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By now, most regular readers know that I have pretty bad arthritis in my knees. Six years of old style army physical fitness (running in combat boots on the tarmac) will do that to ya. Add the sports of my younger years, and a severe post widow hood weight gain, and there you have it. I also have external nerve damage from a severe fall (down stairs onto cobblestones) years ago, and fibromyalgia symptoms brought on by taking my cholesterol drugs (there seems to be no such thing as a side effect free drug).
I've written about this previously, of course. I explained why I was not getting a knee replacement anytime soon, as well as about my exploration of natural treatments for the knee. I also briefly, previously talked at one time about marijuana use in mid life, and here in the Mile High City.
Recently, my knee has become more painful. One knee especially. This is in spite of increased exercise (walking, using the pool to exercise and even taking advantage of the hot tub spa). I have made a new orthopedic appointment, and will consider treatment such as injections as a last resort. I have also asked for an physical therapy referral.
Meanwhile, I need to get the pain under control. For those who are wondering, this is NOT a work through the soreness when you exercise phenomenon. This my friends is pain-pain that 600 milligrams of Arthritis strength Tylenol does not necessarily eliminate. Being my experimental self, I decided a little self experimenting was in order.
By now I think most of my readers know that I live in Colorado, a state which had both legalized medical marijuana for quite some time, and now has legalized the stuff for recreational use. I decided to see about taking advantage of one (or the other) of these legal situations. For those who are wondering, most medical marijuana is now legal to sell with out a prescription-a prescription can simply make it cheaper or allow a larger purchase at a single time. Without a prescription, one can still purchase many so called medical options.
Since I recently had my general physical I discussed this with my doctors. While they don't necessarily disapprove of either edibles or topical treatments, they are licensed to prescribe drugs by the federal government, not the state and in the current climate are unwilling to step into that arena. However, they actively discouraged me from going to a specifically medical marijuana doctor at this point, for my needs, and said I would be much better off gently experimenting on my own.
And so my friends, that is exactly what I did. Today I took myself to a local dispensary that also sold recreational marijuana. After a long discussion with the young lady behind the counter, I left with a few purchases, and with the knowledge of the other options available to me. In the end I purchased large medicated pad that can be cut and put on the leg, a massage lotion with THC and three edibles which have been scored and can be scored further.
My research tells me that the pads and lotion can be used on my knee, and then I can drive, because the amount of TCH is small and topical (obviously I will research that and try it times when I am at home). The edibles are only for at home use, and will be used in the evening (I suppose I have to try and figure out the numbers of sugar and carbs).
For those who may be curious, this particular location had a waiting room like any office or doctor's waiting room, with two consultant areas, one for medical treatment with a script and another for non prescription (recreational, even though these were medicinal items) buying. There was no front room with bottles of different leaves, and this was not like the head shops of my (our) youth. Since I had do idea what to expect, I did take my twenty something son with me, much to his chagrin. I will however, not do that again. After this experience, I expect I will have no problem going into this or any other store alone.
I've just gotten home, and plan to begin experimenting at bedtime, or in front of the TV after dinner. I expect that for awhile at least, dealing with my pain will be a moving target, if you will. There are lots of options out there, from infused olive oil salves to marijuana candy.
I may post an update here or there above other blog posts as to my successes and (possible I suppose) failures. I promise to do an update this week, along with my medical treatment costs.
I realize that this is not a choice everyone can make, or would make, or even needs to make. But for me, at this point in my life, frankly, it would be crazy not to take advantage of what is a low risk, basically non-narcotic, legal option for comfort.
And so it goes! Coming later in the week, pictures of my refurbished car and review of the entire accident, insurance and repair experience!
Meanwhile, what about you. Do you experience pain, mild or sever? General discomfort? How do you deal with it. Would you use pot if you could?