Hi everyone, I'd love some advice if anyone can give me some pointers. I'm so worried about my Dad. He's 75 years old, heart problems, and bad circulation due to being a heavy smoker (yes, tried to get him to give up-no success!)
He has chronic bad pain in his neck, due, the doc says, to wear and tear, and apart from doing some stretching exercises, and taking painkillers, apparently there's nothing more that can be done.
He had an anneurism in 1986, and, with the operation, he lost his sense of smell. Since then, he seems to slowly have lost interest in life....not wanting to really go anywhere, or do anything - if it wasn't for my Mum keeping him going, I think he'd come to a full stop and sit watching tele all day.
I've often thought he's depressed, but he'll have none of it. Obviously, though, this chronic pain is just making things worse. It's slightly better with him using a neckcare pillow, but he's still in a lot of pain. It makes him look ill and drawn too. I refuse to believe that there's nothing more that can be done, but the trouble is that he'll believe the doc without question - he wouldn't press for more effective pain meds, or for better treatment.
I've heard that some anti-depressants can also be used for pain relief, but I'm not sure which ones they are, or whether they would be suitable for an elderly person such as my Dad.
Has anyone got any advice please? I want to see my Dad live out his life happier, and free from pain
Thank you for any remarks or advice