I was prescribed codeine many years ago for a back condition, it helped me cope with my life for many years.
On Friday my world fell apart when my prescription wasn’t there at my local doctor surgery.
I work in the medical profession as a mental health nurse, so know all the pros and cons of taking medication for a prolonged time, it’s been over ten years. At first panic set in but with no real way of getting the doses that I have come to rely on, I was forced to rethink my whole relationship with codeine.
So today is my second day without this medication in my hand. Last night was awful with two hours sleep
I can cope with everything that comes with withdrawal except the restless legs ... it sucks !
And my back pain is back, however not as bad as I thought it would be.
I hope never to take this drug again ( I know relapse is a possibility) but really I want a life where I am not chasing my drs for prescriptions or worrying about codeine.
This forum has really helped to keep me positive when I wanted to cry over the last two days.
Reading stories of people going through this has shown me there is a life after codeine. I know this is not going to be an easy journey however one I need to take. It’s very scary stepping into a world without codeine to buffer me.
I have never disclosed this to anyone but my partner who is supporting me greatly.
My children now know who are all grown up and they to will aid me in this journey.
I know I am extremely lucky to live the life I do with my family and career.
It’s time now to feel the fear and do this anyway x