Swim was admitted to hospital about 18 months ago with chest pains.They did all the usual tests but concluded that there was nothing physically wrong with swim.
After some chatting with the doctor, he suggested that swim might have an "RSI" from sitting slouched over the computer for hours on end most days. Perhaps swim had damaged muscles surrounding the chest cavity?
Anyway, he suggested some painkillers to see if they alleviated the pain swim was feeling. He went away and came back with a strip of "Solpadol" which made swim very excited. He remembered his brother was once prescribed these after an operation; this brother waxed lyrical about the 'joy' of Solpadol.
So, swim took a couple and after about 20 minutes in the hospital room started to feel wonderful, euphoric even.
"How does that feel?" asked the doctor.
Swim replied that the pain had gone (true) and so the doctor said to contact swim's GP in the morning for a prescription of said tablets. Swim duly obliged.
To cut a long story short, swim got a repeat prescription of co-codamol 30/500mg tablets every few weeks for the past 18 months. Never once in all that time was swim questioned as to his apparent excessive tablet intake (more's the pity).
Swim discovered that taking 2 of the tablets just before a meal would be the best way to get the desired effect and so was taking 6-8 a day. Lunch, dinner, supper and occasionally would take 2 in between times.
Somewhere along the lines, swim thought that taking so much paracetamol might be a little bit dodgy and so Googled "taking codeine out of co-codamol" and found a wonderful forum detailing CWE, as well as a host of other very useful information.
Swim started using CWE but was taking 2 doses per day. 4 tablets at a time. Sometimes swim simply couldn't be bothered to do a CWE so would take 2 tablets but swallow those with a 8/500mg soluble to 'boost' the effect a little. He simply couldn't imagine eating a meal without eating some tablets before doing so.
This took over swim's life and just the other day he decided to end it (the addiction).
This is the fourth day, and swim can honestly say that he feels absolutely terrible. Nose is running, legs and arms are aching so bad. Swim barely has the energy to stand up, hasn't slept properly, wakes up in the middle of the night in agony all over and then can't get back to sleep for hours.
But swim IS staying off them. He has told himself that even if he were to get another repeat prescription, there will come a time when he will have to do this all over again (probably when the GP realises something is going on and then refuses to sign the prescription). That's something he does not wish to do. Ever.
Four days. Four long days. And counting...