Sunday, 17 July 2011

The one mostly about drugs....

So the pain management specialist suggested Fentanyl. He wrote a script that would cost £300 to fill and I asked my GP - very nicely - to write me an NHS script instead.

As per NHS usual I couldn't actually see her to discuss this so I wrote her a letter explaining what had gone on. Being the lovely GP she is I got a call saying she wanted to see me. All good except it set the process back a week...

She doesn't feel Fentanyl is appropriate. Having looked at the side effects I am inclined to agree. Sure the pain at times can be hideous but would I seriously trade it for nausea, dizziness, constipation, depression and no chance of a glass of red at the end of a long day...?

Instead she has prescribed some slow release 100mg Voltarol medication that bypasses the potential gastric issues. Apparently this is not a regular/usual method of delivery (unless you are in France) and I have not found a chemist that stocks it.

I'll get my local chemist to order some in. No problem except it will then be two weeks since I saw the pain guy and a week since I was due a review appointment and I am still depending on red wine to ease the pain and get me to sleep!

Meanwhile the CT scan is on Monday after which I will know what is happening and if/what further surgery is required.

One day at a time....

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