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‘How much pain do I need to be in?’ MS sufferer pleads for funding of medical cannabis
Warren Edney was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis on the May 20 2013, a day he will never forgot.
‘How much pain do I need to be in?’ Chronic pain sufferer makes case for Sativex
00:53 Warren Edney suffers from muscle spasms which leave him in crippling pain, and traditional painkillers don’t seem to work. Warren Edney suffers from muscle spasms which leave him in crippling pain, and traditional painkillers don’t seem to work.
Source: ONE News
The once active supermarket worker now lives on a sickness benefit in fulltime care, wheelchair bound, and in constant pain that’s only getting worse..
“I feel the muscles in the back of the legs pull away, like it’s ripping away from the bone and the muscles tightening up so hard it feels like it’s going to snap,” Mr Edney told ONE News.
“Some days the pain is so bad that all I can do is just close my eyes, grit my teeth.”
Pharmac has given the 44-year-old sign off to use the medical marijuana product, Sativex, because he says normal painkillers don’t work.
But the drug buying agency has rejected Mr Edney’s request for his use of Sativex to be fully funded, saying “Warren’s circumstances do not appear to be exceptional.”
Mr Edney can not afford the up to $1200 a month for Sativex and so is going without.
“How much pain do I have to be in before people take notice?”
Pharmac would not comment specifically about Mr Edney’s case.