I am not shy when it comes to how I treat my chronic conditions with marijuana or my disgust over the prescription medications that are available. Recently someone asked me about how I treated my Psoriatic Arthritis prior to switching to medical marijuana. This is not a question that I can answer within the reply section of a social media account. S0 here is my answer.
I have never taken one pharmaceutical medication for Psoriatic Arthritis. The reason for this is complicated. One year prior to being diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. At the time that I was being tested for Psoriatic Arthritis I was also battling pain from a large ovarian cyst. When I finally received my diagnosis my Rheumatologist told me that there was nothing he could do at that time except to treat my pain with prescription narcotics. Because the pain from my ovarian cyst was overshadowing all of my other pains it was my main concern and I never questioned my Rheumatologist. In all honesty I never really gave any consideration regarding treatment or management of it until a few years ago. This was because my life was turned upside down after my ovarian cyst was removed via laparoscopic surgery. The following four years were spent searching for surgeons to help relieve me from the pain that abdominal adhesions and surgical errors were causing. The next five years were spent figuring out how to live with the permanent damage that two surgeons had been responsible for.
It wasn’t until 2013 that another doctor mentioned that he believed I had Psoriatic Arthritis. Tests confirmed that it was responsible for my increased Sacrum pain. By this time in my life I had not only suffered from life altering surgical errors, but I had also had my fair share of severe reactions to many medications. My list of medications that had either caused me greater pain, caused an allergic reaction, or reduced my quality of life had grown immensely. The memories of the horrific six month withdrawal from one particular medication that I had taken for Fibromyalgia is what prompted me to start researching the side effects and ingredients of every prescription suggested and prescribed to me. When I researched the medications that were available for Psoriatic Arthritis, I realized they weren’t for me. It was at this point when I finally accepted that my pharmaceutical pain medications were not helping at all and even worse that they were making me sicker than I really was, so I made the decision to cease popping pharmaceutical pills. Although my pain was still intense, I did experience the relief of not suffering from pharmaceutical side effects. Knowing that I didn’t have a chance in hell of finding a pharmaceutical medication that I wasn’t allergic to or that my body could tolerate , I began to research medical marijuana. After I began medicating with MMJ, the pain in my feet and Sacrum declined. I still have days when the pain is severe, but the number of days spent in this state are no where near the daily pain I suffered from before.
I did however try some pharmaceutical creams for my psoriasis outbreaks. Unfortunately they would cause my skin lesions to spread like wild fire. This may sound absolutely insane but the only product that I have found to help relieve the burning and itching along with speeding the process of eliminating the lesion is something I found at, believe it or not, the dollar store!!!! The product is Banana Boat Sooth-A-Caine. I swear by this product and have yet to find anything else that helps me.
So there you have it. While I can not state that I have had any particular issues with any pharmaceutical medications for Psoriatic Arthritis, I can declare that MMJ and Sooth-A-Caine has helped in ways that I could have never imagined without any adverse side effects or reactions.