I want to keep this post short and sweet, so we’ll see how this goes. Obviously, because I am a chronic pain patient, I have a large stake in what happens on a state and federal level with the so-called opioid crisis. I am also quite opinionated about it, and have some very harsh words for those who are forgetting us in the national conversation. Fortunately, there are other options for those of us brave (I’m not sure that’s the right word, but I’ll go with it for now) enough to step outside of our normal treatment boxes. This is the point of this post today.
In light of some legislation that may be coming down the pike in Florida dealing with prescription pain medication, I’ve made some difficult choices. Many folks have been suggesting to me that I try CBD oil to help control my moderate to severe Fibromyalgia pain. I’ve been doing much research on the topic since my last visit to my pain specialist, who suggested that I might be severely affected by this new legislation (10 days supply of pain meds per 30 days, and that’s with a medical exception). He’s all for it.
In the past, I’ve been vehemently opposed to medical marijuana legislation, and have voted against it. And in 2014 during the midterm elections in Florida, the bill failed narrowly. A prominent lawyer in mid-state got involved in re-writing the proposal for the 2016 election and medical pot passed and became law in Florida beginning in 2017. The Florida state legislature has been working to make the law workable, but I use the term “workable” loosely. They have made it wildly expensive. There are approximately only 300 certified physicians who can prescribe statewide. The first and follow up visits will cost anywhere from $99 to $199 each, and the annual renewal visit can cost as much as the first two, and even having a card (which will set you back $75) doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll find a dispensary in your county. As of June, 2017, eighty eight Florida cities have banned dispensaries with more voting on bans every month. And the really awesome news is that not one insurance company that writes policies in Florida will pay for a penny of the process.
I’ve been doing my own bit of research on CBD oil since my last appointment with my pain specialist, as I stated above. Then yesterday I hurt my back just by sitting down in my La-Z-boy chair, and not even my prescription pain medication took the edge off of it. So, it didn’t take me long to make the decision to go ahead and try the oil. We purchased, in full agreement, a small bottle of oil that should last 30 days if I remain the only user of it. Because hubby suffers from primary progressive MS, he is interested to see if the oil will help him control his own chronic pain. If this works, we may be able to stop all of the pain medication we are currently taking, and stop the nonsense we both have to endure with current opioid laws. We are hanging a lot of hope on this little bottle of oil.
One more thought before I sign off on this article. Insurance companies, well mine and other similar plans, greatly increased the co-pay on the medications that help me and others like me to have quality of life. Lawmakers are hell bent on outlawing prescription pain medications for everyone, including chronic pain and cancer patients. And with the stringent and cost-prohibitive restrictions on medical marijuana, it really seems that pain patients have been singled out for punishment for a crime we never committed. I believe lawmakers in D.C. need to take pain patients into account in the national discussion, insurance companies need to buck up and decrease cost-sharing for these medications, and states that have medical MJ laws need to find a way to make the process affordable for those who have a legitimate need for it and want to try it. It shouldn’t be allowed for these entities to force pain patients to suffer. It’s immoral and inhumane.
I’ll update after we’ve tried the oil, and give an assessment of how we feel it’s working. Until then, stay pain free! (Oh, I’m working on a new recipe to post, so stay tuned!)