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Thousands and thousands of people suffer chronic pain, and I am one of and them the nhs doesn't seem to have the facilities to help us. I damaged my back as a teenager and although I managed to train as a professional ballet dancer was forced to retire at age 25.
Since then the backache has got worse and been joined by shoulder pain and ankle pain and now knee pain - also my fingers are swollen at every joint making them look like a witch's.
My GP prescribed nsaids, co-proxamol then co-codamol, tramadol, and now gabapentin. He refuses to send me for an mri scan but xrays have only shown normal 'wear and tear' damage (I am 74).
I think the problem is that I'm so used to putting on a cheerful face for the world no-one takes me seriously, although the pain reduces me to crying and I know I'm not a nice person in the privacy of home - all due to pain.
Gabapentin (only 300mls so far) has proved quite effective although the side effects are worrying. I am in 'la la land' and forget words and names, its like walking around in a haze - completely spaced out. The biggest problem for me though is I have gained 10lbs weight in a month although my appetite is non-existent. This cannot continue as I was quite portly anyhow due to beng so inactive.
Has anyone has similar experiences, and does anyone have any helpful suggestions?
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