posted on Feb, 19 2011 @ 01:58 PM
reply to post by Champagne
Where do you live? In the UK many GPs / doctors are very understanding of pain-related issues; most GPs won't frown on someone who ends up addicted
to prescription painkillers. Modern life doesn't let up, and unlike the ridiculous adverts for branded aspirin/ paracetamol products on our
telly-boxes, popping a couple of weak, overpriced tablets normally won't cut it in terms of helping us get by from day-to-day...
I started out using co-codamol 30/500's (30mg codeine, 500mg paracetamol) but the side effects were shocking on the dosages I needed to control the
pain. Dizziness, nausea, irritability and itchiness to name but a few. After two years on those I moved onto Tramadol Hydrochloride, which I found
were much more beneficial to me, with fewer negative side effects (except when using higher-than-normal doses). Pure codeine is useable in addition
to the tramadol, which can be very useful during particularly painful days/weeks. It's important to be able to self-manage dosages, and not to take
them for the sake of habit (which is easily done). A good relationship with your prescribing GP is essential, and often having a relative or friend
attend an appointment with you to explain the sort of daily difficulties you face can be a very positive way of making sure they take you
I actually moved to a different GP because of arguments with the GPs regarding their attitude to me, my condition, my need for medication reviews and
my need for further investigative treatments. They had become happy to just keep prescribing tablets, and didn't want to spend any NHS resources in
properly diagnosing me. After I moved to the new surgery, my new GP explained that my first MRI scan five years ago had shown a prolapsed lumbar
disc, with nerve root compression. Yet, when I had explicitly asked my previous GP for the results of the scan, I was lied to - he told me 'nothing
was found'..?! Then, they continued to 'fob me off' for years, until I got tired of the ongoing negativity from them.
If you feel you aren't getting the right treatment make enquiries with a new doctor. It's always worth keeping a 'pain diary', and as I
mentioned, get the support of family and friends when you have your first appointment so they know you aren't just looking for analgesic medicines
'for the sake of it/ because of addiction'... Don't settle for a bad attitude from your doctor.. Ask for a second opinion, or simply change the
practice. Always be honest about the reasons for moving with your new GP, and before registering let them know you are seeking a more understanding
and helpful relationship from them.
Investigate treatments such as cortisone injections (very painful but can help some people). Additionally, alternative therapies like acupuncture or
chiropractic have been reported beneficial to some people.