Dangling uselessly at her side, Jan Rieveley’s right arm has become a “paper weight.”
A bad fall in a dark cave in Ohio four years ago tore nerves previously made weaker from cancer radiation treatment.
“It’s pain 24/7,” says the 61-year-old owner of a small Riverside business.
Rieveley hated what those opioids were doing to her. So, six months ago, her doctor prescribed pot, and it worked wonderfully. Her life on pot has improved to the point she’s working a couple of days a week.
“I like control in my life,” Rieveley said of her decision to avoid the powerful opiates of the pharmaceutical companies.
But now there’s another problem. She can’t visit family in the United States.
Canadian patients making the switch from highly addictive opioids to medical marijuana to cope with chronic pain and other ailments have been warned it’s against the law to take that relief across the border.