Being a retired health professional, I have always considered myself pretty 'savvy' about drugs, but now I am puzzled!
I visited my GP yesterday because my pain levels had suddenly spiralled out of control. I was becoming less and less mobile and was struggling to do anything in the house.
Successive doctors have always advised me to keep my Tramadol usage as low as possible, but this one said:" Well, you need to exercise, but that's impossible if you are in so much pain!"
She upped my dose to four times what I've been taking, and advised me to take paracetamol as well, and to take it regularly - even if I was comfortable. She repeated that I needed to get moving, but also to take a good long rest at intervals during the day.
She was right! I feel so much better, and have managed to go for walks and to do my housework - I even went on a date today (very nice!)
I asked about the problem of addiction, and the doctor said that with chronic pain, that was the least of my problems. She was SO nice - wish they were all like that.
Of course, the next thing you hear is that all drugs are being tailed off, and that we shan't be able to get prescriptions any more, and here am I being encouraged to take mega-doses! Confused, anyone?