Amen to that advice! Tramadol and myself.....we do not "work". My cervical injury is significant: occiput neuralgia, cephalagia, C3-C4 herniated disk flattened per MRI, myofascial pain: trapezius (both) and sternocleidomastoid severe pain, cervicogenic headache pain, impaired range of motion near the atlas/axis C1-C2 cervical spine bones and facets. Ouch! Plus migraine w/ nausea and vomiting. Not nice. Oh, let us not forget spinal stenosis, osteopenia (new!) and osteoporosis. Been doing some reading this past week. I must stay calm...... do not want the hassle of a stroke. Got too much to live for. Post-cervical fusion syndrome (neurosurgeon worked with orthopedic surgeon in 1998 because for anterior fusion...they needed to move my carotid blood artery to gain access to the upper cervical disk). My blood pressure goes up when my neck is hurting from that nasty injury.ive been to the emergency room a million times, before and after the opioid epidemic, ive never one time been urine tested. ive even been rx'd while being on suboxoneI had my doctor prescribe me tramadol in 1998 and say it was not addictive, she gave me 400 mg day- now I have to pull teeth to get 100 mg per day prescribed, and her latest thing is when I go in for my 3 month visit, she writes a 2 week supply. I don't like having to call back, so I don't. I order overseas and just get my 2 week supply every 3 months. But I am thinking of calling in tomorrow, it is better to have an active perscprition in case anything happens, or for international travel etc. Not that the US passport is worth anything anymore..but I digress.
First of all, I too was prescribe Tramadol many years ago because they said it was absolutely not addictive and you had to go through the steps of trying each “lower level” pain med before being prescribed effective medication. It never helped me at all and Since it wasn’t supposed to be addictive, I just stopped. Can’t say that I had any adverse reaction but then again, I wasn’t on it long.
I agree with you on making sure you have an up to date prescription from your doctor. I do the same with fioricet. If I should ever have a drug test, which they often do before surgery, you want to be able to explain what’s in your system. Also, many hospitals do an automatic drug screen for everyone who comes in at night.
being in the hospital and going through the emergency room are two different things though .
kinda weird IMO