Feeling miserable every day is not a good way to exist, right? For years I have had a lot of trouble with my knees. I started taking celebrex in the 1990’s. Seemed to work fine but over the years I had piled on weight that I could not explain. After learning that gee… celebrex is not considered long term. So why had my doctors continued to prescribe it for me year after year. You would have thought that one of them would pick up on the fact that I had been on it for way too long.. So a few years years ago I asked for something different. I wanted off these meds. So the dr prescribed another type of anti inflammatory medication that seemed to work fine. and as a bonus I dropped the weight that had piled on over the past 20+ years. yay.. right? So a few months ago I had gone in for a checkup and said. You know, ” You know.. I don’t seem to be getting any more relief from the new meds” So back I go on celebrex. This was early June of this year. He figured. I had gotten the celebrex out of my system enough that now it would be ok to go back on it and it should work fine. Ok I was skeptical but I thought, I can’t do this pain much more. I have no life, my legs give out, my knees lock up.. I was feeling miserable.
So back on to celebrex and in the meantime he wanted xrays of my knees since he didn’t have any on file. Over the summer it didn’t seem to get much better and good God!!!! I put 15 pounds of bloat on over the summer.
How does this happen. Reading about celebrex it is one of the main things that can happen.. Extreme weight gain.. ((((Over three months?))) So I got my xrays and blood work done and made the appointment to go back and see what was up. Well it turns out that I have severe degeneration on the inside part of both knees. So.. he suggested replacement on both knees.. UM NOPE.. not going to happen as I am a person that heals extremely slow and I know what would happen if I had a knee replaced. So now what? Well I told him about the celebrex and the weight gain and he said.. ok.. we will put you on something else. ok fine. Let’s just play Russian roulette with my body now. Try this,, no try this.. and in the meantime he is playing around with adjusting my pre-diabetes meds, trying to get a happy number. Again another med change and off I went to check the side effects, etc. During all this I am still feeling totally miserable and completely defeated. I was not in a good mind set and my happy place had moved to Siberia I think.. hahahaha. At that time I asked about alternative pain relieve aka CBD. He said yes sure he would contact the company ( www.cannimed.ca/) and get the paperwork started and then I go in and fill out a registration form with the company and await for it to be approved. YAY I was approved and after chatting with the reps/customer support for the company they gave me lots of insight and lots of things to think about. I pondered, did my research and said well if the meds the dr just changed. After a couple of weeks, my stomach is wrecked, the pain is still there and I bloated up so much my knees are swollen and aching and the bathroom runs are not acceptable. Who wants to be tied to a house because you never know when you have to make an immediate run to the bathroom. enough of this crap (yes pun intended). So as of today, I have come off this new arthritis medication and I made the order yesterday for my first round of CBD oil. Now the crappy thing about this is that the insurance does not cover this stuff. I can do the cost, that is no problem, but when are they going to realize that this is supposedly more effective and less cost than the man made chemicals they are paying for us to put in our bodies?
The CBD should arrive tomorrow or Thursday and it will be a whole new learning curve for how much I will need to take, how much I will have to purchase every month but at this point money doesn’t matter if it straightens me out and brings me back to a quality of life that I should enjoy.
And on that note, my stomach feels a bit better today since I didn’t take my arthritis meds (might just be all in my head) but I will take that as a positive any day. I will do another post after a couple of weeks with the CBD and report my findings and reactions to it.
Breathing deep and seeking peace at this time