Pain relief without being knocked out

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I am on dihydrocodine and find that they make me really sleepy. I recently started driving again using motobility. Can anyone advise me on a good medication to talk to my doctor about that does not affect my ability to drive.

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    Where are you?  UK or USA?

    We aren't medically trained so cant advise you on medicines.....all we can do is give you our experiences.

    Anyway you would need a prescription for most pain medications

    I'm UK.......As for dyhydroconeine {spelling??} I was on i once and I was really "spaced out" only took it for a few days and came sgtraight off it. I was like a zombie.

    Here if a pain medication isnt working or is doing what dyhydrocodeine did to us we just go back to the GP, tell them and ask for something else. Eventually after going back a few times you might get something that helps a bit.

    I drive {with my 2 crutches stuck in the back}cheesygrin and I couldnt be like a zombie so I know what you mean.

    Let them advise you about medication and try it and see.


    Eileen  UK

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    Eileen, I am in the UK. Thank you for your comment, I was just wondering what other people took so when I went back to the doctor I could discuss alternatives and maybe have some suggestions to find out what actions/reactions that different meds did.
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    Hi sidconlin,

    You dont mention where your pain is..If your doc has prescribed dihydrocodeine

    you must have severe pain...Different meds affect people in different ways.  I took dihydrocodeine but did not feel what works for one person may not work for the other.  The medicine leaflet will show side effects that you 'may' experience.  If I were you I would go back to your doc and speak with him/her. They are the professionals...Best wishes..

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      I have thinning of the bones causing amazing back and hip pain. I have an appointment, but I feel like changing doctors to a different surgery as the one I see seems more interested in getting you out the door, not listening and chucking any old meds at you to get you out the door.  She mixed me on 2 pain killers that when another doctor reviewed when she was not there and I needed a repeat prescription said that the two drugs should not be as it was dangerous. Thanks quack.

      Cheers lilian.

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      Hi Sid

      I have osteoporosis which is thining of the bones but doesnt hurt at all. Unless I have a fracture {which I now have}

      What did they diagnose you with? Who did it? Consultant or GP

      I've been diagnosed with osteo arthritis in hips, ankle lower spine and neck,.

      Also kypho scoliosis which is a C shape curve in your back.....that really hurts {as well as the osteo arthritis}

      My previous GP sounds like yours. He did anything to get rid of you

      Thats why I got a referral to the hospital so easily .....he kept saying there was nothing wrong and eventually I asked for a referral.......he was happy to get rid of a patient so sent me to the X Ray and back to the consultant and he said you need 2 new hipseek

      I soon changed GP's 

      This one does want you out the door when your 10 mins is up but apart from that she is good.  It would be worth changing I think.

      The other one used to just write a prescription out to get rid of you as well.  He gave me tablets that I shouldnt have had with some others I was taking that he knew about. Sounds a similar story.

      I think you should try changing and see what they can come up with as far as pain dullers are concerned.

      You can always pop into your pharmacy and get them to check your meds.   You are entitled to an assessment by the pharmacist once or twice a year

      Eileen  UK   {Newcastle}

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    You've had one reply from lilian....I've just come in and opened the computer.

    Its true different things affect different people different ways.

    Me.....I'm on paracetamol, and naproxen......codeine if I need it {15mg} Thats it. Well lots of other things but those are the pain killers or as I call them pain dullerscheesygrin


    Eileen   UK

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    Hi Sid, a mix of pain killers and anti inflammorties even some tablets used for depression or epilepsy may help. There are many combinations. An excellent anti inflammatory is diflafenic 75mg one twice a day...problem i have is I have been on them over ten years and can no longer have them due to the increased possibility of stroke . So now I am on naproxen which aren't very good at all. I take dihyrdocodeine but I try not to take them if I have to drive. Tramadol and similar unfortunately all have similar effects in respect to the stronger the pain killer,the more likely you will suffer the effects. You could maybe ask your doctor about gabapentin or duloxetine . It's worth discussing it if you can't drive. Good luck 
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