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55 PLUS: Medical Marijuana: A Godsend For Those Who Suffer Pain

Wednesday 4 March 2020


From US news outlet the Times-Herald Record:


Judy Arpadi
Judy Arpadi, a retired public school teacher who
suffers from torn rotator cuffs, severe back pain and
badly botched knee surgery, vapes medical marijuana
for pain relief in her home in Monroe.
[ALLYSE PULLIAM/For the Times-Herald Record]

55 PLUS: Medical marijuana: a godsend for those who suffer pain

By Bob Barlow For the Times Herald-Record
March 3, 2020
© Gannett Co., Inc. 2020. All rights reserved.


Another believer is Miriam Doro, 58, of Harriman -- although initially, she was more doubter than disciple.

“I come from a very traditional family,” Doro explains. “My mom was a Baptist, my father was military; I never used drugs at all.”

But a few years ago, while working as a school bus driver, she suffered a serious fall. The aftermath of the incident left her with fibromyalgia, which Doro describes as “a nightmare.”

“When you have fibromyalgia, everything hurts,” she explains. “Even your nails. Even your eyes. And your brain gets foggy. You can’t think. You can’t learn.”

For six years, she was on medications that were not only ineffective but brought with them a raft of undesirable side effects. “I was totally sleepy, I would be crazy in the house and I didn’t know what I was doing,” she recalls. “I’m the kind of person who wants to know what’s going on. I used to be able to do everything, but I became a person who couldn’t do anything.”

One day, about six months ago, her daughter suggested she look into medical marijuana. Doro reports that after the “first drop” of the medication -- a mixture of CBD and THC oils -- “I started feeling like my brain was working again.”

Now, she is almost entirely free of fibromyalgia symptoms, allowing her to focus on her coursework and resume her other daily activities.


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