Opioid, opiate, and other derivatives of the powerful poppy plant have become synonymous with addiction, fatality and death in the U.S. And it’s no wonder when people, already suffering from an illness that requires strong pain medication, die from overdosing on prescription opioid medication.
One death from overdose is a tragedy, but when a country steeped in the backward traditions of overprescribing sees an estimated rise of 19.8% opioid-related deaths between 2015 to 2016, it’s terrifying. So why do doctors, who take an oath to do no harm, continue to prescribe opioid drugs that each year prompts thousands of deaths and new addiction cases?
Well, they’re now calling it an opioid crisis, but really it just seems like the physical manifestation of how little large-scale pharmaceutical companies – alongside doctors paid off and commissioned by them – care for the human beings they make exorbitant amounts of profit off.
Doctors didn’t know what to do with Albert. In 2010, when Albert went to find out why he was experiencing such horrid pain in his pelvis, all his doctor could tell him was that it was phantom pain and that there was nothing they could do about it.
“Everything was coming back normal so they told me it was all in my head, which I knew was so untrue because I knew the pain I was feeling was real.”
So like many who are consistently misdiagnosed or remain undiagnosed, Albert began his own research into what might be the cause to his incredible discomfort. After innumerable MRI and CT scans, ultrasounds, sonograms, blood tests and even spinal taps, Albert discovered magnetic resonance neurography (MRN), which is undertaken with a machine that can produce far more intricate details of the nerves than an MRI can.
In this, it would seem luck was on Albert’s side. In the U.S, only two MRN machines exist. Not only that, but one of these machines happened to be at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where Albert’s neurologist practiced.
So, Albert managed to get these much needed MRN tests done, and after two weeks wait, Albert hoped he would find out the cause to his current health problems and receive the most illuminating results since he first began exploring the origins of his pain.
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“The MRN neurography scan showed high activity in my ganglion impar nerve, which is unusual and not common. Also that my explanation of the horrible pain and different sensation of burning, stinging, aching, stabbing, sharpness, and numbing all corresponded with the results of the scan and what I had been explaining to doctors for years.”
Finally, after years of misdiagnosis and consistent pain, Albert was diagnosed with chronic pelvic nerve inflammation of the ganglion impar nerve and was finally able to move on from the years of self-lead research to focusing on managing his pain full-time; but this, he was to find, was no simple task either. Doctors put Albert on multiple kinds of nerve pain medications, which only persisted in giving him further abdominal pain as well as providing him with some pretty horrible ‘zombie-like’ side effects.
Albert then went on to have nerve blocks three separate times, but nothing seemed to work.
“Then they offered me the option to get a nerve root pulse burn with no guarantee that it would help take my pain away. That turned out to be the worst mistake I could of ever made”.
Albert’s pain only intensified after this last effort to finally root out the constant discomfort. It was after this procedure that Albert decided he’d had enough. He wouldn’t be poked and prodded anymore, he couldn’t stand it. So he was prescribed opioid medication.
Pill after pill after pill would allow Albert to slip into an enveloping pain-free monotony, though only for short amounts of time. Each day Albert would take his prescription medication, but knew that this was only producing a reliance on heavy opiates that he wasn’t willing to allow.
“I started researching the internet and started reading a lot on CBD and the benefits it has with naturally healing our bodies through our endocannabinoid system. I was already a medical [cannabis] patient, but never heard anything about CBD. So after reading more info, I decided to start myself on a CBD regimen.”
Starting with CBD capsules and tinctures, after a couple of weeks Albert noticed an improvement, which was enough to convince him that he was on the right path. “I then started eating CBD edibles, CBD syrups, CBD oil, pretty much any type of CBD I could get my hands on...and have cut down on my pain meds by more than half.”
Having once relied heavily on pain medication just to get through the day, Albert believes CBD has allowed him to ease into a life not dictated by medication and the big pharma companies that profit from our pain and illness.
Albert went from taking 7-8 pills of heavy pain relief medication to just 2-3 a day. And with a goal of not requiring any prescription medication, it would seem reaching it may just be on the horizon.
“I thank CBD for coming into my life, it has been the best decision I have ever made.”
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