I received this email the other day:
I just turned 17 when had my first lower back surgery from a massively herniated disk. I started experiencing upper back pain a couple months later.
From that moment on my life went spiraling downhill. I would have to lay on the floor during class because of the pain. I missed out on graduation because I couldn’t sit that long. My parents took me to specialists, chiropractors, etc. I tried everything possible to ease the pain and help lower my opioid medication so I could function like a normal 17 year old. I tried acupuncture, natural supplements, t.e.n.s. unit, ultra sound, injections, and the worst part — prescriptions.
By 19 they had labeled it Chronic Pain. With all the pain and lack of function, I became severely depressed with bad anxiety. I would cry myself to sleep ever night to be woken up by pain. Over those years my opioid medications got upped and upped. It just made things worse. I wasn’t my self any more. So what I thought was my last option was the 3 month chronic pain rehabilitation program through Mayo Clinic. They got me off some of the opioid medications and taught me some great pain management skills. After the program i was still struggling with pain and mental stability (I was attending a therapist regularly). Then I got another back surgery from another herniated disk in my lower back. They put me on more pills again. My upper back pain was still terrible.
I was not achieving anything in life because my pain was stopping me and I soon became hopeless. That’s when I decided to see if cannabis would help. The answer: Cannabis saved my life, giving me hope and control over my life without being completely out of it on pills.
When I started using it [cannabis] regularly, my medicine cabinet started to become smaller and smaller. Today, the therapist visits less often. I’m happy with my life. Super motivated. When my parents found out they were completely against it. . . Until they saw how much it has improved my life. It eased my pain, anxiety, and helps me focus because I’m not consistently thinking of pain. The past years since I started using cannabis has felt like a second chance at life. I just don’t want to feel like a criminal for using a medicine that makes me live life like a normal human not a chronic pain patient. I would move to a legal state but its too expensive and my family lives in Iowa. I will continue to medicate in Iowa no matter what. I would be more than happy to pay the tax for regulated medical cannabis. This is a very short version of my story but i want to help as much as i could.
From: Chronic Pain/Anxiety/Depression Patient saved by cannabis as medication.
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