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Hi there - I need some advice please, I have really painful chronic confirmed case Of CS - the cracking & grinding noise in my neck is so painful & it drives me nuts everytime i have to move my neck !
I am prescribed 360 mg of slow-release DHC per day to help reduce the pain, which reduces my pain slighty (which also reduce my bowel movements, gives me a really dry mouth and makes me itch with a shocking dry skin condition)
Now 3 years later and physically dependent on the prescribed medication (although it is helping to reduce the pain slightly in a chronic degenerative condition). Sadly, I cant use NSAIDS as we tried and my gut & stomach ulcers started bleeding & cramping.
My Dr is shocked that I flatly refuse outright to use antidepressants (off-label for pain management) - I dont have any shooting pains - its all in the upper part of my neck only. (I have witnessed people that I know of who are using the antidepressants long term) the physical weight gain & lack of motivation personality changes are shocking.
I cant lose my motivation - as Im only in my early 40`s and have a couple of businesses to run and a family to help look after. I dont have any substance or abuse medication history. I dont even smoke or drink.
I have asked my NHS doctor about the possibility of operating on my neck to attempt to block the pain or trying a stronger slow-release pain reduction medication and was told that its a case of take the offered antidepressants or its nothing ...
I am not depressed but life is becoming really awful !
I would appreciate the sensible advice of any medical professionals, do I have a the right to refuse the antidepressants option ?
Thank you. :shock:
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