Ok my poor mother has servere ra and oa. She is taking a cocktail of drugs including humeria methotriate tramadol and pregabolin. Her ra has twisted her hands and feet. Her oa has destroyed her hips and knees. She also has ulcerated legs high blood pressure and gout. She gets about indoors using her frame but rarely goes out and when she does she is in a wheel chair. She has been refered to the pain management clinic as she is not suitable for joint replacemts. They were going to cortorise some nerves in her back which should help with her hip and leg pain but couldnt do the op because she got 3 nasty leg ulcers which she had been hiding from us for over 1 year.
Any way the district nurse has been today for her first visit and has suggested that mum ask her gp for morphine patches as they are more effective and safer than tramadol.
morphine always seemed like a last result to me as i thought there was no coming back from it but that is an uneducated opinion which is now a possibility. It kills me to c my mum like this. Just want her back in my life as my mum. It funny how the roles between parents and children swap as we age x