Medical Testimony

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Name: Adrian
Condition: Severe pain
Saturday 09 May 2015

After suffering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare auto-immune illness damaging the peripheral nervous system, five years ago, I have been left with many long-lasting and unpleasant residual effects. These include extremely painful peripheral neuropathy and painful cramping in my lower legs, lower arms, hands and feet.

For the last four-and-a-half years I have been prescribed extremely potent opiate medication by the local pain clinic in the form of fentanyl patches and oxycontin, after first and second line treatments failed to reduce my pain to a manageable level.

My GP suggested that cannabis may be helpful in relieving some of the symptoms, so as a medically retired NHS scientist, I armed myself with as much knowledge as possible and began to experiment with both edibles and smoking cannabis in its pure form (not mixed with tobacco). I was astounded with the almost immediate improvement in helping me sleep during the night, something with which I had struggled with constantly since my illness began in 2010. This is in addition to a lowering of my perception of pain and relief from painful cramping.

I have recently stopped all opiate medication and now grow specific strains which are recommended for helping with peripheral nerve pain and insomnia. I realise the illegality and risks associated with such activity, but have exhausted all avenues for trying to obtain Sativex on the NHS, with my pain consultant refusing to accept that cannabis is beneficial for peripheral neuropathy while all the latest research clearly shows the exact opposite.