Before I discovered Kratom, I was fully dependent on opioid medications. Tylenol 3, Norco, Vicodin, Tramadol, Percocet. All of it. I was constantly sick and felt like garbage, but the meds were the only way I could function as a mom and a dog groomer. As the government began cracking down on opioid perscriptions, I panicked when I realized the day would come when they would take them away from me. Thousands of people are committing suicide as they face life with chronic pain and no help. Yoga and hot baths just don’t cut it when your body is attacking itself 24/7, sorry doctors.
I want to share with you my comment to the DEA as they have waged a war on this harmless, life-saving green coffee plant. If you use Kratom, or know someone who does, or even just want to support an alternative to prescription drugs, please take a moment to sign this petition as Trump is our last chance to save Kratom. His pro-marijuana stance gives us hope.
“Hello, my name is Joanna and I am a 32 year old mother of two. I work full time as a manager of a dog grooming salon. I have been grooming for 13 years. It is an extremely physically demanding job and leaves most groomers with many debilitating chronic problems. I have been suffering from Fibromyalgia, shoulder impingement, rotator cuff tendinitis and carpal tunnel for the past year. I have seen many specialists and tried many treatments. I went through months of intensive physical therapy, cortisone injections, yoga, etc. The pain has only gotten worse. It was to the point that I could not work and taking care of my own two children became almost impossible. I went from an active runner to barely able to walk a few blocks. I had anti-depressants thrown at me despite knowing that I have an adverse and dangerous reaction to them because my doctor didn’t know what else to do. I had almost lost all hope until I discovered Kratom. A woman in one of my fibromyalgia support groups suggested I try it. Doctors have become afraid to prescribe pain medications so I had been left on my own, in pain with no solutions. When I did have pain medications, the side effects were awful. So I went to my local Kratom dispensary and spent a long time talking to the gentleman working there. He listened to my story more intently than my doctors and helped me choose which Kratom would be most beneficial for me. A week later, my husband went back in to personally thank the gentleman for giving him his wife back. I can make it through my grueling work days with almost no pain. I am outside in my garden. I am going on hikes with my children. My depression has been lifted and for the first time in a long time I feel human again. Kratom is not a drug. I don’t feel “high”. I don’t take it and commit crimes or neglect my children or get into car accidents. But scheduling Kratom is effectively saying that it does cause these problems. How can you possibly compare a green coffee plant to heroin? It is completely senseless. If that is the case then I suppose that coffee and tea should be banned as well since they also have mild effects of boosting energy or relaxing the body. Banning this life-saving plant will have effects of disastrous proportions for those of us who depend on it to manage our pain, fatigue, depression and anxiety. Since I began taking Kratom, my depression is gone, my pain is at a minimum, my fatigue is nonexistent and I feel that life is worth living once again. It has saved me as a working person, as a mother, as a wife and as a chronic pain patient. I am off all the addictive, destructive medications I was prescribed. Lyrica, one of the drugs I was prescribed, can cause psychosis and is so addictive that the detoxification process can be life threatening. Same with the anti-depressants being shoved down our throats. Here we have a cure for pain, depression and fatigue that has no negative side effects and you want to classify it along with heroin? It is senseless and careless and completely undoes everything the DEA fights for. Imagine if people have access to this plant and can get off heroin? Can you imagine how many lives will be saved? How many families will be saved from destruction? We can change people from addicts back to mothers, fathers, brothers and friends! Please do not turn your back on us! As a fibromyalgia patient, Kratom has been the most effective and safe treatment I have done. I am begging you, my husband is begging you, my kids are begging you, please do not take this away from us.”