I've suffered chronic pain for over six years due to two separate workplace injuries affecting the lumbar spine, left ankle, knees etc. I can't tolerate anything morphine related. I've been taking up to 300mg per day of Tramal SR to take the edge off the pain and allow me to function. I drive long distances for a living, spending up to five hours behind the wheel at a time without stopping.and when I do it's only for food & fuel and only brief.
Tramadol helps with the pain, but it prevents me from sleeping-and I need to sleep when I can.
My other issue is, in my work I am subject to random alcohol and drug testing before being allowed access to some sites I am delivering goods to. What pain killing drugs are both effective and safe long term, do not effect one's ability to drive, and do not show up on random tests[urine & blood]?
I know it's a big ask :-o I want to do the 'right thing' but I simply cannot cope without effective pain medication.
Thanks! BTW I'm in Australia.