New research sheds light on a mysterious illness
What would you do if you were faced with the incurable symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? One woman's mission to manage her symptoms led her to a life-changing experience with cannabis.
In November 2005, my dependably robust health took a sudden swerve into the dark unknown. It started with an occasional dizzy spell. I’d be teaching a college writing class when suddenly I’d feel light-headed and woozy. Excusing myself to run to the restroom, I’d take deep breaths and splash cold water on my face.
My crash-and-burn had begun. Soon new scary symptoms were bursting forth every day or so. I had room-spinning vertigo. All-over pain that made turning my head or biting an apple a self-inflicted torture. Rashes sprang up. Veins bulged. My hair fell out in clumps.
Chewing or speaking would make my face throb and tingle before it went completely numb. When I managed to talk, I struggled to find basic words or form a sentence. Lights, noise, and motion became dreaded enemies, and nausea was a constant companion. I could hardly keep food down. Before long I had shrunk to a sack of bones. I felt as though I was being swallowed alive, my life-force squeezed out of me.
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