Last 4 months since I started new job, I have used codeine every 2 days at dosage 320-500mg. At first these doses gave me great buzz, relaxation and euphoaria (thought short lived), but now these doses just make me "normal".
I've tried to reduce dosage,but without sucess.
Withdrawal sets in after 24h after last dose. I can stand physical simptoms (day 2-3 being the worst) , but cannot stand psychological simtoms - cravings,depression,anxiety. Which leads to relapse and so on.
Maybe there are peoples who are ex users and can share their own sucess story.
I'm struggling the last few weeks with foot pain and a general increase in overall pain levels. I've had back pain for years now as well as other muscular symptoms; all tests were basically normal, MRI normal, the pain consultant diagnosed it as myofascial pain but apparently not fibromyalgia (although I understasnd the two things are quite similar).
These last 5-6 months I've had increasing foot pain. The GP ruled out plantar fasciitis and some other stuff with blood tests (diabetes, B12, etc) and said it might be down to flat feet and to get some orthotics made. I'm waiting for the orthotics but I don't think they will help as the pain feels nervy rather than mechanical... red feet, burning sensations, aching, etc. The burning used to happen mainly at night but now it is all the time.
Basically I'm not sure what to do. Because of the depression and anxiety issues I feel the physical pain doesn't get taken seriously when I talk to doctors. The first thing they want to do is talk about psychological causes and treatments which is fine, I accept the connection between the mind and body, but treating the mind isn't making my real physical pain any better. Lately I can't even enjoy basic things like going for a walk due to the pain which is making me MORE depressed and the pain killers I'm given (codeine based) are not as effective as they were a few years back.
I would like the foot pain investigated further to rule out some kind of nerve issue. I would also like more effective pain relief, whether that is in the form of nerve meds (lyrica?) or pain killers (opiates?) I don't care as long as it works. How do I get this taken more seriously by the doctor?
After falling off my skates yesterday, landing on my back and having to wave down a car to ring for a pickup, my back is killing me.
I can walk around a bit and sorta staggeringly bend over to get stuff but it's like I'm about 70yo. Hobbling around like a hobbly thing.
I'm doing the exercises for my back anyway (it was already a tad borkbork) and just putting some extra lower back stretches in there. But I'm a cleaner and vacuuming isn't great for the ol' spine anyway. So I have to go to work tomorrow, and I've been in touch with my morning job to let them know i'm not in, but I haven't long started the afternoon one and I cannot find the contact. The information on the website is real outdated and says the company's UK branch is in Birmingham, and I certainly don't live there.
So... I may have to go in and work the afternoon shift because I can't give them the notice. BUGGER.
In the meantime I'll do some stretching, some resting, some ice and many painkillers. And there's the other thing: painkillers make me derpy and dopey. They'll find me having a nap under the boardroom table.
I have been battling mood disorder - bipolar since a teenager, alone untreated un-medicated. Then all hell broke loose!
I had a car crash in 2007 and my knee was broken, I was in ICU for a week with broken bones, deep vein thrombosis & pulmonary embolism.
The accident brought me into a severe depression, the physical pain was debilitating and the headaches were so intense I just cried in the dark all the time.
Eventually the broken bones healed, I started walking and some light exercise, mostly swimming at the gym but then the chronic pain started, my leg and hip on the broken knee side and over time this lead to lower back pain and then neck and shoulder pain too. I began getting headaches that lasted weeks if not months and displaying signs of PTSD. Still nobody was convinced that I needed treatment and I stupidly believed them even though I knew something was seriously wrong (I was 30 years old at this time)
Now finally after MRI and CT scans, many trips to various neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and so on I exhausted my medical insurance then lost my job. Enter severe bout of depression. Now on the governments dime I am getting mood stabilizers (Epilim & Rivotril) which is helping my moods and they said that when my mind is "right" the pain will become manageable... is this to be my life?
Pill popping and pain management?
Anyone have words of encouragement? Anyone had a similar situation with mood disorders being aggravated by a physical act?