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HAs anyone tried marijuana for the pain? I have Adhesive Arachnoiditis.

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
I have Adhesive Arachnoiditis and was wondering if that might help. Tired of relying on pills.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    But first, let me address duplicate posting. When you make duplicate posts you are just setting up confusion among the member community. People dont know which thread to respond to.
    I deleted your other duplicate post.

    Now the subject, try a search on it and you will find dozens of posts talking about the subject. Some pro, some con..
    but it is good reading
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • what type of symptoms are you having and are you seeing a pain specialist? All I've been told is I have scar tissue on my nerve and my doctor wants to try lysis of adhesions after my epidural injection.
  • try medical grade .i think its called sativex or sativax ? i asked at my pain clinic and they refused to get me some .saying that it is only as good as gabapentin {i carnt take gabapentin or any other types of a similar nature}sativax? has a similar profile to cannabis but without the nasty side effects {it does have it own side effect too}.i have tried street cannabis {from a clean supplier!} but found it only made me feel ill as dose alcohol.so i will stick to the oxycodone! cannabis is a class 2 drug here in the UK and is therefore illegal .i tried my cannabis out of the UK sativex? is made in the UK!!! but we arnt allowed to use it here .i dont agree with that as i know people that do get good pain relief from cannabis ..i myself dont
    STRAKER ...man!!! think i will go and listen to some pink floyd!!
  • My partner, Greg, has had arachnoiditis for 14 years. He has a morphine pump for the past 8 years and pain pills in addition to the pump. About 3 months ago he tried marijuana for pain and found that just a couple of draws of marijuana stopped the pain immediately for several hours. He does use it only when the pain gets so severe he can no longer stand it. If you try it I pray it helps.
  • What were the side effects for you? It's use has been suggested to me by a couple of people who use medical marijuana for similar problems to mine. They have not had any bad side effects though. I certainly don't need anymore issues to deal with!
    I have "lots" of scar tissue creating such intense pain I,at times can't stand up straight.Also debilitating muscle spasms in both my lumbar and cervical areas.I am allergic to morphine,dilaudid.
    In high school the only side affects were the munchies and the giggles....Right now I would try about anything for 6 hours of good sleep.
    I'm like alot of people on here,I am sick of taking pills....would love a mile walk without crunching up like a worm from a spasm,etc....Let me know what your experience was please...thanks Sagehen
  • But it doesn't help the pain, for me.
    I use it becuz my pain causes nausea and sleep deprivation.
    Helps me eat and sleep for more than 4hrs at a time.
    And the relaxation is great!!!
    I wish it was legal and so does my primary dr.
    He said he'd give it to me if he could, but can't.
    But supports me using it!
  • yes sir it sure works! i have spinal stenosis/degenerated disc disease and one day i lost my insurance. i went into serious withdrawls because ive taken oxycontin for three years now with vicodine someone considered marijuana and like magic it worked try it but dont overuse it good luck.
  • In 2001 I started having what I thought were minor back spasms. I came to find out that they were actually fairly sever. For a while they only occurred every 4 - 6 months and the bad ones would put me in bed for up to 6 days. After a while I started having perpetual pain in my left shoulder that radiated down my arm and back. It got to where I couldn't lift my left arm high enough to put dishes away.

    I eventually found out that I have bone spurs which are leading to stenosis in both my lumbar and cervical spine, giving me perpetual back pain.

    In 2008 a friend of mine recommended that I try and alleviate at least some of the pain with cannabis. She recently had discovered that she had almost no back pain when using cannabis. As a former "druggie" in high school I was dubious of using Marijuana again, especially since I had at one time "gatewayed" into other drugs with it. The same reason was why I just chose to be in pain instead of taking Vicodin or Oxycontin as proscribed.

    I did a lot of research into what we know about cannabis today vs. 20 years ago, when I was in high school. I found most of the things we were taught about most drugs in the 80's and 90's was not only based on faulty research but in some cases outright lies. The modern research changed my mind.

    I've now been living without pain for 3 years. Unfortunately I do not live in a 'legal' state. Yet the pill mills are getting taken down all over the place, and the people they label as addicts have mug shots that are frightening. These people who have pain look like they're on Meth because they got hooked on Oxy and the like. They do frightening things to get the pain relief and subsequent side effects of the harder more addictive pain relievers.

    As a former 'addict' of speed and other pills I can attest the withdraw symptoms from Marijuana are 'oh darn, I'm out of pot and I'm a bit depressed.' When compared to the other stuff I've come off of, marijuana is a piece of cake.

    After long term daily usage the 'psychotropic' effects are minimal, maybe a slight buzz. The first time I smoked (after having been sober 15 years) I sat on the floor giggling and occasionally singing whatever played on the MP3 player. Now about all I notice is the pain goes away for about 3 - 5 hours after a couple of hits.

    That's my story. I swear by cannabis for pain relief. Compared to the other drugs I've taken, recreationally and for pain, the withdraw is minor. I recommend light usage for pain, building up a tolerance really fast will only cost you money.

  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    And not for others. I live in California Where it's legal as long as you see a Dr. and get a prescription card.
    I tried 4 different types of medical grade marijuana. And none of them worked for me. But I felt that nothing ventured, nothing gained.
    I'm not against it as long as it's legal. But it sure isn't for me.
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • you will have so much fun that it will take your pain away. It helps to get your mind off what ever ails you. Of course it's only temporary!
  • ButterflySalButterflySal Posts: 1
    edited 04/13/2014 - 9:35 AM
    I found it helpful in the past for severe headaches/migraines; less so for body/bone pain of rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.
    Sally Gecks
  • as a sufferer of arachnoiditis since 1980, I can tell you YES. I am in a stage with either the arachnoiditis, or the asbestosis also keeps me nauseated . This too is helped by certain grades of marijuana i. Both pain and nausea are can be treated with herbs.  
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