How Medical Marijuana has made getting the pain relief I need less painful
Please note that this post is to share my experience and give insight to the benefits of medicating with marijuana and is not to be taken as medical advice.
I had many reasons for replacing pharmaceutical medications with MMJ (medical marijuana), but there was one reason that I never even considered until I experienced it myself. As I was nearing the end of my big pharma relationship, doctors were under pressure to limit and/reduce the amount of pain medication they prescribed. The result was that chronic patients like me had to be seen monthly and we were no longer being prescribed the amount we needed. Prior to this my physician was able to write a prescription for several months worth of pain meds at a time. This meant I only needed to see my doctor a few times a year unless something new presented itself. For me, a monthly doctor visit to get a prescription was painful nightmare. Each visit would physically deplete me. They stole precious time that could have been spent laughing and making memories with family and friends. They would also emotionally drain me. No one should be brought to tears or feel they need to beg to receive pain relief.
I knew that medicating with MMJ would have many benefits, but not having to beg to get a smidgen of what I needed was one of the most surprising and empowering ones. I no longer need to see a doctor on a monthly basis to request pain medication. In the state of California, I only need to see a medical marijuana referring physician once a year. At the time I made the switch, I was paying $30 a month just to see my physician. My initial MMJ recommendation cost $65 and I renew each year for just $35! Who knew I would be saving money too!!!!
With my recommendation in hand I am free to get my medication from any dispensary in California. No more having to worry about which pharmacy takes my insurance. Instead of being stuck with a pharmacy that knows I can’t go anywhere else and doesn’t care about me as a patient, dispensaries work hard to please their patients. They offer premium products and run specials on different forms of MMJ all the time. My favorite dispensaries often offer buy two get one free on my preferred edibles, Cheeba Chews.
With my MMJ recommendation I am able to acquire the amount of medication that I need, plus have a surplus for really bad days. The best part is that MMJ comes in so many different forms which makes micro dosing for daily muscle spasms, nerve pain, and bone pain possible. It was impossible for me to micro dose with opioids. Can you imagine breaking down a pain pill when you only need a few milligrams?
To top it off, since medicating with MMJ I no longer experience the side effects that I did with pharmaceuticals. I can’t imagine how sick I would be or how many prescriptions I would need if I had continued treating my conditions with my doctors prescription pad. At the time I decided enough was enough, my doctor was ready to write 10 prescriptions just to combat side effects!!!!!!
Medicating with MMJ has improved my life in so many ways. My family and I love that I no longer have to exhaust myself both physically and emotionally with monthly doctor visits and having to beg for pain medication. Do you medicate with MMJ? What benefit surprised you?
Wishing you a day filled with many reasons to smile,
The Disabled Diva
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