I'm surprised when I read on here how many drugs people take and the doses. I have fought to get better medication and was often the one suggesting the drugs while doctors have resisted. I was using butrans patches (20mcg ph), gabapentin, nortripiline and codeine but I've got down to just codeine and paracetamol as needed. I had surgery just over a year ago - lumber bilateral discectomy and laminectomy after three years of pain. I now have the SI and hip pain from pre surgery with tightness across the lower back, facet joint issues have been suggested with injections offered but I've refused for now.
I visited the GP as my pain is not controlled and the cycle of pain spasm and more pain is grinding. I have two small kids and a school run of an hour morning and afternoon. I do volunteer work two days a week but don't think I could work full time again. As often a day in the office equals the next day in bed. I'm not coping and just wanted to get more codeine per prescription as I'm running out just over two weeks after receiving the pills. I then get told I should be trying to reduce them and try regular paracetamol instead - I thought recently studies had shown paracetamol was useless. I had the pain clinic refuse to consider increasing doses or change to more effective pain relief too and a GP who said she 'didn't do drugs' and preferred physio etc. Nice but NHS physio is useless as they barely touch you and completely missed the slipped disc, even when pointing out I couldn't raise my right leg.
Why are doctors so against pain relief, it may be addictive but it's necessary and makes such a difference, when I have effective pain relief I feel almost normal again. I don't think being youngish and appearing healthy helps, another GP downplayed it until I stood, I could barely straighten my back it was so stiff. surely GPs should know how I look has no baring on the pain I'm feeling.
Anyone will a similar experience or tips on getting more effective pain relief. And yes I'm booked in for a private physio and looking at joining the gym/pool if I get the go ahead, already been recently and it helps but is no cure.