Fibromyalgia and Misdiagnosis Was Controlling My Life Until I Met Cannabis
Fibromyalgia symptoms started when I was 5 or 6 years old and so began a long, downward spiral of misdiagnosis and wrong medicine that only cannabis could stop.
My medical journey started when I was probably 5 or 6 years old. As a child, I was always very active but I would also always complain about being tired and achy. My parents would just chalk it up to playing outside and “growing pains.”
As I got older, these “growing pains” would become more frequent. In my teenage years, it was less of “growing pains” and more suspected to be menstrual pains as it focussed in my back, but the pain was also throughout my body. Exhaustion grew worse as well and I would get sick more often too, leading people to say “maybe you’re pregnant!” (Never had a pregnancy scare and always was safe when it came to sex).
My depression grew due to lack of sleep and I ended up developing an eating disorder in high school. Thankfully, after I graduated, I beat my eating disorder. As I became more active and an adult, my pain just kept getting worse. Being that as a child I was told it’s either growing pains or menstrual pains, I just thought it was normal. As I hit age 25, it was just getting worse. Pain had worsened in my back, spread to my hands and arms, and my legs and feet. I barely slept, I was so depressed and had such bad anxiety that I could barely go get groceries without having a break down because there were too many people around me.
I finally saw a doctor and was misdiagnosed with autoimmune diseases. After further testing, I was told I needed to lose weight exercise more (I’m 5″7′ and weighed 140 so I’m stocky and very active). I was put on several different pain killers, I cannot remember the names, but none of them helped.
I decided to find a new doctor who would listen to me and my pain. My new doctor pursued lots of testing and finally diagnosed me with fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic exhaustion, and insomnia. I tried a few more pain killers and some sleeping pills which also didn’t help. I tried an anti depressant and that did nothing.
A friend of mine who smokes cannabis recreationally suggested I look into the benefits of cannabis. I did my research and decided I should try it. I found a doctor who prescribed cannabis and started immediately.
I started using an indica strain and a sativa strain. I use the sativa in CBD oil so I can work. I use .35ml 2x a day to help manage my pain, anxiety, and chronic exhaustion. I smoke 2 grams of indica throughout the evening after work to manage my anxiety, pain, depression, and insomnia. Cannabis has changed everything and I decided to go off my anti depressants which sent me spiraling into withdrawal, thankfully the cannabis also helped with that.
Cannabis has changed my life and I couldn’t be happier that I tried it. I have my friend to thank so much for introducing me to it. I will always suggest to people to try cannabis instead of harmful pharmaceuticals. I still have bad days where I have my flare ups and have anxiety but I have less bad days now. There is hope out there for everyone, you can’t have no in your heart. Cannabis has made it so I can be involved in my hobbies again, which is back yard mechanics. I am so much happier now!