Living with Chronic Pain (Part 2 my choice for relief)

I discontinued the shots immediately, I got serious about chiropractic care, going three times a week faithfully, and I started to wean myself off the pills. I started with cutting one pain pill in half and reducing my daily meds by just that half pill. I knew that even though I was not physically addicted to the medication, my body had become dependent on having it and even though the relief was no longer what it had been in the beginning, my body thought it needed that medication just like it needed air. I kept strict notes on when I took the medication and how much I took, being careful to never go over the limit of one half a pill less. After one month I eliminated another half a pill, I continued to do this until I was down to no more than one pill a day.

I did not allow my body to tell me what it thought it needed, I was driving this train now, and I called the shots! I started taking handfuls of supplements everyday, religiously, I was introduced to essential oils for relaxation, I listened to music, I forced myself to do stretching and yoga, I had let my authentic self take over and she’s a stubborn, bull-headed Cajun that won’t take no for an answer!

All these things combined helped but it just wasn’t quite enough. That’s when I decided to go full natural and give medical marijuana a try. However, my main problem was I didn’t live in a state where medical marijuana was legal, However, by luck we were traveling to Colorado for a Christmas trip and I decided to get some eatables and see what happened. They did help some but not enough. I needed to find another way.

We moved to Michigan a few months later and being a Medical Marijuana state, I made an appointment with a doctor, took my medical records, and got my paperwork! My card came in the mail a couple months later and I was on my way to treating naturally.

For me it turned out to be the answer I was looking for. I haven’t been able to completely give up the pain pills, but going from 120 pills a month to just 30, for severe days is a miracle for me. I now only take the pain pills for extreme days, mostly the migraine days when I just need to quell the pain and go to sleep. Otherwise I function at a level I never thought I would get back to had it not been for Medical Marijuana. I’m not saying I’m back to the person I was before, but I’m also not the person I was 2 years ago, walking around in a black cloud, barely functional. Medical Marijuana with the combination of the other natural therapies began, to be the answer I was seeking. I can live and on good days I can even cook dinner and go on motorcycle rides with my husband, which for me is living compared to existing, which is what I was doing before.

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