Treatment of Chronic Pain by Larry Treftlin
My name is Larry Treftlin and I have recently started using marijuana as
a substitute for my pain medication (DEMEROL). I use 600mgs of Demerol a
day. It helps my pain but in
doing so greatly reduces my quality of life.
I am a 50yr old male and I have had two spinal operations,
the first one in 1973 and the second one a spinal fusion of L5S1 in1974.
I have always had a certain degree of pain but in the last 5
years it has gotten severe.
About 3 months ago a good friend of mine convinced me to try
marijuana and purchased some at great risk to himself. He had seen an
article on The TV show Nature of Things on how it helps other people in
chronic pain and, being a good friend, thought of me. My friend did not then
or does he now smoke marijuana. I have found that marijuana has reduced the
amount of muscle spasms I get. It doesn't totally take away my pain, of
course, but I do feel it allows me to get up and do things I wouldn't even
consider doing before. I still have to take my Demerol but I have reduced
the amount to half of what I was requiring before. The biggest problem is
the supply and the threat to my freedom.. I haven't as I mentioned before
had a great deal of experience with marijuana but the exposure I have had
has been nothing but positive. My doctors have had me on just about every
pain medication known, including morphine. I cannot take codeine, as I am
allergic. I thank God for my concerned friend and his persistence in getting
me to try marijuana. If I were allowed a choice of which medication I could
use it would certainly be marijuana.