Our expert says:
I have never seen Ritalin cause pains like that, but then I have rarely worked with conditions that involve the use of Ritalin, especially not for as long as 20 years. If it is indeed causing such pain, the best approach would probably be to check whether some other treatment could replace the Ritalin, and also whether some otheer treament could help to relieve the pain.
It sounds as though you have been working, sensibly, with a psychiatrist or more, and have had a hospital admission, which produced some relief. That sounds as though these people have a reasonable assessment of the situation, and it would be best to take their advice on further managemtn, to hope to reduce the pain still further.
You seem to assume that living without the Ritalin would be dreadful, and that might not be the case. But any reduction in the dosage you have been used to, should of course be supervised by your doctors.
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