Depression and Chronic Pain

Posted by sharlynn62 @sharlynn62, Nov 27, 2016

I have been dealing with episodes of major depression and dysthmia since I was a teenager and now I am in my 50’s and have moderate to severe arthritis in my lower back and knees along with chronic daily migraines and I am in pain just about every minute of every day. I wake up in the morning disappointed that I am still alive and have to go through another day. I feel that I am a huge burden on my family and am nothing but a “shell” full of negativity. I don’t have a decent doctor who will work with me to address all of my problems and help me with other methods since I can’t take opiod meds and NSAIDS (I had bariatric surgery) and now my insurance company wants to stop paying for my weekly therapy sessions (they’re cutting them back to twice a month.
I feel so hopeless and trapped. I don’t want to live like this. I will never end my life, though, because I know what suicide would do to my family and I would never put them through that. I used to be able to work and that was how I coped; I’m no longer able to work and it’s killing me. I have no one to talk to that understands and doesn’t mind listening to someone who is not Miss Bubbly and full of interesting stories to tell. Insights anyone?

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@rucyrious

Hi I was just reading your response and stop dead after reading about you getting your green card for CBD or the other stuff. I’ve learned this by a great doctor in Ohio. A neurologist. He said people who suffer from depression, anxiety or panic disorders too stay far away from that stuff. It worsens all of them. I tried one that was for panic attacks and let me tell you, I ended up at the ER. I thought I was having a heart attack. It was a panic attack. My BP was 189/125 something like that and it scared the heck out of me. Now I see what this doctor meant. If interested I could find his name as he you tubes a lot of stuff.

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@rucyrious – Welcome to Mayo Connect depression and anxiety discussion. I respectfully disagree with your neurologist about CBD oil. It's a new field for sure. I have been depressed for a long time and have PTSD because I've been fighting lung cancer for 21 years. CBD oil calms me down and either reduces or totally eliminates my anxiety, which reduces my anxiety and quiets any pain I have from arthritis and other problems around that location.
Since this is your first post would you mind sharing some of what brought you to Mayo Connect? I hope to hear from you soon.

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Thanks Ginger.
I too feel the same way but didn't want to pontificate.
I could write a book about benefits of CBD, understanding the difference with "pot", recreational grass, THC and most importantly Medical Marijuana.
I urge everyone before investing time, money and energy to educate themselves. Seek out the best source which is sometimes not your local physician.

Mayo Clinic should be the first place to begin. They are superior to most others.

Check out newsletter@leafly.com…..a suggested site as there are a few others.

Hope this is helpful.

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@merpreb

@rucyrious – Welcome to Mayo Connect depression and anxiety discussion. I respectfully disagree with your neurologist about CBD oil. It's a new field for sure. I have been depressed for a long time and have PTSD because I've been fighting lung cancer for 21 years. CBD oil calms me down and either reduces or totally eliminates my anxiety, which reduces my anxiety and quiets any pain I have from arthritis and other problems around that location.
Since this is your first post would you mind sharing some of what brought you to Mayo Connect? I hope to hear from you soon.

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I recently tried CBD gummys when I was out of pain meds. While I didn't have any relief of pain, I was calmer, less anxious. That was a big plus for me as I have had terrible anxiety all my life.

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@gingerw

@rucyrious I am not a doctor, am not giving medical advice, just my opinion. I feel you are painting this with a broad brush. There are many responses to any medication, by many people. What works for some, doesn't work for another. It's a fine line. The mind and body is a complex and miraculous machine. I take CBD oil for anxiety and the anti-inflammatory properties, with no negative side-effects.
Ginger

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@gingerw Thank you for your share as it saved me from mounting my soapbox once again as to how we are not all wired the same.

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@merpreb

@rucyrious – Welcome to Mayo Connect depression and anxiety discussion. I respectfully disagree with your neurologist about CBD oil. It's a new field for sure. I have been depressed for a long time and have PTSD because I've been fighting lung cancer for 21 years. CBD oil calms me down and either reduces or totally eliminates my anxiety, which reduces my anxiety and quiets any pain I have from arthritis and other problems around that location.
Since this is your first post would you mind sharing some of what brought you to Mayo Connect? I hope to hear from you soon.

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@merpreb That anxiety/stress thing surely does enhance pain!!

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@nanastable

Thanks Ginger.
I too feel the same way but didn't want to pontificate.
I could write a book about benefits of CBD, understanding the difference with "pot", recreational grass, THC and most importantly Medical Marijuana.
I urge everyone before investing time, money and energy to educate themselves. Seek out the best source which is sometimes not your local physician.

Mayo Clinic should be the first place to begin. They are superior to most others.

Check out newsletter@leafly.com…..a suggested site as there are a few others.

Hope this is helpful.

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@nanastable– A warm welcome to Mayo Connect. I'm happy that you joined us. I am right now on leafy's website and can not believe their prices. They are less than half of what I spend here at home in RI at one of the compassion centers. How did you decide to pick this one for your needs?

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@sandytoes14

I recently tried CBD gummys when I was out of pain meds. While I didn't have any relief of pain, I was calmer, less anxious. That was a big plus for me as I have had terrible anxiety all my life.

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Hi Jen- I hear a lot about gummys- what's the deal with them?

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@merpreb

@nanastable– A warm welcome to Mayo Connect. I'm happy that you joined us. I am right now on leafy's website and can not believe their prices. They are less than half of what I spend here at home in RI at one of the compassion centers. How did you decide to pick this one for your needs?

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I communicated with MJBizdaily.com and went the NE Cannabis Expo in Boston at Hayes Convention Center. They will be there again in March plus were in Providence last year.

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Everyone of us has a different physiological-chemical system. That makes it very difficult to determine what is best for us. Despite 30 years of therapy and medication I am still depressed and suicidal.For example: For drugs BIgPharma clinical studies to get FDA approval are based upon around 1,200 patients. It is impossible for those results to apply to everyone. E.g. I took one tablet of Cymbalta for idiopathic peripheral neuropathy-PN- and ended up in hospital for 2 days. But I have read (don't recall which site) someone who wrote that Cymbalta like a "miracle drug" for her PN. Enter this into google: "Just For Today PRAYER FOR TODAY". Created by AA but useful for all of us

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@merpreb

Hi Jen- I hear a lot about gummys- what's the deal with them?

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@merpreb Hi Merry,
Gummys are an easy way to use CBD oil. The oil can be used many ways, vaped, under the tongue, and gummys. My son vapes so he asked the smoke shop guy a good way for me to try CBD oil. The gummys are like the sour patch worms candy kids like. Except they were not sour! More like Swedish fish I guess.
Any form of CBD oil should be kept away from kids and pets ( although I saw oil for pets advertised)

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@sandytoes14– Hi Jen- Thank you. I might try them. Right now I take the tincture. I wasn't aware that in order to have the best results I'm to take it everyday? I thought that I could use it only when I need it. What do you know about this? Swedish fish- can't wait to try. lol

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Everyone is different. Never heard of anyone/or directions to "take only when needed". I take CBD oil (from marijuana, not hemp) every day. So far zero benefit for my peripheral neuropathy. Most CBD for sale is derived from hemp, which is cheaper than from marijuana

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