The story often starts with a car accident or a surgery that leaves the person in constant pain.
“I was in a car accident at age 18 and was given pain meds here and there for this and that, never on a reg basis though but whenever I took pain meds I felt better than ever. Fast forward to age 24, I had a operation on my throat and a doctor with a heavy hand for prescriptions gave me hundreds at a time for months. He began prescribing me Tramadol, 400 at a time. He told me they were as safe as Tylenol and kept me on them for at least 3 years and then he stopped, I am not sure why. He may have lost his practice.
I really did not know I was addicted but I do know I didn’t feel good at all then, so I started doctor hopping — Doctor shopping was still OK back then.
I did this for at least 8 years — if it wasn’t me, it was my sister. We always had a prescription. Until one day… NONE! That was when some one told me to do heroin while pain meds left my system. I had no idea they were one and the same. Within 3 days I was full blown addicted; within 6 months I was shooting; within a year I was spending 3 hundred a day just to feel ok.
I then went on the rehab path — 8 of them. I failed every attempt so I went on to a huge dose of methadone — 200 mg a day — for 3 years, then slowly went down off of that because there was a new drug called suboxone. I took “subs” for at least 2 years, moved away from the town I grew up in, and left with a taper dose of suboxone. This was in 2005. THAT was hell.
After that I was in so much pain day to day I found a doctor that prescribed me 400 pills a month for pain until one day he was gone I checked into a rehab for 6 months that is where they convinced me I was a drug addict and taught me how to be sensible and this was also where antidepressants came in 2008. It was an experiment and NONE of them helped at all. They made me suicidal but they kept on with them. I also found pain meds where I was not supposed to and bought them when ever I could from whomever I could. In 2010, I remembered that a doctor told me in 2005 I had something called fibromyalgia. I carried myself to the doctor I see now and he put me on pain meds the legal way and I could not seem to get enough. I always ran out before the month was over. I was also prescribed all kinds of antidepressants that I kept trying to make work for me.
I was really sick of living this way. In 2011 I ran into a soldier who was injured while in Afghanistan and he told me how kratom saved him from 15 pills a day. I tried it and he was right…it helped. I started easing up on pain meds and no more antidepressants. I failed to list a slew of other medications I was on but I was on at least 6 pills for fibromyalgia, too.
It took me a while to find a good source of this plant but once I did, my entire life changed. I now look forward to getting up in the morning as before I wished I were dead. I was no good to anyone. I wish my kids had a mother that wasn’t always sick, but at least they have a grandmother that is awesome to their kids.
It is just a shame I had to go through so much to find a cure from what ever this is that I might have…I am no longer looking for answers — I found them in kratom….PLEASE don’t take my sanity away.” (Kim Jerue)
Another car-wreck induced search for healthy pain relief:
Lisa Masters Crotty: “I was in a crash 2 years ago. Was rear-ended (by a car going 65) and I still want to drive through red lights so I don’t have to stop. I see vehicles come up behind me and have to seriously stop myself. My heart rate goes up and I start sweating and want to punch the gas pedal. I am a very bad rider as well.
People do not like having me as a passenger anymore. Sucks!! I guess it’s because I saw him coming and had no way out. I could have gotten out and made it to the median but would have been hit by my own truck as that is where it ended up. Got hit from behind, bouncing up hit the car in front of me then bounced again hitting the median. Anyway, just saying Kratom helps me relax and I have even been able to enjoy a few rides.
I have been diagnosed with PTSD and tried the med’s they gave me. Only problem is they
knocked me out for hours and I would not dare to drive on them. Would be worse than drunk driving.
Kratom also helps with my everyday pain that the doc’s say I will have and I have to get used to but hey,….if I can move my head from side to side without it hurting after drinking a bit of tea, then I am going to do it. I am not a baby but I do not like being in constant pain. And I pray they just back off and leave this alone.”
Thank God for kratom or ketum as I like to call it.” (by Michael)
Anxiety Disorder Led to Alcohol Addiction, but Resolved with Kratom:
“In 2007 I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. The medicines simply did not help. I began drinking every day. I discovered kratom 3 weeks ago and, simply said, it has saved my life.
Now I’ve been sober 3 weeks. The longest in 6 years. Alcohol is poison; kratom is not. My panic attacks were every day so I drank them away with poison. Now I have kratom to ease the pain of my anxiety disorder.”
Chronic Depression Helped by Kratom:
Kratom has been such an amazing tool for me in fighting my chronic depression, I cannot imagine being without it…
KRATOM SAVED MY LIFE.
I cannot stress this enough. Every day isn’t great, I still hurt a lot, and the days when it’s raining or storming of any sort I am in tears and swollen with the pain in my face, but it has taken down my pain enough that I can raise my babies, try to be a good wife, person and friend, and I never, ever miss work. I no longer feel the need to do something drastic to end my pain.
Because I stopped eating to try to help myself feel better (which I know isn’t at the bottom of a bag of Cheetos, but it is what I is), Kratom also helped me feel well enough to lose over 75 pounds and get nearly to the normal weight range out of the nearly morbidly obese area after having all the girls. Obesity and diabetes run in my family, and I know for a fact that Kratom indirectly saved my life from these problems, too.
I haven’t really ever told my story because of the stigma of since it’s a natural pain reliever, Kratom = Marijuana, it’s often referred to as “a legal high” especially since so many uneducated in its use that do not use Kratom for its true reasons (energy and pain relief). I just use it as my personal savior, but I have shared this amazing plant’s usefulness with a few friends who deal with chronic pain as well
Thanks for “listening”. I’m glad I have a group that understands just how amazing this plant is and how it could save so many from so much harm (from medication, suicide, and more)!!