Living with Multiple Sclerosis, by Tracie A

As a retired 52-year-old sergeant of the St. Paul Police Department, I had a career that was very rewarding, yet physically demanding at the same time.  With a diagnosis of Scoliosis at the age of 12 and Multiple Sclerosis in 2005, my disabling symptoms eventually forced me into an early retirement.

Since retiring in 2011, I moved into our lake home and started a hobby/semi-business creating handmade leather accessories. My diagnosis has made it very difficult to walk up and down stairs. My husband and I have set up our home so that everything, but the bedrooms, is on the main level. Eventually, we will need to build an elevator, and soon my husband, who works out of town, will need to move to our lake home fulltime because it will not be safe for me to live alone.

Some of the most challenging symptoms or conditions that I have been dealing with for several years are leg spasms, sciatic pain and plantar fasciitis. These have been unsuccessfully tamed by multiple treatments including medications like Baclofen and Mirapex, along with chiropractic care. As hopeful as I was that something was going to help, those attempts to decrease my pain and spasms were just not enough.  Opioids were my next option. That was one treatment plan I have always been very wary about exploring.

After hearing about medical cannabis, I felt it was a safer route.  I registered with the state once a provider certified my qualifying condition. Just a few weeks ago, I started my treatment with Yellow oral liquid and Red vapor oil from MinnMed.  It might be hard to believe, because I know it was hard for me to believe, but I had significant pain relief on the second day of taking my medication!  My pain decreased from a “10” to a “4” on a scale of 1-to-10. I started sleeping at night, which is something I haven’t done in years.  I still have muscle spasms from my Multiple Sclerosis, but they have become much more tolerable. Another wonderful thing is that I have not had to deal with any negative side effects from the medication – none! 

Even though this is all quite new to me, I am having such a positive experience with medical cannabis.  I hope this successful relief of my symptoms only continues so that I am able to enjoy a better quality of life during my years of retirement.

  It might be hard to believe, because I know it was hard for me to believe, but I had significant pain relief on the second day of taking my medication!  My pain decreased from a “10” to a “4” on a scale of 1-to-10.