Double thumbs up for putting chronic pain as it is. Mine has reached a point after having chronic pain so long that I am now confined to a bed. Oh, I make the dr. appts. when I can, as you eloquently stated it, no one, 99% of those family & friends in my life don't see the tears, almost daily from the burning nerves moving into more areas, the stabbing knife pains in my legs, the screams of "please help me"! & the 100 lb. weight lost in 11 mths. only, even tho. I've been totally bedridden, no exercise because who in the few hrs. of controllable pain desire to exercise. The more I move even to the restroom my pain burns more in my feet and bottom. No opiods can control this type nerve damage I've been told by several pain specialists. Yet, having Transverse Myelitis is like MS, yet I've NEVER been prescribed a MS drug. Montel Williams on Dr. Oz said he uses marijuana every day to control his MS & he is fortunate to live in a state allowing him a drug, which unfortunately has not been approved in all states. If this helps my TM, then I should be able to have it in my state for people existing like me. Only existing, not truly living. Marijuana should be made available in all states for people who live existing, not having a life, not being able to even go to a store for the pain & what the aftermath would cause me. It's enough just to make it to drs. when possible. I wonder how many of us are living with looking at having a port put into us because too many nurses have jabbed you and blown a vein that never returned. Complex patient I'm often titled; the medical system has made me this way; never catching my TM soon enough, therefore no reversal; 3 yrs. later diagnosed w/ scoliosis; 10 1/2 surgery damaged a nerve running from my back into my bottom, ended up on a ventilator, kidneys failed, 2 superbugs got into a reconstruction of my urostomy because my urostomy was not taken care of on the scol. surgery causing 2 liters of fluid & pus to be removed on the 2nd surgery 3 weeks later & an abcess found, plus emergency colon surgery then. My pain is so far from being controlled it's unreal. I am not one to get angry easy, but I wish I had NEVER had one surgery. I wish I had researched, not become the complex patient drs. have made me in my small state. It would be wonderful for even our 29 yr. old daughter to even show one time she cares; everyone but my husband & very few friends are truly understanding as best as possible.