Jeremy, 35

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Anxiety and DepressionAnxiety Depressive Disorder

Jeremy found himself sitting in a cold bleak room in a mental health unit for 14 hours.  The room in itself was depressing.  There were missing chips of paint on the walls, no baseboards and the only thing in the room being a rusty old stretcher.  His stay in the hospital ended up lasting 3 days.  “3 of the longest days of my life.”  He says.

“I always knew I was different but I really noticed changes by age 28.”  Jeremy tells me.  It was about three years ago when he first went to the doctor because his boss noticed something wasn’t right with him.  Jeremy, a chef by trade, would go from happy and upbeat to severely depressed and withdrawn a couple of days later.

He was prescribed Effexor but finding the right dosage when beginning anti depressants is an adjustment period.  He tried different dosages…

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Jay-Anne, 59

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Jay-Anne suffers with ME/CFS as well..

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ME/CFSJay-Anne was a nurse for 20 years.  When she left in 2006, she was working at the London Psychiatric Hospital.

She had been experiencing widespread pain with no apparent cause.  She started losing strength in her left arm and hands.  She experienced a lot of migraines.  Working at the hospital meant she had to be able to react during code whites and be able to restrain patients if necessary.  With loss of strength and use in her hands and arm, it was no longer safe for her or her co workers.

Eventually, she was diagnosed with ME/CFS/ (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) Fibromyalgia, myofascial pain plus an autoimmune thyroid disease.

She was put on thyroid medication and Lyrica initially.  Jay-Anne says Lyrica gave her too many side effects so they switched her to Cymbalta.  Five years ago she decided on her own to try medical cannabis because she figured…

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Rona (50s)

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KidneysRenal cancer is terminal.  

Rona and her husband were wrapping up their 13 year old excavation business when she first got sick.  In 2014 doctors found a tumor in her kidney.  August 2014 one of her kidneys were removed.  She got sick again.  She tells me, she was advised that renal cancer is incurable and can resurface anywhere in the body, in the skin, the bones even the brain.  It’s unpredictable.  This time it showed up in her pancreas.  She qualified for the Whipple Procedure.  I read that only 15% of people diagnosed with cancer in the pancreas qualify for this procedure, it can only be done in the very beginning stages and is for patients whose tumors are located at the head of the pancreas.  It’s essentially a surgical bypass removing the tumor and re sectioning the remaining pancreas.  She had this surgery in 2016…

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Tina, 48

My latest piece on the Higher Living Wellness Blog. This time, a CPRS sufferer finds relief in cannabis oil and edibles…

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Tina was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS). Pain resulting from 7 car accidents since 1999. She has permanent nerve damage and limited use of her right arm. A former employer from one of the National banks, Tina suffers from several sources of pain. Fibromyalgia, Spinal Stenosis, bursitis in her shoulder, sciatic nerve pain, herniated discs, and bone spurs.

Some of the medications she was prescribed resulted in permanent kidney damage. She’s had a couple of surgeries for kidney stones. After the last surgery in 2012, she sought out alternative medications when she couldn’t hold down food from high doses of Morphine in addition to drugs like Percocets, anti inflammatories, Lyrica, Gabapentin, muscle relaxers and even Oxycontin for a while. She was up to 28 pills a day.

All I did was wake up to take medication then fall right back asleep.” Tina tells me all she…

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Sue, 55

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Thoracic SpineThoracic Spine

Sue was in the military for 21 years, retiring at only 38.  She worked in Military Transport and her specialty was Heavy Equipment.  One day, while on duty, she was involved in a motor vehicle accident that left her with whiplash.  She was treated for the whiplash for nearly two years, but later on learned that she also had 3 broken discs in her back, T5, T6 and T7 in addition to her neck injury.  After working in Heavy Equipment for over 20 years, that had also taken its toll on her back forcing her to retire early.  The military honorably discharged her for medical reasons.

She found herself in pain most of the time.  She was given courses of painkillers and muscle relaxants like Flexeril, Talwin, Demerol and Amitriptyline.  She couldn’t stand the feeling some of the painkillers were giving her.  They left her feeling groggy and…

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Alex, 32

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ms_disease-course_PPMSProgression Of PPMS

In 2010, Alex was diagnosed with the rarest form of MS.  Primary Progressive MS  (PPMS) which is characterized by its progressive neurological degeneration and the lack of remissions (a break from symptoms) affecting only 15 percent of MS sufferers.  Some of the symptoms of PPMS include; muscle spasms, constantly contracting muscles cause pain and stiffness.  Cognitive impairment, fatigue, vision impairment and bladder and bowel problems.  Most people with PPMS require assistance with everyday tasks.

Alex went through 6 years of pain.  At one point he was on 10 different pharmaceuticals ranging from opioids, muscle relaxants, anti fatigue medication, sleeping pills, anxiety medication and stomach medication from the effects of the other drugs.  In 2015, Alex had an Intrathecal Baclofen Pump (ITB) surgically installed when the pill form of Baclofen stopped working.  (Baclofen helps restore regular muscle function.)  This is a common treatment for MS patients…

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Samantha, 43

My latest piece on the Higher Living Blog: My own story about pain and cannabis..

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Higher Living Wellness Centre Inc.  Patient StoriesMost people call me Sam, in fact I prefer that.  Only teachers and parents ever called me Samantha.  I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.  I’m a 43 year old woman with Arthritis all through my spine, hands, feet and hips.  I have Fibromyalgia.  I have Degenerative Disc Disease in 3 spots in my neck and spine, making it painful to sit or stand for any length of time.  I have Endometriosis which has caused me a few emergency trips to the hospital, surgery and the joys of being barren.  I’ve had depression for the entirety of my adult life, being medicated since the age of 18 for that as well as Anxiety Disorder.  I have insomnia.  I am constantly in pain it’s just a matter of behind able to hide it some days.  Some days I can’t hide it.  Most recently, in 2015 I…

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Melissa, 48

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Higher Living Wellness Centre BlogMelissa’s career came to a grinding halt in 2009 when she was attacked by a violent inmate while working as a corrections officer in a government facility in Truro NS. The patient was known to be violent among officials after attacking a parole officer in a previous incident. After that, the patient was sent to Melissa’s unit in Mental Health without any warning of her prior violent outburst.

Melissa, previously injuring her ankle on the job, was unable to get a good grip with her swollen right foot to defend herself. She was slammed against a bathroom wall. During the scuffle, Melissa tells me she noticed a razor blade lying next to a bathtub and she could only assume the patient meant to get her over there. She fought back as hard as she could but permanently injured her shoulder in the process.

Melissa, who previously worked as a psych…

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