I smoke for pain as of the dozens of pain medications I've been rx'd over the years either have horrible side effects (nausea, vomiting, lethargy, confusion), don't work at all, or carry risks I'm not willing to accept (liver damage, etc). I'm not ashamed of what I do and I'm not interested in engaging in a debate as to the benefits of medical marijuana as I essentially view those who demonize it as uneducated and willfully ignorant.
That aside, I have a meeting with a surgeon on Friday to get evaluated as a candidate for artificial disc replacement (I have DDD, L4/L5, L5/S1). At the moment I'm in the worst pain I've ever been in in my life and I don't know what I'll do if he says I'm not a good candidate (osteoporosis runs in my family). I've tried everything for the past 7 years and nothing has worked. This is my last hope. I'm 21 and I need my life back.
My concern is about being honest with the surgeon/anesthesiologist. I went to the ER a couple days ago because the pain was unbearable, and after telling the doctor I wasn't interested in any narcotics, but that I needed something better than robaxin (for example), he asked me what I usually did for pain and I told him honestly. He wrote in my chart that I was a drug abuser and threw me out the door with a prescription for skelaxin (I had been hoping for a steroid shot or something).
I want to be honest with the doctors on Friday (particularly as I would plan on using marijuana as exclusively as possible for pain once I got out of the hospital since I don't like or trust narcotics, and anything less than a narcotic doesn't help at all), but I don't want to be written off and lose my only chance at this surgery. Can anyone please advise? I feel completely helpless and hopeless at this point and I don't know what to do.