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BBC Wales seek people for programme on painkiller dependence

BBC Wales’ ‘Week In Week Out’ is making a programme about painkiller dependence in Wales and the effect it has on people’s lives. We’d like to hear from people who have been using painkillers for a long time and are taking a lot more than the GP has recommended. If this is happening to you, or someone you know, please do get in touch. All correspondence is strictly confidential.

I look forward to hearing from you,


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Hi I am dependent on painkillers , it has taken me 3 years to accept that I cannot have a quality of life without them. I take 100gms of pregabalin twice a day, 30g of codeine and 50gms tramadol; when I have a flare up I add melexicam .The journey to this point would take an age to explain but in brief I had a neck problem that resulted in a two level disc replacement which improved my movement and some of my pain but left me with chronic pain. I have tried endless physio, accupuncture, injections, massage, supplements, pilates ( which is wonderful ), I exercise but the real 'support' is the painkillers. My G.P. is wonderfully supportive, we decided against adding norotryipilne which the pain management consultant suggested. I really wish I didn't have to put this stuff in my body but when I try to drop something pain levels rise and my quality of life sinks. I guess i don't fit your criteria but I don't like taking the painkillers but a life in constant pain is a life not worth living. The life on painkillers has robbed me of my teaching job and leaves me feeling inept.


have you had any side affects or hallucinations from these pain meds? if so what was your experience, thanks


Hi shanty cat


my name is Eddie G. I live in US of A. I been on pain meds for 25 yrs.+ I started with Hydocodone for most of the time and didn't FEEL addicted, then three years ago I was diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy (alcohol related) and was given oxycodone for my aches and pains, most in my head cause I liked them. Why they gave me them I don't know. I was given 5mg 240 per month then 20mg. One month I ran out a week early, so the doc upped the meds to 30mg 240 per month and told me to just break them in half, RIGHT, I ate them like candy. So now I want to quit. How?


have you had any side affects or hallucinations from taking oxycodone? also are u still on it ? if not wat pain medication are you on and how did u get off oxy? thanks


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