This blog is a chronicle of my experimentation with medical marijuana, for the treatment of fibromyalgia and anxiety disorder.
I’m female, in my 40’s, and I live with my family and kids in Washington State.
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2012, through my family doctor, after spending year getting tested for everything else that could cause chronic pain and fatigue. The diagnosis was confirmed a month later by a rheumatologist who specializes in chronic pain.
I mention this so that readers know that I’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it wasn’t something I self-diagnosed. Online you’ll often find people who say they have fibro, or think they might have fibro, but without a diagnosis, it’s possible their condition could be due to dozens of things, so trusting what worked to “cure” them, or help them, may mean nothing to your body.
That said, I’ve been reading accounts of fibro for several years now, and if I can say anything about this experience, it’s that no two people have exactly the same symptoms. One of the most common and frustrating experiences is to hear, “Oh, you have fibromyalgia? My sister/aunt/friend/colleague has that, I know exactly how you feel.”
Everyone with chronic pain and fatigue has a different experience, and often wildly different energy levels. I’ve heard of people with diagnosed fibro who run marathons, or bicycle for miles at a time. At the other end of the scale are people who are so debilitated with pain that they need a walker or cane to get around. You can never tell, just by looking at someone, how much energy or pain they’re feeling at that moment.
I was diagnosed with severe anxiety in 2003, after a traumatic event. Officially, I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and PTSD. I have dealt with panic attacks since then, and fluctuating levels of generalized anxiety.