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Our 23 year old son has had interstitial cystitis for four

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Our 23 year old son has had interstitial cystitis for four years and it has ruined his life. He is on presciption pain killers but also uses marijuana for pain relief and gastro problems from the prescription pain killers. The laws in our state require the doctors to report use of illegal drugs. This has made him feel that he is being persecuted for doing what he needs to do to cope with the horrible pain of this desease. What should we as parents do to help him deal with his pain and also this legal problem? Should we move him to a state that medical marijuana is legal or try other approaches. He is not a recreational user, he is trying to survive with this terrible desease. He has tried almost every option, short of having his blatter removed, including having a stims device implanted in his back. The pain doctors we have seen all seem to be hung up on his marijuana use (mainly for their on liability/legal issues) as opposed to trying to find solutions and help for our son.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Anna replied 6 years ago.
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If it were possible to move to where he can use medical marijuana, I would seriously consider it. You're going to run into the same issue with pain doctors because of the laws they operate under - they have as much choice as you do in the matter: none. It's one of those horrible situations where the sins of a few have made proper treatment for some a nightmare, and then to add insult to injury, innocent people are looked at like drug seekers.

The botXXXXX XXXXXne is that he need pain medication to survive, and that isn't going to change any time soon. Living in a state of chronic pain consumes a person's life, and at 23, he's just too young to give it all up...especially if a solution that he's found has worked. If at all possible, I would move.

The other things to try are alternative medicine, hypnosis, acupuncture and ideas that come up word of mouth. You've got to be very careful about them, because if there was something out there that really worked well, it would be marketed and recommended by doctors.

I'm sorry your family is in this situation.

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