I have another appointment at my GP today (having seen them at least once a week for the past 2 months) to try and sort my pain levels out.
I suffer with chronic back, hip and joint pain - no official diagnosis as of yet but GP is worried about the instability of my hip joint. It clunks out of place causing unbearable pain - I’ve had 2 falls in 6 weeks because of it.
I had a referral for the MSK clinic (appointment at the beginning of January) which I had to wait 6 months for and my GP has finally referred me to the pain clinic too (appointment not until the end of May.)
Between then and now they are reluctant to give me the painkillers that I’ve been on intermittently for the past 3 years.
Shortec - 5mg to take up to 4 times a day.
I take co-codamol (30/500) x2 4 times a day and naproxen (250mg) 3 times a day.
My issue is the pain in between the co-codamol and naproxen doses - within about 2 hours I am in agony awaiting my next dose.
The temptation to take another 2 co-codamol is ridiculous - even though I don’t do this.
I use TENS, deep heat, have hot baths when I can, use heat and ice packs, take vitamins C, D and B12 in maximum doses - nothing helps with the breakthrough pains.
I’m a 22 year old, single mum (3yo little girl) so being in this amount of pain isn’t an option - especially having to suffer until MAY when I finally get to see a pain clinic consultant.
The last time I went in to the see a doctor (it was a locum) she was a rude cow. Gave me 3 days worth of the shortec and said basically you’ll just have to deal with it - not good enough when you’re bringing up a child, running your own home, trying to work and study too.
So, I’ve got an appointment with my lovely GP this morning - I’ll be complaining to him about that cow of a locum and asking exactly what he suggests I do.
If I could live in a hot bath I would - but I can’t because of life.
If I could spend hours connected to my TENS I would - but I can’t.
So, short of being bed-ridden (which isn’t an option) what else do I do when these breakthrough pains knock me off my feet - leaving me in tears.
Even if it’s only a temporary solution to get me through the Christmas period - I’ve just lost my mum so Christmas is beyond hard for me this year as it is, grief with excruciating pain is just making me want to go to bed and stay there.
Not fair on my poor little girl, not fair on me.
Sorry for the rant. I’ve had yet another sleepless night from the pain (4th in a row) and to be completely honest, I’m quite pissed off with it all now.