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Hello - just as an introduction I've had some pain problems since at least two years ago, and about a year and a bit ago it got worse and I was eventually referred to rheumatology - but I was seen and now won't be seen until November again.
In that time, the pain seemed to get a bit better for a while, then got worse again recently, especially over the last month. Prior to last month I was drinking a bit more than I should have done, partly because of rising anxiety levels, but I had to stop due to a new antidepressant I was supposed to be starting. (I'd been on several before.) At first, I thought the pain getting worse was due to withdrawal from alcohol and the previous antidepressant, but after two weeks the pain stayed around and even got worse. If I try to have any alcohol, it makes the pain worse and makes me unable to function properly the next day, so I don't do that. My depression and anxiety have also got much worse.
This isn't just a rant, though - I'm going to the doctor's on Wednesday about it and I was wondering what she is likely to prescribe for me, if anything. Paracetamol and ibuprofen don't seem to affect the pain one jot, and co-codamol doesn't seem to help either in the standard OTC dose. I've recently started a new job and I really, really want to be functioning properly again, at least enough to do the job. And, of course, easing the pain a bit would be nice!
BTW, the pain is mainly in my arms, legs and head, and was previously mainly in my hands and feet. It's like I'm bruised all over, although I'm not.
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