It’s a TKO, well for me anyway. Medical Cannabis helps ease some of my Fibro symptoms but even more importantly improves my mood. Walking around in chronic pain, while it feels like you’re dragging gigantic cement blocks behind you, sometimes makes even the cheeriest of us cranky. So, a relaxed happier mood is ALWAYS more than welcome.
In 2015 I had reached the point that medication side effects were seriously messing with my life. I ignored and lived with most of them but, some were as bad as the Fibromyalgia itself. For example, my stomach pain caused by one pill had become unbearable. When I discussed it with my Doctor I got a prescription for something to treat that medication’s side effect.
It was like a never ending vicious cycle that just kept growing bigger and bigger. For every new pill, I would suffer a new set of symptoms that required yet another pill or two or three. Increasingly people in my online chronic illness group were talking about Medical Cannabis and how it was helping to improve their Fibro riddled lives.
And, so after a bunch of research I talked to my Doctor about using Medical Cannabis to treat Fibromyalgia. I’m lucky, she is a believer. At the time though, the practice did not prescribe it and so I was referred to a Doctor that did.
It wasn’t quite as simple as getting a prescription for one thing and then just buying it. I mean it was, but when I went to order there were many, many, many different strains to choose from. I spent some time trying to understand the basics. Ordered some weed and got down to business.
In other words, I set out on a two year journey experimenting and taste testing various strains, edibles and dosages of Medical Cannabis aka marijuana, weed, herb, grass, bud, pot, ganja, Mary Jane, 420 etc.
The rules were utterly ridiculous at the time, no edibles allowed and you could only order using a credit card for delivery by post. You had to hand over your prescription to one supplier and the minimum quantity per strain was 10 grams.
Anyway, as nonsensical as the Medical Cannabis rules were, it was a legal way to get some “herb” for my Fibro.
I started by making a coffee cream that the prescribing Doctor gave me a recipe for. I remember the first time I had some. I sipped at it like any other coffee and totally forgot about it. Awhile later it dawned on me that I was feeling pretty relaxed and completely at ease. Which was weird. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good weird because I was in a crowded noisy place watching a band perform live. Unless you are a fellow chronic illness warrior, you may not realize just how big of an achievement that was. Not only did I make it to the event, I sat through it and enjoyed it.
What I found was that certain cannabis strains help relieve my anxiety. Some give me pain relief, while others help me drift off to what can often be an ever elusive sleep.
I’ve recently discovered that a particular combination of cannabis strains gives me an energy boost. I actually get a task or two done.
I prefer edibles to smoking. The effects last much longer but they also take time to begin working. Consistency can be a tad off when it comes to cooking with cannabis. Which can be a bit frustrating but the wonders of the right edible; wow!
Treating my fibro with cannabis is an ongoing process that requires testing and tweaking. Just like my big pharma treatments did. Except, trying different Medical Cannabis combos or recipes is a whole heck of a lot more pleasant than killing my liver with pills that make me feel like I’m dying.
For me the biggest differences between medicating with marijuana versus pharmaceuticals are minimal side effects and I can treat specific symptoms depending on the flare or life requirements (i.e. joint pain, mood, sleep, energy). Unlike pharmaceuticals I don’t need to take a separate pill or medication for each symptom.
I have gone from 11 prescriptions totalling 25 pills per day down to Cannabis and 3 non Fibromyalgia related prescriptions of 1 pill each per day. I am hoping that by following the Medical Medium Thyroid Healing book I will be able to eliminate these three prescriptions eventually (fingers crossed).
Quite simply put since beginning to use Medical Cannabis for Fibromyalgia, my dependency on pharmaceuticals has declined and my quality of life has grown significantly.
I’m happier, my mind is clearer, I get sleep and my pain level has eased.
I’m not saying that Cannabis eliminates Fibro flares, I still get them. We Fibro Warriors are well aware, it takes A TON of effort and absolute respect of personal limitations to avoid those. And, even then sometimes you still find yourself flailing through a raging Fibromyalgia flare. Cannabis though, sure can help make for a much smoother ride through the flare to the other side.
In this section of Fun Ways to Heal I will share my Medical Cannabis adventures and other weed information like…
Take care, Shelley
PS – Please share your cannabis, marijuana, weed (whatever you prefer to call it) stories with fellow chronic illness warriors. I would love to publish them here on Fun Ways to Heal.
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