How do people commute and function at work when they are in pain? I used to take codeine pre child but it made me sleepy and my brain wasn't exactly up to the mathematical office work I do. Nsaids irritate my bowel so I end up with IBS symptoms that make it difficult to leave house and paracetamol does very little but vaguely better than nothing. Mefenamic acid I had a bad reaction to as a teenager and can't take again. Each month I'm getting worse and worse pain as though it's getting back to the "writhing on bathroom floor and twice being misdiagnosed at A&E with appendicitis" pain levels I had pre pregnancy.