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I was diagnosed with CS about 9 years ago after a trip on the stairs which
left me with neck and arm pain and bad headaches, at that time I was off
Sick from work for 11months. I had physio, medication etc but did
manage to get back to work. I was also diagnosed with secondary
Over the next 5years I managed my condition with regular Physio, I took up swimming. I was on 25mg of Amatriptyline at night and used codeine and paracetamol when my pain troubled me.
Then 2 years ago my mum was very ill and the stress flared up my pain,
I have pain in my head, face bones, neck, shoulders, between my
shoulderblades, sometimes radiating in to my arms and hands.Then
about 10 months ago I had a sciatica pain in my right legs went to a
Chiropractor with amazing results, I walked out with hardly any pain in my leg but she wouldn't touch my neck as there were too many
A while later I started having hip pain and tripping over my own feet.
Then just when you think things can't get worse I have been suffering with
severe burning,crawling,tingling pain in my feet,ankles,calves,knees. When it gets severe it then spreads up into the rest of my body. It is always there.
I am on Amatriptyline 75mg at night,Tramadol, Paracetamol,Robaxin a
muscle relaxant and Oramorph but nothing seems to help,it just makes me drowsy. Oh yes I am also on Citalopram 40 mg as this constant pain
leaves me feeling very low and Depressed.
I had to stop driving 18 months ago as I was on Gabapentin then
Pregabalin and I have a constant fuzzy head with slow reactions and
didn't feel I was safe to drive.The side effects were too bad on those two meds so had to stop taking them.
I have hardly been able to go out anywhere because of pain, but now I am spending most of my time laying down as my pain increases if I'm on my
feet or sat up.I have an appointment at the Pain Clinic at the end of the
month but that seems a long long time when I am in so much pain.
I've made an appointment with my GP for Monday morning to see if he has any ideas of what I can try next.
I have a very supportive husband and family, without them I wouldn't be
able to go on.I am 57 but feel 107.
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