Denise’s Story

My name is Denise, and I support medical cannabis in Tennessee because I desperately need it. I have degenerative disc disease in my neck that has caused occipital neuralgia, which is excruciating pain shooting through my head constantly.
I also have had episodic migraines since 1974, starting when I was 4 yrs old. The migraines are now intractable due to the occipital neuralgia. I have cervical facet arthropathy as well, (basically neck arthritis) and c3-c4 bulging discs.

Strong opiods do help some, but I can’t get them because my doctor said, and I quote: “I know you’re in pain; but there are too many junkies in Tennessee.” Seriously, they caused this opioid epidemic and now the people who need help can’t get it? Tell me what kind of sense that makes.
I don’t like the side effects of them anyways, and I understand that they’re very addictive, but when you feel like a sledgehammer is slamming into your skull like the ticking off a clock, you are not worrying about those things, you just need something to make it bearable.

Medical cannabis has a great reputation for helping people in pain, and with the depression that comes with living with severe pain constantly, so I would love to try it out.

I have read a lot about it, and I know that nobody can die from a cannabis overdose, and that around 80% of people who use medical cannabis end up weaning off painkillers and antidepressants so I think it should be available to the people of Tennessee who are suffering and needing it.