It is again that time of year when the weather turns cold and my pain level intensifies greatly. Many of us fibro warriors suffer from increased pain in the colder months. Winter is my least favorite time of year for this very reason. Last week, we got our first snowfall and below-freezing temps of the season. And, boy, did I feel it!
Every year, I struggle with how to deal with the worsening pain during the winter. No matter what I try, nothing seems to help. Since I’m weaning off gabapentin, my pain level is quite a bit higher than the last few winters. I need to find a replacement, preferably something natural without side effects.
I live in Minnesota, one of many states that have legalized medical marijuana for certain conditions, including intractable pain. I wanted to get on the program, but whether FM pain is considered intractable is up for debate. The definition I found states the pain has to cause an early death to be considered intractable, but even my primary care doctor didn’t know what it meant for sure.
Finding a doctor who will prescribe it is almost impossible. According to my doctor, none of the physicians in her large network of clinics and hospitals want to be classified as pain doctors, so they will not get involved in prescribing it. Try finding one who will. I couldn’t! If they do it, they don’t advertise it.
I was able to find a pain clinic that will do it for $450. But you still have to register, which is another $100. Oh, and you still need to buy the actual medical marijuana. The sad thing is, you have to do this every single year! No medical insurance covers