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    Lowering pain medication dose, need advice on best practice

    My previous GP is on permanent sick leave so am seeing a new GP at the same clinic. I've seen her twice so still trying to build up a medical relationship. My last appointments were for follow up blood tests results, flu injection and she mentioned lowering my pain medication and said "although I don't know your full medical history you've been on them for too long" and you may be addicted to them".

    I'm a bit concerned about this as this medicine is what treats my pain levels and I cannot take anti-inflammatory medications as I suffer anaphylaxis from them but thought ok I'll try and was prescribed a two week lower dose but I over did some pruning/gardening and my pain has been flaring so decided not to drop the dose yet but plan at a later date.

    I'm now concerned the new GP will not believe me and say I am addicted to them. It's causing me anxiety which is not helping my pain and mental health. Not sure how to approach and tell my new GP when I contact her in two weeks. I need advice on this.
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