Claire Sparey – From Pharmacy to Mother Nature
Hi, I’m Claire, I’m nearly 48 and living in the South Wales valleys. I’ve suffered with my health for as long as I can remember. When I was around 7 years old I started experiencing pain in my legs, which almost always seemed to happen at night and wake me up. Mum took me to the GP and was told it was ‘growing pains’ and that it would go away on it’s own, it never did. At 14 it kicked off again, bringing Irritable Bowel Syndrome with it. At 21 it kicked off again, this time so badly I couldn’t work, not just because of the pain, more so because of the medication the GP decided to start me on, which was something HEAVY that was used to treat arthritis, though they never bothered to actually CHECK there was anything wrong with my joints, a simple X-ray would have told them they were wrong. I was also at the time being given Distalgesic. Pain killers over the counter NEVER worked on me, even as a kid, my body just devoured them.
Roll forward a few years and I was expecting my daughter, no meds were needed and the pain seemed to ease away, until after I had given birth that is, when it came back with a vengeance. Forward a few more years and I had my son, again same scenario but this time the pain and suffering came back worse. It was at this point that I first ventured into herbal cannabis, as NOTHING else was helping, and I was trying to raise 2 children, one being 6 months old and my husband was working away a couple of nights a week. Finally hubby took me privately to see a Rheumatologist, and I got a diagnosis Fibromyalgia, and that I had it from a child.
In the end my medical diagnosis have included, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Reynaulds Phenomenon, Plantar Fasciitis, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, B12 and Folate Deficiency, Underactive Thyroid, type 2 diabetes and a few other minor conditions.
Over the next few years I slowly became less and less mobile, more mentally and physically damaged and I was taking LONG lists of prescription medication, included on that list Gabapentine, Lyrica, Pregablin, Diazepam, Tramadol, Naproxen, Osomeprazole, Mirtazapine, Haloperidol and finally Lithium.
The type 2 diabetes was triggered by my thyroid slowing down, and me gaining almost 5 stone in weight, which was caused by MIRTAZAPINE, I have now revered the Type 2 and Underactive Thyroid. The B12 and Folate deficiencies were caused by me being given Osomeprazole long term ‘just in case’ the Naprozen damaged my stomach. Now I have to have B12 injections for life and take Folic Acid daily. My Bipolar refused to be treated with ANY mood stabiliser I was given, in the end the last short was LITHIUM, that failed spectacularly as well and I ended up in hospital for 3 days having a breakdown. They had no more drugs to test on me, and I refused to try even if they did, so they discharged me from mental health services!
Since December 2017 I have taken NOTHING but Full Extract CBD Oil, which I buy for myself, I use CBD topicals for localised pain, I vape both CBD Vapes and Cannabis, I use cannabis infused oil at night along with a small amount of herbal Cannabis. I’m not healthy by a long way, but my fibro fog has lifted, I can think again, and I am successfully for the most part managing all my health issues and I am no longer at the mercy of PRESCRIBED HARMFUL DRUGS.