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......do I take codeine??

(33 Posts)
Icantstopeatinglol Thu 27-Jun-13 22:05:18

I've got arthritis and my feet are agony! I take a strong anti inflammatory once a day and I've took paracetamol but they're still agony. My big toes feel like they're going to explode!
I actually feel dizzy because its hurting so much sad

If you have codeine in then yes. But it sounds like you need to review your medication with your rheumatologist or gp.

NutsinMay Thu 27-Jun-13 22:09:13

Is it on prescription otherwise it would be mixed with paracetomol so be sure not to overdose.

Personally the one time I took Codeine I ended up with bad stomach cramps during the night so I would be careful if you are prone to any stomach problems.

Sorry to hear you are in so much pain though. Does ice, raising your feet help at all?

Icantstopeatinglol Thu 27-Jun-13 22:09:23

I'm seeing a rheumatologist in about 9 days and counting! It's been a long journey to get to this point and I'm worried about joint damage now but they hurt so much! It's never been this bad sad

stargirl1701 Thu 27-Jun-13 22:14:03

You can combine codeine with paracetamol. Max 60mg codeine with 1000mg of paracetamol.

What about ibuprofen? Max 400mg.

I have been prescribed all 3 to take - one dose of one painkiller every 3 hours, e.g.

8am - 1000mg paracetamol
11am - 400mg ibuprofen
2pm - 60mg codeine
5pm - 1000mg paracetamol
8pm - 400mg ibuprofen
11pm - 60mg codeine
2am - 1000mg paracetamol
5am - 400mg ibuprofen

But, only for 3 days. Codeine is addictive. Please make an appt to sort out your meds.

Kormachameleon Thu 27-Jun-13 22:17:29

icant take the codeine my friend

There are, quite sadly, no medals for suffering. I'm a little further down the line than you and I couldn't get through the day or function without codeine

Please don't struggle x

Icantstopeatinglol Thu 27-Jun-13 22:18:09

Thanks star girl, I'm already taking etodolac once a day so can't take ibuprofen unfortunately. It's just to tide me over until I see the rheumatologist. I'm very wary as I don't want to become reliant on them but this is worse than normal.
My dd stood on my big toe earlier and it's been agony ever since, I have psoriasis in my toenails so it was particularly painful!
I'm desperate for my appointment!
Thank you!

Icantstopeatinglol Thu 27-Jun-13 22:20:10

You're right korma, I was out this morning with my dd and I'm paying for it now!
I def understand the spoons theory now! sad

until your disease is under control and that may be a while the painkillers are your friend.

BettyandDon Thu 27-Jun-13 22:30:00

Codeine can cause serious constipation please be aware. No laughing matter I nearly ended up in hospital after 10 days on it. It is a fine painkiller though.

lottieandmia Thu 27-Jun-13 22:30:14

Yes take it - if you are in agony then you need it. Don't suffer.

Icantstopeatinglol Thu 27-Jun-13 22:32:22

Yea I'm wary of the constipation side of things too. I'm hoping its just for tonight as seems like I've overdone it this morning so will have to take note and take it a bit easier for now. Hard to do with 2 little dc! sad

digerd Fri 28-Jun-13 10:44:09

I took 60 mgs of codeine with paracetamol <dose of that forgotten> on an empty stomach, and 15 minutes later collapsed unconscious twice.

I had taken 30 mg with no problem before. They were prescribed by the hospital after a Hysteroscopy.

ahhh, you may have psoriatic arthritis then? Rhuematologist will be able to help you loads. Let them know that you arent coping at present as they will need to do various tests and you need something to keep you going in the mean time.

I take lactulose when I'm on codeine, else I end up in pickles.

Icantstopeatinglol Fri 28-Jun-13 11:45:50

Yea I do have psoriatic arthritis badkitten, I've tried sulfasalazine which I had a reaction too and I'm waiting to see rheumatologist who I think is going to try me on methotrexate.
I think it's steadily getting worse so I'm desperate for this appointment. Sick of feeling like a twisty old woman but it really hurts! It's hard to explain to people who have never experienced it what it's like but the only way I can is to say imagine if someone battered the bottom of your feet for ages with a baseball bat them told you to go about your daily work! It's like walking on huge bruises and very tiring.
Think I was getting a bit constipated with the anti inflammatries so hope I haven't made it worse? :/

my gp has put lacido on my repeat script for me.I think it's the genetic version of movical. I have psa too and understand exactly how you feel.thanks thanks

It's horrible waiting for a rheumy isn't it, with GPS shrugging their shoulders and saying sorry, here, have some more painkillers.

I hope that they can help you nice and quickly.

And it is very tiring, one of the worst things about it I think.

Icantstopeatinglol Fri 28-Jun-13 12:58:19

Thank you, im actually looking forward to my appt at the minute! How ridiculous! I'm so desperate for something to help, every step feels like I'm trudging in treacle sad neither the wonder I'm tired all the time. It's just nice to know there's people that understand. My dh tries I think but he just doesn't understand at all.
I'm looking into a dairy free diet too but it's in everything! :/

You could try ginger and turmeric. Didn't really help me but at least they are inexpensive. I'd also see about getting your vit d levels checked as I think that low vit d can make it even more unbearable. (Seemed to help me I think)

Icantstopeatinglol Fri 28-Jun-13 18:15:45

I've just bought some soya milk and dairy free butter etc so going to see how they taste and might give the dairy free diet a try! I'm currently having light therapy for my skin so not sure if that will help with the vitamin d?
My poor feet are throbbing! Think I'm going to bypass the paracetamol and codeine tonight if possible and go straight for the wine

Wine is a very god pain killer!

Icantstopeatinglol Fri 28-Jun-13 19:04:00

It's the best badkitten! grin

specialsubject Fri 28-Jun-13 20:21:43

most UK codeine tablets are mixed with paracetamol as they work well together. Check you will not be overdosing on the paracetamol.

be aware that for some of the population, codeine has no effect at all. for others, it gives a high. for some, it is just a painkiller and not addictive. And for everyone, it gives constipation. :-(

good luck.

DameFanny Fri 28-Jun-13 20:26:22

I take codeine most days at the moment and no constipation...

SugarMouse1 Sat 29-Jun-13 01:33:58

How about Naproxen instead?

Its like Nurofen, but stronger, and no dizzying side-effects like codeine

You can buy it OTC as Feminax Ultra, for period pain x

timidviper Sat 29-Jun-13 01:40:29

Etodolac is much stronger than Naproxen.

Agree with the comment upthread that there are no medals for suffering. Please give the Codeine a try. You are unlikely to become dependent in a short time, especially as you have an awareness of potential probelms

Icantstopeatinglol Sat 29-Jun-13 07:33:04

Thanks everyone, I did take 1 codeine on Thursday night and to be honest it knocked me out ha! Which is a good thing I suppose! Problem is I wouldn't dare take them through the day as I have 2 small dc to look after. Although wine did the same thing last night! grin
I've noticed when I do manage to take the edge off the pain I'm asleep within minutes, I'm shattered with it all too.
On a positive note, I got all my papers through for my rheumatology appt and the hospital sounds fantastic! I've been given 2 appointments a wk apart, one to go over everything and have X-rays, ultrasounds etc and the next is to see the consultant for results etc. I just want to get started on new meds asap!
Thanks everyone, I appreciate the comments x

Wow! That sounds brilliant. Exactly what you need to get you back on the road to recovery.

Icantstopeatinglol Sat 29-Jun-13 07:44:58

I know badkitten, I'm so glad I chose this hospital as it sounds great! Hopefully they'll have me doing half marathons again in no time! smile

Perihelion Sat 29-Jun-13 12:47:37

Agree with the not taking it during the day if possible, however if I'm very sore and am not driving I will occasionally. Sprouted flax seed powder is good for preventing constipation.

LongTimeLurking Sat 29-Jun-13 18:28:26

If it has been prescribed for you and you are in pain then take it.

It is safe, effective and NOT additive if used as prescribed and not abused. You will need to eat lots of fibre and I wouldn't mix with alcohol as you may end up extremely drunk!

I have chronic pain and I would much rather take paracetamol + codeine than the anti-inflammatory medications like Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Diclofenac, etc.... they cause stomach / bowel side effects and are even linked to heart problems with long term usage. Plus they only work if you actually have inflammation going on.

Icantstopeatinglol Sat 29-Jun-13 18:54:07

Thanks longtime, yea I was prescribed codeine for whiplash just a few wks back but I would only take it in extreme circumstances as I don't like taking tablets at the best of times. I take etodolac as I have psoriatic arthritis which causes inflammation....I take it on a night after food and by teatime the next day I'm really sore and by nighttime it's really painful so wouldn't dare not take these. The paracetamol and codeine are mainly to take the edge off on a night until I see my consultant.
God I feel like an old lady!!

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