I was 15 years old when I began my journey with endometriosis and chronic pain.
For months, I’d spiral down a hole of nausea, intense pain, vomiting, headaches and cramps. And every month, it would be a cocktail of pills, herbal teas, kiwi, and crackers.
Lortab, Darvocet, hormones, Valium.
Doctors didn’t know what to do with me, my family was frustrated, and I felt alone, misunderstood and sick from all of the pain medication I was being fed.
"Endometriosis is proof that Satan exists."
In 2009, I was finally surgically diagnosed and well on my way to living a normal life.
Or so I thought.
Since then, I’ve had another surgery and endured the annoyance of ongoing cramping, fatigue, headaches and bloating. Doctors, even in a city with some of the most prestigious hospitals, dismissed me and my pain. At times, the zaps of pain down my legs left me unable to walk, and I waited months at a time for an appointment at the pain clinic.
That’s when I got into the “woo woo”.
Western medicine failed me and left me in the dust. I sought alternative treatments, many of which aren’t covered by insurance (Thanks, America), and tried numerous strange things: colonics, reiki healing, acupuncture… you name it, I’ve tried it or read into it. Yet, there’s been one thing that has really helped manage the pain and rest: cannabis.
From oils, tinctures, to old-fashioned flower, cannabis has been the saving grace. In fact, my cannabis doctor has been the only doctor to actually listen to me, my story, and everyday battle with pain. (In his words: “Endometriosis is proof that Satan exists.”) Yes, I still go in for my regular doctor’s appointments. And yes, they all know I use medical marijuana. So what?
Medical Memoirs, the ibg series
I know for a fact I’m not the only one our healthcare system has ignored. Which is why we’re here to write about it in our “Medical Memoirs” series. Identities are always safe, and we’re here to advocate for medical marijuana by telling real-life stories of every day individuals.
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