I had an appointment to see my GP on Sept 9th to discuss pain medication for my arthritis and she prescribed Nefopam Hydrochloride.
It wasn’t until a couple of days ago that I felt the need to take some, the dose of which was two or three, three times a day, but the pharmacist suggested breaking myself in gently and only taking one at first.
Are we glad we listened.
I took the pill at 1.15 pm and in less than an hour, I began to feel unwell………. and I mean really ill. I was sweating profusely, felt sick, and had the start of a headache. Hubby was so worried, he called the surgery and asked for the duty doctor to call.
I ended up on my knees in front of the loo, breathing deeply and trying to calm myself down. I was so hot, I stripped off my top which was soaking wet by now, but Hubby put towels over my shoulders so that I didn’t get chilled. I was afraid to move in case I threw up.
We have the means to take our temperature, BP and Pulsox, so this was done and recorded. My temperature was 34.1, BP 130 over 85 with a pulse of 92, then my pulsox recorded 99% and a pulse of 88.
We took my BP again shortly afterwards and it had dropped to 115 over 65, with a pulse of 79. The pulsox recorded 99% and a pulse of 82.
After about 45 minutes I began to feel a little better. The nausea had passed and I was desperate for a wee, so shuffled myself into position.
I decided to drink boiled water for the rest of the day and the duty doctor eventually called me at 20 to 6.
It wasn’t my GP but one of the other doctors I had seen before and he is very nice. I explained what had happened and that my GP had told me to let her know how I got on.
Obviously it was not very well, so I am not taking any more and will be returning them to the pharmacy. He has made a note on my file that I am allergic to them, so it is back to
paracetamol until I can make another appointment to see her. I have a blood test on the 30th to determine which kind of arthritis I have and perhaps we can go from there.
I have to be honest, I had not felt that ill for years, not even with my cancer treatments.
Pretty scary stiff actually.