my Migraines. We seem to be in the minority, where we have not been able to ID triggers which is not uncommon AND all the abortives and preventatives have not worked. I have been down the exact same path, and find opiates as the only relief...and they have a whole additional set of issues, which besides rebound headache may even include the opiates acting as a "trigger" themselves according to recent research.

So one chooses to either have the misery of the Migraine or misery of the side effects of the opiates. (not everyone gets "high" from them)

So I am anxious to hear from others as well!

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Old 03-12-2009, 10:16 AM   #4
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Re: Tramadol help?

Oh we have tried to find the triggers yes! For months maybe it's this, maybe it's that, we've thought of everything. First they thought it was pre-labor hormones (I was 7 months pregnant) then maybe it's the lactation hormones (I was breastfeeding) maybe it's the Zoloft, maybe it's stress or anxiety, maybe it's allergies or a pinched nerve, maybe it's rebound etc! Yes I'm sure many of them were Medication Overuse Headaches or rebound ones. I have been to neurologists, headache specialists nothing helps. I have to say that the daily headaches improved immensely when I stopped the Zoloft and the daily use of medications. Now I am left with bad migraines and almost daily headaches that are bothersome but not debilitating. My question was though about Tramadol and I am wondering if anyone has had success using it as an abortive pain reliever? Thanks for the help

 
Old 03-12-2009, 10:43 AM   #5
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Bluecar, you are right, it is hard when we can't find the Triggers, if I knew what they were then I think half of the migraines would go away! I know sometimes they can be genetic and I do have 2 sisters with migraines too but figuring out the triggers has been one long road of dead ends. As far as I can tell there are no triggers. Is that possible? The narcotics give me horrible rebound headaches, especially Vicodin so I had been prescribed Dilaudid for the really bad ones where I am thinking ER time, or Norco for just the really miserable ones but now I am trying to investigate non-narcotic methods. After months of waiting to get into the Headache specialist I was horribly let down by my appt. She recommended a Book, a book for crying out loud, told me to do Yoga and eat more fruit. I was very disappointed not to mention that when she told me to come back in six weeks I said well six weeks might as well be six months and she said, "Well I have patients who have suffered for 15- 20 years" so six weeks is not that long. I do not get "high" from the pain meds and they make me sleepy which is not a good thing with little ones to care for hence my search for NOn-narcotic pain relief to be used as an abortive measure. Thanks for your thoughts!

 
Old 03-13-2009, 01:42 PM   #6
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I suffer from severe migraines and am prescribed Tramadol but for back pain instead. So I take Tramadol quite often but I find that when I have a severe migraine it doesn't even touch the pain. I can't take Imitrex becuase of a heart condition but I've heard it works for some people. There have been a couple of times I've ended up in the ER for migraines and they've given me IV Dilaudid or Demerol. Those are so strong and usually take care of the migraine pain. I've also found some relief when taking Percocet 5mg/325ft when I have a migraine. But I've heard you have to be very careful when taking narcotics because they can actually cause "rebound" headaches. Tramadol is not classified as a narcotic (controlled substance) in most states but it is still in the "opiate" family with meds like Vicodin, Percocet, etc. It technically is a synthetic, man-made opiate and has the same pain-killing attributes. Some states have recently put in in the class of controlled drugs and are monitoring its use and looking for possible abuse patterns. It is very easy to become addicted to Tramadol and I would be very careful if you start taking this med.

 
Old 03-14-2009, 05:39 PM   #7
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Oh boy I would hate to become addicted to Tramadol, it is hard enough already not to take too many norcos so thank you for that advice. I do go to the ER for the really bad ones but boy it is a pain, my husband has to come home, get the girls, drive me there only to spend hours waiting to be seen since migraines are always at the bottom of the triage list, then have to explain the entire migarine history to the doctor and they don't understand that the pain is so bad I can barely think let alone talk so if I mix up an answer they think I am trying to out one over on them, and then there is the 2000 bill! I'd rather stay home and take dilaudid and be in my own bed at a fraction of the cost! So maybe the Tramadol won't help, well maybe it's worth a try anyways. Thanks for the time to respond! Appreciated!

 
Old 03-15-2009, 10:34 AM   #8
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Re: Tramadol help?

My story is similar to yours, but the frequency is less. I have used almost everything to abort migraines. I used Tramadol alone and taken it with Chloral Hydrate. It tends to work if I catch it quick enough. Tramadol alone is not effective, but Chloral Hydrate really boosted it in my case.

Good Luck.

 
Old 03-26-2009, 11:19 AM   #9
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Re: Tramadol help?

Tramadol helps!! Definitely try it and have no fears. It has me and friends with wicked migraines and other chronic pain.Also,not likely to be abused.Best of luck!

 
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