Just found this forum, not had a chance to look round site or forum etc yet but wanted to post an intro message
I am kembub, 28 f, from Glasgow, Scotland.
I have had chronic pain since Aug/Sept 2009 - started quite suddenly, and after three hospital stays within a month and loads of tests they took my gallbladder out by keyhole surgery. I have had every test, scan etc since then and its been put down to "nerve damage".
I have been on various pain killers, take pregabalin 300 morniig and night, but mostly its paracetamol+dyhydrocodeine (codydramol) that I have to take regularly to try to keep on top the pain rather than wait for it. sometimes take ibuprofen too. I have to say this has varied outcomes - sometimes it hits the pain other times it doenst really. I was on buprenorphine transdermal patches @10mg for a month or so but the specialist pain clinic advised my doctor against that so im now off them again. they did help tho and it was nice while it lasted. Mostly beside drugs, I use a hot water bottle, tho i do have a TENS too. But i think i like the comfort of the bottle better.
I also have depression, and am on duloxetine for this (which apparently hits nerve pain a bit). I just feel so low so often, and do cry. I really struggle emotionally to cope with the pain sometimes, and other times i just wish i could cry it out but no tears can come. I also admit to self harm sometimes in a bid to cope with feelings. (Sorry - now just ranting it out)
My one fear, well, sometimes i fear and othertimes i kind of wish it could happen - is that I have to go to A&E at hospital again. I say i fear it as i think the medics would read/listen to my history and say theres not accident or emergency so nothing they can do, but i also say i wish it sometiems as i just think they could give me morphine and that way id get a few hours total pain free.
SOrry to rant, just glad to find a place where i can do this. thanks iv youve read this far!!! xxx