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    Posted: Sep/12/2017 at 10:33am
I saw my orthopedic guy yesterday for my yearly checkup on my replacement knee and hip. Both looked excellent and I can wait two years before my next inspection. Then the doctor started discussing all the opioids I am on and he decided I could stop taking them all and I could take 3 extra strength Tylenol and be pain free. How clueless some, maybe most, doctors are about chronic pain.

Anyway, let me tell you the good news. I am prescribed 40 mgs of Oxycodone a day along with a 50 mg parch of fentanyl that lasts 72 hours. A few weeks ago a former student of mine let me know about a CBD oil named CW Oil, short for Charlotte's Web. It is manufactured in Colorado and there are plenty of videos and literature about it. Does it work? Yes! At least for me. Also, you don't need a medical marijuana card to get it. Here's the best part. I have gone from 40 mgs of Oxycodone to 20, sometimes 10. I still use the patch but I'm hoping that will stop in a few months and maybe I can be off all opioids.
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Five knee surgeries from 1970 to 2000. Knee replacement in 2000.Spinal stenosis surgery in May of 2002. Diagnosed with Pseudogout in 2005, effecting hands, knees, and shoulders. Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007. Retired early as a high school principal. Recently, have had trigger finger surgery on both hands as well as surgery for severe bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel disease.
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For those who don't know CBD oil is the part of the marijuana plant that has no hallucinating effects. I get the mint chocolate flavor and mix it with my Ensure.
Five knee surgeries from 1970 to 2000. Knee replacement in 2000.Spinal stenosis surgery in May of 2002. Diagnosed with Pseudogout in 2005, effecting hands, knees, and shoulders. Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007. Retired early as a high school principal. Recently, have had trigger finger surgery on both hands as well as surgery for severe bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel disease.
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Your "doctor" needs a swat up the side of his head
I'm very glad to hear the CW is helping you Dick. The countless varieties of cannabis along with so many different methods of use, provide for an almost endless combination of different medicinal effects. No one method works for everyone, but there are many people being helped by Cannabis at a time when pain specialists and doctors are washing their hands of us.

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Great news Dick!!

While I still (and probably will forever) need some help with Oxycodone, MMJ is a lifesaver for me because of the many ways it can be used. It's a myth that smoking it for high is the only way to use it. I'm looking forward to trying even more ways to use it once my life settles down a little. Moving house isn't back friendly.

My main concern is the cost---it's expensive unless you can grow your own and in my State it's illegal if you live within 25 miles of a dispensary. But I honestly can't imagine going without my gummy bears at night. There's been absolutely nothing better for sleep and pain relief at night   

BTW---that OS needs some pain management education. My OS told me that I'm going to need some combination of treatments---meds, MMJ, exercise for the rest of my life. Now praying that options remain available. 3 extra strength Tylenol a day is flat out laughable!!

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Thanks guys. I did laugh and swat the OS mentally at his 3 Tylenol suggestion. I be learned never to disagree or show any knowledge when it comes to pain medications. Otherwise, I'd be labeled a drug seeker.
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Five knee surgeries from 1970 to 2000. Knee replacement in 2000.Spinal stenosis surgery in May of 2002. Diagnosed with Pseudogout in 2005, effecting hands, knees, and shoulders. Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007. Retired early as a high school principal. Recently, have had trigger finger surgery on both hands as well as surgery for severe bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel disease.
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It is wonderful that you found something that is helping with your pain. I hope they don't start looking for reasons now to prohibit this type of medication for some reason or another. And that Orthopedic doctor. What business does he have to meddle with the medications you are taking? That is not any of his business.
Thanks for sharing your good news.


Chronic pain throughout the spine caused by osteoarthritis (DDD). Started at neck, spread to thoracic, and lately to lumbar area. Most of my spine is affected by bulges, disc height loss and dehydration, bone spurs, annular tears, foraminal stenosis, probable nerve impingement, and degeneration at end plates and facets.

The disease extends from Cervical C2-3 to C7-T1. Thoracic T4 to T10.
Lumbar T12-L1 to L5-S1.
It is all non operable.

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