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  •  I don't follow. (4+ / 0-)
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    Did MJ make you feel better? If so, why don't you just smoke (or vape) pot? Whether or not medical marijuana is legal in your state, buying pot is easy, everywhere.

    •  No, it's not easy to buy/find for all of us. nt (6+ / 0-)
    •  Move to Oregon (15+ / 0-)

      Over 55,000 Oregonians have Medical Marijuana Cards.  

      Undoubtedly there are some people who grow or purchase medical marijuana just for recreational purposes.  However, this program is a godsend for thousands who use marijuana for intractable pain and those thousands include people you might think would never touch marijuana, such as the sweet grandmother next door who finds it the best relief for her rheumatoid arthritis; or a church pastor who, like you, suffers from MS; or your accountant, who uses it to help with the nausea from chemotherapy.

      I am amazed by the number of elders who use MJ for the chronic health problems that develop as people age, and touched by the support groups that coalesce among these folks, who have never used MJ before and have no idea how to use it, who teach others the best growing techniques, who work on developing plant strains particularly helpful for particular problems, such as nausea, muscle spasms or parasthesias from back injuries.  

      I'm proud to live in a state in which the majority of people have voted to legalize medical marijuana use and voted to legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill - a program with careful safeguards built in to it.  I'm proud to live in a state in which people believe that each person should be free to make choices about their own health.    

      We'd certainly welcome a friend from DK.  
       

      I have no help to send. Therefore I must go myself. Aragorn

      by Old Gardener on Sat May 26, 2012 at 02:38:55 PM PDT

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    •  I wrote a response but it did not post (5+ / 0-)

      I am almost 50 years old.  I am disabled.  I do not get out much like I once did....  doctors and Walgreen's and getting in the pool are my form of entertainment these days.

      I also live in Texas.  Not a friendly state to live in, for sure.

      I tried to get 3 different doctors to prescribe me Marinol so that testing for THC was not an issue in my life.  All three said that I had to have AIDS wasting syndrome and all three laughed when I told them that the pain clinic would have to fire me as a patient if I came out positive a 3rd time (over the course of time mind you).  I told them it was the Liability Insurance that was putting the pressure on the pain clinic to do more routine drug tests.

      My husband is a bit older than myself and I am hoping that once he retires and after my mom passes.... well, hell, she could outlive me - she's as healthy as a horse at 82 and supports MMJ 100%, that we will move, maybe to New Mexico, who knows though.  But for right now, I am stuck here in Texas, where I am a criminal.

      Oh, detoxing off this fentanyl crap - was told by a doctor friend who lives in another state, to try and get off of it by myself.... that I did not need a "drug addiction hospitalization" on my record, even though it is ME that wants off this stuff.  

      -6.13 -4.4 Where are you? Take the Test!!!

      by MarciaJ720 on Sat May 26, 2012 at 03:26:21 PM PDT

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      •  I might add (4+ / 0-)

        Due to my MS, I have swallowing problems, plus a tight, girdle like sensation around my abdomen.  I do not eat much and am currently 5'8" and I'm doing good if I weight above 120 pounds, today, I weighed 120.5.....

        -6.13 -4.4 Where are you? Take the Test!!!

        by MarciaJ720 on Sat May 26, 2012 at 03:28:27 PM PDT

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        •  Marcia (3+ / 0-)

          Ckeck to see if there are any Scenar therapists in your area.
          www.invet.net.
          I had nerve damage from my L5 for over 10 yrs.
          I had 1 tx and it was gone. I went in on a high pain day and a closed mind. Came out thinking it was a nice massage.
          Next day, I woke up pain free.
          Amazing device.
          I even got work comp to buy a device for myself. If you think of that, only buy from that company. There are knock offs, but they do more harm then good.
          I cut down from 12 meds to just 4. Take 2 percs 2x a month now.
          Kos mail if you would like further info.
          Also Natural news.com has excellent advice on FM. He is kooky politically, but his disease advice is good.
          There are many Holistic advice too.
          Good luck

          OBAMA'S GUIDING PRINCIPLES: HOLD NO ONE ACCOUNTABLE. LOOK FORWARD.

          by snoopydawg on Sat May 26, 2012 at 08:56:16 PM PDT

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    •  Me either. Pot works. Testing positive. (5+ / 0-)

      So no problem getting it.  And if it works?

    •  Yes doc2 (1+ / 0-)
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      MMJ does make my body feel so much better.  There IS a reason why so many people with Multiple Sclerosis swear by it.  We have a symptom called Spasticity.... it is a tightness in your muscles caused by the messages going up and down your nerves being off synch.... For example:

      The nerves running down to your legs and the nerves running back up to your brain, are not in synch.  The body doesn't know what to do so the body part just stiffens up, not knowing which way to go.

      In my case, the nerve tests they have done show very little speaking between my toes and my brain.... in fact, my last test showed they could not even differentiate whether my nerves were even speaking.... they do some because I do have some function..... but you'd never know it from these tests.

      Anyhow, I timed my use to make sure I would be clean by the time I went in to the pain clinic..... and if I questioned whether I would be clean, I'd take an at home THC drug test.  Apparently, the tests they are using are more sensitive than the ones bought at the store.

      -6.13 -4.4 Where are you? Take the Test!!!

      by MarciaJ720 on Sun May 27, 2012 at 08:43:42 AM PDT

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