Rio Rancho, NM
A 44-year-old male asked:
is tramadol used for long term treatment of back pain from bulging disks in the thoracic spine?
3 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Tramadol: Use of tramadol should be limited to 5 days. The main concern with long-term usage involves gastrointestial problems such as ulcers and gastritis.
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
It can be but not : Ideal. Has no anti inflammatory effect so it won't put you at risk for ulcer or upset stomach but acts only as pain killer. Need to address if not exercising, smoking &/or overweight. Get those issues corrected & look to consider other meds like : cymbalta, gabepentin, Lyrica (pregabalin) & possibly NSAID like Meloxicam along with a ppi or anti-ulcer med with it to minimize GI side effects if no med issues.
5120 viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Pain Management 17 years experience
Tramadol: Tramadol is a prescription pain medication. It is an synthetic opioid medication. It is effective in some chronic pain patients. However, medication as a sole therapy is not as effective as more comprehensive therapy.
4900 viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Jan 30, 2016
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