I have Reumatoid arthritis which was diagnosed some 20 years ago.
I live with more chronic pain than ever so now take tramadol daily.
I have recently(last 3 months) had daily stomach issues that involves excessive bloating and pain after eating and in last 2 weeks, daily nausea.
I have researched this drug as much as my internet searches, local GP/reumatologist allow and found out that some common side effects are in fact, nausea and other intestinal problems.
Can anyone assist me by telling me if this drug could be causing the pain in my stomach though? There is a sharp pain that develops after eating in my left upper stomach area and this area becomes like a large bubble of swelling which takes hours to go down (though never fully). I only need a mouthful of food to trigger this reaction.
I would greatly appreciate any comments or suggestions.
Nausea is the most common side effect of almost all the medicines including tramadol. But it doesen't seem likely to me that such sharp stomach pain after every meal could be related to tramadol. You might have some stomach disorder like gastritis or peptic ulcer.
You could consult a gastroenterologist about your stomach problem.
Tramal (Stomach Upset, Nausea and Vomiting, Abdominal Pain LEFT)
I live with chronic pain and have done so sadly for most of my life. I was recently prescribed Tramal which is product name for the product tramadol. When using the product initially I realized a great portion of pain was alleviated probably 85% pain reduction. I continued use and was happy with its action given that previously I was taking codeine and found it very constipating and less effective at pain relief. I DID NOTICE STOMACH ISSUES develop after two weeks taking the drug and it wasn't anything minor at all IT BECAME THE GREATER PROBLEM of the two. I wasnt able to eat or drink without spewing and felt very nauseated...It took days for my stomach to be able to function properly again...I ALSO NOTICED quite alot of discomfort and pain originating from the upper left side of my abdomen....I would like to know what this drug does to the stomach as I am very sure from the number of people describing similar experiences with Tramal it could be blocking, hindering or causing dysfunction to the normal process within the stomach.
Interesting that you should have exactly the same area of pain ie left upper. After a colonoscopy,endoscopy and years of investigation about my stomach issues and recent bleeding, finally one Dr. suggested it was diverticulosis. Jackpot! Seems I've had this for a while but all the tests missed it until I had yet another ct scan.Certainly explains alot. I'm sure the tramadol irritates things (not blocks or hinder). Seems many of us have to put up with it or put up with pain.
Keep trying to find out all you can and pay particular attention to new studies and trials published on the internet. It often takes years before the medical establishment take notice.