My health has taken over my life even more than usual this week. I went into a flare after having my mum to stay and driving the car too much and then I decided to finally go cold turkey and stop taking my codeine tablets. They were less efficient in actually reducing my pain levels and I was aware that I was going into withdrawal symptoms if I didn't take them regularly. So, last Thursday evening was my last tablet. Withdrawal was and continues to be fairly horrible - but I am over the worst now and I am pleased to report that my pain levels are no worse generally. Each day seems to bring another withdrawal symptom, ie sneezing one day, cough the next and then yesterday my hip flared up. Today has seen me mostly lying on the sofa watching tv with my heated blanket - I am either freezing cold or far too hot at the moment. I am told that I should be over the majority of the symptoms by Day 13 or 14, and I am on Day 6 at the moment. I have only wanted a codeine fix a couple of times, but now I understand how difficult it is to be addicted to something.
My next step in a couple of weeks is to start thinking about what I can do differently to cope with my pain etc without codeine. I am already taking some new supplements, so hopefully 2017 will be a better year for me.
Happy WOYWW to those I do not manage to visit (I only seem to have the energy to get on the computer for very limited time).