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Medical marijuana, experiences?



  • I live in Colorado and have just started to use eatables. My pain management doctor won't touch the issue.

    Heck, doctors seem incredibly nervous about prescribing anything at this point, from a medication standpoint- there seems to be increased liability with all the pain med hysteria out there. I asked for a renewal for Cymbalta, not a pain med, but is used for neuropathic pain in my case, and my pain management doctor wanted me to come in for an opiod screen before he would renew it.

    Given I am incredibly anti opiod when ever possible, it made me laugh.

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  • quicksilverqquicksilver Posts: 126
    edited 05/21/2013 - 7:49 AM
    But I can tell you that here in MI I can obtain medibles with a state issued MMJ card. I find that medibles do provide some relief. It takes the sharp edges off of some of my lower back spasms. It definitely elevates my mood as life in pain is otherwise quite grim. If nothing else, I can usually ignore the pain as I try to keep active. Keeping active is not anywhere near an easy thing for me these days.

    MMJ keeps me going, and I like the stuff. That doesn't mean that I necessarily like staying medicated all the time. I'm not good with that; I'm far less good with the alternative of no MMJ. You have to decide for yourself whether the trade-off is worth the trouble and risks. I'm familiar with the stuff and for now I'll use it. I will drop the stuff in a flash if I can ever find something better to control my pain issues.

    Just my 2¢

    Disability retirement
  • When I use it I use the edibles. Much better for me than smoking. It works better and I don't get the "high" off it. I know how much of what strand and how much I can eat. It works for me. I don't use it all the time only because I live on the boarder of Washington and Idaho. Washington it's legal and Idaho it isn't. I have some Idaho doctors soooo. That's why. I have all different kinds of pain issues and the MJ works on some and not on the others. It does help me sleep so I don't have to take my meds for sleep all the time. Which is nice. The more CBD's (what helps the pain) the better it is for me. Now if I could just get the CBD's without so much of the THC that would be nice. The THC does help people in pain too. They have so many different strains out there. Some work for folks who have Migraines where others will help more with spasams. Topical helps some people with muscle pain.
  • I find the experiences of others very interesting. I have never tried it and it is illegal in my state. I would absolutely consider it and try it as a form of pain treatment or even help sleeping if my pain management team approved and it was legal here. I have friends who use it illegally and have said they could provide some for me to try on those horrible days. However, I won't take the risk. Smoking anything is also not anything I am comfortable with. I have a really bad luck streak that is a mile wide and the one time I try it would be the time the pain clinic decides to run a drug test, or I would be in a car accident, or any other million things that go wrong in life. (I am not saying I would ever drive under the influence.) The way I figure is with all of the chemically derived medications chronic pain patients take and have side effects from, medical marijuana may be a suitable alternative for some patients. I really want to hear from more patients who have tried it for their chronic pain and how it did or did not help. The legislation is being debated in my state and I don't know if or when it will go through, but options are a great thing to have. Honestly, it may be an easier alternative than some of the other medications used for chronic pain or in conjunction with medications.
    DDD & spinal stenosis L4-S1 since 2001
    30+ injections, PT, massage therapy, accupuncture, TENS unit, meds, etc but no surgical intervention
    I am not a surgical candidate
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  • We live in an illegal state and when my mom was suffering end stage lung cancer and the medications did not work anymore. My brother who was a recreational user brought her some and even though I was not happy to have in my home I could not tell them no. I could not believe the diference it made in her quality of life at the end. Between her Morphine and the MJ she was so much more comfortable and would actually eat a little once in awhile

    I tried MJ when I was young and did not care for. Made me feel out of control but now that I am suffering from chronic pain for past 20 yrs. on and off I would definetely give it a chance if it were legal. Even though I dont have a PM and no contract I would not do that to my GP who has prescribed my meds for me the past 5 yrs. I hope it works for you Coyotewildwoman and gives you some relief. Lord knows we all could use some of that :)


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  • Hi Charm! :-)

    You go to a MMJ doctor and get a certificate that's good for a year.

  • Jon, diamorphine (heroin) is available for doctors to prescribe for severe pain in the UK - it isn't legalised in the sense that anyone can get it. It's preferred by some doctors as it is faster acting and more easily soluble - smaller amounts are needed, making it easier to tolerate for some patients. It is about 2-3 times as strong as morphine, I believe (mg for mg).

    I was given it (in the form of an epidural) for immediate post-operative pain control (first 48 hours) following my laminectomy in the UK back in '95. I found it worked well for pain, and I was given an additional 'bolus' (extra dose for 'breakthrough' type pain) whenever I needed one. I could feel it working very quickly.
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