Faith Bodle: Human Being on Cannabidiol, Space Cadet on Pharmaceuticals
MMJ Patient: Faith Bodle, Beaumont, TX
With the extensive list of medical conditions that a woman like Faith Bodle has, many would find the biggest challenge of their being to get out of bed and face them all. And that was true for her until she was introduced to cannabidiol and medical marijuana. She was in mid-scream because of the pain that was riveting through her body, when her son had had enough of watching her double up on dosages of her prescriptions and seeing no signs of relief. “Here, mom”, he said. “Take a hit of this.” This is how she got her life back.
What medical condition have you been struggling with?
I am plagued by quite a few conditions, but am struggling the most with Trigeminal Neuralgia, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Diabetic Neuropathy, Severe Scoliosis, Degenerative Spinal Disease, and Osteo Arthritis. Trigeminal Neuralgia is by far the most painful condition that I have ever experienced in my entire life! And I’ve had 2 kids and 4 miscarriages, a broken tail bone from a Sky Diving 3 Point Landing and being rear-ended, (LITERALLY), by a drunk driver when my fiance, now husband, and I stopped to assist at an accident we had just witnessed back in 1988. All of that pain combined didn’t even come close to the pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia. A very debilitating Facial Pain!
How long have you been experiencing your medical condition?
All of the conditions that I mentioned above have been over the progression of my lifetime. I was born with scoliosis, so I have suffered from back pain all my life, but other than that, Fibromyalgia has been with me the longest. Since I was 13 months old.
In mid-November of last year I was struck with my first attack of Trigeminal Neuralgia. At first it felt like I had corn chip jammed into my gum under my upper plate. Then it progressed to feeling like a 6-inch long hypodermic needle was being shoved up into my gum, through my eye and into my brain. Then, it got really bad. During an attack, all I could do was scream!
Then, it got really bad. During an attack, all I could do was scream!
What do you believe caused this medical condition?
Trigeminal Neuralgia is an incredibly painful condition. It is the wearing away of the Myelin sheath. You essentially have an exposed nerve that is coming in constant contact with all your bodily fluids inside your body. So, every time something brushes by it, it fires a shooting pain. And of course the Fibromyalgia I believe was triggered by that traumatic experience I had as a child. My other medical conditions occurred over my lifetime and could have been triggered by a number of things, some even triggered by the medications the doctors had prescribed.
What medications have you been taking that were prescribed to you by your doctor?
I was prescribed a collection of pharmaceuticals including Hydrocodone, Gabapentin, Oxycodone, Morphine, and Tizanidine, to name a few. This in addition to the spinal injections.
What side effects did you experience from the prescribed medication by your doctor?
I went through an array of different prescriptions. One would work for a short time and then stop; so we’d switch to another and another and another. The doctor would raise the dosage, or even combine multiple medications. I had rashes, difficulty breathing, so, I had a medication for that! I had heart palpitations, chest pain, muscle spasms, and it was all just to take the edge off; they never succeeded in stopping the pain completely. I still felt like my toes were being sawed off and was in too much pain to even hold a pen or a piece of silverware. But, sometimes I would wonder if the temporary relief was actually worth it. I would sweat profusely, feel disconnected, and become nauseous more often than not.
My prescriptions made me exhausted; I would often unexpectedly fall asleep at times or places that weren’t ideal, like at a red light at an intersection. Yes, I would consider that to be a major negative side effect. While stopped at a red light, one day, I opened my eyes to the sound of car horns. Looking around I saw that the light was Green. So, rather than that happening while driving, I decided to take myself off the road until I was off my medications, which is easier said than done. When I’d try to lower my dosages, my body would dive into an even deeper turmoil. I began going through withdrawals and deep depression. You can’t go through withdrawals if you’re not already addicted, so my body was obviously already hooked. It’s a terrifying place to be in, when stopping the pharmaceuticals could hurl me into a cardiac episode or shut down my breathing or my liver or kidney function.
I knew that this was not how my story would end. God had a reason for me being here right now!
What type of alternative medicine have you tried aside from your doctor’s recommendation?
It was with much prayer and deliberation that I decided to try a hit of marijuana while in the middle of a Trigeminal Neuralgia attack! The pain was so bad! It was intolerable! I started using marijuana only during an attack and only when the pain subsided enough so I could draw on the pipe. I didn’t get a diagnosis until February of 2014. Two hits on the pipe and the pain from Trigeminal Neuralgia, the most horrific pain I had ever suffered, STOPPED! I heard about cannabis oil, or CBD, so I started using CBD Oil twice a day in January 2014. For the next three months I noticed a marked decrease in the amount of pharmaceuticals that I was using.
How long have you been using the alternative medicine?
In December, my son start noticing that the pain I was experiencing from my Trigeminal Neuralgia was worsening; when the pain would hit, all I could do was scream. I couldn’t even eat or drink because I was in so much pain. And finally, he came up to me with his pipe and said, “Mom, hit this!” and that was that, my pain stopped immediately. It was then that I realized how worthless my prescribed medications were. They weren’t helping me in the least and yet this plant that God created, could do everything for me that the medications were unable to do. It amazes me that with all the warnings on the labels of the pharmaceuticals that men would wake up and read the warning label on the cannabis plant or Kanneh Bosem as in the Holy Bible. Oh, wait! There is NO WARNING Label on the Kanneh Bosem. This is a GOD-GIVEN MEDICINE! I would also vape CBD oil which is legal in all 50 states.
How have you felt since you started using the alternative medicine? Compared to your prescribed medications?
I feel like I’m normal again. I feel like I can get up out of bed without having to spend an hour coaxing myself to get up for the day. I feel like a human being again. I don’t feel like an over-medicated blob of flesh anymore. I’m a space cadet on pharmaceuticals but a human being on CBD oils and marijuana. I have more of an inclination to do things… I can function! I don’t feel as limited by my disease anymore. Among many other Americans, I spend Sunday nights watching Dancing with the Stars and have been watching Tommy Chong and his partner Peta Murgatroyd perform. Tommy is a medical marijuana patient, but stated to Peta that he would stop taking it while on the show. If you watch his steps closely, you can see the pain in his eyes and it really hurts me to see society shaming him for his choice of medication. He is taking it to ease his pain and it’s unfair to take that away from him. It’s so much easier to judge when it’s not you that is the one suffering or being prescribed toxic pharmaceuticals.
It’s so much easier to judge when it’s not you that is the one suffering or being prescribed toxic pharmaceuticals.
Do you think you will continue with using alternative medicine?
Absolutely. When I was able to move from taking double dosages of my prescriptions to barely taken them at all… I knew medical marijuana and CBD would be a permanent facet of my health regime. The only reason I still have my meds in my cabinet is because finding accessible CBD is not always easy and I need to have a back-up in case I don’t have it. This is my medicine and I will continue taking it for the rest of my long life!