This also played a major role in my mental health and depression. For the first time I had hope again, and that was huge. What I wasn’t anymore was doped up in bed, on opiates.
I continued to medicate with cannabis and was discharged from the pain clinic after testing positive for THC. They discharged me immediately without decreasing my prescriptions, because it is policy, despite knowing patients can die during this very dangerous time. I was thrown into an awful withdrawal, but that was the pavement for which I set my comeback.
I knew then I would never allow myself to become dependent on a drug that had the power to make me feel so sick that I wanted to die. I knew the choice I had to make: get off as many prescriptions as possible and use cannabis instead.
At this point I had been medicating regularly with flower cannabis for about a year, but my health was still decreasing. I knew something was wrong, but the doctors didn’t know what with until January 2013.
It was then I was finally diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. With EDS there is a problem with the formation and structure of collagen and connective tissue in the body. Connective tissue is a fibrous tissue that gives support, structure, and binds, or connects parts of the body together. Collagen is a type of protein and is one of the main components of connective tissue. Collagen is also found in the tendons, ligaments and cartilage around joints, as well as the blood . In someone with EDS, faulty genes mean that the amount of collagen in the body can be reduced, and/or the collagen and connective tissue can be weaker. It can affect the skin, joints and blood vessels throughout the body leading to fragile and stretchy (hyperelastic) skin, unstable and loose (hypermobile) joints, and fragile blood vessels and body tissues. Finally. I had some answers.
Receiving a diagnoses of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome helped me understand my body and how I needed to fight the disease to become the best version of me again.
At this point I was in full bracing on my wrists, fingers, knees and ankles. The bracing was basically holding my body together, but I was also being fitted for a wheelchair because I would often fall, and injury myself more. It was an awful cycle I desperately wanted to get out of, so I did just that.