I have really bad anxiety and (certain strands of) weed used to help that a lot. I hate medication and weed was always a great sounding alternative to me.
then I got diagnosed with BAVD and I have been scared of smoking ever since. I haven't asked my Doctor about it yet, but will in my upcoming appointment.
Any comments would be appreciated, thanks.
I don't know what BAVD is, as i'm uneducated in what that is....everything i'll tell you is from my experience, and my experience only. I had an Aortic Valve Replacement back in 2012. I was quite the pothead before surgery, i was 24 when i had it done, i'm now 36. I asked around as well this same question, not only here, but to my doctors, other forums, anywhere i could. However i made sure i had done my rehab and healed up and was basically back to 100 percent, which did take well over a year. 2 years out i smoked my first joint with some friends and it didn't take me much to feel that joy again....but i also knew with my heart and as well on Coumadin, and with no knowledge from anyone other then "you probably shouldn't do that" or "you've been given a second chance, why would you want to do this?" and i found through all the sources i've had, there's little research on what it does after to you. I'd say 70 percent of my rehab class after my surgery were all cig smokers, i had given that up after the surgery and did for many years until i broke finally due to a tragedy in my family. I've smoked pot now for 6-7 years now? something like that. Every year the cardiologist tells me i'm good. He/She depending on who i see know i do it, they know i smoke cigs. I don't think you'll ever find a doctor that is like "yeah, that's fine...put that in your lungs" because they don't want to be responsible for what happens if you do. For me, after my surgery i went to a dark place, and i completely know what you're talking about with certain strains, i'm a Sativa guy, i suffer badly from panic attacks and am on meds for it. Doesn't always help, but you know what does, when i'm having the worst panic or anxiety attack i can have, i just smoke a bit of sativa and i'm calm as can be. Everything i loved was taken from me after surgery, everything i lived for....but i wasn't going to completely cripple myself either in life by being miserable and handicap myself. If anything, i feel as i'm some what of a test subject for it. I know i shouldn't probably be smoking anything, cigs/bud/vapes whatever, but i'm gonna live my life, and if it takes me it takes me...i'm not gonna live afraid throughout my life. A ton of post op people smoke cigs and drink, that's not healthy either...but they do it. No disrespect to those that drink, i know i've had my years of booze fun, but i get crippling depression now when i drink....so "chilling out with a drink" doesn't always solve the problem. Now, with all this said...and another reminder, this is just my life and my experience and i've had no issues with it, but i also don't know what you're going through. But this isn't backed by science or my doctor, this is what i have chosen to relax me, and it does it well...but with every choice we live with our consequences. So it comes down to what route you want to go. Also, always be open with your doctor, don't be afraid to ask the hard questions or feel embarrassed, because what they don't know...they can't help you with. If they're asking you at your appointments if you're doing any recreational drugs, and you say no...and then you know, half a year later something happens to you, they don't have that knowledge of what you were doing. Sure they'd probably tell you to stop, but alot will sit and at least try and educate you on why you shouldn't, but ultimately you have to be honest with everything. It's your path in life and only you can make these decisions. Wether it's with the knowledge you have, or going into it knowing their will probably and possibly be issues down the line. Like i fully accept that i'll either die before 40, or i'll need a new valve...but maybe i won't. we only live once as far as we know of, and you gotta do what makes you happy, but never ghost the idea that doing it ISN'T healthy. I don't know, just my 2 cents. If you got any other questions, message me on here in private, or to any further people that fall upon this discussion.