I've been suffering with chronic back pain for years and just been given cocodamol on repeat prescription without any real investigations (since I had an MRI that showed a worn disc about 20 years ago). I've recently had a severe mental health crisis that meant not leaving the house unaccompanied (I live alone), not cooking and not doing much housework. The inactivity has exacerbated my back and hip pain and also given me muscle spasms. I've also gained a fair amount of weight from my head meds which doesn't help.
My new GP, who is excellent, gave me a BuTrans 10mg patch for the pain and my psychiatrist doubled my Pregabalin which gave me a bit of confidence to get out of the house alone. So on Friday I thought I'd treat myself to a massage. As I still have a problem with public transport I decided to walk the mile there, which was very hilly But the massage was bliss. Unfortunately, two days later and I'm in agony. Not getting any relief from my pain patch and shuffling like an old woman. My friend had to come and take me to my go again this afternoon and I was in tears owing to the pain and just generally feeling useless. My GP was great, he's doubled the strength of my BuTrans patch, given me some Oxysomethingorother and is sending me for X-rays on my hips, knees, pelvis and ankles. I've had one of the oxythingies and feel better already!
Basically I wanted to big up the NHS and my lovely friend for being so supportive. Best wishes to you all in your daily struggles, I'm with you in spirit 😃