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Medical Marijuana - January 16th 2019, 07:12 PM

So I am considering talking to my doctor about getting put on medical marijuana instead of all of the meds I am currently on. I have fibromyalgia, PTSD, severe anxiety, and irritable bowel so I definitely meet some diagnosed criteria but I'm afraid of how my doctor will react. She refuses to prescribe any kind or narcotic and even birth control. She would rather refer me out to another doctor than to prescribe me anything like that. I also think this would help my endometriosis pain because the medicine I am on now isn't working. I mean, what would it hurt to bring it up? Y'know? What if I can actually get put on medical marijuana and it turn out to be the best thing that has ever happened to me?

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Re: Medical Marijuana - January 16th 2019, 08:23 PM

Hey Court, as you know marijuana is a controversial topic. In my state, medical marijuana is still causing controversy even though it became legal for medical use in 2012 (and recreational in 2016) so we're still a long ways away from doctors, such as primary care, getting immediately on board and prescribing a prescrpition for this as they would with other pain relieving medicine.

I take it you have done research on medical marijuana more specific to your condition? If not, then I suggest you do that before bringing the topic up to your primary care. Let them know that you aren't "just a junkie" looking to get medical marijuana; write something up to show that you have a complete understanding of medical marijuana and its benefits for your condition.

If you need to begin research, I suggest looking in places that has NHS, NIH or GOV attached to the website domain.

Best of luck.
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Re: Medical Marijuana - January 19th 2019, 04:53 PM

Honestly, I am mostly alarmed that your doctor won't prescribe you birth control.

I totally understand doctors positions on narcotics; those are extremely addictive and there is also the opioid crisis (e.g. it's worsened by the fact that some people will sell pills they didn't take) so I get why most doctors won't prescribe those and why they're generally reserved for short term things since they don't want to prescribe it long term and create an addiction issue if it can be avoided.

But refusing to provide birth control is utter nonsense unless you have risk factors that would make it contraindicative (e.g. family history of strokes, or having high risk of uterine or breast cancers).

I think you bring up getting medical marijuana, it's super beneficial to many people an marijuana isn't addictive like narcotics and stuff (bearing in mind that I do think it can create dependency because people can become reliant on it making them feel better... but it's sort of like alcohol where the majority of us can have a dependency but won't have a chemical addiction but some people do get a chemical addiction to alcohol). Any how, should ask to be referred to another doctor if she's not even open to discussing it.

What I would do is go prepared with research. Make sure it's science based -- don't just pull shit off of blogs or Web MD, find actual research that shows why it's helpful.
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