by Anonymous

I am a longtime headache sufferer. I am 33 years old and the father of five. I have worked at the same job for almost ten tears and run my own publishing company along with my wife. I am home from work again, just unable to get past the pain. I have tried everything under the sun for my chronic headaches (currently diagnosed as migraine/mixed headaches). The "traditional" medicines are no help and only serve to exacerbate the headaches. I have tried biofeedback, pain centers, relaxation classes, massage, chiropractic care, osteopaths, faith heelers and anything else that had any remote possibility of helping me. The only reason I able to continue living is because of my love for my wife and children. Marihuana has been my savior and my only way to get a slight toehold to build my life back from. At the outset of a headache (or with the onset of auras) I can use marihuana to keep the headache from getting too advanced. If I am in the middle of a bad episode I can smoke some marihuana and receive an analgesic effect and my mind is able to disengage from the extreme pain. I hope that there is a cure somewhere out there, but until then I intend to use marihuana without guilt to increase and stabilized my quality of life. Without using some this morning I would still be curled up in bed and unable to write this letter.

In the final analysis, the use of marihuana and the rotating of over-the-counter Tylenol and NSAIDs are the best way to control my chronic pain. I hope that this information will help others! My doctors are unfortunately afraid to discuss, much less give me a prescription (I'm in California) for marihuana. If you have any suggestions for support group, organizations and/or doctors in the San Diego area I would much appreciate it.