The Texas Bohemian

Word artist. Jack of all Trades.

It’s the drugs, stupid.

K, so I think I know what the problem is.  Codeine.

This shoulder whatever hurts a lot when I do too much, walk too much, all kinds of “too much.”  Last fall I took the codeine regularly like prescribed and figured out in a few months it was messing with my head big time.  I quit the regular doses in January and went to PRN.  I figured out a couple taken once would help me get by like when we’re on vacation or, like last Friday, we went to the zoo.  Lots of walking, moving, I started hurting and took the pills.

Today, again, I feel like crap.  Same thing happened last week.  I had taken some pain pills when we went to Houston, to Kemah, out and about.

The pain in my shoulder is very debilitating.  If I don’t take pain pills eventually I am totally sidelined.  BUT, if I take the stupid pills I do fine until they wear off and then in a couple days the withdrawal hits.

“Damned if I do, damned if I don’t!”

The lousy part is that doctors never tell about these side effects or withdrawal.  I had to figure this out on my own.  I copied the effects / withdrawal just below.   I’ve run the gamut of both side effects and withdrawal.

So if I have sounded depressed, freaked, sickly, confused, blame the drugs.

So, shute, that’s that, huh?

Maybe in a year or two I’ll be my old self… if I don’t die first.

Paranoia & Depression, some of the symptoms.  Go figure.



Codeine Side Effects

Codeine side effects include but are not limited to:

  • stomach bleeding
  • kidney damage
  • liver damage
  • “itchies”
  • constipation
  • nausea
  • hangover
  • tiny pupils
  • blurred vision
  • poor night vision
  • impair your ability to drive
  • lowered heart rate, blood pressure and breathing
  • disorientation
  • convulsions
  • hallucinations
  • depression
  • sexual problems
  • agitation
  • tremors
  • seizures
  • Codeine Withdrawal

    The worst codeine withdrawal symptoms pass within a few days, but it can take months to feel normal.

    Codeine Withdrawal symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • runny nose
  • sweating
  • muscle twitching
  • muscle pain
  • headaches
  • irregular heartbeat
  • nausea and vomiting
  • high blood pressure
  • fever
  • insomnia
  • dehydration
  • yawning
  • weakness
  • stomach cramps
  • July 7, 2008 - Posted by | Blather | , , , , , , ,

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