Doc, please help my achin' head
March 29, 2010 2:59 PM Subscribe
Do you think I could obtain a prescription for Marinol to treat my chronic migraine headaches? I am in NC.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (13 answers total)
I have suffered from terribly severe migraine with aura for 15 years now. In the past two years the headaches have transformed from sporadic to chronic. I spend days at a time debilitated in bed and generally miss 4-5 work days per month (luckily I am in academia and can easily make up this work by working extended hours/weekends at other times).
I have completely rearranged my lifestyle and work very hard to prevent my migraines from being triggered. I've also tried a lot of drugs (including heavy duty narcotics) to deal with the headaches. They don't work. The only thing that does relieve the pain is marijuana. Unfortunately, as medical marijuana is illegal in my state obtaining it is a nerve-wracking affair. Plus, it pretty much confines me to my home, because it's not like I can whip out a joint while I'm in the middle of work and, furthermore, I am hesitant to go on any vacation at all if I cannot drive to the location. Basically, it severely limits my life but provides me relief from disabling pain. It's a hard line to walk.
I hate having to feel like a criminal and an outcast because I want to manage my pain. I hate that I could potentially be arrested for something that I truly only use to manage my pain. These feelings are magnified by the fact that much more hardcore drugs - including opiates and barbiturates - are routinely prescribed for chronic migraine. I don't like the ways those drugs make me feel. I don't like their addictive nature, and they don't relieve my pain nearly as good as THC does.
So I've been debating bringing up the issue with my doctor and asking to try out a prescription of Marinol. The reason I have not done so yet is because I feel like I will be automatically rejected and then labeled a drug seeker. I guess my question is: does anyone have any suggestions for how to bring this sort of issue up with a doctor? Furthermore, does anyone think a doctor would actually work with me on this?