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New here, hope someone has some insight. Apologies for the long post, trying to anticipate questions.
have had moderate-severe (it comes and goes) back and neck pain for years. I've never had any scans or x-rays as they say it's just strain/wear or something about my c3 vertebrae from being overweight, computer work, long outdoor shift work, etc. They've never really found a proper solution just stretches etc. and suggested losing weight, which I'm working on separately.
Medication I currently take daily:
For the pain; co-codamol 30/500 max dose, naproxen max dose
To counter the GI effects of the naproxen, omeprazole
Due to an anxiety disorder: fluoxetine 40mg and occasionally a few mg of diazepam when acute.
Due to a sleep disorder: occasionaly zopiclone
My info: I'm male, 24, very overweight, very tall.
My pain is getting worse to the point where I'm routinely tempted to take an extra tablet to ease it off, particularly at night. In the past when this has happened I have gone onto tramadol instead of the codeine, still with paracetamol, but that is not compatible with the fluoxetine it seems. I've tried amitriptyline but it interferes with my sleep even worse and doesn't seem to do anything for the pain.
My question is, what would be the next 'higher' painkiller than codeine, that isn't tramadol? I've heard about fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and all sorts including morphine but I can't believe that my pain is so severe I would be needing morphine, if you know what I mean. Used to that being for hospitals etc.
Hope someone can share some experience
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