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I was recently diagnosed with OA of the hip and it's been quite a time consuming process in getting my pain management to a tolerable level. I am currently taking 8 paracetamol daily, together with 8 Codeine Phosphate. I only started taking the CP a few weeks ago and have been going through a gradual increase in dosage as instructed by my GP. I am 57 years old and apart from the pain (and mobility limitations) imposed by my OA, I am otherwise fit, very slim and healthy. What concerns me is that I have many days where I just feel generally unwell - nothing specific and not necessarily related to pain or anything in particular - just a general feeling of being poorly. Conversely, I also have days where I feel just the opposite. There is no pattern or consistency to this and the "good" and the "bad" days are completely random., which makes planning virtually impossible. It's a question of wait and see how I feel as each new day dawns. My GP tells me that this is natural when suffering from OA and that the strain placed upon the body by expending the effort involved when moving around and doing things is naturally very draining - that plus the effects of taking an opioid painkiller. Whilst this explanation makes sense to me, I am not acquainted with any OA sufferers and I wondered whether any of you have similar experiences that you would be willing to share. I guess I am looking for a little reassurance! I would be so grateful if anyone could take the time to respond and perhaps share your experiences or some tips/advice.
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