Friday May 24, 2013
Migraines: Marijuana Vs. 26 Fake MedicinesDr. Phillip Leveque Professor of Pharamocology Salem-News.com
Marijuana wins hands down.
(PORTLAND, OR) - I posted my first article on this subject Marijuana Vs. Migraines: Modern Medical Miracle June 30 2008 in Salem-News.com. I had 32 comments and 24 disparate articles highly supporting the use of marijuana for migraines after failures of success in about 26 different kinds of drugs. A list is offered in my article Migraines: Trash Medicines and the Real McCoy in Salem-News.com in January 2010, in which I printed the names of the 26 drugs used but which are not acceptable nor helpful for most people. Almost routinely, patients found that marijuana provided the best relief in 24 of the 32 comments to my article.
Severe pain is the complaint of about 70% of medical marijuana patients and migraines with nausea and vomiting are in the top list of symptoms and complaints by patients.
The Merck Manual states that there are about 30 possible causes or triggers for migraines, and that at least 20 million people in the U.S. have migraines. Usually the migraine attacks are severe but there seem to be milder cases. I am not going into those 30 possible causes because every migraine victim knows what I'm talking about. To those who don't get migraine attacks, there is not much anyone can say to them except that they are very lucky.
A few comments by migraine victims and their use of marijuana should be illustrative: a patient wrote, "Migraines started when I was 13, normally Tylenol or Motrin helped, but the pain stayed 3 or 4 days. I was given Imitrex in the ER. It made me feel my brain was on fire. Demoral worked for a few hours. I used marijuana and the pain was gone."
Another victim wrote, "Migraine made me a useless mess. I tried all sorts of tablets and cooling packs, they were useless. Marijuana gave relief."
Another wrote, "I am a migraine victim for over 20 years and have been on everything without help. A friend gave me some marijuana to smoke, which gave me immediate relief."
A boy of 15 wrote, "I've taken all sorts of pills including Vicodin, and nothing worked. Marijuana gave relief."
Andrea wrote, "I started with migraines at nine-years old, two years ago I got the idea to use marijuana from a cancer patient, it worked!"
Jen wrote, "I started with migraine at 19, my doctor and several neurologists have given me many pills and exercises. The only thing that works was Relpak, I have followed it with marijuana. I just quit taking pills."
Matt wrote, "I've had migraines for years, when I was 10 they affected my vision, I even got Nubaine and Phenergan injections. Friends gave me some grass. Within 15 minutes I was free of pain."
Mr. Migraine wrote, "I guarantee that 95% of victims will find marijuana helpful for migraines."
MARIJUANA WORKS FOR MIGRAINES! GET THE IDEA?
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