Opiodity – the drug route

Watched a documentary on OxyContin addiction, which was horrifyiWng. I has always been very afraid of starting down the opioid path, which had led doctors to be very scathing, as if I were not cooperative, as if I wanted pain. Now looking at the wretched addicts, I know I was right. Sometimes I would wonder if I were mad, sticking it out with such pain, when a pill might cancel it.

I don’t do well on opioids – just two Tylenol 1s will make me woozy. Am just as bad on alcohol – one glass of wine and my words slip – and caffeine is worse. A cup of coffee and I am ajitter.

But this morning when I woke up, I decided to try Tramadol half dose. I have been given the lowest dosage, 37.5 mg. and told I can halve the caplets. Took it at 7.00 am and didn’t feel woozy – is it time of day that makes the difference? Was good till 12.00 when I took an additional 1/4 caplet. Woozy for two hours then the relief kicked in and was good till about 7.00 pm.

Had a doctor friend round for drinks. We were discussing the Oxycontin debacle and in passing, because it was certainly not my intention to ask him a professional question, I asked him about Tramadol. His immediate response was that it worked differently (I didn’t gather quite how) but was very low addiction risk.

About UntraveledRoads

Fascinated by life, looking for answers to chronic pain and finding unexpected gifts. Interested in people, ideas, healing and humour. I am very happily married with three children and a kitten. As English born immigrants to Canada, we have family spread overseas, a daughter in South Africa and one in England. We also run a charity in South Africa to educate black, rural South African Women. Our first girl from a rural township has just graduated as an accountant from Johannesburg University and got a good job in a bank.
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