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#278250 - 06/16/17 09:01 AM Re: My Story with Ankylosing Spondylitis and Marijuana [Re: PrimalOcean]
Thesnakejakw Offline
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Registered: 06/10/17
Posts: 79
Mmj may be helpful for you, but it is not proven to even slightly slow progression down. I've had painful flares and mj would not work for me. Plus when you are in need of real treatment after years of taking mmj no doctor would recommend opiod treatment which is the best pain reliever for this disease. Though mmj is helpful for you now I would recommend it to anyone to take a disease altering drug with it to slow progression down and it is shown that it only has anti inflammatories properties and would not be a better choice then nsaids.eventually the disease will progress where you wish you took the drugs that were fda approved. Because you will need morphine and still be in pain...

#278680 - 07/31/17 09:41 AM Re: My Story with Ankylosing Spondylitis and Marijuana [Re: Thesnakejakw]
Anja Offline
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Registered: 07/26/16
Posts: 16
I agree that medical marijuana won't counteract AS disease progression and that a biologic is the way to go. However, I don't think it's helpful to make sweeping comments about what does and doesn't work for pain. Everyone's bodies are different. I do take opioid pain meds in combination with medical marijuana, both of which I use under the advisement of (and full support from) my rheumatologist and primary care physician. For me, my pain has been much better managed on medical marijuana. Additionally, my inflammation levels have dropped since starting to use it. For some people, it does help.
Female, early 30s. Dx AS July 2016, symptomatic 13 years.
Current meds: Cimzia (200mg injections every 2 weeks) since April 2017. Tramadol (50mg every 6 hours) since January 2017. Medical cannabis tincture/oil/oil vape
Ineffective meds/ intolerance: Enbrel (6 months). MTX w/ folic acid (2 months). Plaquenil (3 months). Prednisone (1 month).

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