Slept a bit more but the nights are still the worse bit. The day was definitely better though.
I’ve started cutting down on codeine last evening and by Sunday afternoon I started to take only paracetamol every 4 hours.
By mid-afternoon I felt more cheerful, alive and was even able to start making jokes about Tim’s cooking (the so very patient best-friend who has been looking after me).
I was able to check my email, went about my “hygiene routine” on my own and then even did a bit of cleaning (or tried).
I’ve been really suffering from tummy aches (yes…opioids make you constipated) but I was also really struggling with back and shoulders pain. I’m a very active person, and usually get out of the house at least once a day to go for a walk, I’m a regular at the gym, jogging outdoors etc… so…. as soon as it got to Sunday and I felt a bit better I did start (even if just for 5 min) to do some mobility exercises.
My appointment at the hospital is in 2 days time and I’m petrified of getting on my crutches or letting anyone touch my feet. =/
- The knee pads have been a life saviour during these first 3 days. I’m now using a chair with wheels a bit more but to stretch and “walk around”, nothing has really beaten the knee pads
- Do try to move around a bit and stretch if you can, even if just for 2 min. It will do you a world of good.
- The levels of pain might increase as you slowly get off the opioids, but you body will slowly adjust to the difference.
- Patience. Just take it slowly and give yourself some time.