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.