Medical Marijuana for Pain Management
According to a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. This pain can be increasingly worse, when there are two or more health issues affecting the patient, such as:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
Treatments for chronic pain include medications, physical therapy, and surgery for intrathecal drug delivery. Sometimes it can take many years, exhausting multiple efforts to find the right treatment. One pain management agent that can provide a better quality of life is medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana can be smoked, vaporized, eaten or taken as a liquid extract. Like most pain management drugs, cannabis has temporary side effects, including: dizziness, drowsiness, short-term memory loss and euphoria. Potential serious side effects include severe anxiety and psychosis, but subside when the effect wears off.
Throughout history, what we know or refer to as medical marijuana has been used to treat pain. It is noted that Irish doctor William B. O’Shaughnessy, used marijuana in the nineteenth century in the treatment of cholera, rabies, tetanus, menstrual cramps and delirium tremens. Cannabis has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a medicine, although scientific studies have been increasingly in favor of marijuana as a treatment option. For instance, studies on the cannabinoid chemical in marijuana have led to two FDA-approved medicines that contain the chemicals in a pill form.
To aid in pain relief, many doctors will add the cannabinoid chemicals found in medical marijuana to an opiate treatment. This combined therapy could result in less opiate dosages and increased pain relief. When seeking treatment with medical marijuana, patients should come prepared to have an in-depth conversation with the doctor.
Turtle Creek Medical Center in Dallas specializes in chronic pain management, low testosterone, and Botox. Experienced doctors and staff provide a comfortable atmosphere for patients looking for pain relief in areas such as:
- CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)
- Back Pain
- Intractable Pain
- Post-Operative Pain
- Cancer Pain
- Orthopedic Pain
Call today to schedule a medical marijuana consultation appointment with a licensed medical doctor at Turtle Creek Medical Center.