Roxane: Hiatus Hernia & Gastroparesis
It scares me to know that I would probably be dead if I hadn’t tried medical cannabis two years ago.
My extensive medical journey started over 20 years ago when I was diagnosed with a hiatus hernia. Years later, I was also diagnosed with Gastroparesis.
I have tried so many medical procedures and medications to find a path back to health. Nothing has worked. Some of these meds made me into a foggy-zombie for the 24-hours after taking them. And they have been nothing but temporary band-aids: Levothyroxine Sodium, Atorvastatin Calcium, Quinapril Magnesium, Amitriptyline HCI, Sandoz-Pabeprazole, Januvia, Lantus-insulin, Stelera, Metoclopramide and Lorazepam….and more
The procedures also all failed to help me: gallbladder removal, hysterectomy, and taking part in a study on gastric emptying where a nuclear medicine physician used radioactive chemicals (radioactive eggs) that measure the speed with which food empties from the stomach and enters the small intestine.
When I drive to my hospital appointments, which are about an hour away, I have to rent a hotel. The odds are that I will not have enough energy, after the vomiting, pain, breathing difficulties, and battling motion sickness, to make it back on the same day.
Since my hiatus hernia tries to push food back up my esophagus, I vomit 2-3 times a day. I have loads of pain all day and the pressure on my chest is as though I’m having a heart attack. When it really acts up, I’m in what is like a 24-48 hour hangover that keeps me bedridden. It keeps me from going out and living life.
The pain, sleeping, eating, being unable to work, and the affect it has had on my social life is devastating. From extreme weight loss, to the break down of my marriage, this illness has destroyed every aspect of my life.
Because I never know when it will flare, or for how long I will be sick, I am essentially handcuffed to my house. I pretty much always say no to invitations for these reasons, and at this point in my life, I am very isolated. This has definitely affected my mental health.
It scares me to know that I would probably be dead if I hadn’t tried medical cannabis two years ago. One thing I know for certain, is my life would be non-existent without the cannabis benefits. I would simply not be able to eat food, sleep or cope with constant pain without this medicine.
Medical Cannabis is paramount to my survival, like blood or water or oxygen. I take an indica with 20% THC and also take 25% CBD hourly to be able to cope with all my health issues. I own a vape pen, pipe and bong, but I get most relief from the old fashion rolling. I am presently looking into how CBN (cannabinoid sedative) can help with my struggles to stay asleep.