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I am , a 54-year-old male. I also take Medical Marijuana with all my doctors’ documented knowledge. I have been permanently disabled since 1989 with Chronic Pain Syndrome, from a spinal injury at L5-S1, and I now have seven blown spinal disks confirmed by MRI scans, with 3 or 4 more suspected blown disks, pending MRI confirmation.
I have the deadly combination of significant diffuse degenerative disk disease, along with a relatively small, congenitally stenosed spinal canal. In plain language, it’s squeezing off my spinal cord between the C3 thru C7 neck disks. My disease is diffuse, which means there is nothing any of the doctors or Neuro specialists are able to do medically to help.
I have been ruled by the doctors "absolutely, completely medically inoperable." All the doctors could do was to try to make me as comfortable as possible with highly addictive pain meds!
I then REFUSED TO TAKE any more of their recommended 20 to 30 pills each day. The doctors wanted me to take even more pills. but I just couldn’t take any more. Since the collapse of my cervical disks, I was forced back onto the heavy narcotic drugs. After 10 years of fighting to stay off them, and being able to manage my chronic pain with just my Medical Marijuana, Relaxation methods, and Music Therapy, I was forced to be turned into a “Legal Pill Junkie” by the doctors’ prescription pain medications. I was on at one point 30 mg of Dilaudid daily, and 50 mg Fentanyl Patches
I just hated it. I was doing so well the last 23+ years, managing my chronic pain levels, staying off the narcotics, and just using a little “God-made medicine” called Cannabis. When I have access to my AAA medical-grade Cannabis, I can cut the damned narcotic pain meds down to none. As of 2010, I am taking NO narcotic pain medications whatsoever.
I suffer from chronic pain, stage II diabetes, severe degenerative disk disease, severe muscle spasms that drop me to the floor screaming when they hit me, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and the doctors have performed two FAILED spinal surgeries. Regretfully, my disease is "degenerative," so I am only going to get worse.
My daily pain level is now at 8-½ out of 10 on a good day, and 9+ out of 10 on a bad day. 24/7, 365 days a year, this is what my pain is like. I now end up spending 80% of every day in bed, when my neck hurts after being up and moving around for a few minutes without any support for it, or when I have been working on the computers for long a period of time; 30 minutes now is the maximum for me before I need to lie down and give my neck a rest when working on the computers.
My neck begins to feel like it’s on fire, and then no amount of pain medication will stop that burning fire in my neck and arms. "absolutely, completely medically inoperable," this is my “best case scenario" on how I will now be spending every day for the REST OF MY LIFE. I cannot even remember the last day, That I didn’t Hurt! I still have 10 to 15 more years where I can get even medically worse than I am right now from the severe degenerative disk disease, COPD and severe arthritis in both my ankles and feet, as well as severe panic & anxiety attacks at times. Thank God for 2 mg Xanax Bars!
I have had twospinal operations so far at L5-S1, both of which failed. During the second laminectomy surgery, the doctor or the bad disk cut through my dural sac (the lining surrounding the spine). This brought on a a bit of pain in my lower back, butt, and legs. There is a great deal of loss in some mobility in both my legs. And now due to the disease in my neck disks, and I am losing strength in my arms and hands as well.
With medical marijuana, I can control it on a long-term basis. When my chronic pain is BAD! and the severe pain and depression kick in, when I am in extreme pain and the muscles start spasming, I am flat on the floor screaming in pain for the next 15 to 20 minutes! When I smoke a few puffs of medical-grade Cannabis, 3 or 4 at a time usually, it’s the only time I am not in pain, and I can smile! It helps me make my life worth living by giving me a break from the pain, muscle spasms and depression for a few hours. There is not a day that goes by that for just a few seconds, it doesn’t go through my mind lately to just end it all, knowing that this is how I am going to be, or possibly get even worse medically,
For The Rest Of My Life.
So I Am Not A Criminal!!!
And I Refuse To Hide Anymore And Or Act Like I’m One!
Fortunately, I am now a STATE-RECOGNIZED, LEGAL Medical Marijuana patient, with my written recommendation from a licensed state doctor and a state-issued Medical Marijuana Patient ID card.
I am not a criminal, just a disabled medical patient dealing with a permanent, chronic illness as best I can, choosing to do "God’s Work Online" with the other sick and suffering medical patients and trying to help all of mankind online, instead of just being a drain on society, sitting on my butt and collecting my SSI government check of $698 every month. God smiles down on me every day for the work I do online with the other sick and/or terminal and suffering medical patients. I have no doubt at all that God has led me to do this work online, helping other sick and/or terminal medical patients for free.