This comment comes from the comments on Iowan With Chronic Back Pain: “Cannabis has felt like a second chance at life. I just don’t want to feel like a criminal.” Write to me at email@example.com, or comment on the WeedPress Facebook page if you’d like to share your story without exposing yourself.
“I was 29 years old when I had my first back surgery because of degeneration disks, herniated, bulged and slipping disks. The day I came to surgery they had me sitting up. I had horrible pain in my hips so bad I couldn’t stay sitting no matter what. I told the doc and he just kept telling me its the healing process so suck it up.
Not even 5 months later I asked for an MRI of my back cause my pain was still so bad. Found out that there were broken screws (2). They went back in replaced the hardware. I still have unbearable pain it is now almost 3 years later. Found out that I have herniated and bulged disks in my neck as well. I can not stand for more than 5 min without my legs going so numb that you could slice my leg to the bone and I wouldn’t know till I saw it. Opioids do not work for me I feel I could take 10 or more of my 7.5 hydrocodones, 5 or more tramadols, and 2 or more robaxins and still have the pain so bad I can hardly walk or move. I have tried cannabis a few times and it works wonders. I feel a little pain but it is a pain that I can handle and live with. I too live in Iowa. However I have a child so cause it is illegal in Iowa I don’t use it cause I don’t want to not have my child live with me. So I live every day in horrible pain and my 11yr old understands that I can not do everything. She hates it as well as I do. The docs to this day have No answers for me as to why I have all this pain that I have. I have seen so many specialists I have lost count. I would Love for cannabis to be legal in Iowa so that I could live a better life and be able to have fun with my child like I should be able to at this age, and not feel like I’m 100 years old.
My husband also has diabetic neuropathy. He has tried all kinds of “wonder” pills. Not one of them works all they are doing is killing his liver more and more as he takes them. He has tried cannabis a few times as well. When he has he can walk normal and move with No pain. He could OD like me on all the opioids and still have pain, they just do not work for chronic nerve pain at least not for everyone. He refuses to bring an “illegal drug” into our home cause of my child. So he too suffers every day of his life with pain. The pain that we have and deal with on a daily basis is enough that many “normal” people had to deal with for as long as we have would kill themselves over it. Then to have docs tell you that there is nothing they can do for you, you have to live with this the rest of your life. He is only 30 years old as well.
We are so depressed that yes there have been days we thought about killing ourselves because of the pain being so high. Yet with cannabis we didn’t feel that way at all, we were in control 100% of ourselves. Cannabis is an amazing herb that grows naturally yet it’s illegal. Yet the doc are trying to make us take all kinds of drugs that are killing our livers, kidneys, and other parts of our body and only making us sicker in the long run. Please help make cannabis legal so that loved ones do not have to suffer any more and can live a better life. Thank You!”
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