I’ve had a headache for about 7 weeks now. I insist 1 headache as it just not let up at all. My GP told me that I should stop taking Co-dydramol tablets as my pain medication as I could “become addicted and they are probably causing my headaches”. He gave me a script for Amitriptyline (1 tablet before I go to bed) instead and advised Paracetamol “if I needed” throughout the day.
First, let me say that I used to take 2 Co-dydramol before bed and used to take as/when required in the day. Sometimes (before the headache) I didn’t have any in the day and others, when I was hurting/aching, I would take a couple.
I have Lupus, APS, Hyperthyroidism, Fibromyalgia and an annoying ear (Meniere’s)! In the warm weather I also have Edema. Doc gave me 7 days’ worth of a diuretic to help with the swelling. My last blood test shows Monocytosis and a mildly elevated ESR.
I’ve gone to the GP for help so I’m not discounting his advice, but I’m on my 4th day with only Amitriptyline and Paracetamol and I’m not coping very well; the Paracetamol doesn’t touch the pain and muscle aches throughout the day (aching/painful knees/legs, hands, shoulders, etc.). I also have a Meniscus tear which is not helping either and a mass in my leg which is the fluid leaking from my knee which is quite painful.
I’ve done a bit of research (I googled it) and a codeine headache is a real thing so he could be right, but I think I need something more than Paracetamol during the day. Can you advise other options to codeine please? By the way, due to a stomach bleed I’m not allowed Ibuprofen.