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20 year old needing advice from some elders

ChillmunnyCChillmunny Posts: 1
edited 05/26/2015 - 8:02 AM in Stop Smoking
Hey everyone. I'm a 20 year old male who days ago went through with a discectomy. I'm also not terribly good at spelling so forgive me if that's not correct. Anyways despite what some people say I noticed that cannabis helped a great deal in the lead up to my surgery with pain management and other things. II've also been a smoker of tobacco for 5 years and am aware of its detriments to surgery recovery so I have just quit cold turkey with the fags. However I'm finding it extremely difficult to keep away from cannabis as I'm in a lot of pain. I know that smoking of any nature isn't great after surgery but what would be the effect of like, just 1 or two joints a week?


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    First I want to wish you the best with your recovery from your surgery and your healing process.
    And congrats on quitting cigarettes. :)

    You referred to cigarettes as fags so I'm assuming you are from UK?
    Not sure about your laws but I'm from the states and still, mostly, illegal here. There may be some states where prescription for medicinal purposes might happen...but it is not in commonly in practice with pain management.

    Even if it were legal or common place for pain relief....no one could advise you . Only your doctor, who knows you best, would be able to know. Something may effect one person one way and another person another way.

    You really need to be careful.
    If you are on other meds, the interaction may not be good . Doctor should know every medication you are taking, ....even if it is under "recreational" drugs.

    You say you need the cannabis because of your increasing pain. Please tell your doctor how the pain feels so he can guide you and manage your pain.
    Please, don't self medicate.
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  • I'm a back pain veteran in the UK. I'm also a retiring police officer. I do know that the government and N.I.C.E. Are clamping down heavily on the prescription of painkillers and the automated prescription programming the nhs has rolled out will automatically red flag anyone exhibiting drug abuse behaviour. It's quite reasonable for you to want pain relief but self medicating is a no no now.

    They are also bringing in random urine tests for anyone on controlled painkillers like they now do in the U.S. If you test positive for THC ( cannabis ) you are likely to be red flagged and unable to be prescribed any strong painkillers. As Savage said, be up front with your ?GP, tell them you are finding the pain hard to cope with and declare that you take cannabis regularly. They will be able to help with both. If you ask them for it.

    Please don't hide the fact that you take Cannabis from your healthcare providers. They want to trust you and help you.

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  • Welcome to the forum that will help you and support you through this.

    Having known somebody whose character and personality changed for the very worse when smoking cannabis I can only say get pain relief in other ways. this is your chance to move forward from that possibly happening to you. You have managed the worst and that is giving up tobacco... CONGRATULATIONS :-). However if you keep smoking to accommodate your cannabis use that will have a long term affect on your back, so is it worth going through painful surgery and recovery just to risk further surgery in the future?

    There is pain after surgery but that does improve in time with exercises set and walking. Limit the sitting to minimal though (maybe you have been told that?).

    Well done on getting through the surgery at such a young age and I hope we are able to support you .. what exercises have you been set etc?

    (ex smoker for years and never any cravings now!)
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