Hi, I'm Karen I'm 40 and from Cambridgeshire. I'm Epileptic and developed an ear problem 2 years ago and eventually ended up taking 500/30 codeine. My partner takes the same however he prefers effervescent and after a seizure I also find it easier to take them that way for the head pain that then develops. Anyway, I've reached a point where I crave them when I'm not in pain and I take them for any small sort of pain. I feel like a fraud in comparison to some of your problems but I don't want things to get worse. At the moment I take 2 tablets each time but I can't stick to the 4 hour recommended gap between doses because of the craving, I get really anxious if there isn't any in the house and I've started mixing them with anything to hide how often I'm taking them from my partner. I don't want to go to my doctor as I'm afraid he'll stop prescribing them, I'm starting to take more and more, I don't seem to get anything from them physically, I just think I'm relying on them for the emotional problems I have at the moment. Not sure if that makes sense to anyone. I know this is really minor however I really don't want it spiralling out of control. My partner doesn't understand any of it, I'm sure it affects my seizures, it definitely affects my mood, so much so I overdosed twice at Xmas obviously unsuccessfully. I'm at the point where I just don't want to carry on like this, does anyone know if I'd be taken seriously with such a small addiction?