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sinusitis headaches fatigue only tramadol helps

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  • Posted By: ryan1983
  • April 19, 2007
  • 11:59 PM

I am a 24 year old male who was been suffering for the past 4 years from headaches, sinus infections, bad breath, neck twitching that is voluntary but not really consciously doing it on purpose, fatigue and just a horrible irritated feeling in my head from my neck up, i guess in my sinuses like i just want to drop dead and sleep forever. I always feel like I have to crack my neck. I used to have lots of energy and motivation but now i just feel like crap all the time. I feel sickly like a sick dog. I'm not depressed but i can't go on feeling like this. I also have an underbite and since ive lost my back molars my jaw closes i'd say a 1/4 of an inch more than it used to and to the left, could this cause headaches and sinusitis?. I've been on various decongestants, antibiotics and antidepressants, and so far nothing has helped. I've tried drinking more water and changing my diet, I've tried getting more exercise. over the counter pain medications seldom provide relief. I've had a cat scan that showed a small polyp in my right sphenoid sinus and crowded haller cells? I had tonsilitis 3 or 4 times about 8 or 9 years ago is it possible they are causing a problem? or what about my adenoids. I also had strep back then too. There is this aweful smell to my breath and sometimes my sputum has these little semi solid yellow cheese like chunks that smell horrible unlike anything ive smelled not a sulfur smell FAR worse. ive seen a few doctors and ent specialists and they just dont have any answers for me it seems like all they know how to do is hand out nasonex samples, decongestants and antibiotics and get you outta there as soon as they can so they can get their money from the next guy. It's like they dont give a **** about anything but their money! There is only one medication that totally alleviates all my symptoms, it's called Tramadol or Ultracet or ultram. When i take it i feel absolutely awesome and I enjoy everything and I talk to people i just feel great. I don't have a prescription for it but my girlfriend was prescribed it for her headaches. Im aware that this is an opioid analgesic usually give for moderate to severe pain post surgery and things like that. Can anyone tell me why this would help me so much when nothing else will? One more thing i think i should mention is that i was addicted to heroin and cocaine for 3 years from 2000 to 2003 is it possible there is some chemical missing from my body? some kind of endorphins, dopamine, anything? Ive taken welbutrin, ellavil and lexapro with no help. What is wrong with me!? I can't seem to explain the way i feel to doctors. Should i just ask the doctor for tramadol and get on with my life?

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  • Also there is pain on the left side of my face that feels like a sunburn type feeling from about an inch in front of my ear to my upper lip and from under my left eye, that whole area. My jaw closes more than it used to and goes to the left since i had my back molars removed and i have an under bite my upper left teeth bite down inside of my lower instead of outside. There is also less jaw muscle mass under my left cheekbone than there is under my right.
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  • Sinusitis is just a bear, and am sorry to hear about all your troubles. I have suffered from chronic sinusitis for the past 2 1/2 years, and have finally gotten it under control. Here's what has helped me, and perhaps you can look into it: 1. Get a neti pot and use it daily. Dr. NeilMed's sinus rinse is also very good, and you can find this at most drug stores like Walgreens. The neti pot will help clear out your sinus passages, so they can do their job of filtering out toxins. It takes a bit of getting used to, but if you can think of it like brushing your teeth, I guarantee you will have much less congestion! 2. Due to your antibiotic use you should also be taking a good quality probiotic daily to help rebuild your intestinal flora. Some studies have shown that sinusitis is fungal in nature, and taking antibiotics further throws you off balance and causes the candida fungus to further proliferate. I like Jarrow's jarro-Dophilus EPS, but just try to find one with several strains of probiotics. 3. Try NAET (Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique). I have been getting NAET treatments for the past couple of months, and have found this to have made a HUGE difference. I still have some allergy/sinus symptoms, but it is nothing like I had back in Dec. 06. A NAET practitioner will be able to test you for all kinds of things, and pinpoint where you are out of balance. It is noninvasive, and very, very effective! Due to your history of addiction, you may find it really helps to get your body back in balance. To find out more about this form of treatment, visit www.naet.com. I can't recommend this highly enough! Hope this helps you.Best wishesDOM
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  • By the way, if you were addicted to heroin, the same receptors will be stimulated with ultram. I would avoid the ultram, or start out slowly, because you could get addicted to it.
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  • Try to fix the cause of your problems. Tramadol has a dual mechanism: it works as an antidepressant and as an opioid analgesic. So, if all your symptoms alleviate with tramadol, may be the symptoms are depression-related, or addiction-related.
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  • As an FYI, tramadol is extremely addictive, it is extremely easy to become addicted to. I will guarantee that the reason you get relief from tramadol is because it is an opioid. When the receptors in your brain are stimulated by the opioid (tramadol), not only will your pain be reduced but you will also have an overall great outlook because you will get a "high".I promise you that if you have had an addiction in the past, tramadol is one of the worst drugs you can take. I understand that this is a very frustrating response, but you do not want to get yourself used to this. Providers will prescribe tramadol with the idea that it is not as "heavy" as lortab or vicodin, but it is just as addictive and does cause the same "great" feeling as those heavier drugs. The truth is that there have been discussions of re-classifying tramadol as a controlled substance because of it's highly addictive properties.You should be very proud of your accomplishments with your recovery, please look down other roads- I know from personal experience that with all of your accomplishments and history of addiction, this is one road you do not want to drive.By the way- everyone has those disgusting little white/yellow balls in their sputum, it is part of natural digestion- and yes they are probably one of the most foul smelling substances our body produces. You should probably keep in mind, that you could have serious left over effects from the drugs you have taken. It is very possible that the cocaine did some serious damage to your nasal and sinus passagesn, therefore leaving you with chromic sinus infections and great discomfort.I understand that my repsonse to you is probably not what you wnated to hear, but I promise that there is a better option out there for you than tramadol.I wish you the best of luck in your search for relief.
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  • one more thing- if your physician is aware of your past addictions, and they are a responsible provider, they will not prescribe you tramadol. PLEASE do not try and cover up the past just to get the drug- it will only be a temporary solution to a long term problem and will spark that "addictive" personality all over again.
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  • You are depressed... it is all in your head... ultram (tramadol) only binds weakly to opioid receptors making it a quasy opioid. Its pain killing and mood elevating properties are due to saratonin and norepinephrine receptors that are targeted my tramadol and its metabolites.Bringing me to me first point... you are depressed (could be due to your prevous avid drug use), but the seratonin and norepinepherine reuptake inhibition can act as a mild anti-depressant.Bottom line is that you are depressed; need better anti-depressants and therapy.Take my advice and run with it or your life will suck like it has been!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 26, 2007
    • 07:01 AM
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  • Sorry to hear of your troubles. I also get bad sinus headaches that aren't helped by decongestants, OTC pain meds, etc. My doctor has actually prescribed Tramadol to help me manage the pain. I haven't had any addiction problems in the past, and I only take it about once per week when the pain gets really unbearable. Tramadol can be addictive, but it's not nearly as bad in this regard as some other pain killers like percocet. You need to talk to your doctor about pain management. I wouldn't assume that just because you've had drug problems in the past that he will absolutely deny you prescription pain meds. He will probably prescribe something that has less potential for addiction and will carefully monitor how much you are taking. You could also try going to the Cleveland Clinic or Mayo Clinic for help -- they have top rate doctors at both facilities. You need to find a doctor you respect and work with him. Good luck, friend.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 20, 2008
    • 10:37 PM
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  • I am a 24 year old male who was been suffering for the past 4 years from headaches, sinus infections, bad breath, neck twitching that is voluntary but not really consciously doing it on purpose, fatigue and just a horrible irritated feeling in my head from my neck up, i guess in my sinuses like i just want to drop dead and sleep forever. I always feel like I have to crack my neck. I used to have lots of energy and motivation but now i just feel like crap all the time. I feel sickly like a sick dog. I'm not depressed but i can't go on feeling like this. I also have an underbite and since ive lost my back molars my jaw closes i'd say a 1/4 of an inch more than it used to and to the left, could this cause headaches and sinusitis?. I've been on various decongestants, antibiotics and antidepressants, and so far nothing has helped. I've tried drinking more water and changing my diet, I've tried getting more exercise. over the counter pain medications seldom provide relief. I've had a cat scan that showed a small polyp in my right sphenoid sinus and crowded haller cells? I had tonsilitis 3 or 4 times about 8 or 9 years ago is it possible they are causing a problem? or what about my adenoids. I also had strep back then too. There is this aweful smell to my breath and sometimes my sputum has these little semi solid yellow cheese like chunks that smell horrible unlike anything ive smelled not a sulfur smell FAR worse. ive seen a few doctors and ent specialists and they just dont have any answers for me it seems like all they know how to do is hand out nasonex samples, decongestants and antibiotics and get you outta there as soon as they can so they can get their money from the next guy. It's like they dont give a **** about anything but their money! There is only one medication that totally alleviates all my symptoms, it's called Tramadol or Ultracet or ultram. When i take it i feel absolutely awesome and I enjoy everything and I talk to people i just feel great. I don't have a prescription for it but my girlfriend was prescribed it for her headaches. Im aware that this is an opioid analgesic usually give for moderate to severe pain post surgery and things like that. Can anyone tell me why this would help me so much when nothing else will? One more thing i think i should mention is that i was addicted to heroin and cocaine for 3 years from 2000 to 2003 is it possible there is some chemical missing from my body? some kind of endorphins, dopamine, anything? Ive taken welbutrin, ellavil and lexapro with no help. What is wrong with me!? I can't seem to explain the way i feel to doctors. Should i just ask the doctor for tramadol and get on with my life?I have the SAME issue! I am not and will not be addicted to tramadol, but it is the only thing that alleviates my symptoms. I have severe candiasis (which I am in the process of eliminating) and I have 2 toddlers. Sometimes I need to take ultram just to get things done. No one can really understand unless they have experienced the chronic fatigue. I think that some people are afraid of addiction, but I have another vice and I do not take ultram for fun. Those with no willpower can warn me all that they want, but until I recover I know my body and my mind. I only have a few so I go weeks between taking them to save them for when I feel the worst. Would an addict do that? I think people become addicted when they take them to feel the euphoria. The more often you use opiates, the more you need and thus begins a cycle. I think tramadol can be a great medication for those with very specific symptoms (muscle pain or chronic fatigue) as long as they limit intake to 2 pills a day.I wish you luck in recovery. I am taking a ton of herbal supplements including Fivelac, liquid oxygen, vitamin B, xylitol, and following an incredibly strict diet. I believe this to be the only way to beat the beast.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 12, 2009
    • 08:16 AM
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  • I also suffer from many of the symptoms you describe; I constantly have phlegm/mucus/sputum in my throat that I have to clear up/hawk all the time. This is often accompanied by a dry cough. The cough also often occurs at night. I have something called post nasal drip, mucus drips from my nose and gets stuck in my throat (pharynx). All the mucus in my throat gives me a horrible taste in my mouth. Do you also experience a bad taste in your mouth? The bad taste I have in my mouth is because of all the bacteria that thrives in my mucus-filled throat. This also gives me a very bad breath.The cheese chunks that you describe are called tonsil stones or tonsilloliths and consist of concentrated debris of bacteria, dead cells and mucus. I've heard that DAIRY PRODUCTS tend to cause these stones as well as they increase the amount of phlegm in your throat, so you might try to cut down on any dairy product intake.I had a peritonsillar abscess for ages (literally) without any doctor seeing this. I finally got my tonsillectomy three years ago. I have had only one proper bout of cold since. If you still are being bothered by recurrent tonsil infections the best thing would of course be to have your tonsils removed. Then at least you won't be bothered by the stones any longer. I also have a cyst/polyp in my right sphenoid sinus, but the ENTs I've been examined by says it's nothing to operate on. I've tried nasonex spray for 6 months without any improvement of the symptoms hypothetically related to my cyst; stuffy nose, impaired sense of smell and mucus production. (I also have the diagnoses chronic rhinitis and chronic pharyngitis).Concerning your experience of Tramadol I have read that opioids actually reduce mucus secretion!!>> http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1565340/This might be the reason why it alleviates your symptoms. What do you think?? In that case its not just the euphoric effect that makes you 'feel good', but actually the decreased mucus production that alleviates your symptoms of tonsil stone production, tonsil infections, sputum etc. Do you experience reduced mucus production in your nose/throat??Have how you been doing since this thread was started (it is a while ago now) ??I haven't used Tramadol myself so I'm really amazed to hear your story about the good effects of it....
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  • Wierd... For 5 years i have suffered with extreme fatigue then more recently sinus probs etc aswell.It all started with a wierd sensation on only the left part of my face and then developed from there. My symptoms sound very similar to yours!I had a sinus op last year which has cured the blocked nose and lack of taste and smell but have regular infections in the left side behind my eyebrow which cause bad headaches. Like you i stumbled onto tramadol after it was perscribed for another injury and have found that it takes away the fatigue and I am able to enjoy life again. I take a 100mg slow release tablet each morning and after an hour or so feel normal but without feeling high as I did when taking the 50mg instant release tablets. I have never used any hard drug in my life. I am aware that it is not an ideal solution to be living on a painkiller but after years of suffering I am going to continue until a cause and solution can be found. I have read that there will be an uncomfortable time when stopping the tramadol for a few days but I will deal with that when I have another solution. Of coarse no alcahol at all but thats a small price to pay for enjoying my life again.When I search the internet with my symptoms it seems there are a great deal of people suffering the same mysterious illness. Many people have said perhaps depresion, but as far as I remember feeling down was more of a symptom of feeling so exhausted rather than a cause. I really am lost to a cause, have had loads of tests in the begining but then stopped going to the docs when no progress was made.Any budding young doctors out there who want to get a new virus/or whatever named after them please do your research in this area. I think you will find plenty of candidates to study and a cure could be worth a lot of money to the pharma giants.Oh and stay tough, we get one life and I for one want to enjoy it.
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  • Here is my experience with ultram/tramadol and my allergies...

    I have noticed that some have said they had a past of drug use and pain. with me this is not the case.

    Im a 40 year old woman that never had a allergies and developed them as i got older. symptoms were itchy watery eyes, runny nose, dry cough and sinus head aches and the tension in the two muscles on each side of the top of my neck by my spinal cord but this one was only some times. I did notice at first that while i took the ultram/tramadol that all of these symptoms were alleviated with in 20 mins after i took the medication until after one day the pain had subsided and i stopped taking them and everything started leaking like a sieve again. They really never helped with the pain I had at the time any way ibuprofen helped with that better to be honestly. I just took them because the doc said it would help.

    well I decided to test them for a few days just in the mornings when the symptoms were the worst.
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    • January 27, 2015
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  • I wasnt done yet so here is the very end of my last post

    well I decided to test them for a few days just in the mornings when the symptoms were the worst.

    Morning routine. woke up with itchy watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, dry cough and some times the sinus headaches and tension in the 2 muscles between my neck and back of head.

    I took a tramadol/ultram. 20 mins later my symptoms were alleviated. on and on for about 10 days with the few that i had left over from an injury. same alleviation within 20 mins.

    I asked my doctor about it. my pharmacist about it. no one has ever heard of this. I thought maybe it was all in my head until i got on here and saw that others were feeling the same effects. I then took 1 in the morning and 1 right before bed for years. doc said if it worked and i didnt abuse them that we should use what ever doesnt make you miserable and has the least side effects.

    I do have more to my story. part 3 on its way.
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    • January 27, 2015
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  • part 3 of my story.

    here it is 3 years later and i was still taking tramadol/ultram from my allergies. I had forgotten whether they may have even caused them and that maybe they were some kind of dt from the medication every day. sooooo.

    here is what i did.I actually stopped taking them for 3 full months suffering through the symptoms of my allergies hoping they would go away because they might be some kind of weird dt every morning from the tramadol/ultram. The symptoms never ever ever went away and nothing that i tried to alleviate them worked.

    My doctor said if it works and its not dts dont fix it. you have other problems that we need to take care of. oh also at the time i was not taking any other medications of any kind accept for ibuprofen for there to be any type of interaction between meds.no explanation but to this day i still take one in the morning 20 mins symptom free and one at night so that when i wake up in the morning the symptoms dont whoop my butt too bad
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    • January 27, 2015
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  • here is my response to all of what i wrote. yes it works but what is it doing to my liver and kidneys?

    Is there a neorological disorder that has all of these symptoms that may be the reason that a nerosupresent like ultram/tramadol is working for something like this? another words is it really allergies and can it be taken care of by better more permanent means and without taking a drug that can be possibly permanently affecting the internal organs? the heart the lungs the liver and kidneys and could this drug have actually created the allergy like symptoms in the first place. I have read that if you take too many which can be a normal dose for some that it can give you breathing problems for life. are there doctors on this site or is this just conversation between others with similar problem? sorry this is my first time speaking on this site. thank every single person who reads this and hope it helps even one person. would love some answers of my own from my testimony today
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    • January 27, 2015
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  • here is my response to all of what i wrote. yes it works but what is it doing to my liver and kidneys?

    Is there a neorological disorder that has all of these symptoms that may be the reason that a nerosupresent like ultram/tramadol is working for something like this? another words is it really allergies and can it be taken care of by better more permanent means and without taking a drug that can be possibly permanently affecting the internal organs? the heart the lungs the liver and kidneys and could this drug have actually created the allergy like symptoms in the first place. I have read that if you take too many which can be a normal dose for some that it can give you breathing problems for life. are there doctors on this site or is this just conversation between others with similar problem? sorry this is my first time speaking on this site. thank every single person who reads this and hope it helps even one person. would love some answers of my own from my testimony today
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    • January 27, 2015
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  • I have suffered with allergies since birth. Itching in my eyes, ears and throat. Eyes pouring, nose running, post nasal drip that ended in step infections. Countless antihistamines, Nasal sprays and antibiotics. Nothing would stop a full on attack. Last week started one of the worst allergy attacks and desperate to get relief I searched the Web for meds I could safely combine and I came upon a thread that mentioned tramadol. I have tramadol /acetaminophen 37.5/325 for my osteo pain. I took one and in less than 30 minutes everything stopped, the itching, the dripping, the congestion and the pounding headache. I have taken 3 caplets in 3 days and even my chest congestion is better. No, it's not a hallucination. It works.
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