January 30th, 2013

I’m in a really bad way right now. It’s been awhile since I felt this bad. The wet and cold weather hasn’t been helping much. I think what really did it was a combo of the last two days. I went to the chiropractor yesterday, been going for a few weeks, working on my upper back. I like to go once every few years to get everything popped back into place. After this though I might never go again. He “adjusted” my cervical spine, which I have never had done in my life. It hurt. A lot. And it hurt a lot this morning. I felt awful when I woke up. High pain levels, about an 8. I had to go out in the afternoon though to see the eye doctor to check my contacts and order a years supply. I thought the Man was going to be home before I had to leave but he was still stuck at work. This wouldn’t have been so bad if he had not forgotten the stroller in the trunk. I had to take the Little Man with me in the carrier, so I had an extra 18 pounds anchored around my neck and upper body. The Man did pick us up from the mall though. Needless to say I felt pretty awful by the time we got home. Making dinner pretty much finished me off. Even after taking my nightly meds (75mg Lyrica, 30mg Cipralex & 400mg Plaquenil) as well as one Naproxen and two AC&C (Acetaminophen with caffeine and codeine) my pain levels are sitting at an 11. Have also been getting numbness and having my left arm fall asleep randomly. This means my nerve compression is back in full force. Just waiting for the little guy to get tired enough to fall asleep.

Lyrica 75mg x 2, Wellbutrin 300mg x 1, AC&C x 4, Naproxen x 1, Voltaren Emulgel x 1, Plaquenil 200mg x 2, Cipralex x 30mg

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Friday, January 25th, 2013

Hands, hips, knees, ankles and toes are pretty bad. Neck is feeling pretty good, been going to see the chiropractor. Have been avoiding any extra painkillers, trying to stick to my prescriptions. I fear for my liver. I am on my first week of wearing contacts. 

Trying to eat better. Lots of water. Apple and pear chips. Kale chips. Veggie wrap for lunch which was divine!

Lyrica 75mg x 2, Wellbutrin 300mg x 1, Cipralex 30mg x 1, Plaquenil 200mg x 2, Vit D x 4,000iu, Fish Oil x 2

January 6th, 2013

It’s 2013…crazy I tell you. One would thing I would get used to the years changing but apparently not.

I’ve been feeling pretty sore, stabbing pains in the joints, aching. Tingling and numbness in the fingers, guess those compressed nerves in my back are at it again. I do the head tilt exercises a few times a day and it keeps it down to a dull roar. Headaches, some nausea. Energy levels haven’t been too bad. I’m getting cabin fever though. The Little Man was quite sick for the past week, combine that with my own cold/flu and the crappy weather I haven’t been getting out of the house. Going out today to see the family for a wee bit and then Hubby has organized a date afternoon for us tomorrow so that will help. I’ve been sick with this cold/flu for about two months now. Seems to have restarted, like it’s on a loop. Really sore throat, sinus congestion. So far it hasn’t hopped back into my chest. I’ve had to do one round of antibiotics, I’m really hoping to avoid that again. I take some of the codeine based cough syrup for the sore throat. The psoriasis-like symptoms are still around, haven’t had any full on scaling again but the dry flaky eyebrows and red itchy scalp remain. I know, it sounds like dandruff but the special shampoo for that doesn’t work. Sleep has been elusive until I reach a state of exhaustion. I’ve stopped taking the high doses of acetaminophen (Tylenol Arthritis), taking naproxen when I can’t handle the pain any more. I’m concerned for my poor liver.

I’m starting something new with listing my meds, I’m going to list what I should take in a day, at the end of the day of I can and if I need to I will alter what I did or did not take.

 

Lyrica 75mg x 2, Wellbutrin 300mg EL, Cipralex 30mg, Plaquenil 400mg, Naproxen x 1, Voltaren Emulgel x 1

Study: Vaporized, Low-Potency Cannabis Reduces Problematic Nerve Pain

I’m seriously considering this.

Pain. I Has It.

Amid record levels of overdose rates for prescription pain, a study that finds that marijuana reduces neuropathic pain.

NORML/Paul Armentano/03 Jan 2013

The administration of  vaporized, low THC cannabis is associated with reduced pain in subjects with neuropathy, according to  clinical trial data published online by The Journal of Pain.

Investigators at the University of California, Davis Medical Center conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study evaluating the analgesic efficacy of vaporized cannabis in 39 subjects, the majority of whom were experiencing neuropathic pain despite traditional treatment. Subjects inhaled cannabis of either moderate THC (3.53 percent), low dose THC (1.29 percent), or zero THC (placebo). Subjects continued to take all other concurrent medications as per their normal routine during the 3- to 4-week study period. Spontaneous pain relief, the primary outcome variable, was assessed by asking participants to indicate the intensity of their current pain on a 100-mm visual analog scale…

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