Wednesday, 20 October 2021


 It's 02.54 and I'm downstairs drinking a cup of Horlicks, having been awake, tossing and turning, for the past hour and a half.  I'm in so much pain from all the prodding, poking and yanking the GP did yesterday morning (he did keep apologising), and the very uncomfortable 20 mins spent lying flat on my back under strict orders not to move a muscle in the MRI scanner.

I'm just so tired of being in constant pain, it colours everything about my life.  I can understand why and how people become addicted to pain medication, but I'm not going down that route....hence why I don't take painkillers regularly, although the consultant I saw yesterday said I should, and that codeine would be the drug of choice.  Well, it makes me terribly constipated, and it's addictive, so it's not something I am inclined to take with any regularity.

I feel downright miserable at the moment, sorry to be on such a downer.  I'll snap out of it eventually.


  1. A downer is only to be expected after yesterday's revelations and information, even without pain to complicate matters. I wish I could help.

  2. Oh, Sooze. Constant pain is so wearing. Have you tried taking Paracetamol every 4 hours, whether you need them or not? I'm sure you've tried everything, but thought I'd mention it. I hope you're able to get some relief soon. Sending gentle hugs. xx

  3. Constant pain is very wearing. Have you considered having 2 days of paracetamol and codeine every 6 hours to try and get on top of the pain. If you limit it to the 2 days then you don’t have to worry about addiction. This was suggested to me by a physio whilst I was dealing with a flare up of knee pain. I read your blog daily but don’t think I’ve commented before but today I felt I must because you’re having such a rough time at the moment. Take care x

  4. Sorry you are in so much pain, maybe heed the Dr's advice and take painkillers regularly. When my arthritic hands and feet start hurting I take 1 each of a paracetamol and co-codamol regularly over a 3 day period and it really helps.

  5. I know now how debilitating constant pain is and how depressed it can make you. I have been on permanent paracetamol since the first week in May, seemingly (and straight from the doctors mouth) as long as you don't take more than the recommended 4 doses a day and you make sure to keep to the four hourly intervals it is safe to take for years. Sticking to the four hourly intervals keeps it at a level in your system that takes the edge of the pain. I am also now on Naproxen once again but can't take codeine due to me being extremely allergic to it ... it was fun finding that one out!!

    I hope you feel a bit better now. Take care.


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