I posted a question a few days back extolling the virtues of Naproxen & asking about its downside. I'm still feeling relatively perky though not nearly as energetic as I did that one fine day. I've kind of settled down with it now & am realising that the main thing it provides is pain relief.
Thing is, I didn't really think that I was in too much pain until the Naproxen took it away. I was probably acting as if I was in chronic pain - feeling low, retreating into my shell at times - but I told myself it wasn't too bad. The degree of relief I'm feeling now suggests that it was, if that makes any sense. I'm not surprised I had a manically energetic day because for the first time in weeks my energy wasn't sapped by pain and I'd had uninterrupted sleep, too.
You'd think it would be an easy thing to know how much pain you are in but I find it quite difficult to know when enough is enough & what to do about it. I've been so lucky, never had any other long-term illnesses & very rarely taken anything stronger than a single Ibuprofen tablet. So pain relief is a new area to learn about. I think I've also had the idea lurking at the back of my mind that anything strong enough to take away chronic pain would also make me woozy, fuzzy & incapable of operating that essential heavy machinery.
Finally, at 56, very interested in drugs.