For years I have been seeing doctors, trying to get to the bottom of this constant, chronic pain.
I can trace it back to when I was 13.
I remember being unable to complete a stretch – there was this shooting pain in my right hamstring.
That was the day I gave up on exercise. Sounds dramatic, I have no doubt. But nothing I would do could stop that pain.
Over the years, this sensation has spread throughout my right side, predominantly. My doctors have been largely dismissive; insisting that I was simply too young to be feeling this way. Even when an orthodontist diagnosed me with arthritis of the jaw, my family doctor refused to believe it.
I have been seeing a chiropractor for around a year and a half now. She can clearly see the misalignment of my spine and sympathises with the pain it is bound to cause me.
I plucked up the nerve the other day to ask her about medicinal cannabis. I thought she might be able to help me convince my hard-nosed MD on the issue.
Now…those that know me are aware that I smoke the herb. I don’t bother trying to hide it anymore.
Let me try that again: I recently quit.
I detest and abhor smoking with a passion, but the benefits it produced were undeniably worth it…until I finally decided that they weren’t. Not at the expense of my lungs, esophagus and mouth in particular. The amount I was smoking, well…I could notice a problem.
I have since switched exclusively to cannabis oil, which is disgusting and pricey. So I am taking the plunge and confronting my doctor to cut costs. Legalities don’t so much concern me in this area, but it’s a bonus. Now…if anyone has any tips on cutting the horrible taste, I would love to hear you out!
Anyway, when my chiropractor responded with 100% support, I nearly broke down into so many tears.
The feeling of validation came rushing over me. I was giddy! Not just because I now had a shot at getting perma-giddy on my drug of choice, but because someone with a degree in medicine acknowledged my struggle.
In all honesty, I don’t know how to wrap this up neatly. I am still in limbo in this process of getting a license. I am hopeful, though, which I couldn’t say before now. I guess I might ask for your blessings, dear readers? That would be ever so lovely.