Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Feeling the Generation Gap

Ahh! Am away from my blog for a month and Blogger decides to go for a "new look". Not the best thing for a tired MS blogger to see and figure out. I suppose I will get use to it but truthfully I'm getting fed up with constant change that really just seems to be for the sake of change.

Here's a new study showing that cannabis really does relieve MS symptoms. The draw back is that cannabis can   decrease cognitive  function. My answer to that , me being a legal marijuana user,  is to only use it  in the evening  or before going to bed. I find that allows the effects on cognitive function  to wear off  and   I have no problem doing my work  or other activities. Also the  Indica, type of cannabis gets you less high and works better to relieve pain and muscle spasms.

Now I'm a very light user. Legally I'm permitted  90 grams per month but I'm averaging about 15 grams, so   if I was using the full 90 grams, I would most likely be spaced out. I'm saving that for when I retire.

The problem with using marijuana is the perceptions people have. That's why I don't like to talk about it much with non users. If I forget something or feel out of it "Oh! it's because I'm a stoner". Using marijuana means I must be  a hippie, wasted, loser.

 It's especially humorous  when these comments come from people that I know who take  several prescription medications, including powerful opiates. You see that's OK because the doctor prescribed it.  And the doctor would never give you something harmful or addictive Right?

Certainly I don't think doctors are dope pushers, but they seem to be relying more and more on drugs as being the answer to all medical problems.  I never leave a doctor's office without some kind of prescription. My routine is to either throw the script in the garbage or get it filled and let the pills sit in the cupboard unused.

You might think that is reckless of me or that I'm not being a good patient; not wanting to improve my condition.

I've done my research and I know that anti depressants don't work  unless you really are clinically depressed which most people aren't.  That painkillers like Percoset and Oxycontin are highly addictive and can have serious side effects. Ditto for sleeping pills.

Injectable MS drugs supposedly  slow progression and  lessen the number of relapses I know lots of people who use them, but they don't seem to be doing any better than me. MS is so unpredictable and different in everyone; so how do they know those  drugs  do what they claim?  I mean if I were to use injectables how would I know that I'm having fewer relapses or that my symptoms are less severe? Compared to what?

Then there are the anti fatigue medications with my favourite side effect: Insomnia!!  Seems kind of pointless to me. Oh yeah and the drugs for muscle spasms that cause tremors.

Thanks I'll stick to my weed


Jo said...

I'm jealous of your access to medically sanctioned weed (we don't have that option in Australia). I have been very ambivalent about taking injectable beta-interferons but I decided to give it a go for a year, which became about 18 months due to slackness in returning to the neurologist. Anyway, my recent MRI shows that I have no new lesions and all lesions are significantly reduced in size. I'd like to think it's because of my healthy living but the neuro says it's because of the drugs!

Taxingwoman said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog
Glad you are doing well
Hard to say what works but your healthy lifestyle and the drugs must be working which is good