Dear comrades !
I am new here and would appreciate your views. I have suffered from chronic mouth, jaw, teeth and head pain for five years but more severely in the past 3. This was triggered by dental surgery. To the point I had to stop full- time work in 2013. The doctor tried me on the usual Ameltripraline, Gabapentin, codeine and paracetamal, but I was unable to cope with the side effects. Eventually, Tramodal seemed to work as it did not make me drowsy. I was able to return to work through an agency at a lower level to my previous position and although each day was a major effort to over come the pain (which still remained) I had a better quality of life. I was on 100mgs x 4 per day. However all changed at the beginning of the year. I started to feel extremely anxious with night sweats and palpitations. I am 53 and thought my menopause symptoms had returned (although I am in HRT) I was working at the time and spent all my non- work time in bed sleeping. I started to feel extremely depressed and stopped enjoying the things that ordinarily gave me pleasure. I also started to feel suicidal and unable to face another day of pain. In June of this year I had to finish work and go onto Sickness Benefit. I asked my doctor to come off the Tramodal . Since then I have felt very fatigued and can only stay up for two days at a time.I stay in bed resting with a bad head every third day. I feel dizzy and strange and unable to focus with poor concentration. I am unsure now, having read quite a few of the posts on here whether this is due to the side effects of withdrawal or the consequences of chronic pain syndrome ? I still have to take 100mgs of the Tramodal at bedtime in order to sleep, otherwise I get the withdrawal symptoms many of you have discussed on this forum.
Can anyone suggest a different pain killer? and does anyone feel the same weirdness due to being in constant pain ..It makes me feel like I have a different brain ! Prior to the on set of this pain I worked full time as a Probation officer which involved high pressure and concentration . Thank you for reading this .. I do feel that I have been left high and dry by the medical profession as their options are limited. Prior to taking heavy duty pain killers I tried natural remedies and spent literally £1000's on alternative therapies .
Kindest regards to all my fellow pain sufferers