Thanks for your replies x
Same boat again!
Thanks Stone, I've left a message for her, for when she gets in on Monday. x The ones I have say amitriptyline hydrochloride too, so that's perfect, very many thanks.
Chloe, Eloise, Pretzel, I'm so glad to hear you've all found this so helpful, always good to hear about helpful things and improvements!
As for me... The sleeping problems just aren't that severe. I don't feel exhausted at all, just a bit tired. I really wasn't with it at the Docs, not at all, and I've been feeling rather stressed and over-reactions are sneaking in
. I think the main problem with my sleeping is that my routine has deteriorated since I've been off work, and I simply can't do enough to make myself feel physically 'exercise' tired without aggrevating my back and my walking. So, some nights I feel wide awake into the wee hours. The waking up in the night isn't because of continual pain, I suspect it's because my back is shifting about as I move. I go straight back to sleep again no problem.
I'm thinking more clearly again today, I'm far, far more concerned about my mood going down than the pain and my sleep at the moment. My pain is usually fairly low, and only sometimes bad enough for me to want painkillers, only on one day was it so bad that my co-codamol didn't feel enough. It was my flaky mood, stress, fear, and not thinking straight that had me bring it up with the Doc. How embarrasing! Only one day with ridiculously bad pain. That's not enough to start taking a daily med for, especially considering I'd have to upset the status quo with my st. johns wort.
If I start to feel exhausted/too tired, if I start to want painkillers every day and they don't feel like enough, if my mood goes wrong too regularly anyway, then it's time to consider changing meds. As it stands, I over-reacted. I'm going to get the lactose free ami, keep it in the cupboard, and feel very reassured that if things start going wrong, that I have something right here, ready to help me.
Can't beleive how confused and indecisive I felt! How embarrassing!
Sorry! It so helps that I can chat with you about it!
Thank you very much x