Matthew describes the feeling like "a boa constrictor tightening around your foot while it is being stabbed with a knife from the inside and simultaneously set on fire." I have witnessed his agony firsthand, because Matthew is my son.
Granting New York physicians, PAs and NPs the authority to certify appropriate patients with debilitating conditions to use marijuana medicinally is the right thing to do. Here's why I, as a resident physician, think so.
Treating chronic pain is often about creating change. In order to help someone feel better and function better, you have to help them change the way they move, think and even breathe. Overcoming chronic pain is a game of control.