Medication withdrawal plan

Today didn’t get off to the best start as I had an unplanned close inspection of the floor this morning. No damage done and by far the least painful of the three fall’s so far. I, of course, was not being that careful and it was totally my own fault, well the fact no one else was there makes it that by default I suppose. Thankfully I didn’t have my leg on and the landing was on carpet, just fell face down again. Don’t ask me how I managed to get up on my own but I did, need to stop doing this though!

This afternoon it was off to see my GP, off all the ones I have seen at the surgery she is by far the best. I am very lucky to have her as my GP and over the past few years with everything that has been going on she has been excellent. The hardest part of the whole consultation was getting through the door and in the room, not the most wheelchair friendly but do able. I mentioned that I should have come in with my leg on and she was really surprised that I had one already. I said that I was doing OK with it but not able to use it outdoors just yet. On to the reason why I went there which is to try and reduce the medication that I am on. I told her that I had reduced a lot of the Morphine I was on but had tried twice with the last bit but failed with the phantom pain at night. I mentioned that I had stopped the Amitriptyline once but again the night discomfort beat me. She thinks I had probably tried to come off them too quickly and as much as it pains me I think she is right. As much as I want to come off the Amitriptyline and the Gabapentin, as they are both notorious for their weight gain, because of what they do they are the best ones to stay on. The plan is to reduce the Morphine with two weeks between each 10mg decrease, this didn’t go down too well with me as it seems like an age before I am free from it. I am allowed to use Tramadol as a substitute/breakthrough while reducing it so we may find the time decrease from two to one week increments. Obviously I have to look long term so may start with one week to reduce the morning ones but may have to do two weeks for the night ones, a compromise if ever I heard one. I do have to add that my GP thought I seemed like a completely different person, very motivated and chomping at the bit to get off the medication and get going. It really does make you feel really good when you hear someone say that to you, especially a health care professional.

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