Spastic Diplegia Cerebral palsy - Medical Marijuana
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Medical Marijuana Patient Jacqueline Patterson
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I have Spastic Diplegia Cerebral palsy. As a result of living with stiff, tight muscles for my whole life, I also live with chronic pain everywhere. My spinal pain is the worst.
I am researching Medical Marijuana for myself as I am tired of being in pain and being stiff. I’ve spent 40+ years like this, and I would love to know what it feels like to be relaxed and absolutely pain-free.
I’ve been to pain management doctors who have prescribed me medicine that dopes me up, and I cannot tolerate the side effects and go about my day. I've been offered some pretty strong and addicting drugs over the years, and because of my size and the fact that I'm very sensitive to medicine, I have been allergic to all of them.
I live on anti-inflammatory medicines (over the counter) Bayer Back and Body, although it's starting to really mess up my stomach as I take them all day long to try to help with the pain that I feel. It takes the edge of slightly but not enough to feel what it's like to be completely pain free or at the very minimum relaxed. Being relaxed would help with the pain it's a vicious cycle and now that I've worn my joints,muscles down from all the years of living with Cerebral Palsy I have developed arthritis, nerve damage & osteoporosis & painful spinal complications and scoliosis.
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Cerebral Palsy & Medical Marijuana
Doctors Make Us Feel Guilty Asking
Recently I asked my primary doctor about Medical Marijuana as I want to try it. I’ve always been on the fence for myself, but I can no longer deal with this much misery and I need help and I also want to live my life. I cannot live my life doped up with a few hundred pills a day to just get very minimal relief and be drugged up too.
I cannot live like that. I have a very full life and excuse me if I want to enjoy it. If I can manage my pain through Medical Marijuana, then why not give it to me to try. I’ve tried everything else that has way more dangerous side effects of MJ. If it doesn’t work, then I won’t take it, it’s simple as that.
However, I’m being made to feel like a criminal at the mere act of asking about it. I’m sorry, but that’s not fair or ethical. You’re supposed to “do no harm” leaving me live with chronic pain day after day now that’s doing harm. Drugging me up, so I can’t even sit up is doing harm, the standard drugs they offer many of us with Cerebral palsy just don't work effectively enough. That is why many have to take a ton of pills each day just to get by.
My friend Jacqueline Patterson is the perfect person to show just how effective Medical Marijuana has had on her life. She's widow with children; she has profound speech issues, and one of her hands is effected and she lives with pain.
Her speech is by far the worst part for her as she needs to be able to talk to people on a daily basis and to her kids. Before she has Medical MJ in her system, you cannot understand her, and you can see the sheer frustration on her face and then after she takes one puff she speaks clearly. I don't know what more there is to study.
The effects of medical marijuana has on Jacqueline Patterson with Cerebral Palsy. Note the before and after, quite a difference I would say!
Cerebral Palsy and Cannabis Poll
What's more dangerous
Baclofen Side Effects
Baclofen Overview - Side Effects. SIDE EFFECTS: Drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, tiredness, headache, trouble sleeping, nausea, or constipation
Note: I have everyone of those side effects which is why I cannot take it. I take 10mg at night to help me sleep without spasms but I cannot use it during the day or up my dosage. It honestly has no good effect on me except for the sedation at night.
Neurontin (To treat nerve pain that most people with Cerebral palsy
have at some point) Common Side effects can include dizziness,
drowsiness, and unsteadiness. Other side effects can be mood or
behavior changes, depression, or anxiety & paralysis.
Cerebral Palsy and Cannabis: Terri Argast MO 2010
How to Obtain a Medical Marijuana Card in New Mexico
If you suffer from one of the eligible conditions under the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program, you may be able to obtain a medical marijuana ID card.
Here is some helpful information about medical marijuana cards, and about how to obtain a medical marijuana card.
Once you have obtained certification from your health care provider, you must mail your completed application to the state, which then has 30 working days to process it.
If your application is approved, you will be issued a medical marijuana ID card and be officially enrolled in the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program.
You Must Have These Symptoms to Qualify
- Persistent muscle spasms (including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis)
- Severe/Chronic Pain
- HIV or AIDS positive OR A medical condition or treatment that produces, for this patient, one or more of the following and which, in the physician’s professional opinion, may be alleviated by the medical use of marijuana.
- Severe nausea
- Seizures (including those characteristic of epilepsy)
- Muscle spasticity or spasms (related to some of the above conditions)
- And many other medical conditions
I have three on the list that pertain to my
disability & chronic pain