I'm turning 59 this month and have osteoarthritis in both knee, Coronary Artery Disease w/three stints, I am considered morbidly obese, have high blood pressure issues, plus I am hit with gout attacks periodically.
After a lot of trial and error, my MD put me on Tramadol HCL as needed and Indomethacin when the pain gets really severe. I've had to learn to use these wisely and only take when really needed and I am monitored regularly by my MD.
When I started taking Tramadol, I used it everyday and at night... however; I also was able to begin moving again. (My husband had been doing my laundry for two years because I was unable to go up and down our basement steps to get to the laundry room.) As I was able to start slowly becoming more active, a few pounds started coming off. The more pounds that came off, the more active I was able to become. In the past year I've lost 40 lbs. and I've been able to reduce my Tramadol to once a day and not every day. The Indomethacin I now take at night, after having eaten something and taking anti-acid, with lots of water and only once or twice a week when necessary; and frequently do not require it for weeks at a time. I joined the local chapter of TOPS, Inc. and am slowly working down to my goal of losing 100lbs. Don't give up, but there's no magic answer... it's hard and it takes time, but you can improve.View Thread