- CASE FILE
GRATEFUL 8yr RECOVERING ADDICTWHO’S TIRED OF BEING STEREOTYPED! The generations of my family fighting for answers stops with me!
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
My name is Jessica I’m a very grateful recovering drug addict going on 8 yrs of sobriety. My story starts when I was a baby I was the dorky kid with the maryjane shoes with the metal up to the knees but I didn’t care because I didn’t know any better . My mother said my leg could be twisted around so that my foot was facing The opposite direction. After that a good portion of my childhood up until about 10 or so is a complete blur. Past age ten my memory is filled up the numerous ER visits I had Because my family did not have proper insurance to go to a primary care doctor to get it detailed look at what was going on with me . I would wake up with stiff neck from an unknown cause and I would get chest pains that the ER doctor would always chalk up to growing pains. The only testing Offered was An ekg to check for any heart abnormalities which came back negative. This continued for some years and at age 14 I stopped telling my family my ailments and decided to do the worst possible thing which was to self medicate with pain medicine. my life turned to shambles and after A long run of disappointing my family, getting in trouble, and being forced into rehab And jail I got sober. Since then my body is in even worse condition then I started Daily life seems more like a job than a gift. I wake up in pain, I go through out the day in pain ,and I wind up falling asleep in pain. It feels like I have the hips of a90 year-old and if I’m standing still I have to constantly shift weight to the other. my skin is thinning and feels as if it’s on fire at times I sweat like I’ve ran a 20 mile marathon only after a small amount of exertion during housecleaning. I get the sensation of something crawling on my scalp and pins and needle’s with no known cause, I’ve been to numerous primary care doctors n specialists, even firing a few because they treated me up like a second-class citizen n categorize me as a drug seeker even after I told my many years of sobriety and my dedication to remain sober . My wonderful mother also suffering from an unknown disorder or doctors have chalked it up to psoriasis but even with the numerous biologics she’s tried she still lives a life in constant battle to get by. I consider her a warrior and I’m not only looking to help myself but also her . At age 35 I am a mother to a beautiful three year old girl. And I feel that because of my past she is now being treated Poorly by The medical community she was born with a sub mucosal cleft that should have been diagnosed shortly after birth simply by looking in her mouth. One day out of curiously I took a flashlight and looked on her mouth and found she had a split uvula after googling some I found out this could be a telltale sign of a cleft . she is now scheduled for a surgery to repair it and it pains me inside to know that maybe this could have been fixed while she was an infant.
The only diagnoses I have received as many mental health diagnoses some are simply from lack of proper care or for my prior emotional instability from using opiates . And a rheumatologist diagnosed me with a akyondysing spondyathritis. But I feel this is just the beginning of what’s really going on . I feel I’ve already won so many battles in my life but this is one and I’m struggling with n I can only hope that others Who have been through similar things can help me figure this out and renew my strength n willpower to get the answers. I am very grateful to the show I hope it is a wake up call to the medical field that they need to listen little bit harder and Care a little bit more because there’s people out there who are on the verge of ending it all because of the fear of the unknown . We all are fighting this together