Nerve Pain & Medical Marijuana
Nerve damage and pain is the number one serious side effect from implant surgeries that is so serious women often want to take their own lives. Because of this I have concentrated a lot on why and what we can do to help ourselves try to live again. This should never happen to women and yet it leaves women using walking sticks and some wind up in wheelchairs regardless of their age. Many are very young and this is why I keep yelling at the women of the world not to have these surgeries because a huge percentage of us wind up permanently damaged. I am one of them and I know what it is like to live in pain.
I am asked questions all the time about various products, herbs or supplements and women often leave comments throughout this blog about things they have tried. As soon as I read them I look them up and post links on my replies to read reviews so that women know what these products are and what others think about them. Many mixed products are extremely expensive and yet if you understand what the ingredients are you can usually buy the necessary ones at a fraction of the cost, while other things in them are just fillers that make you think they are worth the money. I do this is because we can’t afford to waste money or get sucked into a money making system when we can learn more if we read and help ourselves. After posting the blog about Dangerous Pain Medications, I was asked the following question.
“I have never seen or heard any mesh patients talk about the use of medical marijuana. Do you know anything about it being used for the typical type of nerve pain that many of us suffer? Until recently, I thought that this was just an excuse for people to get high, but I found out that there is another variety of the plant called “indica” which unlike “sativa”, it has very little THC in it. Instead, it is high in a substance called CBD which does not cause one to feel high, but has been known to eliminate or at least greatly lower chronic pain for many people, including multiple sclerosis patients. I am trying to find out more about this since I am on daily narcotics to control my pain and I do not want to trade one poison for another.”
It does not surprise me to be asked this because so many women live on narcotics that they know are causing serious side effects and they want to get off of them but nothing else is offered to take their place. This is especially important for those who suffer from pudendal nerve pain who have tried pelvic therapies and nothing worked. So their lives are cut short by dangerous drugs or they cannot live any kind of life at all. So it is not surprising when they begin wondering about this product and want to know if it could take away their pain and allow them to live a much more normal life.
I know how desperate women are because of all the comments left here that I read daily. This next one will show you what I mean.
“I am desperate – I am being wakened with this issue. I woke my husband up Sunday morning because it was driving me crazy – so he lost sleep as well. Of course he didn’t know what to do either.
I would appreciate anyone relating if they’ve had this fallout from mesh and what they did about it. I have the pain that shoots down the groin and leg, and the damaged bladder, but this firing of the nerves seemed to just begin. I don’t know if I was so distracted by the intense pain I was in that I didn’t notice it, but then as I researched, I read that following mesh removal, various symptoms can pop up for a year or so following its removal. The take home message: don’t think you’re home free yet following mesh removal. I don’t want to scare anyone, just be prepared – that way if you do encounter a problem you won’t feel like the rug has been pulled out from under you.
Again, if anyone knows how to treat this, I would appreciate any info. I began the rounds of ALA – I spoke with the author of a book on ALA and he said never take the R form (I don’t know why, everyone must use their own judgment) and never take it other than on a 3 hour schedule – through the night for 2 nights. Look up “No Amalgam” – and you can research yourself.”
I wasn’t sure what ALA was so I looked it up and found this explanation and I will give you the link to read it all.
Alpha-linolenic acid is an essential omega-3 fatty acid. It is called “essential” because it is needed for normal human growth and development. Nuts, such as walnuts, are good sources of alpha-linolenic acid. It is also found in vegetable oils such as flaxseed (linseed) oil, canola (rapeseed) oil, and soybean oil, as well as in red meat and dairy products.
Alpha-linolenic acid is popular for preventing and treating diseases of the heart and blood vessels. It is used to prevent heart attacks, lower high blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and reverse “hardening of the blood vessels” (atherosclerosis). There is some evidence that alpha-linolenic acid from dietary sources might be effective for all these uses except lowering cholesterol. Not enough is known yet to be able to rate alpha-linolenic acid’s effect on high cholesterol.
You have probably heard a lot about other omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA, which are found in fish oil. Be careful. Not all omega-3 fatty acids act the same way in the body. Alpha-linolenic acid may not have the same benefits as EPA and DHA.
I did ask my daughter about ALA because she does a lot of research to help herself and help me and it was her who told me about R Lipoic acid and I have had good results with it. She said that ALA is available everywhere and not expensive but everything she read stated it did not give the same benefits as R Lipoic acid which is more expensive so you have to take a lot of it to give nerve relief. I have been taking R Lipoic acid for nerve pain for a long time ever since my own mesh removal in October 2012 and it has helped me tremendously and I wrote about it more than once and I also found that the one sold by Piping Rock eased the pain more than others. So here is what R lipoic is.
Alpha-lipoic acid is a vitamin-like chemical called an antioxidant. Yeast, liver, kidney, spinach, broccoli, and potatoes are good sources of alpha-lipoic acid. It is also made in the laboratory for use as medicine.
Alpha-lipoic acid is used for diabetes and nerve-related symptoms of diabetes including burning, pain, and numbness in the legs and arms. High doses of alpha-lipoic acid are approved in Germany for the treatment of these symptoms.
Some people use alpha-lipoic acid for memory loss, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), HIV/AIDS, cancer, liver disease, diseases of the heart and blood vessels (including a disorder called cardiac autonomic neuropathy) and Lyme disease.
My daughter read for many hours throughout the Internet when she was suffering from a serious Cipro drug reaction back in 2008 and unless she takes it daily the old pain comes back in her legs, so she made sure I began taking it when I mentioned the bad leg pain I had. Since mesh removal I have been much better but I still suffer and remain taking it daily or I can’t walk for severe pain. You can read the diary she kept back then and all she took to get herself back on her feet because Cipro crippled her for a few months. Just look at the top of this blog and click on the link Cipro Damage.
Back to Marijuana. Texas where I live this is classed as an illegal drug and even trying to find out what the difference is between indica and sativa is, I felt a bit unnerved just researching it. I did find a good site to explain the difference but I have no clue what it would be like to take it and I am certainly not going to buy it through the black market or try it myself. I think most women would fear buying it because it would be difficult to know exactly what you are getting in an illegal market. This is the link to tell you more about the differences between the two types.
I cannot tell you if this does relieve the nerve pain or not but perhaps someone who reads this has tried it and knows. Please leave a comment if you have and you can leave a fictitious name. However, keep your comments to something that can help women with their nerve pain as this blog is about the side effects of bad products made with medical mesh. It is NOT a forum for promoting illegal drugs or talking about getting high.
I do believe women are searching for answers and many have wondered about this but dare not ask. I also know the fears of using prescription narcotic drugs because of their side effects and this is why I am writing this blog to find women answers and help. This link will take you to many blogs about nerve pain
Update.: I did here from a woman who has been terribly damaged because of mesh and this is what she had to say.
“Medical Marijuana is Legal in AZ. Indica strain is a body high and helps decrease pain, anxiety, depression and promote sleep etc… Sativa is the strain that is mostly used for those who want to get cerebral high for ADD, mostly popular on the streets. Sativa is energizer for the most part and Indica is mostly for relaxing. I have tried many strains mostly Indica to help with pain and to promote sleep. I have discovered although it helps with muscle pain (I have fibromyalgia among other things) it didn’t help much with the nerve pain. If anything it usually increased the nerve sensation. High CBD oil without hardly any THC that can help regenerate new cells and fight damaging diseased cells in the body. However good CBD oil is hard to come by and even if it’s available it is very expensive. As in $600-800 per syringe. Plus even medically legalized states have banned the powerful healing oil. Saying it is too potent. But I think it’s the big pharma being afraid those oils will put them out of business.”
And here is another update to share with you.
“Linda. Marijuana does help immensely with the pain. Taking it makes me feel torn because of who I am, but when the pain gets too bad I use it. But only the medical kind.”
So I think the gist of this is, once again it depends on type of your nerve pain issues, both where and what nerve.
I researched the CBD oil to understand what it was and you can read about it here
If you live where it is legal and want to buy it, you can read this
Update: I was researching for help with bladder spasms and came across a really interesting article that may help women who suffer continuously with this and need a replacement for pain medications. Read here