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Forum: Managing Side Effects of Breast Cancer and Its Treatment —

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Posted on: Sep 11, 2020 02:42PM

siennamitori wrote:

I'm specifically looking to hear from people who are in recovery through 12-step programs. I live in a state where recreational and medical cannabis are both legal. My drug of choice was opiates but I have also struggled with alcohol. Any thoughts/advice on using cannabis to manage chemo side effects, pain and anxiety? Thanks for any nonjudgemental suggestions.

Dx 8/24/2020, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 9/15/2020 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Sep 11, 2020 02:55PM - edited Sep 11, 2020 02:56PM by exbrnxgrl

hi siennamitori,

I have no experience with addiction but if you decide to use medical cannabis, I can help you with that. I have been using it for several years for pain relief to avoid having to move on to opiates (I am stage IV). Wishing you the best

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Sep 11, 2020 05:44PM - edited Sep 11, 2020 05:49PM by Cowgirl13

Sienna, I have been sober for 36 years and used to work in addiction medicine. Please feel free to PM me. I would strongly suggest that you pursue all other avenues to deal with your side effects, and there is a lot of help on this board. Its important to know what the risks are for cross-addiction and also the risks for untreated pain. Untreated pain can lead to relapse just as medication for pain can lead to addiction but there are ways to deal with that. So it is important to take full strength pain medication for 'full strength' pain--this was told to me by my boss, who was an addiction medical physician and he told me this before I was going to have surgery. This is very important personal decision. Just make sure you have good information from an addiction medicine perspective and you can't go wrong because you will have the information to make an informed decision. Personally, anytime I have pain that requires medication I take it, without a thought. I do have to differentiate however, that just because I am having a feeling I need to take a pill--that's my old thinking. And if I were in chronic pain I wouldn't be worried about being loaded from pain medication. Please feel free to PM me.

For other who may be reading this, this in no way applies to anyone with serious pain.

One day at a time.

Elizabeth

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the Devil says: 'Oh crap! She's up! Dx 5/28/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 6/17/2009 Chemotherapy 8/2/2009 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/21/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/22/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 11, 2020 05:48PM siennamitori wrote:

thanks so much for your response, Elizabeth. Just curious, what do you mean by full strength pain medications

Dx 8/24/2020, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 9/15/2020 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Sep 11, 2020 05:55PM Cowgirl13 wrote:

For example say--Your doctor prescribes 30 milligrams of a certain pain medication and you decide you only want to take 10 milligrams, if the 10 milligrams doesn't deal enough with the pain, definitely take the 30 milligrams. The 30 milligrams is full strength.

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the Devil says: 'Oh crap! She's up! Dx 5/28/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 6/17/2009 Chemotherapy 8/2/2009 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/21/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/22/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 11, 2020 05:57PM siennamitori wrote:

Got it, thank you

Dx 8/24/2020, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 9/15/2020 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)

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