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17 hours ago · Just started Xanax...anyone have experiences to share? in Depression & Anxiety

I understand in my opinion that most ppl have a misconception of medications for anxiety & depression. However it is not the medication that will make you an addict or cause addiction issue's it is you as a person who has a prescription of Xanax/aka alprazolam or Valium or whatever else you get. It is not the medications themselves but how you take them on a daily basis. Stick to what is prescribed by the professional's who treat you. Never ever take more than prescribed.
As far as Xanax/Alprazolam I have been on them for 15yrs & I'm very happy with the results. I'm prescribed 1.mg 3xday. But I try to stick to 2mg per day unless I feel like I'm losing it. But I too use breathing excercize. Also some ppl can not take Sertraline/Zoloft or Lexapro or Wellbutrin some of us take Celexa/Citalopram for Depression.

As far as safety I find it safer than Valium for me. I had 4 different Dr's try to make me switch only for me to come back scratching & crying & feeling like I'm not well. So definately I believe what works for 1 May not work for someone else & vice a versa. Take it as prescribed & u have nothing to worry abt. Especially if it is helping your condition. Also Xanax comes in a lower dose .25mg & .5 = .50/half a mg. 1.mg & 2mg I don't know how much higher it goes but I had it raised 1x in 15years & it has not made me feel like consuming other drug's that are not prescribed for me. I wish you well & do not over react about the medications. They were prescribed to help you. However if u feel nausea or any bad side effects call ur Dr immediately & ask them for further info. Good luck & well wishes to all.

Sun, Jan 12 12:08pm · Trust your gut instinct Pillow advice for sleep after shoulder surgery in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I have a question what is an ACDR procedure done on your cervical discs? What type of cervical surgery did you have? And why?
I'm asking because I myself have issues with pain & all sorts of nerve damage as a result of degenerative disc disease, multiple d I SC herniations with pinched nerves thru my entire spine. It has started to affect my elbows, wrists, hands & fingers & yes my shoulders too. So when I read this post I was interested in finding out what type of surgery you had gotten. We are all different & yet soo alike. But there are too many differences to list as to which nerve does what? So I'm curious what type of surgery u had. & also hope u feel btr sooner.

Nov 23, 2019 · Anyone with experience using Low Dose Naltrexone? in Autoimmune Diseases

Hi Chris, I read on some stuff & I'm soo sad for ur issues dear. I hope & wish u well with all.

Now with this Website it's informative but most of it does not work that way in NYC. They do tell you what strain it is & Ratios & how it is supposed to work. But that's where we all differ. I have severe allergies w/Neuropathy medications but wen I try high dose Sativa blend THC/liquid it releases my nerve pain & just makes me feel happy & relaxed whereas most ppl take Indica to feel that way. With medical cannabis I have found that ur own body is your best guide. Just try what makes your body feel better. When I share my information I try to explain what happens to your body. If you feel euphoria/that dizzy or room spinning means you either took way too much or that strain is not for you. It happens each & every time I have tried a higher dose of too much CBD or a Indica strain of THC. My body reacts differently than some other ppl do from taking the same combination of THC/CBD. But different style of cannabis blends. In NYC most of these laws do not apply to us. & most dispensaries are told that they must divulge that information to their customers for the fact that it makes a huge impact on one's experience & outcome of such medication outcomes. Wouldn't you want to know what strain it is & how it should impact your body & mind.
I'm just saying how it is in NYC from what I know so far almost 4yrs now.
I'm not saying that they may do whatever they wish but in NYC it is not legal take in public without proper license & there is no smoking of this product. Some ppl may choose to vape/the use of e-cigarette form. But not to my liking. & each pkg is marked Hybrid, Indica or Sativa. As far as what is going to happen in the future I do not know. But most companies try to tell u what type it is so it can help you better. I wish you all a good nite & happy mellow holidays.

Nov 22, 2019 · Anyone with experience using Low Dose Naltrexone? in Autoimmune Diseases

Be very careful I buy Tinctures as well of 1:20 Ratio which means it has ; very low THC & high CBD Ratio. I take 2ml. 2 full stoppers in my. Cup of tea I drink my Mint tea w/STEVIA & 2 big full stoppers full in a cup of tea unflavored tincture that is my evening delight. I relax & the pain & torture is gone. Like now. I had a very tough day, woke up very early for me end 8:30AM, & felt pain in every joint looked out the window in NYC saw rain & I knew then that it was going to be a sad miserable day. But I still had 2 Dr's to see & come home afterwards & try to cook dinner. Of course I hit my tiny wedge of cheese & took my 20:1 capsule which contains 5mg of THC: & 0.50mg of CBD. It's brand is Pharma Cannis. I do not get paid to advertise their name or promote it or otherwise. I'm just sharing what works for me. In NYC we are not allowed To get Medical Cannabis in grass or flower form for smoking. Not sure I would want to take it that way. I rather take a capsule or tincture much easier. & no foul smells or tastes. I like the mint flavor vs unflavored Tinctures. I have also noticed some ppl like the 1:1 ratio for ppl who want equal amts of medication that ratio works for their endocanoboid body system. As others who prefer the 1:20low THC/Higher amt of CBD. All I can say is do your homework go online read about these types of medication. Remember there are no such things as miracles but this helps like a big miracle for me. I no longer take a whole bunch of migraine meds or sour stomach or acid indegestion meds or soo many High dose ibuprofen it's dwn to 600mg 2x a day as needed. Most ppl think it is very high dosage but it is not for my body, as I said before we all react differently to this type of medication.

For instance my friend takes 20:1 capsule same brand as what I take but his is extra strength capsule 20:1 regular strength capsule @ 5mg THC/CBD 0.50mg & 20:1 Extra Strength capsule @ 9.5mg THC/0.50mg CBD. & when he tried taking my style he says he feels euphoric feeling. But how can that be if my capsule is abt half the strength of his capsule. Well my friends they have different styles of cannabis. They have Hybrid, Indica & Sativa. Most companies use hybrid but every state & every dispensary is different & therefore the style of medication used in a regular strength happens to be a variation of Hybrid leaning more towards a Sativa blend which happens to give me pain Relief & comfort. Where as the extra Strength capsule is an Indica strain which gives me euphoric type of effects & it numbs as much my chronic pain issue's so I think we must try taking what works better for each of us. So I say take the smallest dosage as possible in the beginning & make changes according to what your own body is telling u to do. I take 1capsule in morning & my CBD Tincture w/a lol bit of THC tincture so I can relax & sleep like a baby as pain free as possible.

I hope you all have a sweet evening. I am so far & having my 2nd cup of plain tea now & I feel good & relaxed now since my 1st cup of tea was @9pm. It's 10:45pm. Sweet Dream's.

Nov 20, 2019 · Anyone with experience using Low Dose Naltrexone? in Autoimmune Diseases

Thank you Rachel & everyone who has inspired me & I hope I can inspire more ppl. It does work & it does help. Nice to meet u too. I have to say it is my Great happiness that I can help a fellow chronic misery sufferers, end or lessen the pain. You have n o thing to lose but to try lose the pain. Best to you as well.

Nov 19, 2019 · Anyone with experience using Low Dose Naltrexone? in Autoimmune Diseases

Thank you Chris & you're very welcome & any info that I share I share to give hope to our fellow sufferers of Chronic Pain in all their forms. I share because I have learned living life in chronic pain with all the inflammatory & nerve pain & muscular & joint pain even some who have severe pain issue's of bone on bone pain I shared about my need for a knee replacement surgery, & yes made appt w/till mid January. But prior to that I am getting a RFA in my Thoracic spine. There go my holidays not that I feel so jolly it will be my Mama's 1st Year in Heaven/R.I.P. My Beautiful Mama.

I want to share how I take my Medical Cannabis to treat my Chronic Pain issue's. I'm very happy & it has changed my life & it does not have the side effects like I had when I was taking Opiate pain meds. You see I volunteered to stop & I left my pain mgmt Dr. Who treated me for chronic spinal pain issue's, it was early summer & I was not getting enough releif from taking opiate pain meds Hydromorphone HCL 8mg 3x a day, & Nucynta ER 2X day, tons of stomach antacids, even migraine meds & tons of Ibuprofen 800mg 3-4 pills a day, & lots of muscle relaxers & on top of that it was eating away at my intestines & I was in more pain from 1 thing or another I was miserable.
So I changed my New Pain mgmt Dr & he explained that in order to get better he would put me on low dose Naloxone & Buprenorphine aka Suboxene, they help stop the pain & ppl like us in chronic pain. It helped ALOT. But the Pain mgmt Dr knew that alone wasn't gonna be enough so I was given a script for medical cannabis & I was scared & excited at the same time, you see I do ALOT of different research & gather much information b4 I take anything I'm 54 yrs old & I suffer from ALOT of different issues including severe hot flashes & even certain vitamins. Cause more severe hot flashes that make my nerves shoot thru the roof & add chronic pain perfect mix for an explosion of bad temperament & anger. But that is being dealt with therapy & self learning to breathe properly & diffusing my pain & stressful situations where the shit hits the fan.
I found hope from this wonderful product that comes from nature & it works & I am amazed by how little it takes to help ease my pain. Of course there are day's or nites dat I over do it say I pick up something or walk too much or my arthritis makes my spine hurt soo bad this helps that if u have someone put it on your back for you. I have learned how to use a little cocoa butter & say about 2tablespoonfulls of cocoa butter or Vaseline rub any scent & add 1full dropper of CBD cannabis oil/ & mix well in a glass container ALWAYS a must.close & let sit in refrigerator for about 3hrs & then that container of your personal CBD cannabis can be used to apply on any body part that is giving u severe chronic pain & the cocoa butter or Vaseline will also soften your back have ur Hubby/or wife etc. Rub it in gently leave uncovered so it absorbs abt 15 min or so & then dress u will feel soo much better. I take 1capsule of high THC/&CBD low dose capsule daily in the morning w/tiny piece of cheese or avocado because it binds to the oils in these foods & helps the medicine to go thru your body without bothering my stomach/that's for ppl like me who have no gall bladder/filter for ur body. Yrs ago Dr's had no idea what it did now it's a filter. I thought I share dat for anyone missing their gallbladder. You can take it on empty stomach too just make sure drink lots of water. I will try to explain as best as I can. With medical cannabis there is no 1 size fits all. My dosage is different than my best friends or maybe someone else's. This is because our bodies posses endocanoboid system that is different for every person as are our fingerprints. As with that being said you will have to try this out for yourselves to find the right dosages. So with all the rage on tv & everywhere you look the CBD rage is just not the same stuff unless u like to paint ur car with Hemp CBD, this is not medicine & does little to nothing so do not waste your money on junk. Buy Medical Cannabis from your state's list of dispensaries on your State Health Dept. & you get a license card that you have your pictr. & license in 1 per year.
Then as most ppl I went straight for the CBD liquid thinking this was going to be my best bet. I got news for you ppl no this is not true I took about 2dropers full my head was spinning as I got euphoric effects from it. So I read the directions & tried small tiny doses of 10mg CBD & 5mg dropper of THC I was still dizzy so I decided to try their capsules I explained to the young lady at dispensary how it made me feel & she suggested I try the capsules in a 20:1 ratio high THC 5mg & CBD 0.25mg of cbd per capsule s o the next day I tried this capsule it took 20 min to kick in & I did not get any euphoric feeling or dizzy nothing but pain RELEIF. I was soo happy I gave the dispensary a5😍😍😍😍😍 star's for my delight & joy & RELEIF. It lasts for about 6-8hrs of RELEIF I take 2 capsules of 5mg of THC/CBD mixture.
I buy a bot of 60pcs monthly & pray we end up having insurance cover this medication so nor ppl can benefit from their effects of RELEIF from chronic misery. I hope this helps Any1 who is interested. I do not care for vaping I tried it not to my liking but in a pinch it's the fastest way to take.

Wishing everyone a happy day. Be kind to your bodies & mind. This is part of my pain Relief & it works for me. Maybe it will work for you too. I know a wonderful Friend who suffers from Lyme disease & she takes it too & if it helps her that means we r not the only ones. Best to all. Mimi

Nov 19, 2019 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

I hope my post helps with your decision. Best wishes & soft hugs.

Nov 19, 2019 · Anyone with experience using Low Dose Naltrexone? in Autoimmune Diseases

Yes. I have used low dosage Naltroxene to control chronic pain for my DDD, fibromyalgia pain, my Pain mgmt Dr. Thought it would benefit my pain in my early stages of getting off opiate pain medication for short term use in Suboxene strips & now they come in generic form of tablet's they are all taken in sublingual form under tongue to slowly melt in your mouth. In my 1st month of taking it I had alot of energy but after that I got used to it & it did help w/pain alot more than if I had just got off opiate pain meds. I'm allergic to different types of meds & I had severe migraines/nausea/& just a bad feeling from Gabapentin & pregablin/Lyrica, type of medications do not mix well with my body & for ppl like me can not tolerate this type of medications, some Dr's believe this to help w/patient's who are taken off pain meds & can not take anything else but LDN. I was on it for a total of 3yrs just to keep the pain levels lower & not have horrible side effects from stopping in 1day notice no more pain medications. If I had to do it again I would still do it his way. It helped & it work's. Now I'm off it & now I have my new Pain meds called medical cannabis in a form of capsules & liquid that I take daily very small doses & they work. I will say yes pain meds/opiate pain meds work the best but they have some seriously bad side effects. I used to take them for over 10yrs. Would I go back on them only if I have surgical procedure for short term pain relief.
As for the question this is my answer yes it helps but it is not a long term fix.
I hope some of this Info helps you.