Kronic for Chronic Sacramento

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So all of a sudden marijuana is becoming legal in the United States for recreational use and for year medicinal use. Aren’t drugs bad? Why would someone want to smoke marijuana? What are its medicinal properties?

nugget photoshoot. Cinderella 99.

// Cymbalta and Fibromyalgia?//

I saw a regular doctor- not attached to any workers comp business, and within fifteen minutes the doctor told me it is very likely that the main source of my pain now is fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia can not be tested for directly but is conclusive by a matter of elimination of all other possibilities. I am still waiting for my follow up appointment to get those results which will next week!

This was all such a huge relief- I haven’t gotten any information this clearly objective or essentially useful whatsoever. I went… around six months without any contact from my workers comp inurance while working with a repetitive-motion caused injury that may have been a precursor or just the beginning of fibromyalgia symptoms.

The doctor really emphasized that less medications are better as he introduced Cymbolta to me, a unique “anti-depressant” that instead of being just an SSRI like most other anti-depressants it is a SNRI. This affects the neurotransmitters that signal pain.
I asked him if I would be able to stop taking ibuprofen, alprazalam, tramadol, percocet, and norco regularly which he said yes. He explained that I needed to take the Cymbolta for a while for it to build up in my system - which I am really afraid of. This is what scares me about this family of drugs. I expressed my fear to the doctor and he lowered the dosage to the lowest dose possible and told me to contact him if I react badly. Basically- here’s a bottle of pills, lets see what happens..
The world of pharmaceuticals DISGUSTS me
However, while doing some online research on Cymbola I read some commentary from a fibromyalgia patient with my symptoms that was feeling better in a week! In two months it will be TWO YEARS of chronic pain. There are good and bad experiences with Cymbalta and fibromyalgia.. and really I want to keep my brain a bit clearer than that.

I hate the idea of taking a drug long enough to build up in your system making you incredibly dependent and used to the drug. These drugs are so mind and mood altering to a point I am afraid of almost losing myself in it. I have the bottle of pills now, but I haven’t opened the bag.

“The medical field does poorly with the treatment of fibromyalgia in general,” says Brian Walitt, M.D., M.P.H., a co-author of the review and an expert in pain syndromes at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. “Chasing [a cure] with medicine doesn’t seem to work.The people who seem to me to do best sort of figure it out on their own by thinking about things, getting to know themselves, and making changes in their lives to accommodate who they’ve become,” concludes Walit

Amy Marie Perkins says
January 31, 2013 at 10:26 AM
"…Cymbalta’s side effects outweighed any benefit at all. As a matter of fact, there were not ANY benefits of Cymbalta either.."

Alisa Moran says
January 31, 2013 at 10:38 AM
"I’ve tried all three [Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Savella) and each was bad in their own way. Cymbalta was the worst though, it gave me pains I didn’t have before and zombied me out.
Glad I’m off all of them. Now I take some nortriptylin and that helps the best. Still have lots of pain, but the nortriptylin and some viccoprofin and I can move better with less pain.

Lucinda says
January 31, 2013 at 10:40 AM
"I have been taking cymbalta for years and it seems to make things bearable not perfect but I can function or maybe it is a combination of all the meds I take there are too many of them if you ask me.. If I don’t take my meds I can’t move or function so I take them and am thankful I can function. Guess I am not really sure which ones do it or what combination just thank full it works and I don’t mess with the combination as long as it works."
^^Wish she would have included what other medications she is taking

Wanda says
January 31, 2013 at 10:46 AM
"I took Lyrica and their side effects were terrible. I am on low dose of Cymbalta and the pain is just barely tolerable. My doc will not change or upgrade it."

mandi says
January 31, 2013 at 10:48 AM
"I agree that Cymbalta and Savella are the worst drugs out there! I never felt as sick as when I took just one of those, at the lowest dose also!"

Fuck that, I’m going to go roll more eerly joints with this cinderella 99 and take some dabs

Getting back on my photo game. Taking a digital and a film photography class so I talked these beautiful ladies in exploring around with a jar full of raw joints and blunts. (Personally I choose raw 11/10 over a blunt wrap) Here are a couple shots of my beautiful friends from yesterday.
I was really happy with how they turned out, but I think it will be fun to go over this set after I complete these set of classes and watch my growth. It’s been far too long since I’ve been in a photo class/lab and I don’t pick up my beloved camera enough.. but that is soon to change!

We had to walk through some pathways along the river which was especially rough on my joints. I must have been so excited I completely forgot any pain medication, but I decided to tough through the day.. and honestly I got more physical activity than I have gotten in quite some time. Maybe it was the constant smoking, but for once my lethargy and aching, and throbbing was not dominating my thoughts. I’m sure being surrounded by positive people and positive energy also helps.
I can’t lie, I was sore as shit when I got home and since I RARELY smoke blunt wraps I really did not feel like smoking much herb. I took a full 10mg dosage of norco when I got home, and still felt throbbing in my knees and throughout my arms and legs. I took 800mg of ibuprofen which actually did take some of the swelling down.. I think because of my recent ibuprofen boycott my tolerance is going away. In about 45 minutes my sweet husband massaged my wrists,hands, ankles and knees with the life-changing cannabis salve and essential oil mixture. This by far is my favorite method of pain relief as it gives instant gratification as well as natural pain relieving and symptom reducing qualities. Even if it not as long lasting and difficult when it comes to the generalized body aches but in my opinion the pro’s definitely outweigh the cons. Not even a full hour later I found myself scrambling through pill bottles nearly in tears, it kills me inside of fighting the possibility of dependency. I can in fact with complete confidence tell you at this time I do not have any chemical dependencies with pain killers, even if I have been prescribed the same drugs for 2 years in 2 months which not a lot of people can say. And I promise it’s not easy, it’s a daily internal battle and external as I’m being handed a free bottle of magical pills from my doctor, that completely take away this undiagnosed pain.

I took a tramadol with another ibuprofen, three BHOmbs, and felt surprisingly better than before. Getting incredibly high takes my mind off of the pain and generally keeps in me in a positive state of mind. I passed out almost instantly after my smoke sesh and only woke up twice throughout the night, both times using some salve (and NO PILLS)

Here’s a shot of a couple of the cannabis infused topical salves. They are both made with a beeswax and olive oil base, and marijuana in a concentrated form. The salve on the right was made with an isopropal alcohol based hash oil that was completely black giving it such a dark color. It is also mixed with birch, wintergreen, peppermint, and frankincense and myrrh essential oils.

Here’s a shot of a couple of the cannabis infused topical salves. They are both made with a beeswax and olive oil base, and marijuana in a concentrated form. The salve on the right was made with an isopropal alcohol based hash oil that was completely black giving it such a dark color. It is also mixed with birch, wintergreen, peppermint, and frankincense and myrrh essential oils.

// Essential oils are saving my life//

My title may seem a bit dramatic, and truly it is but I have gotten such great results with honestly pretty little research put into the topic. I do have a wonderful husband with a background in making topical salves with cannabis in a concentrated form. The salves consist mostly of beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil and now essential oils. We are also looking into deluding this with shea butter for a different consistency. I would describe this salve as a  “body butter” type of a consistency and it is incredibly potent.

I woke up this morning to my husband offering to massage my aching hands, wrists, and arms. Maybe he was just tired of hearing me complain. There is a pretty identifiable grunt I make in my sleep when my joint pain is disruptive that he now clearly can identify.

I was too delirious at the time to take a picture but he stirred together some of his general cannabis salve I described above with some Wintergreen Essential oil. It smells exactly like spearmint gum and for whatever reason it will take my dog out of a deep sleep to trying to like the salve off of my arms. It is a dark green color now, but will lighten when we mix in shea butter or whatever we end up using. It does not leave any residue on the skin, or evidence of the color. The single drop of the essential oil in the application completely masks any cannabis smell completely. We have tried multiple “fragrance” products and nothing covers the smell like an essential oil. 

So for about 25 minutes I was spoiled by my husband rubbing this cannabis -wintergreen salve into my achey spots. It is instant gratification, but not necessarily long lasting. It help me make it up and out of bed and “warm up” significantly quicker than usual. I’m pretty sure I made it up to go pee and grab the bong within ten minutes.

I ate a good breakfast and actually stuck to my medical restrictions from my doctor today. I elevated my hands and legs, and alternated with some icing and using a heat pad around 2:00pm

IT IS 3:35, and I’m going to go take half of my prescribed dosage of 5mg of hydrocodone before I make the treck to Costco and going to go visit a friend. If I had taken what I am prescribed I would have taken 2400mg of ibuprofen which I haven’t, 30mg of hydrocodone with optioinal tramadol as needed. Instead I will now go fish out 5mg of hydrocodone as the first pill I’m taking for pain today.

Smoked a fat joint and have been taking as many dabs as possible. FEELIN’ WONDERFULL

// Exploring alternatives to medicine //

While visiting a friend last month I was introduced to the usage of specific essential oils for specialized pain. I was helping to trim some pot, which normally is strenuous on my hands and wrists. I rubbed my hands with a mixture he had including frankincense and myrrh, peppermint, birch and some other oils.. I trimmed the entire day re-applying the oils a couple times and had incredible results with pain relief unlike any medication. Using the essential oils instantly starts to soothe the pain, and numb where it is be applied to.

"Both frankincense—also known as olibanum—and myrrh have been traded in the Middle East and North Africa for upwards of 5,000 years. It is believed that the Babylonians and Assyrians burned them during religious ceremonies. The ancient Egyptians bought entire boatloads of the resins from the Phoenicians, using them in incense, insect repellent, perfume and salves for wounds and sores; they were also key ingredients in the embalming process. Myrrh oil served as a rejuvenating facial treatment.
Frankincense has also been used as a staple of traditional Chinese medicine since at least 500 B.C

Frankincense has been investigated as a possible treatment for some cancers, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, anxiety and asthma, among other conditions. Many popular natural toothpastes contain myrrh, which has proven beneficial to dental and gum health since ancient times.”

I am continuing to look into different essential oils for joint, arthritic pain, and inflammation specifically. I used some vapors from the peppermint essential oil which cleared my insane congestion!

So far I have used
Peppermint essential oil, wintergreen essential oil, birch essential oil, and frankincense and myrrh oil.
Currently waiting for a couple more in the mail and actively researching more!

// January 5th, 2013//

This evening we celebrated the often forgotten holiday “Epiphany” by feasting with some dear friends. This required a lot of scrambling around to clean the house, and somehow makeshift a place to eat (tablecloth over the old patio table because we never host big meals…)

This caused my hands to be a bit more swollen, I felt every bend and move in my joints.

I stretched when I woke up for only about 10 minutes and applied the hash oil based lotion my husband makes. I took an 800mg ibuprofen immediately in the morning with my wake and bake and made it til 1:30 in the afternoon when I took only 5mg of hydrocodone. (Go me!) This is about the time I started to really get some of the final touches for the house ready and did some moving I shouldn’t have done. I tried to take two large dabs and went through a big load in my Cloud Vape pen around 2:45, but took another 5mg norco at 3:30. At least it prolonged that.Our guests arrived around 5:00. I felt more general body pain and soreness in my back by this time. I used Polar Frost which gives me some instant gratification a few times.

I have specifically been told not to do tasks such as sweeping and washing the dishes in particular by my doctor because of the strain it has on my hands. I am really not supposed to use my hands as much as possible, however I was happy to clean the kitchen, wash all of the dishes, and put away leftovers.

I iced my hands a bit afterward and smoked more than I remember once everyone left. Unfortunately I felt the need to take a 10mg percocet as the pain was preventing me from sleep.

// January 4th, 2013 National Spaghetti Day//

Today my pain was especially noticeable in my fingers, hands, arms, and shoulders. My right pointer finger is especially swollen lately and hurts the most. I’ve been icing my hands, and using the topical Polar Frost on my pointer finger for instant relief. My wonderful husband gave me a back rub which I could feel improving my blood circulation. Massages are my favorite :).

I only woke up one time throughout the night, but was not able to fall asleep until after 3:00 am. I woke up and took a 10mg norco which relieved the pain pretty well. Ideally I would do this every 4-6 hours as directed if it didn’t have the effects it did. I don’t like taking this much at a time, I feel weak doing so. I took a few dabs after my shower and smoked a hash filled joint before lunch. I will have to keep track of what I am smoking more carefully. I waited until after dinner to take another norco, this time only 5mg. Most of my body pains have the edge taken off however the palms of my hands are really sore and my right pointer finger is incredibly stiff.

I’m off to take a goodnight dab and rub some beeswax based hash oil salve on my hands… and not another pill! #takeadabforme

// Officially “disabled” at twenty one //

Monday morning I will be applying for disability by the referral of my doctor. I had a reaction of severe joint pain, and inflammation from a repetitive motion injury. I may have developed tendonitis, I might be developing rheumatoid arthritis. At this point I am undiagnosed for which would be two years in two months from now.

I’m incredibly terrified of starting off the year when I never would have imagined this just a few years ago! I used to work just under full time while going to school more than full time coinciding with night/weekend/online classes. I started taking a few college courses as a high school student while I was in home school in the “Advanced Education Program”. I finished an Interior Design program, and was excelling in sales. I never would have believed you if you told me this is what I would be doing in January of 2014.

After I started to begin receiving treatment for the injury I stayed with my company through 2 promotions, and raises allowing me to upgrade to a new car even. I continued to work until my doctor restricted me from work entirely in September of 2013 putting me on a temporary medical leave of absence. I am now having joint pains throughout the rest of my body and chronic aches. I show symptoms of arthritis, tendonitis, and fibromyalgia.

I am looking into support groups and hope to reach out to others with similar symptoms to help find ways they manage pain. I’m interested in finding out what some people can do for work, and for fun.

Smoking kronic weed for chronic pain