This morning the toilet whispered my name

I woke up this morning and after flushing the toilet it gently whispered my name. I told it to shut up knowing it was just one of the many side effects of the cocktail of drugs I'm currently on for pain relief and infection fighting following my recent appendectomy. I have always had a macabre humour, taking avid enjoyment in the light reading the drug side effect section provides- it makes you question when your symptoms are really worth it.

Currently I have been prescribed the following daily diet:
2 x Paracetamol 4 times a day
2 x Tramadol 4 times a day
1 x Co-amoxiclav 3 times a day
1 x Metronidazole 3 times a day

After reading the side effects of the above drugs I realised that most of what I thought were post-op side effects were just drug induced craziness. My Mum informed me that the highly addictive drug Tramadol was such a drug of choice I could actually make money from my left overs by "selling them at the end of the road"! (good to know).
Please find the fun trip I've been on for the past week:

  • a rash on your skin or itching, swelling of your eyelids, lips or face, skin lumps or hives, your skin or the whites of your eyes turn yellow
  • sudden wheeziness or tightness of the chest or breathing problems
  • anxiety, confusion, sleepiness or any other mental disturbances
  • severe diarrhoea or bleeding
  • Some people may feel sick, tired, sleepy or dizzy. They may vomit or sweat, become fluxed complain of getting a headache, hallucinations, sleep disturbance, nightmares or pins and needles. They may have diarrhoea or constipation or suffer a loss of appetite. These side effects are usually mild and not troublesome. (oh really!!)
  • When some people stop taking Tramadol capsules they get withdrawal symptoms. They may feel agitated, anxious, nervous or shaky. They may be hyperactive and have difficulty sleeping. these effects usually disappear after a few days.
  • stomach pain or upset, feeling sick, diarrhoea, sore mouth, unpleasant taste, dry mouth, furred tongue, and loss of appetite. Very occasional inflammation of the pancreas, indicated by severe pain in the abdomen back, may occur
  • effects on your nervous system have have been reported very rarely which include drowsiness, dizziness, headache, speech difficulties, difficultly in walking or poor co-ordination, shaking, seeing hearing or feeling things that are not there, confusion, double vision, short sightedness