Hi Marcia. Thanks for the reply
I suffer from generalised skeletal and muscular pain and exhaustion which the doctor claims is due to the pain. I have tried to avoid taking any sort of drugs in the past but my new doctor insists that a course of painkillers is likely to remind my body that it is possible not to feel pain
The amitriptylene is one of the first things pain clinics in the UK try. It's supposed to stop the pain by adjusting the serotonin levels in your brain.
I am not taking anything for the ADHD. My previous doctor didn't believe in ADHD. He eventually referred my 5th child to a paediatrician, because we insisted, but all she did was spen 5 minutes taking our details while the child played in the background and she then told us "I can tell you right now, the only thing wrong with this child is that he's too clever and you aren't giving him enough stimulation" (the child was being "given stimulation 22 hours a day!). She said we needed to find a school that would take him straight away (at 3 years old) since we couldn't give him what he needed. (I think she assumed I was working unsocial hours in a supermarket because I was thick - after all really bright people work long hours and employ childcare for their children don't they? :spit: )
That episode just increased my aversion to doctors. Most of them are as thick as two short planks anyway and they just want to prescribe something to get rid of you quickly.
I've recently been reading a great deal about Aspergers Syndrome and it seems increasingly likely that our family weirdness is actually AS rather than (or as well as?) ADHD and dyslexia. We're waiting to be referred to a specialist.
I am taking Atorvastatin calcium for Hypercholesterolaemia and Spironolactone for hirsutism caused by PCOS. I used to take paracetamol occasionally, or Coproxamol when the pain got too bad, but the new doctor told me Coproxamol is more addictive and less effective than codeine phosphate. The jumpiness, sleeplessness and hallucinations/nightmares started when I started taking the codeine and paracetamol and the weakness/shakiness started a few days later (maybe a week - it's hard to remember).
They forced me to take codeine in the hospital for the first couple of days after my ACF and discectomy last autumn and I did have similar problems then but put it down to the stress of being in hospital (I don't react well to being surrounded by people).