It is hard to put a point on it but things are certainly changing on a daily basis since I began Dronabinol. Lately I have noticed more than ever, that Continue reading
Today I am confident in posting some important information to make you aware of choosing the right generic THC/CBD alternative painkiller for you.
I am going to step back to a year ago. It was with a deep sense of scepticism by being prescribed ‘weed’, reluctantly I took my first dose. Remember my bio.. ‘seventy-one year female with no prior Cannabis experience, except in the capacity of voyeur!’
This was scary and I was struggling with my vast knowledge of this illegal drug, and lifetime exposure to the propaganda of the horrors associated with Cannabis use. Had to push back on the bad things ‘weed’ can do, and make a leap of faith at the possibilities of what the ‘weed’ might be able to do for me. Could it be possible that I could lose my four year old ‘morning sickness’ nausea, by taking a cannabis pill? Nothing to lose and nothing has worked before to give me one day of freedom from nausea. Maybe I could enjoy the smells of cooking. Or even get taste and enjoy the flavor of my tomato sandwich! That was the turning point to my life.
The next morning, I took my dose and sat watching coverage of the election. Around forty-five minutes later I began to feel tingling around my lips, and my tongue. Then I found myself focusing on a sentence and time starting warping. Minutes seemed like hours, sometimes hours went by as if only minutes had passed.
It was when I first got up to make a cup of tea. I felt strangely free. I had no pain! I was totally free from pain. It made me feel light and gay, and uplifted. I walked upright. My feet did not cause me pain when I walked. Not a hint of back pain. I also noticed that I no longer felt that horrid morning sickness for the first time in four years had gone. I felt great, and the only thing that seemed different was that I felt my mind was slowed down so I could think deeper. Continue reading
Played mini-golf with our dear neighbors. It has been five years since I have had enough strength and felt pain free for over six months. The quality of my life has dramatically improved. No longer locked inside four walls..unable to move..bedridden..and dependent on my husband for basic needs. A total flip to being pain free with my use of Dronabinal..
I have found a way to enjoy and take back my life after suffering from cancer for eight years. Now cancer free, I am also pain free and nausea free using Medicinal THC. While there is little published factual information on the use of medical THC to ease the suicidal pain associated with cancer, I am using this blog to diary my own personal experience with Medical THC to bring some positive exposure to this very real change to my quality of life by deciding to use a little researched and much maligned alternative to opiates.
I have used opiates and they made me more ill. After a year of using Dronabinol, I have regained a quality of life I didn’t think possible before I began taking Dronabinol. What I once thought would screw up my brain and turn me into a zombie, has given me back a joy of living I had not felt since my cancer diagnosis.
Sometimes my prejudices have lead to poor choices and in this circumstance I was so boxed into my ever increasing misery of unrelenting pain, I simply reached out to my Oncologist’s suggestion, mainly to get relief from nausea. It was surprising to find that one month into taking my daily dose, I found myself nausea free and pain free. Who knows if anybody else would get the same relief. I never used recreational THC. Maybe it works differently with me.
With my Nursing background and knowing how hard it is to cope with the pain that cancer and its treatment inflicts on the survivor, I decided to take my revelation public and use this Blog to share my experience.
Who said the American dream was DOA. We aliens from foreign lands who chose to take up residence and Citizenship ,here in the United States are grateful for so much.
In my case it is my life and my gratitude is to a wonderful expatriate who expertise in Radiological Oncology has reversed my ‘terminal’ status of Metastatic Breast Cancer to Cancer-free. If he did not immigrate to the US and I did not immigrate to the US, we would never have met and my fate may well have been quite different.
So what does it mean to be cured of cancer? Well if I still had the cancer-related pain, my cure would have been a sentence to a life of harrowing pain. However, in these enlightened days in the US, all the states of the nation now allow the use of Medicinal Marijuana
Only in America has all fifty states now legalized Medical THC.For elder cancer treatment and aging. This is a positive step in the direction of living a quality of life while being affected by the effects of cancer treatment.
Got on the scales this morning, As one does..and to my surprise I have dropped another pound! I ask myself – what else does this drug have in store for me?
How did Marijuhana become so badly maligned by mainstream? Since commencing Dronabinol when I feel happy for the first time in my life. All the traumatic experiences of my seventy one years have just floated away. Memories are on hold for the first time ever. Sad memories have given way to thoughts that now have room for what is happening to me today. I am feeling the real world, and life, seeping into my cells day by day.
It totally perplexes me to comprehend the reason why society has cursed the ‘weed’ for everything that my experience diametrically oppose!
Take pain as and example. The intense, constant, ugly all consuming sense, that just taking a breath will make it unbearable to live and despite my wish for freedom from the pain, I must keep living. Opiates were never efffective for my cancer pain, even at sixty milligrams a day.
The reality of my opiate use was minimal pain relief with increasing euporia, and an increasing divide between self and reality.
In respect to Dronabinol, the opposite happens. On a daily basis I find myself getting total pain relief from a painkiller that is not yet on the FDA list for this usage.
Pain relief and the other positive effects I am finding as I use Dronabinol, are definitely not getting the attention of the principal actors. Healthcare professionals need to make major changes to the negative perception of THC and map new algorithems to effectiely relieve pain. Dronabinol in my mind, and from my experience, should be part of maintream thinking when decision-making on the choice cancer pain relief.
By the way, to this point I appear to have an increased metabolism while taking Dronabinol and am not getting fat, while feeling happy.
For over a century there has been a belief that Medicine is a cure and not a cause. Strange to think that the medicine that diseases such as heart disease is treated with digitalis that is deadly if not strictly formulated into a chemical compound that can make us healthy, however in its pure form, as the’the deadly nightshade’ it is lethal.
I believe the principles apply for medicinal Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the medicinal component of Cannabis, now I have spent the past 13 months taking a daily dose of 7.5 of Dronabinol.This is the medical THC generic version. In relation to pain relief it is a game changer, allowing me mobility I had not experienced for six years. in best practice for long term outcomes, this alternative could be used instead of opiates for patients like I, for chronic cancer pain.
Personally I have taken both routes.For me it has been important to understand through my experience, that Dronabinol is not a synthetic drug. Certain parts of the plant are processed to produce a result. The big difference between Dronabonil is that IN my experience, Dronabinol maps my pain and formulates synergistic relief. Maybe because many opiates are synthetic, the body inadequately maps pain relief differently with less effective outcomes.
As the weeks go by, I am becoming increasing engaged in my environment, as opposed to when I was adminstered opiates when I just came under the influence of a chemical that changed the nature of my pain, without complete relief, and also affected my organic being, making me sick and superimposing a feeling of ill-health and dis-engagement or apathy. The opiate effect is the normal expectation, whereas the scepticism of encouraging widespread Dronabinol research and outcomes is inhibiting the expansion of use of this healthy alternative.
Only when more people start thinking about the distinct line between the recreational THC and Medicinal THC, will there be the necessary progress toward the use of opiate alternatives such as Dronabinol web link. Enjoy your day!
This is indeed a Red Letter Day! After eight years of care from the Oncology Clinic, today I say goodbye to the Doctor who saved my life. His depth of knowledge , and humility to consult with two equally quaified colleages, one from Duke, and one from West Virginia produced a cure for my cancer! For anyone suffering from cancer, the deepest and darkest fears we ever dread is the pronouncement that we have that terrible disease that robs us of our lives.
To me, my diagnosis came within three months of having a heart attack and a stroke. I did in fact, feel like it the last straw. My life was full and interesting. My husband and I were traveling during mini-vacations and life was grand. Suddenly, at age sixty four, here I was with not one, not two, but three of the worst diseases attacking me in short order.
Surviving a stroke really is the thing. If you live you can return. With great care and drugs, I have recovered. The heart is a little harder to heal. It took longer but in two years, I was under the care of a female oriented Cardiologist, who quickly differentiated the cause for my Cardiac distress because she diagnosed me scientifically, with a combination of non invasive tests and careful examination, including for the first time, questions about my family history. When she established what the problem with my heart was congestive heart failure, she medicated me, and we have only needed to change one medication in seven years.This past twelve moths my blood pressure has gone up from 80/50 to 110/78.I have had a low blood pressure my entire adult life. This is the first time I Have enjoyed having my blood pressure rise to the more ‘ normal’.I really believe that taking Dronabinol has improved my blood pressure, reducing my risks of falls.
This is related to my Cancer diagnosis, because all three interacted on me at the same time. With the total cure of my metastic stage four breast cancer, and complete freedom from the pain related to the cancer, I am cured and back on track. The only way this is possible today is because Medicinal Marijuhana has given me back my life, through relieving my pain and nausea.
The treatment of my cancer was challenging, but the changes one experiences forever, come after the chemotherapy and radiation treatments. For me it is a muscular weakness in my left clavicular region. The rays were beamed through those mucles because my manumbrium, or breastplate was totally infiltrated with the same breast cancer cells, my hormone dependent cancer, that came back and formed a huge cancer on my posterior chest wall, erradicated in short order by chemotherapy.
The bone cancer was a difficult location to reach , via the rays, because of its location. Now five years later, I cannot do repititive arm raising or I am plagued by agonizing pain around my clavicle.
I am cured of cancer, but pain, from the effects of all my treatments ending with a totally collapsed lumbar spine, has been so suicidally bad, that I wished every day that I would not wake up.
So I ask you? Is that life. Is that what you want to feel at the end of your life? To be in such a degree of pain that it consumes you . The terrible effects of opiates while the pain is still there for a minimum of relief, is a trade off between that pain, or a huge, dull ache, and within a few months you begin to lose your senses and your reasoning and finally you ae battling Doctor induced opiate addiction. In my case this was through a Pain Clinic
I became addicted in less than three months. I became dependent on opiates to ‘feel better’ and be able ‘ keep going’. It was the time in my life when I had no feelings, except for a big, dull ache that no ammount of opiates ould stop. . It took away the sharp jabbing pains in my feet, but still left them painful and uncomfortable to touch or walk. This is a side effect of the chemotherapy drug Taxil,causing permanent bilateral neuropathies of both my feet
Two doses of Zometa, the wonder drug to replace bone loss and after two vists to the Intensive Care Unit following each dose I now have chronic pancreatitis.Stabbing, doubling up pain from front to back, under my rib cage. Not all the time but after I eat something that does not agree, or just in a instant, similar to getting a cramp description.
When I weaned myself off Hydrocodone sixty milligrams a day I had been taking for a year, over a three week period, without supervision, I totaly crashed and broke into a million pieces. The pain was relentless but I made the choice. To bear the pain so as not to deal with side effects and interactions of various drugs on my system.
Then following a sneeze, I caused my entire lumber spine to collapse. The pain was agonizing, and I was extremely incapacitated, and depressed, It was terribly hard on my husband and only caregiver.
Then medicinal Marijuhana (THC) entered my life and set me on the path to wellness and good health after eight long painful years. My Chemomotherapy Oncologist suggested using Medicinal THC for the constant nausea I experienced. What we did not realize was an amazing change would take place in the weeks ahead.
I began my dose after struggling out of bed, with every movement causing agonizing pain; for six days in a row. This was day seven and up to now I just relief from the nausea
On the day my life changed, I took the7.5 Dronabinol at eight. Within one hour I I was totally pain free!
For eight years I has suffered pain, and for four of them, the kind of pain that robbed me of my joy. Day by day my thoughts become more occupied by how to deal with the pain, than being able to do or see the things that make life worthwhile.
Pain made me sink lower and lower into a place when I finally began to believe it was not worth the effort or money to prolong my life through the effect of the toxins that caused so much harm to my body, that the natural course of the disease would have been a kinder way out.
The introduction of Medicinal Marijuhana into my life has totaly transformed me. Pain completey ruled my life for four years. It dictated my mobility, my attention, my nutrition, and my state of mind for four, long years. I have a kind husband and caregiver. His patience is extraordinary and he is so simpatico it is amazing. My persona was beginning to put an enormous stress on him.
That first morning when I became free from pain, It was so overwhelming that I did not think too much about how cancer-free I was, but rather how panfree I was! Why has nobody offered my this alternative before?
I had some pretty deep preconceived ideas aout recreational Marijuhana. I had spent nurmerous hours in the company of people who used it rereationaly. I just thought they were all mad to take something that them all so stupid. I also worried about its effects on the brain.
Now one year into my new life, approaching seventy two, I am cancer free, pain free, healthy and sincerely greatful for the freedom to find the perfect altenative to my debilitating pain. I can seriously enjoy being cured of a cancer, few survive. In a few hours I will bid farewell to the Doctor who saved my life. My Medicinal Marijuhana has to be monitored and although I have not taken any other form of analgesic, and will not ever take up this dose of Dronabinol, I will continue to see my Chemotherapy Oncologist and get my pain relief. Not because I continue to need cancer services, but I need her expertize in keeping me well by taking away my pain and nausea with Dronabinol. So it is pain and not cancer that tethers me to the Oncology Clinic. It will be sad to say ‘goodbye’ to the Doctor who saved my life, but it is a blessing to have a future to plan and enjoy. After eight years I am really going to enjoy it!
The hardest and most time-consuming part of setting up my Blog has been learning a whole new way of working.
After three straight months of 6 – 12 hours of sitting with my lapop, I have finally got the hang of it. THC taken as Dronabinol, used as drug to treat nausea, totally stopping my back pain and neuropathies creates pain relief and percetual changes.
THC totally stopped my pain, about an hour after I took it this morning, as it has for the past year. I immediately started working on my Blog, not thinking about the pain. It is amazing what has happened over the past threee hours. I have begun to realize and comprehend the WP Tutorials! I am beginning to have the ability to use windows more effectively. THC impairs my focus so badly that it can take ten minutes to write a sentence but somehow I have gotten here.
It takes pure grit to keep your mind together on this stuff and try to keep your thoughts from stopping you do what you have to. I am learning through Social Media how to develop my blog to share with so many of you my message out to everybody in pain. You can be cured of cancer, but if your not free from pain you are not cured. THC has cured my pain and now I feel healthy and free of any illness and eager to keep you informed how Dronabinol is changing my life and my future on a daily basis. Have an awesome kind of day.
I hope to write a response to the ammount of interest you have shown in my blog. I will respond at length tomorrow. Thank you this subject is so important to my life…
Move without pain my latest blog post. Live for the future
At 71 first experience with ‘Pot’ is so positive. To be ‘stoned’ all day (12 hours) and happy.. Twenty -four hour pain free at the end of the road after 5 years of suicidal pain caused by effects of cancer. I never thought I can function so well and get such an awesome quality of life..thanks to Marinol.
At seventy-one I am experiencing freedom from pain through the use of medicinal THC, drug name Marinol. Just 7.5 milligrams once a day, provides me with a pain free life, filled with happiness, hope, and goals for the future.
My doctor and the pain clinic had tried everything including Hydrocodone 60 milligrams daily, but no pain relief.
Now despite an unstable, collapsed lumbar spine that is inoperable, I am pain free and able to participate in life in a way that was impossible six months ago.
I can do this for two reasons. The first is acknowledging that while I am without pain, the trade off is that my perception is impaired, including no longer able to drive.
My kind and caring husband of thirty two years has made it possible for me to make the decision to continue taking Marinol, and take over the responsibilities of caring for me and our household. It has given me a new lease on life.
I created this Blog to encourage conversation about this experience. I am one of a very small population of cancer survivors, who has benefited , of using Marinol, a natural alternative to other possibly lethal pain killers like opiates.
While cautioning ‘handle with care’, it is great to feel no pain. Not so great to relinquish total control. In taking Marinol it would be careless and irresponsible to not be mindful of its side effects.But some impairment to perception, and relinquishing alcohol,is a fair trade for feeling this good!