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Online Medical Marijuana Recommendations: Convenient or a Waste of Time?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those of you who live in states that have legalized cannabis for medicinal use, you need to have a doctors recommendation or certification in order to purchase and use it.

The frustrating part of the process is that your primary care physician, specialist, or pain management clinic most likely won’t be the ones to prescribe or recommend marijuana for pain relief.  Some states have a list of specific doctors you must go see, while others like California and Arizona have stand alone medical marijuana certification medical offices.  These doctors are not covered by insurance and are often located in outlying or not so safe areas.  So not only do you have spend more than what you may pay for a regular doctor’s visit, you also have to drive or find transportation to an area that you most likely never go to, and find the strength and energy to do it.  Trust, me this is exactly what held me back for the first two years after I moved to California.

So what’s someone with chronic pain and fatigue supposed to do?  From 2013-2017, I visited a medical marijuana recommendation clinic once a year to renew my MMJ rec.  Each year I thought, there has to be a better way…….. And last year, I discovered that there is!!!!!!

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You may have seen advertisements for online medical marijuana recommendations and wondered if they are legit? Well, if you live in California and New York, you can be approved for and renew a medical marijuana recommendation online legally and affordably with NuggMD.  The best part is that it can be done from the comfort of your home or wherever you are.  No need to travel, no worries if you are in too much pain to leave the house.

How does it work?  If you live in California or New York, you will start by clicking on the links provided below.  From the homepage you will fill out a short medical information form, seriously it takes just seconds to fill out.  Then you enter your payment information, don’t worry, your account will not be charged until after you have talked with the doctor and have been approved.  Next you will speak with the doctor.  Sometimes they are backed up and will have the doctor call you later.  A friend of mine received her call from her doctor within 10 minutes and mine called back in less than five.  Once you are approved, they will charge your account, email you a copy of your recommendation, and mail your official copy to you.  I had my official copy in my hands in less than 2 weeks.

Click here to get your California recommendation!

Click here to get your New York recommendation!

If you live in California, you are able to purchase cannabis medication ASAP, through the recommendation site!  They have contracts set up with certified cannabis delivery services. Just place your order online and wait for it to be delivered.  After you receive your official copy, you will be able to purchase your meds at any state licensed dispensary.

You may be wondering why you should bother getting a recommendation in California when anyone over the age of 21 is able to purchase since it was legalized for recreational purposes.  Here is why: 1. Having a California medical marijuana recommendation allows you to purchase stronger strains and exempts you from state taxes. 2. Many CA dispensaries also offer lower prices to medical marijuana patients. 3. It validates your medical use of cannabis. 4. While the recreational age to use and purchase cannabis is 21+, you may receive and use a medical recommendation at the age of 18.

To answer the question of is online medical recommendation services convenient or a waste of time, they are not only convenient, they are an answered prayer to the chronic pain community.

How much does it cost? For California residents a one year recommendation is $39.  Yes, there are brick and mortar places that charge less, but I am happy to pay an extra $4 to not have to leave home.  New Yorker pay $149 for a one year recommendation.

Click here to get your California recommendation.

Click here to get your New York recommendation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I Don’t Believe in That Disease

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used to think having to be retested for a disease whenever a new physician didn’t believe that I had it was frustrating.  I can’t tell you how many times I was told by a new doctor that they didn’t believe my diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis from another physician.  Each time they wasted my money and time by reordering all the same tests, that wow, surprise, had the same results.  Thankfully, they would accept their own results and move on.

My diagnosis of fibromyalgia has been more problematic. In fact it almost cost me my life……..

Soon after receiving my diagnosis of fibromyalgia, I began having abdominal pain. I began seeing my gynecologist way more than I ever did while pregnant with my daughter.  During one visit I mentioned my diagnosis of fibromyalgia and he said, and I quote “That’s not a real disease.”

Believe it or not, his thinking that fibromyalgia wasn’t a real illness actually helped me for the first two years.  Because he didn’t believe in it, he pushed my insurance provider to approve an exploratory surgery when all tests came back showing nothing wrong.  That surgery revealed that I had endometriosis and an extremely large ovarian cyst.  The cyst and adhesions had pulled my bladder, uterus, and left ovary towards my sidewall.  In addition, they not only pulled my left fallopian tube towards the sidewall, it had adhered and embedded itself into it!

The pain and symptoms returned within a year. Thankfully he still didn’t believe in my chronic illness and agreed to perform a hysterectomy.  That surgery revealed a belly full of adhesions and a bunch of ovarian cysts.  In addition to what was found in the prior surgery, adhesions were also pulling my rectum towards my sidewall.  So far so good, right?! In fact you may be wondering how this led to me almost losing my life. Less than six months later, the pain on my left side returned and……..

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I was horrified when the pain returned.  My OBGYN had removed my uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.  I had also had an appendectomy prior to the hysterectomy.  There wasn’t anything left that could be causing the pain that I was experiencing.  I returned to my gynecologist who after hearing about my pain, decided to blame my pain on fibromyalgia! The very disease he adamantly denied existence of became an easy way for him to get rid of a complicated patient.

Over the course of two years I went from one surgeon to another.  Not one would consider that I could still be experiencing problems from endometriosis or that it was possible that something went wrong with my hysterectomy.  One after the other opened my chart, without running any tests or performing any type of examination, and blamed fibromyalgia.

You may be thinking, wait a minute, those doctors believed that you had fibromyalgia!  I will never know whether they really believed that I had it or not, but I do know that they knew very little, if anything, about the disease.  When I would explain that his had never been one of my fibromyalgia symptoms, they would just say that they heard it was a symptom of it.  If they didn’t blame fibromyalgia, they told me that it was all in my head and that they would happily refer me to a psychiatrist.  Then they would close my file and leave the room…….

Two years, twenty surgeons, not one was willing to help me.  Each and everyone blamed an illness they knew little to nothing about and even denied until it became an easy scapegoat.  These men made me doubt my sanity, made everyone except for my husband and children think that I had lost my mind.  Friends and family believed that I was depressed, addicted to opioids (why else would someone go to the emergency room as much as I did), or that I wanted surgery for attention.  Funny thing about the last thing, is that all those who didn’t believe me, never helped out during the prior surgeries.  In the meantime my pain increased, I became weaker, and sicker.

Long story short, surgeon number twenty-one finally believed me and agreed to perform surgery.  What he found shocked me, the attending nurses, and the surgeon himself.  I had adhesions everywhere.  He had to scrape from my cervix up to my diaphragm. He also found that a large portion of my left fallopian tube had been left behind during the hysterectomy.  It was infected, covered in endometriosis, and was embedded into my sidewall.  Not only was it embedded into my sidewall, there was evidence of how it had adhered and embedded to other areas of the sidewall and was pulled out by adhesions.  If that wasn’t enough, my bowels were being strangled by adhesions.  But according to my original surgeon and 20 more, it was either fibromyalgia or in my head……..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My saga doesn’t end here. But the point of this post isn’t to share the entire story, but to demonstrate how if any of those surgeons had believed in or had any knowledge about fibromyalgia, I wouldn’t have had to suffer the way I did.  I have always despised my diagnosis of fibromyalgia and will continue to until doctors choose to learn more about it.  The ignorance of 22 surgeons almost cost me my life. As the surgeon who found the mess informed me, having my bowels strangled like they were would have killed me.

It doesn’t matter if a physician believes in fibromyalgia if they are not educated in it.

Have you ever been told that your disease isn’t real by a doctor?

Have serious unrelated symptoms/illnesses been overlooked because of your diagnosis of fibromyalgia or other disease?

The damage I suffered continues to haunt me and put my life at risk.  Don’t let the ignorance of one or twenty-one doctors put your life in danger. Had I given up, I wouldn’t be here to share my story with you today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Recap Jan 27- Feb 1, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly recap for Jan 27 – Feb 1, 2019

Two Simple Ways to Use CBD Isolate

28 Ways to Practice Self-Care

Love Every Move and Stretch You Make

Love Yourself Enough to Schedule a Rest Day

The Disabled Diva’s Review of Earthley Elderberry Elixir

 

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Men with Fibromyalgia?

Men with Fibromyalgia?

Did you know that women aren’t the only ones who suffer from fibromyalgia?  I will be honest, until a few years ago I never thought of men having this condition.  It’s not that I thought men couldn’t have it, but that I didn’t hear of men having it.  In fact until a year ago I only knew 2 men with a fibromyalgia diagnosis.

In the past year I have become friends with Norman Hanley otherwise known as Mr. Fibro.  He is the founder of MenWithFibromyalgia.com which offers support to other men.  I had the pleasure of interviewing Norman on my podcast Dish’n with The Disabled Diva June 10, 2017.  If you haven’t already, be sure to listen in as Norman shares how fibromyalgia has altered the way he lives, its emotional effects, and how he is helping others.  If you are seeing this post before the episode airs or want to make sure you never miss an episode, be sure to follow the Speaking to the Heart Radio Network on Spreaker to receive a notification when new episodes air.

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Moving Mayhem

Moving Mayhem

Stress is my enemy.  I do my best to plan and schedule appointments and outings in a manner that won’t increase my stress/pain level or spark an anxiety attack.  However, some times life throws some unexpected curve balls and I have to push through pain, anxiety, and fatigue to deal with them. A month ago we were given notice that our landlord was selling the house.  All my past moves had been planned as in we made the choice to move and when we would do it.  I have only moved on other time with all of my chronic illnesses in full swing.  While tough, I had months to prepare and because I wasn’t working I was able to focus all of my energy on packing.  Not only were we not mentally prepared for a move this month, but I didn’t have the time to prepare like I did in the past,  Thankfully we found a home within our price range fairly quickly, which is not an easy task in southern California.  In the meantime I have been working on this blog, articles for Psoriatic-Arthritis.com, other freelance gigs, reviews for Chronic Illness Bloggers, AND my new podcast Dish’n with The Disabled Diva. Whew…. I have a few other projects that I have had to push to the side, but they can wait.  Even with all of that going on I have been able to get a lot of packing done and was excited to move into our new home this weekend.

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A change of plans

Some times even the best of plans fall apart.  Early in the week our new property management company informed us that our new house won’t be ready on the date we had planned and that it may take up to two weeks for them to make repairs before we can move in.  If that wasn’t frustrating enough, to add insult to injury our current property management company is refusing to budge on our moving date!!!  UGH!!! Talk about stress!!!  I have had a couple of nasty anxiety attacks this month, but thanks to our wonderful friends, people we think more of as family, who have stepped up and offered to help us it has been easier.  One angel has offered to let my family stay with her until our new house is ready.  I tear up every time I think about her generosity.  So we are moving everything into storage this weekend and will stay with her for a week or two.  Then we get to move again!!!  While not how I would have planned this move, it is working out.

My body would have never survived this move without my Oska Pulse. I wish I could buy one for all of my readers, but I can’t. However, I can save you $55 when you use promo code DIVA

My support system

I would have had daily anxiety attacks this past month and especially this weekend if it weren’t for my support system.  First is my husband who took on a lot of the moving responsibilities that I have handled in the past.  This made being able to continue working throughout this process possible.  My daughter has been a big help with the packing and we have a bunch of friends who will be helping move our stuff to the storage facility this weekend and out of it once we have the keys to our new home.  The angel who invited us to stay with her has made this detour in our moving process possible.  She is saving us thousands of dollars by not having to live in a hotel for a couple of weeks.  I thank God for her friendship every day! In addition to the people who have been helping, I couldn’t have done it without my current medical treatments.  If you have been following my Oska Pulse Journey, you know that I have had some significant improvements in the past two months.  Not only that but I have also noticed that my recovery time from flares, whether my conditions or my own stupidity was to blame, has also decreased.  Last Sunday I needed a break, so the family and I went to Disneyland to ride the new Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout ride.  The day after my pain was insanely high.  I though for sure I would be down for days if not weeks.  Before allowing myself to freak out with worry of not being able to finish packing this week, I gave myself a day of rest.  I medicated heavier than normal with medical marijuana, slept most of the day and all through the night, and used my Oska Pulse.  The following day my spine felt better and the pain in my ribcage lessened to the point that I was able to pack some more.  Before treating my conditions and body with Oska Pulse, the pain I experienced on Monday would have left me bedridden for weeks.  So you can imagine how surprised I was to be able to resume packing just after spending one day and night in bed.  This device is seriously amazing.  By the way, if you want to try Oska Pulse yourself, be sure to use promo code DIVA to save $55.  Also you can make payments if you pay with PayPal’s payment plan. Between Oska Pulse, CBD, and THC, this move will not only get done, it will get done without sentencing me with weeks or months of agonizing pain in bed.

Anyways, I need to wrap this up and get back to packing.  Disneyland fans stay tuned, I will be updating and sharing what you need to know about Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout when riding with a chronic illness or disability in a few weeks.

Wishing you a magical day filled with many reasons to smile!

Cynthia Covert aka The Disabled Diva

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Oska Journey #6 Week 9

Oska Pulse Journey #6 Week 9

In this update I share an improvement I didn’t expect to experience for many more months!

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I have a pre-existing condition

I have a pre-existing condition

Like many Americans I have a pre-existing health condition and am worried about what will happen with the latest healthcare bill that our government is trying to push through.  I will be honest, I was never a fan of Obamacare, but there was one thing that I did like and benefited from.  The provision for pre-existing conditions was the best thing about Obamacare.  It helped those with chronic illnesses continue care whether they were forced or chose to change their healthcare plan.

Why the provision is so important

Living with one or more painful chronic diseases is expensive whether our medications, tests, and assistive devices are covered or not.  Continuing coverage makes it less costly.  Even with insurance I have racked up tens of thousands of dollars in medical debt, but that amount would have been much higher without it.  Truth be told, without health insurance I probably wouldn’t have any debt because I wouldn’t have gone to the doctor.  Without continuing coverage I would have been even more miserable than I was and wouldn’t have been diagnosed with other conditions because I wouldn’t have wanted to risk having the symptoms blamed on my pre-existing ones.  Not understanding all that was going on with my body would have prevented me from learning how to treat or manage them whether I chose to do so pharmaceutically or naturally.

Without continuing coverage for pre-existing conditions patients with chronic or terminal diseases won’t be able to afford proper testing, monitoring, or medications that help them live a better life.  I know this because it is exactly what happened to me before Obamacare mandated that pre-existing conditions be covered.  My husband’s employer switched insurance plans.  Employees were not given an option other than to pay the ridiculously high premium of COBRA to stay with their current plan.  If we had chosen COBRA we couldn’t have afforded my medications or medical care, we would have had to give up eating and using electricity to pay the premium.  In order to not live like cavemen and not wanting to hunt neighborhood animals for dinner, we moved to the new plan.  We were immediately told that it would be anywhere from 12-18 months until they would cover my pre-existing conditions. I was lucky to have a fabulous primary care doctor at that time.  He discounted his cash pay rate and instead of seeing me and prescribing my medication monthly, he agreed to see me once every three months, he also was willing to write scripts that I had been receiving from specialists.  Obviously this was before the government cracked down on doctor’s prescribing opioids.  At that time I could have never afforded to pay cash for my doctor’s appointments and full price for my prescriptions on a monthly basis.  Thank God I didn’t have to have bloodwork done to monitor how my meds were affecting my body because paying hundreds or thousands of dollars for lab work was not an option.

 

What will happen if we aren’t covered

Without this provision good people will have to either give up medical care and the medications they rely on or live on the street and go hungry in order to get medical care.  Is that really what we want to see?  Without this provision people will die.  The terminally ill won’t be able to afford to extend their lives.  The chronically ill may choose to commit suicide because they can’t afford what they need for pain relief or complications from their pre-existing conditions will make them even sicker.  Unfortunately, many chronic illnesses have overlapping and similar symptoms and physicians are quick to blame what we have first before searching for new answers. Can you afford thousands of dollars a month in medical expenses?  I know I can’t.  Oh and before you suggest that no one will go hungry or homeless if they apply for welfare assistance, that isn’t an option for many.  Anyone above the poverty level will not qualify for assistance even though their medical expenses would have them living under it.  Another possible outcome of people no longer being assured of continuing care is a higher divorce rate.  Without this provision I wouldn’t qualify for assistance of any kind based on my husband’s income alone. But if we divorced I could keep a roof over my head, food on my table, and receive the medical care I require. Families shouldn’t have to be torn apart and people shouldn’t have to even consider these kind of measures in order to continue their care.  One last thing, just because individual states have the option to keep this provision it won’t help those who live elsewhere or guarantee that those who do live there will be fully covered.  Can you imagine uprooting your life and that of your family just to afford your prescriptions?  Because states would only have a limited pool of resources to fund it, starting over somewhere new is risky as you might not get the care you need after all.

What can we do?

Contact your state’s senators! Tell them that how important this provision is.  Give examples of how losing it will financially ruin you, make it personal.  While I currently treat my conditions outside of my healthcare provider, I am always at risk of having abdominal adhesions from endometriosis and internal scarring severally attack my bowels at any moment and require surgery.  This would be considered a pre-existing condition and would financially ruin me.

Contact your senator today! Click here for a list of United State Senators.


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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