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Hey. So I've been taking Panadeine Extra (Paracetamol 500mg, codeine 15mg) for only a few months now but I'm already highly addicted.
I started taking it for knee pain I've been having as a result from work (I work in a warehouse). At first it was purely for pain, but then I noticed if I took a couple more I'd get an awesome buzz off them and I liked it. Pretty quickly my dosage increased. The last couple weeks I've been going through 30-60 pills a day. I take them in 10-15 intervals. If I want to get really f***** up I'll take 30 in one go.
Before it was this bad (roughly 20 a day) I did speak to my doctor about it as my partner was worrying about me and I needed to figure out why I was having the knee pain in the first place. She sent me for a MRI and I've got loose knee caps and a lot of fluid. I've got to go to see a specialist, but I can't afford to do that. She gave me a script for Voltaren 50mgs which I initially just chucked in my handbag and didn't give a second chance.
But today is my second day going cold turkey.
And it's not great.
I've got back pain, and walking around the house/outdoors for longer than 5 minutes is painful. I am taking the script of Voltaren that my doctor gave me but it doesn't do much. I'm at my boyfriends house this weekend so I'm unable to just sneak out of the house and run to the chemist, but I fear that as soon as I go home tomorrow for work that the first thing I'll do will be go to the chemists and do my rounds to stock up. And how am I meant to work? They know I have knee pains BUT they think my capabilities are more than what I actually should be doing (because I've been so hopped up on pain pills I haven't been feeling anything so ive been working as normal). It's not as if I can tell my boss "oh yeah I'm detoxing right now". That will blow any chance of this promotion I am chasing out the window.
Does anyone have any advice for me? I'm not really sure what to do.
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