- Posted December 26, 2013 by
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Does marijuana help you?
I tried it their way.
After years of essential tremors from childhood, fibromyalgia, multiple compressed nerves in my neck, and spinal cord damage during lumbar decompression and 6 compressed lumbar disks and severed nerves, I gave up on "pain management" prescriptions. My mind and ability to function, from drugs that did nothing for burning nerve pain or any pain, seemed a total unhealthy practice.
I also take medications for high bp, and anti-anxiety. I did have to sign an agreement for urine testing. I actually forgot that before my first appointment with a pain management specialist, and told the doctor I had smoked marijuana with a dying friend, 2 days prior, and told him my pain was completely gone after we smoked. My honesty got me labeled as a illicit drug abuser, and I was prescribed percocet and a patch for some other narcotic. I was warned I would be tested again and dismissed from his service if positive again. I didn't smoke again, before my next visit, but spent time with my friend until her death. She smoked, but I didn't. I popped positive for exposure to THC, and cut off narcotic medication., after being on them for 6 weeks. Went through withdrawal on my own, since the alternative suggested by the specialist was psychological therapy for drug abuse.
I have been using pot for 2 years now, and am pain free enough to increase my activity through time. I go for long periods without pot, due to economic reasons, but I never return to the pain after the surgery.
I have a medical degree, research pro and cons, and have been able to talk with 2 physicians, who agree with the benefits, but stick to the law. Being in my 60's, I would feel better, stress wise, and safety from prosecution for ability to take care of my own my well being.