Finding relief again

Last December I posted about experimenting with THC as a way to cope with my pain.  The results were so amazing that I knew I would someday want to take this route full-time.  Nine months later I did just that.  Saturday morning, before going to the beach, we set out to get my Medicinal Marijuana Recommendation.  There is a future blog about that experience all in itself.  Thirty minutes later with my recommendation in hand, we drove to a nearby dispensary to purchase my first batch of pain relief.  This go around, I only purchased edibles, but was given a free joint for being a first time customer.  I chose edibles because they can go anywhere with me and I prefer not to smoke it.  It is not that I have anything against smoking it, I do plan to enjoy my joint,  it just isn’t my preferred method.  I sucked on my lollypop for a minute and was well on my way to feeling relief by the time we reached the beach.Image

Here is the difference THC has made in my life.  The weather that weekend and the weekend prior were the same.  Both hot and humid, even on the coast.  The only outing I had the weekend prior was a two hours spent at church for rehearsal and worship.  Because my joints and muscles were so swollen, I could barely move and by the time I arrived home I could barely form a sentence.  I spent the next five days in bed.  By Thursday eve the pain was more than I could take and I told my husband that I was done trying to be a super hero by trying to cope without any form of pain medication, and this meant THC because I didn’t want the side effects from the prescription meds again.

Saturday after leaving the dispensary, we spent the day at the beach.  I had planned on going to the beach even if I had been in severe pain.  Minus the ride there and back, a day at the beach soothes my soul.  Thanks to THC I was able to enjoy the day with my family without adding to my already painful existence.

It has been 20 days since my first dosage.  My inflammation is so minimal that it is almost non-existent.  My Dr. was amazed by this when I saw him last week.  Not only has my inflammation lowered, my digestive issues have improved, as well as the severity and quantity of muscle spasms.  Because I am able to keep my muscles relaxed and able to get them to fully relax after aggravating them, my pain no longer builds up to the point of taking over my entire body.

The one thing THC has not helped with is my lower spine and hip pain.  On the plus side it has eliminated the extra pain caused by my muscles reacting from this area.  By removing the compound pain, THC has aided my physician in being able to focus on the real issue and not be distracted by all of the symptomatic pain and side effects that I had before.  Because of this my Dr is finally, after a year and a half, taking my spine and hip pain seriously.  Hopefully I will have a diagnosis soon.

I am looking forward to seeing how it will help long-term. For the past 20 days I have been able to occasionally help my daughter with the dishes and enjoy time with friends and family.  I enjoy laughing and talking with people again.  Before when my entire body was consumed with pain, all I could think of when someone was speaking was “please shut the heck up”!!!

To be clear I don’t use THC to get high.  I use very little, just enough to relax my body.  Although I am still dealing with disabling pain in my spine, my overall physical and emotional conditions have improved.  My family loves that laughter has replaced my tears.

I will be posting more about getting my recommendation, dispensary adventures, and about what is going on with my spine in the future.  I don’t care if you agree or disagree about the use of THC.  Nor am I claiming that it will cure you, or suggesting everyone dump their prescriptions and go my route.  I did what was best for me.  I hated the side effects from prescription pain pills, muscle relaxers and anxiety meds.  The minuscule amount of pain relief they gave me was not worth the side effects that were leading my Dr. to prescribe more medications.  Using THC is my choice for my pain, for my body.  What you do is up to you.  All I am doing is sharing my experience.  It is up to you to find what works for you.

Till next time,

Gentle Hugs,

The Disabled Diva

Published by Cynthia Covert

Diagnosed in 2001 with psoriasis, followed by fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, endometriosis, and later a botched hysterectomy turned her world upside down. Cynthia shares her experience, advice, and tips for how to make life with chronic pain easier and less painful.

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