The logic of doctors when dealing with Tramadol

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I have been taking Tramadol for about 15 years for nerve pain in my back. I've just had a telephone consultation with my doctor, she's concerned about the long term dangers of my use off the medication. Just to explain things, I have moderate to severe pain between my spine and left shoulder blade caused many years ago by shingles. Most of the time it's just an irritation that gets worse as the day wears on. I find keeping busy takes my mind off it, but in the evening and at night when physical activity isn't easy I found that taking two Tramadol makes things bearable and allows me to get some rest.

My doctor says that the health authorities are concerned about opioid addiction.

I say that as I've been on it for 15 years I'm probably addicted but at my age(72) I'm not worried.

Doctor says at 2 a day I'm probably not addicted.

Doctor says she's changing my medication to co codamol 30:500.

Can someone explain the logic of taking me off an addictive medication that I'm not addicted to and putting me on a medication that contains two addictive ingredients one of which can cause severe liver problems with prolonged use???. Especially as Tramadol was working OK.

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