"Pain Relief"

About: Midlands and East of England commissioning region

(as the patient),

I have suffered with pain in mostly my ankles since around 8. In my mid teens  now, I managed this with increasingly stronger drugs. Paracetamol, co-codamol, ibuprofen, ibuprofen and paracetamol, ibuprofen and codeine, ibuprofen and co-codamol, Solpadol, naproxen,  ibuprofen with esomeprazole and Co-dydramol (in addition to topical NSAIDs such as Voltarol) up to about a month ago (as needed, not always).

When I finally sought help, I saw a doctor. She efficiently dealt with my other problems, but when I received my prescriptions four days later (Monday morning - Friday evening), I was shocked:  Naproxen and  Co-codamol at lower doses with ibuprofen 5% gel. Very big drop from my previous meds. I booked an appointment to see a doctor again.

I saw another doctor, who referred me to physiotherapy and biomechanics. 12 weeks at least. Understandable, considering NHS cuts, etc. He wrote me a prescription: Naproxen  and Co-dydramol . I was told that Voltarol was too expensive for me, and was not offered an alternative to ibuprofen gel, in spite of its uselessness in my case. As I asked for a stronger drug, as the Co-dydramol were ineffective, he labelled me as a drug-seeker. He decided, along with my school nurse, that I could be an addict and called my parents without telling me. My parents now refuse to take me to any other doctor's practice, and I have a black mark on my name thanks to the doctors who incorrectly assumed that a young person asking for pain relief was merely an addict looking for a fix.

I am shocked at how terribly I have been treated. I'm still in pain, thanks to the poor decisions made.

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