Opioids vs. Marijuana? HONESTY here please!!!

By jefff Latest Activity December 13, 2016 at 1:48 pm Views 5,312 Replies 8 Likes 3


So I'm curious as to how many of you rely on either "Opioids or Marijuana?"

This OPEN discussion should be honest and without judgment because we've ALL been on one of this or the other!

I do not have Marijuana available to me currently, and since my pain levels are steadily increasing over the months/years with the progression my MS, I'd like to know how you're handling of pain IS HANDLED? Yes, my Neuro has said there is NO pain with MS and that it's all in my head. He also said that any and ALL pain medications make the symptoms worse rather than better, but I explained to him that it's not just my MS symptoms as I have several old injuries (i.e., football, basketball, baseball, banquet hall duties with tables/chairs, luggage lifting as a bellman in my Las Vegas Hotel days and so on…etc…)!

He of course (along with my anti-pill wife) completely DISAGREE with me! This of course if very frustrating to me since I know my body and what's going on and due to an ever increasing/advancing flow of "cognitive issues," I've had difficulty explaining all of this to both my wife/caregiver and Neuro…Ughhhhh! :-((((

So, after all that —— may I please open a dialogue (and I'm sure I'm NOT the only one in this boat) that is both helpful and constructive to my fellow MSer's???

I THANK YOU each of you in advance for your input and feedback, jefff

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  • major mess
    major mess February 1, 2017 at 11:49 pm   

    My husband was diagnosed in 1998. He has repeatedly told the Dr's about the pain and they have all said the same "no pain with MS " He has had to take an increased amount of opioid and he believes he could stop the addictive pills with the use of Marijuana. Unfortunately it is not approved in our state, and with seeing a pain management Dr for the opioid they test for Marijuana. So not much choice.

  • Kansas Terri
    Kansas Terri July 17, 2017 at 10:34 pm   

    CBD oil is legal. It is made from hemp instead of from the variety of marijuana that makes you high. I use CBD oil to relieve my spasticity… and I back it up at times with marijuana. It has fewer side effects than the prescription meds. I can buy CBD oil from WalMart mail order, though they do not keep it in their stores.

  • spinkner
    spinkner May 18, 2017 at 10:03 pm   

    I am a male diagnosed 1999 in 1999 I had nerve pain to a degree I can not describe ( I had to retire ) it was horrible. The doctors prescribed me drugs that did not work just caused more problems. One day I was pulled over on the side of the going threw one of my hourly pain episodes and some one noticed and had mother with ms. Long story short he introduced me to Marijuana being skeptical it took me several weeks before I would try it . To my amazement it worked and what a blessing it was . Pharm. drugs did a lot of damage to my system back then . I do not have that kind of nerve pain today but I still use Marijuana and have had no side affects. I hope this helps.

  • Lysol 07
    Lysol 07 June 29, 2017 at 12:04 pm   

    I ms since 2000,Fybromialgia,lupus SLE, I have to use marijuana to help me with the pain . I NC we done have the medical marijuana . I understand that they are giving to legalize it this year.

  • Didiamond13
    Didiamond13 January 11, 2017 at 11:39 pm   

    Honey my pain has got really bad since.i was dignosed in 2013 and if theres no.pain with MS then why does my Neruro tell me everytome i see him that the pain is going.to get worst and has since day one

  • FattyPatty99
    FattyPatty99 December 26, 2016 at 9:39 am   
    Edited December 26, 2016 at 12:07 pm by FattyPatty99

    Hi jefff, sorry you don't have access to mj or pain meds. I use both. I had the same problem as you, my neuro "had no idea there was pain associated with ms"? I got a new neuro…as for your wife, does she think you are a liar? Why would she think it was ok for you to be in pain? People are so arrogant to say they know better than you! You are wearing a body with ms!! They are not! It says in plain English on the ms websites that 50% of people with ms have pain! Tell them to do a little research…!

  • Didiamond13
    Didiamond13 January 11, 2017 at 11:41 pm   

    It really makes me angry cause people acts as if MS is a joke but they should have to live this way

  • Verncar
    Verncar December 19, 2016 at 4:09 pm   

    I have a lot of pain do to my MS so don't let them tell you it's all in your head because it's not.I take pain medication but do not use marijuana.I know there's a lot of people who do.So what ever helps you with pain that's your choice just be careful with pain medication as it's really addictive & can screw up your life.I think marijuana is much safer for pain relief.