|Dysmenorrhea and Menorrhagia
I use marihuana to ease symptoms of severe dysmenorrhea and menorrhagia. My monthly bouts of menstrual cramps usually leave me nauseous, vomiting and in writhing pain for up to 2 days, with consequential anemia from heavy blood loss and being unable to eat. That's EVERY month for the past 12 years. I've tried just about every prescription drug available for it to little avail. I've even had exploratory surgery to help determine the root, which is suspected endometriosis.
The problem with traditional prescription drugs has to do with a general patronizing mentality in the mainstream medical field regarding "women's issues". I can't count the number of times I've had a doctor give me the proverbial "pat on the head" when I've visited seeking help for my legitimate medical complaint. "The good doctor" will invariably write a prescription version of what amounts to Midol which is basically a muscle relaxant. Or, without so much as a thorough physical exam, will recommend birth control pills, which doesn't address the actual illness at all. One of the main underlying issues of coarse is that women's health, like marihuana, is still a severely under researched field. I would have to LITERALLY overdose on the prescribed drugs and be consequently hospitalized to even touch the severity and type of pain I have. It still wouldn't address the nausea or vomiting. Nor would it address the fact the my life comes to an abrupt, screeching halt every month. Marihuana has been very helpful to me with several aspects of dysmenorrhea and menorrhagia. It relieves the nausea, reducing the probability of vomiting. It stimulates the appetite, thus reducing the effect of anemia. It calms the anxious mind, thus making it easier to cope with pain. It is a muscle relaxant which reduces the severity of cramping.
It works instantly when inhaled providing the empowerment to accurately self-medicate. Once medicated, it enables me to function well enough to actually go to work, where I am in a leadership capacity with hundreds of people per day. If there were a legal, non addictive drug out there that could do all that, without side effects, and still be relatively affordable, believe me, I would definitely take it!!!!!
Both my general practitioner and the gynecologist who performed the surgery are aware of my medicinal use of marihuana and have it noted in their medical files. Unfortunately, if they WERE bold enough to give me a prescription for it, where would I get it filled? I have been fortunate enough so far to have a VERY sympathetic boyfriend who supplies me through one of his friends, but I would much prefer to buy it legitimately, or grow my own on my indoor patio. However, I'm afraid of the legal repercussions if I am caught growing it since I have a spotless criminal record and I would like to keep it that way.