Post # 1
Just laying it out there. I have pretty debilitating chronic pain from a car accident that left me with 2 broken vertebrae several years ago. Ano the car accident (not my fault, btw) last summer has increased my pain to a level that is just unmanageable. My pain center doc does the epidural injections without much success. I take prescription pain meds but feel like some sort of leper (druggie) having to ask for refills. Get the lecture about opioid abuse while he writes the prescription. I’m tired of it. Plus, I don’t take enough to provide good pain relief.
I work full time & a.m almost finished with my master’s degree. I’m super busy. But the pain drains me. I hardly recreate as my down time is spent in pain, recovering enough for work or school demands.
I’m considering marijuana edibles for pain control. I have no want to get high; I just want pain control.
Post # 3
Do you live somewhere you can get a med card? They are very easy to get in Canada, so I would try that and actually speak to someone about it (instead of randomly eating a brownie lol). Have you looked into CBD instead? It doesnt get you high, but has shown amazing promise for pain relief.
Post # 4
As long as it has a higher content of CBD (vs THC) you will get the benefits of pain relief without the high. In your situation it sounds like it’s worth trying, what do you have to lose?
Post # 5
I would try it. Especially if the alternative is opiates and other potentailly more harmful painkillers.
Take CBD with the THC – it dampens the ‘high’ that THC gives you. CBD doesn’t work as a painkiller on it’s own though (better for anxiety). Helpful info: https://herb.co/marijuana/news/better-pain-relief-thc-cbd/
Is it legal where you live? It’s much easier when it’s legal to get the stuff you want. Home made edibles get me HIGH in a really uncomfortable way, but when you buy it legally from stores you can get strains and products that are specific for your issues. I find the edible gummies are best for treating symptoms, edible baked goods tend to get me more high than i like (i don’t really know why).
Post # 6
Why in the world wouldn’t you try it?
Opioid pain killers work great for me personally when I’ve had temporary pain. But they aren’t an answer for ongoing chronic pain because they are so addictive. You are probably unwilling to take the amount needed for relief (which would likely be ever increasing) because you know this. Which is good.
I feel for chronic pain sufferers, it’s a real factor in quality of life. And because it’s invisible, along with difficult to treat there is a tendency to internalize it, possibly draining a person’s self confidence and general will in life.
It sucks that the epidural injections don’t work for you. I always think of them as a magic pill, but I know they don’t work for everyone. And I know they can hurt like hell to get, and that you can only get so many in a length of time.
If I were you I would have gotten my medical marijuana card like yesterday. It does help a great many people, though not everyone necessarily. Only one way to find out. From what I understand there could be some trial and error to find the right dose/frequency/delivery method for you. So not only would I try it, I’d give it a good experimentation period before writing it off.
Because you mentioned edibles I assume you live in a medical marijuana state. FWIW a good friend of mine is a chronic pain sufferer and she finally moved on from opiate pain killers to marijuana and she after a lot of experimentation she landed on a tea that works for her.
I do not like the feeling of being high on pot either so if that’s been your reluctance I kinda get it. But you know what I hate even more? Pain. I’d be more than willing to risk an hour of feeling pot stoned to try to put an end to chronic pain. I’d take several hours of being pot stoned if it took several tries to find something that was right for me.
Post # 7
jannigirl : i personally find it helps with my very bad period cramps (which are bad enough that advil or tylenol aren’t worth bothering with) but I don’t really know how it’d compare to an epidural in terms of pain management ability–not favorably, I’d imagine.
That said, its really not difficult to just try and find out. At least if you’re in a state where it’s legal. It’s a lot harder to find a dealer who operates the way a dispensary does, if it’s not legal–most dealers sell whatever they happen to have on hand, vs a dispensary where you can tell them exactly what you’re looking for and they’ll steer you towards the most pain-relieving, least-foggy-headed-ing, strain. If I were you I’d ask for a seperate one to try for sleep vs. one for pain management while awake–they’re typically different strains, and while I’m uncertain you’ll find good waking pain relief something that dulls the pain and knocks you out sounds well within the realm of possibility.
Edibles have fewer options, typically, but worth trying.. otherwise you may want to try smoking ONCE (I know, smoking is gross, but it’s the cheapest/fastest way to find out if this works for you) and if you do find relief then invest in a vaporizer to keep your lungs cleaner.
Post # 8
wolfeyes : i find edibles very uncomfortable too! esp. baked goods, its like “oh fuuuuck” and i have to lie down and cling to the bed for stability until i pass out and wake up feeling still pretty out of it. I don’t touch edibles much for that reason.
Post # 9
It is illegal where I live. And so there’s that. Not even legal for medicinal use. Plus, if I popped positive, there could be very real consequences for my career. I’ve never been tested except when doing a pre-employment drug screen, but there’s always the possibility. It’s my understanding that CBD oil may not have the same benefit & I’m not sure about spending a couple hundred bucks on something that won’t work (via online ordering).
I’ve shown no addiction to opiates & have been prescribed plenty over the last 10 years. Unfortunately, they are just harder to come by as physicians are balking at prescribing.
Post # 10
I just feel like I need to do SOMETHING. So tired of being in pain all the time. It’d be nice to even have a single day where it wasn’t dictating my actions.
My husband & I will be traveling to a state where recreational use is legal. And while I could still test positive when I return, i thought i might give it a try.
But, what do I do if it works? Try to take some back with me? Find some back home? Or not risk it?
Post # 11
jannigirl : It is illegal where I live. And so there’s that. Not even legal for medicinal use. Plus, if I popped positive, there could be very real consequences for my career.
I wouldn’t then.
Post # 12
CBD with very minimal or no THC could be the ticket. In Canada we have online ordering. It helps my chronic back pain so much! I’m not sure if you would be able to order from them as well but you can PM me if you’d like the link.
Post # 13
jannigirl : ugh it really sucks but if you’re at all likely to get screened I wouldn’t. It can take a decent while to get it out of your system if you start using regularly (if it works).
getting caught taking a sizeable amount of pot across state lines is also not awesome.
as for just trying it, in the hopes at least you may have a day or two on your vacation where you feel ok–you should pass a urine test after a month or so, maybe less (depends a lot on how much you smoke, how big you are, etc..) and hair test should be unaffected. Dunno if that helps
Post # 14
jannigirl : I do NOT recommend edibles. They will knock you so far on your ass you have no idea! Especially if you are not a regular smoker. But I would 100000% choose marijuana over opioids. I don’t know anything about medicinal marijuana but do not buy an edible. If anything a joint in the morning and/or night.
Post # 15
If you get relief from your opioid prescription then I would suggest continuing with that. Also when have you had your last review by a doctor? People break vertebrae all the time with no long standing pain issues so perhaps a re-review of the exact cause of your pain and options for treatment (physio therapy etc) could be considered. Chronic pain is the worst! xo