To albaby2: Yes, there are a lot of other ways to relieve "some of the pain", but they can cause other health issues like kidney failure (for example). I have horrific pain every second of my life, but I try to use the minimal amount of prescription pain meds possible. I have never tried marijuana, because I am not willing to risk going to prison (JUST to relieve my pain). I do know some people who use it and say that this is the only thing that has given them a great deal of relief. I believe them, and would like to mention that they are not dopers and none of them lives in "the ghetto".
I doubt you have ever experienced the type of pain I live with, but I would say that about 95% of prescription pain medications do not relieve any pain at all. I am speaking of oxycontin, fentanyl, percodan and percocet (to mention a few), which are also used by cancer patients. These medications just messed up my head and I could not function normally.
So please albaby2, stick to topics that you know something about.