I'm currently taking codeine and ibuprofen to help with my lower back pain and sciatica in left leg. I've been on and off codeine for about 4 years now, going up in doses and down dependent on how bad my pain has been or between steroid injections. The codeine helps take the edge off my pain, but recently I've been taking the full dose four times a day and it's not budging the pain at all.
I stand on my feet all day in work and everyone is commenting on how much pain I'm in. The trouble is, the codeine makes me drowsy before it takes the pain away. Kinda bad when I need to focus a lot in my job!!
I'm thinking of asking my GP to start some kind of neuropathic pain relief to see if this is any better. My PM did talk about starting me on amitriptyline last year but this never happened...!
What have we all tried? What do we rate them in terms of relief?
Please give me an answer!!! I just want to be free of burning legs!