Category Archives: Pain managment

Medical Marijuana: Smokes

Marijuana smoke is the only danger to one’s health that I’ve come across. The best way  to avoid this harmful side effect is to eat magic brownies.

Have you ever thought about what your actually doing while smoking? You are lighting plant matter and paper on fire. Then you hold the fire close to you and stick it right in front of your face. You are also inhaling solid and liquid particulates and a list of harmful gasses from the paper and plant as you bask in the smoke cloud.

Marijuana smoke poses the same health risks as tobacco smoke, a forest fire, any smoke.

First hand marijuana smoke has been found to cause damage to the respiratory system. It can cause things like bronchitis and respiratory infections. Second hand smoke exposure can be harmful to the blood vessels.

The marijuana smoke contains chemicals that can lead to cancer but no long term research has been done yet.

https://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/post/secondhand-marijuana-smokehttps://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/post/secondhand-marijuana-smoke

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.12298/full

http://herb.co/2017/04/20/weed-smoke-vs-cigarette-smoke/

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Medical Marijuana: Legal Train

I was watching the senate live a while ago and it hit me today, those senators don’t know why its illegal. The lobbyists were requesting permission to do research on medical marijuana. The lobbyists argument was that the drug was not harmful. The senator agreed the drug was not harmful but could not approve because marijuana is a #1 scheduled drug. The senators and lobbyists got into a discussion about why marijuana would be deemed as dangerous as heroin. The lobbyists were told to come back once they knew why marijuana is scheduled #1 and can prove that it is less dangerous then heroin. The senator closed up the discussion saying that the legalization of marijuana at the federal level will be impossible until it is reevaluated and put in a more appropriate rank. What makes a schedule #1? Substances that have no medical use and are deemed a high risk for abuse. Substances scheduled 2-4 require a prescription and schedule 5 substances must be used solely for medical use.

Legal Train

  • 1906, the Pure Foods and Drug Act required that all food and drugs containing marijuana had to have it on the label.
  • 1930, Mexican Revolutionary War: with immigrants coming over, the use increased.
  • 1930, Federal Bureau of Narcotics was established, drugs began to be scheduled
  •  1936, the movie “Reefer Madness.” showed the “dangers” of recreational pot. The public went nuts.
  • 1950, federal minimal sentences for possession and use established.

Took medical marijuana almost 50 years to go from a schedule 5 to a schedule 1. It wasn’t until the year 2000 that some states decriminalized marijuana.

In 1930 the increase in use also meant increase in sales. Mexicans were most likely the ones growing and selling the recreational marijuana as a legitimate business. Making marijuana a schedule 1 took away their financial means. Senator, marijuana is a schedule 1 because the congress/senate showed their prejudice against Mexicans. Taking away their legitimate business made them criminals overnight. Mexicans still have that stigma attached to them. Like Trump said, “We have some bad humbras and we have to get them out.” Racism has produced some of the stupidest laws our country has passed.

https://docmj.com/2017/06/05/difference-medical-recreational-marijuana/

Controlled substances schedules
https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/schedules/orangebook/c_cs_alpha.pdf

https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ds.shtml

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Karma the Dog Defeats Exercises!

Here I am being a good neurologically challenged person doing my floor exercises. I’m laying on my mat and listening to my tunes on, Jang Keun Suk kind of day. I forgot to close my door. Karma runs, trips, and plops on my tummy. 90 lbs of happy dog! I guess the only reason I would sit or lay on the floor is to give her loving. And the only reason I would get out a mat is for her to sleep on it. Silly human.

Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQh1qQVRJEU

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The Daith Craze, I asked the Doctor

Family members have been driving me crazy pressuring me to get my daith pierced.

I Researched It

The daith has three dots on it. The piercing is a 89ac955a85a83648088f335123207376type of acupuncture, the Chinese philosophy of medicine that balances your Chi. The idea is that it hits the pressure points in your ear that help with pain, “point zero.” It balances your energy and brings your body back into oneness. That is why is helps with pain, hormones, and viscera. The piercing misses that pressure point. The red dots is where the piercing goes and the green dot on the daith is where the point zero is. Furthermore you would have to get specific earning and most don’t. Acupuncturists write its not worth it. If the person piercing you got the right spot it would probably work just a few weeks at best. And keep in mind the body jeweler is not a doctor or acupuncturist. I have also read that it is not acupuncture. It gets confused as acupuncture because of its location and it uses pressure to relieve pain. I tried acupuncture. I am not an expert, but it seems that if you strip away the religious components of acupuncture what you have left is relaxation, pressure, and location.

Then there is the aftercare. 6 months to heal, high risk of infection, and possible bad reactions.

A few links from different types of authors:
Body Jeweler: http://www.urbanbodyjewelry.com/blog/the-truth-about-daith-piercing/
A study: http://www.blog.migrainepal.com/blog/daith-piercing-results-for-migraine
Blogger: http://www.blog.migrainepal.com/blog/daith-piercing-results-for-migraine
Acupuncturist: http://www.blog.migrainepal.com/blog/daith-piercing-results-for-migraine
Acupuncture Academic, about the points: http://www.blog.migrainepal.com/blog/daith-piercing-results-for-migraine

What My Doctor Said

I had Botox today and so asked my pain doctor about the daith piercing. My doctor is a friendly guy with a good bedside manor. When I ask a question its all business and he takes me very seriously. I’ve never felt silly while asking a question, even when I thought it was something “duh” or stupid.

I asked “My siblings are bugging me to get a daith piercing. Have you herd any science for it?”

He laughed. Covered his face, looked at floor, and chuckled at the word “science.”

This is what he said after a moment. He has 15 patients who got the piercing. About half felt that they helped. A few were very pleased with it. One got both ears done. The other half it didn’t work, one it made it worse. He told me that if I want to try, I could because of the chance that I might like it. He would recommend going to a professional. So it would be expensive, about 80$.

Me?
I’m not that trendy. I trust my doctors. Last time my doctor didn’t say yes that might help, it didn’t help. It was a waist of time and money. There is no medical research to back it up and acupuncturists don’t stand by it. I am not trying it.

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MHAM 10: My Dog Karma

MHAM Day 10 Topic: How does your pet help you manage #Migraine or #Headache?

Message_1495832585154This is Karma. She loves walks, sitting on the porch, digging, treats, and being petted. Sometimes she gets hyper focused on one family member. Usually that family member is not doing well physically or emotionally. Karma will stay by their side, guard their doorway, and put her head or paw on their leg. Sometimes she talks to them. And she mopes. Ask her “Do you need?” and she will stare at the person or the person’s room.

She tends to know where I am all the time. “Karma, where is Crystal” or “Karma, find Crystal.” She will run back and forth between me and the person looking for me until Karma is satisfied the person found me. Sometimes Karma says “hey come see Crystal.” There was a day I fell and could not get up I was so dizzy. Karma lay down and stared at me for over an hour not moving. Karma herd the car pull up, ran to the front door, and started barking. I herd the door open then Karma’s paws sprinting down the hallway. She paused in the doorway. Mom had not gotten the hint. She sprinted off. She came and went two more times. The third time she barked at Mom. Then Mom came and the “Crap Crystal is sick” routine commenced. Since then we taught Karma everyone’s name who lives in the house.

Other phrases Karma learned was “Name, doesn’t feel good” and “Go to, name.” Both phrases result in Karma finding the person and giving them loving or begging for attention. Having Karma to pet is soothing. I don’t know what it is about simply running my hand through her fur. Another thing is I can match her breaths to get into my breathing exercises if the pain is so bad I’m having trouble. She can be a confidant. I can tell Karma anything and know she will not treat me differently. “Karma it hurts to much.” She will still ask me to throw her rope and give her treats. Another funny thing Karma does is smile when she is petted (I read that is backwards, dogs usually smile to get petted). It’s feels the same as making someone smile. A little positive emotion boost when the pain is a killer is nice. 6a00d8341ce97953ef01b8d28550f8970c-pi

For more blogger’s posts about this topic go to (http://www.migraine.ninja/2017/06/10-pets-can-sense-and-comfort-during-a-migraine-or-headache.htm) and look down in the comments.

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Pain Meds, still learning.

Today I had to take a pain pill. What I failed to remember was I took my last prescription nausea med. Why would he prescribe more pain pills then nausea pills? I was staring at my options in dismay. Mom to the rescue with over the counter stuff. It works alright, but the prescription ones work a bit better. Now, I feel like I might be the weirdest patient ever. I am going to have to ask he prescribe more nausea medicine. Not begging for more pain pills like some think I should be doing. Nope. Just give me more of those stomach pills.

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Naproxen, my first pain med

I started feeling non-stop pain in March of 2005. A few months ago I had an altercation with some light monsters. At my doctor’s appoint last month we decided that an episode of extreme light sensitivity should be avoided. The pain doctor prescribed me Naproxen. He explains to take it as needed for when it gets bad but no more than 2 pills a week. I get the bottle and there are ten pills inside for a month.

I did not ask for these. I felt like the pain had defeated me somehow. I’ve gone about 9 years without any. To me it’s huh, this sucks. To others’ it’s, yes finally; something you should have been taking for a long time now.

I take one pill and sleep for the majority of two days.

It’s great. Sleeping through an awful migraine is nice but I miss out on everything for two days but the chances of enhanced sensitivity are stronger now but I have to take medicine. Weird toss up.

I feel like I have to report to someone. “Hey, I’m taking a pain pill.” Or I wait until someone tells me to go take one. I don’t know when I have reached the threshold of go take the pain medicine. And then I write it down so that I don’t accidently take more than two that week. It is weird internal dialogue.

I believe the most important thing is that the pills brought relief to my caregivers. And we are thankful for the ability to be proactive instead of solely reactive to unbearable pain levels. Hopefully, we won’t have to go back to the ER for a long time.

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PAM16:15 Finding support through Pain Connection

A program through U.S. Pain, Pain Connection offers support groups to empower people with chronic pain to improve their quality of life, decrease their sense of isolation and take a more active role in their treatment. Founded by Gwenn Herman, a licensed certified clinical social worker whose life turned upside-down after a car accident in 1995, her experience and education offers a wealth of knowledge to the pain patient, providers and caregivers.

Check out their Pain Connection website: www.painconnection.org. Pain Connection offers several good resources and ways to get involved. I think their approach to support groups is creative. They do video conference calls. Its worth a look.

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PAM16: 12 Online Communities

Check out Heroes of Healing. Connect with others enduring the same obstacles, adversities and challenges. It is a non-judgmental, forum-based site for caregivers and those with pain to share personal stories of struggle, perseverance and triumph.

Could you imagine a migraine support group? No one would be there consistently. That is why online support groups are a great resource. Understanding, encouragement, support are at our fingertips. And its from people who are going through the same or similar hardships and accomplishments. I have tried out two. They have similar features but also some that are unique.

  • Heroes of Healing: (http://www.heroesofhealing.com) It has personal story blogs, forums, and discussion boards. It is a good place to connect with other pain warriors. There is a calendar to post events to help connect with people in person.
  •  My Chronic Pain Team: (https://www.mychronicpainteam.com) You create a support group, a team. There is an activity page, post statuses. Pin board and a resource page. And then there is a q/a page that is like a forum.

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PAM16:11 comfort that empower

When you are having a high pain day, what have you found comforting?

  1.  Music: It is proven to decrease pain, increase optimism, speed healing, decrease anxiety, improve mental health, lower heart beat, improve sleep habits, help relaxation, inspire creativity, and other stuff.
  2. My cave: dark, enclosed space, my bed, limited human interaction, safe place to cry and be in a bad mood, can stare out into space…
  3. Cuddling: Cuddling releases oxitocin. It reduced stress, relaxes muscles, and is a pain reducer. I cuddle with my teddy bears, pillow, blankets, and my fav was a boy when I had one.
  4. TV and movies: When I can stand the light I watch but I can’t see to read normally. House MD, Disney, Star Trek, crime shows, fairy tales, MASH 4077th…

A lot of high pain days I don’t even turn on my computer, hence why I’m behind. I can barely think, my balance is crazy, and my vision is all wonky. It takes a lot of my pain management tools out of the list.

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