Amitriptyline for nerve pain
Feel this is a cheek after not posting for so long, but I trust your advice.
Quick update: THR and hip resurface replacement are still holding out 26 years and counting for the THR. Knees and neck are grindy and knees always 'fat'.
I am at the tail end (I hope) of having shingles. Have been unable to sleep due to the pain. The rash runs down my spine on level with my shoulder blades and the pain is in the left shoulder blade, side and boob. Not sleeping makes it harder to cope with the pain.
When at wits end the GP prescribed Amitriptyline. As I also care for S (who is now 32!!) I was nervous about taking it but really need some sleep.
I read lots of threads on here and took half on Friday night at 8pm. I slept better and when woke for the toilet the pain was just in the distance but woke up at 5 am in terrible pain again. Also was very clumsy and not with all morning.
On Saturday I took it later in the hope I would be able to sleep later - and that worked. Slept well and slept later awoke and took paracetamol and did get back to sleep.
On Sunday took it earlier as had to get S up for college day service. It didn't seem to work so well (S had bedtime meltdown didn't help).
Last night I risked a full one at 8am. Gave me a headache in the evening, woke many times in the night and still feel non-functional and whoozy (12.45pm) now. Definitely can't drive.
I have a sick note to cover me this week whilst get used to the med.
Not sure what to do. Revert back to 1/2 or persist with the whole tablet. I can tolerate the pain during the day if occupied but at night the bed clothes touching my back and finding a position that is comfortable makes sleep difficult.
Sorry ramble on.
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