The Cannabis Diaries – “I’ve given up on the traditional medicine route”

The Cannabis Diaries – “I’ve given up on the traditional medicine route”
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Fibromyagia patient, Fearn, has agreed to share her journey as she explores accessing a legal prescription for medical cannabis in the UK, in a new column – The Cannabis Diaries. Fearn Vaughn* has lived with fibromyalgia and chronic pain for much of her adult life. She starts by telling us about her journey so far.   “There’s nothing wrong with you,” the doctor says. “The tests are negative, and there’s no reason you should be feeling pain.” I slump down a little in my seat, the frustration that yet another test revealed nothing evident on my face. I respond: “But I’m in pain, and I’m sick all the time. There’s got to be something that’s causing it.” The doctor sits forward, pulling out a piece of paper with some questions on it.  “Let’s take a look at this,” he says. “Over the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?” It’s the dreaded Patient Health Questionnaire – designed to work out if you’re depressed or not. I can repeat the questions by heart, I’ve been asked them so many times. Yes, I struggle to sleep. Yes, I am stressed and anxious. Yes, I am sad.  I am in pain. I am exhausted. I feel like I have the flu all the time, and yet everyone keeps telling me there’s nothing wrong. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been referred for therapy. It’s the reason why, 10 years later, even after I was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I still find myself ‘testing’ whether I really am in pain or just a hypochondriac.  It’s also the reason I gave up the traditional medical route, and started to look elsewhere.  It turns out I’m not alone. Women have been turning their backs on the medical…

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