Dealing with chronic pain can quickly turn life into a daily grind, and common traditional treatment options can be ineffective or have dangerous side effects. Luckily, medical cannabis has been shown to help reduce both pain and inflammation, all without the dangerous side effects of opioids or other painkillers. For more information, call Green Remedy Wellness, LLC, at their office in Glen Burnie, Maryland, or make an appointment online with the scheduling tool.
Chronic pain affects millions of Americans every year, and over time it can have a serious negative impact on your quality of life and even your mental health. While we all experience pain from time to time, chronic pain is lingering pain that lasts anywhere from 3-6 months or more.
Chronic pain can be caused by an array of ailments, including old injuries, chronic illnesses or problems with the neurological pathways your body uses to process pain signals.
Anytime you experience a persistent pain for more than three months, it can be described as chronic pain, but typically people struggling with chronic pain have one of several common disorders. These include:
In addition to the obvious discomfort, over time chronic pain can present with other symptoms, including:
If you’re experiencing chronic pain, don’t let it continue to weigh on you, explore your treatment options today.
Chronic pain is a frustrating condition because by nature it can be hard to diagnose and even harder to eliminate. Most traditional treatment is built around the use of medications to dull the sensation of pain. While there are a variety of classes of drug that do this, the most well-known and one of the most commonly used for severe chronic pain are opioid painkillers.
While once considered to be non-habit-forming, opioid painkillers have been shown to be extremely physically addictive and carry a list of unpleasant side effects. While it’s not always dangerous to use these medications temporarily under a doctor’s supervision, these risks grow the longer you use opioids, making them especially ill-suited for the treatment of chronic pain. Side effects to opioid use include:
These can all occur even when using opioids as directed, but if they are abused, the symptoms of opioid dependence and withdrawal can be much worse.
Pain relief is one of the main benefits of medical cannabis, as well as its anti-inflammatory properties. For severe pain relief, many people respond better to treatment using high THC cannabis products, but non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) can also be effective in managing pain. Talk to your practitioner about any recommendations they may have, based on the source and symptoms of your pain.
If you have any questions about chronic pain or how to treat it with medical cannabis, call the office today or make an appointment online.