Fibromyalgia diaries: Travelling as a medical cannabis patient

Fibromyalgia diaries: Travelling as a medical cannabis patient
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While cannabis oil has dramatically improved fibromyalgia patient Julia Davenport’s quality of life, it has brought with it new challenges when it comes to travel, as she explains here. Chronic pain has a nasty habit of getting in the way of doing the things you love. My big passion which I share with my husband, and I guess our one extravagance, is jetting off to far flung places. Over the years, however, fibromyalgia, arthritis and aching joints have conspired to make travelling evermore arduous. Now in my 70s with various replacement parts, difficult terrain is one of the biggest barriers to exploring new places. Certainly, my husband’s bucket list destination, the Galapagos Islands, is on my no-fly list. I would have adored to go there at some point, but navigating those volcanic rocks, even with my walking stick, would be a nightmare. Familiar holiday spots closer to home are also becoming increasingly inaccessible. Every year our extended family visits the same Northumberland cottage, which is at the bottom of a steep bank. In years gone by, I’d be fine to walk down to it through the working farm in which it stands. Now, because my back and shoulders have deteriorated, I have to drive right to the door. Finding ways to compensate for the things you can no longer do is a constant theme with chronic pain conditions. Aside from mobility challenges, another restriction on travel with rheumatological conditions can be the weather, and humidity can play havoc with chronic pain. I’d love to go to Central America, for example, but I just couldn’t tolerate the heat and humidity. Having said that, although hot dry weather is far better than the cold British winter, the difference is not enough to drag me away from my family at Christmas time. For…

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