Hello everybody, my name is James and I'm 17. At the age of 15 I was diagnosed with Juvenile RA and AS. I have gone through multiple Nsaids and auto-immune medications. I have made the decision to stay away from pain medications and as of now the only medication I take is Humira injections once a week. Humira seems to stop the swelling in my knees and feet but still does not help with pain. Nothing seems to help with my chronic pain and its draining. Somedays I just lay in bed because I do not have the power to get up, other days I'll kneel down to get something and won't be able to get up. The worst overall pain is when I have flare-ups. The worst flare-up I've ever had was last year and my knee was so swollen I couldn't bend it, and when we went into Kaiser to get it drained they said it was the most fluid they have ever seen.That's when I decided to start using cannabis. The first time I used it was a joint with about a gram inside. Immediately while I was smoking it I felt a overwhelming sense of relief, as if I was a normal kid again. I continued using cannabis as needed which for me, was a week straight. While using cannabis I notice my life was slowly coming back, the soreness and aches I'm normally used to waking up to and feeling with every movement, starts to go away. It starts to bring me a feeling of hope, that if I continue using cannabis it will help my RA and AS, and potentially slow the progression of the disease. I have used cannabis every day since then. It has been such a struggle for me and I can only imagine for my parents, I'm just thankful to have found a medication that works. I am currently going through the legalization process and already have a recommendation for medicinal cannabis use from my doctor. This is my story and battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis, let this post provide hope for RA/AS patients.
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