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So I've been on prescription pain killers (dihydrocodeine and tramadol for flare ups) for about 2 years. I started taking more and more and then my prescriptions weren't lasting as long as they should have been so I started substituting with additional Solpadeine Max and Nurofen+ in between prescriptions. I was taking about 20 of each of those per day.
I realise now that I was taking them as a crutch to help me through the stress of work. Anyway I had time off so I decided that I would come off them. The withdrawals weren't horrendous apart from the insomnia and restless legs which were awful!
My issue is now my pain is starting to come back (arthritis in knee and hip stemming from a childhood complaint) and I want to avoid opiates if possible. The other issue is I'm starting back to work soon and I'm concerned about relapsing due to that.
Any advice would Ben greatly appreciated!
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