In the first 8 months after becoming ill I didn’t really take any medication. I took paracetamol or co-codamol depending on the level of pain for that day but nothing else. I also took a Multivitamin, cod liver oil, garlic tablet and glucosamine. All of these are used to help either my immune system or my joint pain.
However in the last 3 weeks I have been prescribed gabapentin by the doctors. These are pain modifiers rather than pain killers. When I was first prescribed them I was unsure if I wanted to take them or not. Reason for this is I didn’t want to get myself into a life of tablet taking. However I could no longer take the constant pain which was always worse in the morning, so I began to take them. It started off with 1 tablet per day for a week and then became 2 with only 1 side effect. The side effect was that it made me very drowsy. This actually helps at night as I now get a more solid sleep rather than the broken sleep I had experienced for the previous 8 months. Downside is the tiredness during the day. There are days when I really struggle to stay awake at my desk and have recently started to drink energy drinks in the afternoon. Someone did say to me something that I have never thought of before and that is maybe I should avoid having caffeine. This is something that I had never considered and was something that no one else had said to me. Now that it has been mentioned, it does make sense. So as of tomorrow I will no longer be taking in massive amounts of caffeine.
The bottom line is that at the moment, I think I would rather have a life of tablet taking, than a life of constant pain.