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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 answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tal David
Dr. Tal David answered
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.
Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Tramadol/ultram has a low risk for GI problems...I think Dr David is referral to Toradol which is an NSAID and should be limited to 5 days. Tramadol is much safer in a long-term situation.
May 14, 2013
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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.
Dr. Brian Le
Dr. Brian Le answered
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.

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