chronic pain

99. Bridget Williams on Surviving Pain, Homelessness, and Heroin on the Streets of NYC

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99. Bridget Williams on Surviving Pain, Homelessness, and Heroin on the Streets of NYC
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Bridget Williams tells us she was “disabled from birth”. She was born with uniplegic cerebral palsy to a mother in active alcoholism. She was sexually assaulted as a teenager at a boarding school that she subsequently ran away from prior to graduating. At 16 she was kicked out of her home, lived on the streets …

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89. Journalist Joanna Bernstein on Kratom as Harm Reduction and M.A.T.

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89. Journalist Joanna Bernstein on Kratom as Harm Reduction and M.A.T.
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Joanna Bernstein is a writer originally from Pittsburgh who now resides in Oregon. In 2014 Joanna had a painful bacterial infection that started her on opiates. She eventually developed an addiction and wrote about her experience with recovery in a “3/4 house” in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood. Later she would nearly relapse after being denied pain …

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72. Plant Medicine and Spondylosis w/ Brandon Belgard

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72. Plant Medicine and Spondylosis w/ Brandon Belgard
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Brandon Belgard is a plumber from California who began to have back problems after sports injuries and car accidents as a young man. Later he was diagnosed with a degenerative spinal disease called spondylosis. After using prescription opioids for a period of time he discovered kratom which he’s been using for the past five years. …

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71. Marcelle Morfin on Chronic Pain and Kratom Advocacy

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71. Marcelle Morfin on Chronic Pain and Kratom Advocacy
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Marcelle Morfin got a back injury while serving in the Army in 2006, and that was the beginning of her chronic pain journey. She was later diagnosed with degenerative disk disease, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, IBS, and cervical stenosis with myelopathy. She had been prescribed opioid pain medication, but had an aversion to taking pills. In 2017, …

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70. Shawn Wenzel on Living with Degenerative Disk Disease

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70. Shawn Wenzel on Living with Degenerative Disk Disease
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My guest from Denver Colorado was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease and lives with severe chronic pain. Unable to receive adequate pain management, she found kratom, uses it in moderate amounts, and it works for her. This Shawn Wenzel and this is her kratom story. Disclaimer: None of the content in this or any episode …

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67. Martial Arts/Boxing Trainer Dru Clay on Athlete Psychology, Dealing with Pain, and Safe Use

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67. Martial Arts/Boxing Trainer Dru Clay on Athlete Psychology, Dealing with Pain, and Safe Use
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Dru Clay, named after legendary comic Andrew “Dice” Clay, grew up in a rough area of Modesto, California. That necessitated a need for self protection, that Dru ound in martial arts. Dru competed in tournaments growing up, studied sports medicine and psychology, and became a boxing trainer. Because of the constant physical pain endured by …

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65. Claudia Merandi, Pain Patient Advocate and Author

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65. Claudia Merandi, Pain Patient Advocate and Author
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Hulu’s final episode of Dopesick aired yesterday. “I cancelled my Hulu account,” says my guest, Claudia Merandi. “I called it Dopesickening. Hollywood had to profit off the pain community… I refuse to watch.” Claudia Merandi has suffered from Chrohn’s disease since she was a child, as documented in her book Crohn’s: The Other ‘C’ Word: …

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60. Mr. Boston on Surviving 3 Near Death Experiences, Chronic Pain, and Multiple Sclerosis

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60. Mr. Boston on Surviving 3 Near Death Experiences, Chronic Pain, and Multiple Sclerosis
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Mr. Boston, who chooses to remain anonymous, was pushed out of a tree at the age of 13 where he got a slipped disk and went on a regimen of gradually stronger and stronger opioids. Living with chronic pain, he later developed an even more painful autoimmune disorder, which he says feels like being attacked …

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56. Injuries, Pain, Cancer, Heart Attack, Endometriosis, Suicide Attempt: A Survival Story w/ Amanda Marie

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56. Injuries, Pain, Cancer, Heart Attack, Endometriosis, Suicide Attempt: A Survival Story w/ Amanda Marie
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Amanda Marie is a farmer and construction worker living in New Mexico. She had been severely injured due to a skating accident when she was 13, and later a car accident for which she developed lifelong chronic pain. She went on to develop Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, and had a heart attack before she was diagnosed …

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46. Surviving Decades-Long Severe Chronic Pain with Dijon Evans

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46. Surviving Decades-Long Severe Chronic Pain with Dijon Evans
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Dijon Evans is a survivor of severe chronic pain, and as past Kratom Science Podcast guest Nina Ajdin refers to her, a warrior. At 16 and working as a lifeguard, Dijon injured her leg trying to save a little boy from drowning. Doctors applied a cast too tight, and despite days of pleading, they would …

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