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Medical Marijuana?

Mar 01, 2016 8:49 PM

So I have gotten Tramadol from my Dr. One time, and my 30 pills lasted almost 3 mos. Fioricet one time, until last week he gave me a 2nd rx for migraines and pain. He said no more. When I get a migraine ( I've had them since around 12 ) he expects me to lay in a cool dark room for 3 days at a time in severe pain?! I am 52.

The last 3 weeks, I've been in a tremendous amount of pain ( fibro and back ) and migraines, it's getting worse and worse. I've been very sick to my stomach for atleast 3 weeks solid from pain.

I applied for diability in august 2015 for the first time, with help from an atty. So last friday I finally had my psychologist appt. He mentioned a medical marijuana card. I did not realize it was legal here in Michigan.
After I left, the more I thought about my pain, it sounds better and better. Can anyone tell me if I did get it, the card, would it hurt my chances of getting disability?

I can't take much more pain... and as much as I like my primary care physician, I'm thinking about finding a new one. He also said he could not help me get it.

Any advice????

Mar 02, 2016 11:35 AM

I use my medical card for my chronic migraines, as well as managing depression and anxiety (General, social, and panic disorder) and it helps me a lot. I don't know the laws in Michigan but in Colorado you have to go see a special doctor, the insurance won't cover any of it but here it was just the appointment fee, I saw any where from 60$-200$ in my inetnet research plus the paperwork fee that was around 15$. I spend about 30-60$ a week to buy what I need, if I run out I can go back in and get more all I have to do is part with more money, rather than call and beg my doc to refill then find more money to pay for the pills that don't work as well. I'll answer more questions if you are interested.

Mar 02, 2016 11:43 AM

Same here in Cali. A specific doctor will see you to get approved - mine is for PTSD and fibro, and it was about $ 65 for the last renewal.
Tou don't HAVE to tell anyone from SSDI that you are taking it, even though it is legal in your state, and soon should be legal federally.
I use the edibles that are 100% CBD, so I don't feel loopy and stoned, but my pain and anxiety are relieved.
I also use Weed Maps app to find 'pharmacies' near my house, as well as places that deliver.
It's worth a try. If it doesn't help after a few weeks, you don't have to use it or renew the card.
I know for me it's far better than Ultram!

Mar 02, 2016 11:46 AM

When you go to the place to get the cannabis, ask the people there what they have that can help migraines. They are more than happy to spend some time finding the right strain of plant or edible that can help you specifically. Mine now has Charlotte's Web, which was "designed" specifically for a little girl with severe epilepsy. It can help a lot with brain stuff!

Mar 02, 2016 12:19 PM

Tam-tam, I can't answer the question about MJ affecting disability approval. I've had migraines since 1995, following a myelogram & cervical disc fusions, and I'm 54 now. I've taken Midrin for my migraines all this time, which is a mixture of aspirin, caffeine, & something else (fibro fog block). My daughter's both have migraines and they take Imatrex or Topamax. I've also received epidural steroid injections (ESI's) for chronic cervicogenic headaches that were triggering my migraines, from a pain care specialist. My baby sister received botox injx with great relief too. Has your PCP doc tried any of these methods?

Mar 02, 2016 12:57 PM

I can no l9nger take imitrex, treximet or maxalt ( chest pains). Midrim never worked. I can't take this severe pain every day. I called my atty. Apparently if a Dr. Prescribes the medical marijuana, it's not a problem.

Thank you everyone for all the input, I am going to find me a new primary care dr asap also.

Mar 02, 2016 1:01 PM

Also I'm going through Medical Marijuana Certification Clinic, here in michigan. Cost is 120.00 plus 60 or 65.00 for the certification card. They interview me as soon as they get my medical records back from my dr. Then I get a card after they approve me. Then I seek the product.

Mar 02, 2016 2:33 PM

I hope it helps! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Mar 02, 2016 6:50 PM

I hope so too. Thank you everyone.

Mar 02, 2016 7:45 PM

Tamtam I just had my disability hearing yesterday and I live in a state where it's still illegal. But due to no insurance medical people told me I might want to smoke. So that's what I'm doing it doesn't take my pain away it makes it easier to handle. But not when I have flares which I stay in these days. But they won't ask you anything about drugs period. So do whatever you need too that might give you some comfort.

Mar 03, 2016 6:07 PM

Yes it will and thank you. I'm in michigan and it's legal here. I called my atty, he said as long as a Doctor prescribes it, disability will have no problems with it. I just wish my PCP, MY REG. Dr. would get my records sent. I've been at home, mostly in bed for 3 weeks with back pain and migraines, fibro. Thanks again.

Mar 05, 2016 11:53 PM

Atty assist called me back friday. Asked me to put it on hold, they had received conflicting stories on med marijuana and disability. Ugh.

Mar 06, 2016 12:37 AM

It is so strange to me ... People talking about "medical" marijuana. It's not legal here.

Mar 09, 2016 1:04 AM

It is in Michigan. ♡

Mar 09, 2016 12:16 PM

When you go to get some med cannabis, ask them if they know of a "cannabis attorney". We have a couple here that specialize in those laws specifically, they might help you out.

Mar 10, 2016 7:59 AM

I qualify and it is legal here but none of my docs are certified to give me the prescription to get it. Guess I'll have to wait until the pain management doctor gets certified so I can try it and see if it works.

Mar 13, 2016 10:16 AM

Ask your dr for indocin for the on set of your migraines, topamax for preventarive treatment your migraines, copazine (i think that's how you spell it) for the nausea. I suffer form severe migraines as well to the point where my limbs get numb and weak, dizziness/lightheadedness, auros and i did go blind for a few minutes. Also ask them to do a MRA of your brain and neck. A MRA is like a MRI but it's used for the blood vessels and arteries to make sure there is no degeneration, narrowing or enlargement. And the migraines are from your bodies physical pain because that's why i get mine. I would also do your own research like I did on the different types of migraines
. I would downlaod migraine buddy that has helped me track my migraines to see what the triggers are what helps and what doesnt, how long they last etc. And as far as the medical marijuana goes i don't think that would be the smartest direction to go. I would seriously try chnaging your diet no processed foods, artificial flavors or sweeteners, GMOs...try to eat clean and a plant based diet. Jucing is the best thing for the body i did it before mine broke and my pain was just about gone. I'm just waiting on the money to buy a new one right now but that was like the cure all. So i would definitely try all of these routes. I hope everything gets better

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