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[b:6af616e9d7]Before anyone takes Dihydrocodeine (prescribed or recreational) Please listen to what happened to me...[/b:6af616e9d7]
I have worked for a GP out of hours service/Ambulance trust as an Urgent Response Assistant been sent to cat B/C trauma, accidents or anyone who sounded \"Urgent\" when ringing the GP out of Hours Service. I did this job from 1998 (it was my childhood dream to work for the ambulance service. It took me 9 years of trying to get in!).
BUT... In 2003 my ambulance with the electronic tail lift broke down so I was using the old \"spare\" that had to use a manual ramp to get patients who were in wheel chairs etc into the rear of the vehicle.
I helped a man in an electric wheelchair into the vehicle (stroke victim weighing around 20st). However he caught the button by accident nearly sending him to fall out of the ambulance, I put my arm out to stop him and \"crack\" went my shoulder, the pain was unbelievable, but it was too late I had damaged my shoulder joint!!!
I was put on the sick by a works doctor for six weeks! I went to see my own Gp who prescribed 100 Dihydrocodeine, taking 2x4 a day for the next two weeks!
That was the start of it.... As soon as I took them it felt amazing! The pain was still there but I didn't care, I felt great!!! The HIGH from these tablets give me a new lease of life!
After a year of taking these (200 every month) the effect was not the same so I took more, 2 became 3 then 4 etc. I went back to my GP who told me that I had developed tolerance and taking a \"few more\" a day was normal and he kept on prescribing and I took more and more (I knew it was wrong but I was happy to get that prescription).
However my GP retired and new doctors took over my practice and I was called in (damn!). He was okay but the truth came out that I was taking 15 a day and he said that he would help me to come off it. The new surgery couldn't keep doctors for long so my problem became un-noticed (but I was happy at that to be honest).
I typed \"Codeine addiction help\" into google and read about *** *** removal for *** from *** *** *** *** so I started to *** two boxes of \"***\" a day into *** *** *** *** the *** *** until my next script was ready. The *** cost me £11.88 a day for two boxes. By now the problem was at its height!
In Oct 1997 I was taking 40 Dihydrocodeine a day and *** four *** boxes of *** (***/***).
That was when I knew I couldn't go on and went to see my GP.
In Dec 2007 I was sent to a substance misuse clinic, finding myself sitting next to heroin addicts waiting my turn to see the doctor (who knew me arghh!!! In fact all the doctors knew me, that is why I kept my secret for so long!) I was told that I was going on a Methadone programme (WHA???) for my opiate addiction! I was told that I couldn't drive anymore, had to inform the DVLA etc OH MY GOD I couldn't believe what was happening to me!?!?!?
In Jan 2009 I went on the sick from work (I was earning £20,000 pa) and was put on 120mls of Methadone per day! I was PAYING for each script so in the beginning it was costing me £6.85 every day!
The withdrawal is horrendous, Pains all over but the worse is the depression I have thought of taking my life over and over again!!!
It is now January 2009, I'm slowly coming off the Methadone. I have gone from 120 mls to now 21mls a day. I am on strong anti depressants to help me cope with life. I lost my job in Dec (last year) due to sickness. (They never knew what was wrong, all my GP had on the sick notes was \"Medication Problem\". I have lost friends, tend to sit in the house all day on my own. I turned 40 in Dec and the big party that everyone was planning for me became just me at home with a visit from my mother and father (but hey I enjoyed it anyway). I can no longer afford things that I took for granted anymore (my car got repossessed in June 08 ) and it looks like I will have to go bankrupt at the end of the month.
I hope others will take notice of what happened to me and will \"think\" before they will take Dihydrocodeine (I'm sure that some people are prone to addiction more than some; ME one of them lol).
[b:6af616e9d7]I would hate to think that this could happen to someone else. Just think twice before you take it please and if you HAVE a problem its never too late to ask for Help! Thank You![/b:6af616e9d7]
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