Dale Mowery

Arachnoiditis

Dale is a 57-year-old classically trained chef with Arachnoiditis. Arachnoiditis is trademarked with the swelling of a membranous sac surrounding the nerves of the spine called the arachnoid. Dale’s Arachnoiditis stemmed from a cooking accident years ago, leaving Dale unable to work to this day. Dale experiences lumbar back pain and depression as a result of his injury. Dale has tried various high dose opiate pain medications with little to no positive effects and many side effects. Dale now finds pain relief from using medical marijuana. Medical marijuana has allowed Dale to return to some of his favorite activities including organic gardening, reading, going out with his family and attending the Southern Maine Chronic Pain support group.

Portraits of Pain: Dale Mowery