I have been waiting (and suffering) for two years in chronic full body pain, so have tried many, many different painkillers.
Unfortunately most of them (perhaps all) have been opioid based, meaning they are incredibly addictive. And they all come with potentially wicked side effects. In fact overdosing on opioids is in the top five killers in the US, so you would think it would be a method of last resort.
But hey, I didn’t care as long as they worked! I much prefer to be addicted on a low dose than live the rest of my life in full body pain, every waking moment. It gets to you after a while.
Then finally I was introduced to Endep. Not only did it help with the pain but it gave me a bit more energy as well. Bonus!
One of the (many) side effects of Endep is liver damage, so I had mine tested after three months. I went to my doctor to find out the results, very anxious because these drugs had made an actual difference to my life.
Good news! No signs of liver damage!
Then we discussed a few more symptoms I had been having, and my doctor started to look concerned. Never a good sign.
Apparently the minor hallucinations and forgetfulness I was experiencing was a direct result of the Endep. Some hallucinations can be fun, but I can assure you these were not.
Apparently I could keep taking these wonderful drugs but I would have dementia within ten years. I had a choice of course; simply stop taking them, which meant all my pain would return plus my bit of energy would disappear.
After crying like a baby on my way home I realised I really only had one choice. So, back to pain and no energy for me.
Each time I reduce the dose, more of the pain returns. I have now cut back to half of what I was taking and the energy it had given me has completely gone.
Apparently cannabis oil is very effective for people like me and it is impossible to become addicted.
Yes please! Sign me up!
Not that easy, as government red tape never is.
Not only do I have to find a specialist doctor who treats patients with pain and who is happy to write a letter endorsing me for a trial of CBD oil (and most doctors admit they don’t know enough about canabis oil to prescribe it, or are totally against it because they think it is addictive. It’s not, because it contains no THC which is the bit that gives you a high), then my regular doctor has to fill in forms and wait.
In the meantime I suffer in pain.
If I am fortunate enough for someone in the health beaurocracy to agree with my doctors, I am allowed to get a massive two months worth. Wow. Considering it takes medication a while to show any benefit this is cutting it fine to say the least.
Of course I can extend my trial beyond two months but that requires a whole stack of forms to be submitted and is not as likely to pass inspection.
So, yes the oil is available as per Federal government announcements, but only if I jump through twisted hoops and am lucky enough to pass.
This would mean being on the CBD oil for two months, then off it to see if my extension is approved, then go back on it and hope.
I might get used to the pain, but I will never get used to governments pretending they know what is best for me, and certainly better than my doctor whom I have been seeing for nearly two years now. It seems there are rules, regulations and red tape around anything that might be good for us. At least that is the impression we are given and unfortunately most of the facts confirm it.
How lucky I am that my Federal government is looking after me, otherwise I might actually get better.