Fighting spirit continues to waver

Yesterday I saw Dr. Roger Stephen Ellis, also known as the Pot Doc. – January 2010. My husband’s friend referred me to Dr. Ellis on January 16 as we both sat talking about our pain issues at a mutual friend’s birthday gathering.
She swears by this doctor, who advocates for medical marijuana patients. She says he’s the only doctor the California Medical Board certifies as above-board with his paperwork and patients. I guess this is supposed to make me feel like the local police and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) would leave me alone if I started using marijuana.

Anyway, a week later, on January 23, I had an appointment with Dr. Ellis, and he took one look at my surgery report and diagnoses and wrote me a prescription for medical marijuana, good for six months. I have to provide ongoing documentation which states I still suffer from the pain, and in six months I can re-up on a year-to-year basis. It’s one more thing I will try officially, on the record, and note whether or not it has worked for my chronic pain. I have yet to get the prescription filled at a local pot club.

I would like to note for the record that I have in the past self-medicated with marijuana during my period, and both times, the cramps got worse until I was crying in agony. The first self-medication was sometime in 1997 or 1998 with street-bought pot. The second self-medication was sometime in 2004 or 2005 with medical-grade pot that a friend had. Both times, I smoked it.

Someone told me on January 24 that marijuana use elevates estrogen levels in the body. Endometriosis feeds off of estrogen, so that could be why my pain got worse. I found one study which corroborates this, but I need to read up on the issue a lot more.

3 Responses to “Fighting spirit continues to waver”

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  2. J

    I’ve been doing research on marijuana… though I did most of it on the laws and ways to intake it…. I’ll have to do some research about the estrogen stuff. Hmmm……..

    Also – Just being around marijuana when it’s being smoked makes me feel ill… but I’m going to try it in food when I finally find a pot doc in the area…. (there are supposed to be some, but hell if I can track them down lol!). From what I was reading when it’s in food it takes longer to kick in, but it also lasts longer…. so it may be worth trying… /shrug … I hope you don’t mind my suggestion… just trying to find a way for you to get pain relief if the estrogen thing proves to be false. I was reading that it affects people differently depending on how it’s taken in as well. Sorry… I’ve done all this research and have had no one to share it with… totally not saying “DO IT!!” ….

  3. steph

    Thanks for the info J – it’s been so many years since I touched the stuff, I forgot which acts faster on me, or if it ever made a difference. It’s good to know – I’m interested in whatever you’ve got on the subject!