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Remedy for pain in humid weather post Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Hi, I had an acdf about 6 months ago. I am still in a lot of pain especially when its humid or raining. My docs are giving me the run around about meds for the pain. Surgeon sent me to pain clinic, they said for long term treatment I should go to primary and primary says I should talk to surgeon and around and around I go. I am currently on 600 mg of neurontin 3 times a day, XXXXXXXX as needed, and I take 50 mg of atenolol, and 20 mg of fluoxetine once a day (for anxiety, not depression). I am considering trying to smoke marijauna to see if it helps and I know you can't really condone this but I just wanna know if I am putting myself in any serious risk w/ the other meds if I do it. Thank you so much, XXX
Doctor :   Hello.
Doctor :   Let me read your query.
User :   Thanks
Doctor :   Smoking marijuana is not an option.
User :   Will it have adverse reactions w/ meds I am on?
Doctor :   Does these medication your taking reduce pain at all?
User :   Not yet I have been on the 600 mg of neurontin for almost a week now and the XXXXXXXX just knocks me out
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   I am just so frustrated. I dont know what else to do. I am sick of choosing between pain and playing w/ my son and I need relief ASAP and my next pain clinic appt isnt till the 28th
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Have you tried hot water compressions?
User :   yes and ice as well
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   i know pot is not a good option but will it kill me if i smoke while on other meds?
Doctor :   It has it own side effects.
User :   i just dont know what else to try
Doctor :   Did the doctor say any about injectable?
User :   i have had those w/ no positive affects
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   w/o any other options i just wanna give up and stay in bed all day. I am so uncomfortable
Doctor :   What does your pain clinic have to say about your situation?
User :   they say its a wait and see if it gets better and in mean time they r tring neurontin which is not helping. the say for pain killers I need to talk to primary and he says surgeon and I just keep going in circles. they r the only things that have helped though
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   i feel like i cant take this for another night. the pain is stressing me to the max. I only have 1 minute left. If pot is not gonna kill me i need to try it. will it be that negative that it is not worth a try
Doctor :   I'm afraid i cannot help you with marijuana.
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