Even after three surgeries to relieve pain it created more pain than I can handle. I recently went to a spine treatment center and saw a pm doc for the first time. Ian into my second month of taking Oxycodone 10/325 3 times a day with Neurontin 600 mg at night. She added Flexaril 10 mg 3to times a day to help instead of SOMA. I'm not getting much relief, at least not like the first month. I am willing to work with her to find what does help for now. In the event I get no relief that lasts more than two hours I am thinking marijuana might help with pain? Is there any claim that it helps with chronic pain? Been searching but cannot find anything about a relationship between pot and pain. Any input on this?
Hi Jmike. I'm so sorry to hear about your suffering. The marijuana issue is only substantiated in terminal caner patients whose pain levels are unmanageable and who are using it in conjunction with other opiods, usually. You have not said you are terminal. I would suggest several things: One, make sure you have an aggressive, experienced pain management specialist, not just a doctor who does this on the side. Two, Neurontin (an epilepsy drug)is not as effective as higher levels of opiods, so I would suggest you ask your pain management doctor about combining Norco 10/325 with Percocet 10/325 and see how you feel after a week. Norco is very mild, relatively speaking. Then, if that does not completely help your pain, ask him/her about Fentanyl patches. I have been on opiods for 2 years now, and I take Fentanyl for my primary drug (patch) and I use Norco and Percocet as supplementary.
Fenantyl is very strong and is a slow release form of opiod (Opiods are synthetic forms of opium). It is highly effective but is only prescribed for patients who have a strong tolerance built up. I hope you find relief as pain dominates our lives without effective relief. Good luck to you.
I do know just how you feel, but, my pain management Dr. does NOT believe in marijuana for pain. That said, I have a friend who has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, can't straighten his legs, and is bent forward at the waist. He travels to Owensboro, Kentucky to a specialist who told him basically if pot works for you, do it. My friend takes no opiates, or anything else, no alcohol, nothing, he says pot is the only thing that gives him relief. I on the other hand, have to take pee tests. It's up to you and your Dr., and how he feels about it. I hope this helps some, and good luck.
I think your best bet is to research pain medications and muscle relaxants. Go onto the Med Notes section and the drugs by condition section (2 different tabs) and check to see if there are any medications that might not interact with your other meds. Take the list of meds, that you find have only minor or moderate reactions with your other medications, conditions and foods. Then discuss with your doctor, which medications would be best for your condition. make a list of things you want or need to ask your doctor and take it with you to your visit. Don't be afraid to ask any and all questions you have, even if you think they might sound stupid. There are no stupid questions, when it concerns your health. If your doctor isn't willing to listen, find one who will. I did. Another good idea is to research your conditions and current medications. Cholesterol drugs, such as any statins, can dramatically increase you pain levels. Therapeutic massage might decrease pain levels as well.
hi jmike10,all these answers to your question are from people who deal with pain on a daily basis.myself included.but the truth of the matter is we all have different bodies and different tolerance to pain.so my best advise to you is do whatever you need to or at least get away with so you have as normal life as you can. I found a book chronic pain and the 12 steps.then found 1 meeting that guides it self by it. its at Valley Forge medical center in valley forge Pa. the book talks about how dealing with pain on a daily basis actually changes your brain chemistry. Same as any drug does,be it an opiate,physic drug,nsaid or muscle rellaxer.Yes and even medical pot. i meditate,medicate, and tolerate. do whatever it takes to make it through another day.as long as your not hurting yourself or another person handle your business. and if life gets too rough we are all here for you 24/7.subzero58
I agree with everyone else that posted before me. Pain is a very personal issue. What is tolerable for me may be excruciating for you... no way to tell. Your pain is what you say it is.
I myself find oxycodone, NOT OxyContin, to be the most effective pain reliever for me. I can treat my pain as it arises and, being an old beat up RN, have been able to manage quite nicely with the oxys until I was put on fentanyl patches. Now after 4 months, I find that patches that supposedly last 72 hours barely last me 24 hours with the beginnings of withdrawals before and after the application of a patch. Sucks. My psychiatrist is madder than hell at my pain doc and my pain doc won't even blink. So my conundrum is do I let my shrink manage me with ClassIII narcs like suboxone or subutex,.or do I find a doc that will listen to me and try it my way. And along with the other nice things my last two pain docs have done is now I am an addict (their words). The fentanyl did it, I didn't want it, but it was fentanyl or nothing.
I have a friend that got some marijuana butter (medical grade) from California for her pain issues and he said, after she picked herself off of the floor, that it was great. I too have to pass UDS so I haven't touched pot in 40 years, never did like it anyway. Some people swear by it (pot) in addition to other pain meds others don't.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it... you can make up your own mind about what you will and won't put in your body... but hydrocodone is way down on the list of pain relievers, the next step up is oxycodone, and I prefer oxy's (found in percocet's, but I like mine plain).
Peace Out Bro and Happy Hunting,
The Sweetest Happy Hippie,
I once researched pot for bi-polar disorder and results were astounding as to how much more effective than all the scripts written now which is crap they perscribe going into our brains. (they're also studies ketamine and results are showing much more effectiveness than traditional antidepressants, just in study phase tho). I'm 51 with chronic pain and bipolar, so life is just so great. Not. In my 20's I did try pot for insomnia and anxiety, (had a very high stress job), when I had headaches and migraines, pot made the pain worse. You are working with a PM doctor, if you give in to trying pot and you get urine tested as we all undergo, they're gonna terminate you. I agree with the other postings, but under PM contract, if you get kicked out for failing drug test, your not getting back in.
Your in chronic pain, and I know there are days we would cut our on heads off for relief, but please talk with you doctor about your meds and let him know there not working for you so he can change you to something else that may. Know they will start you on lower doses at first to see if you tolerate, but if some relief is given, then just be honest with them get a stronger XR, and I stronger BT. Best of luck to you, and wishes on finding something that you can tolerate that will help you cope.
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