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Medical Marijuana and Tarlov Cysts

What Is Tarlov Cysts?

Tarlov Cysts, also known as perineurial cysts are sacs filled with cerebrospinal-fluid located along the spinal cord. These cysts most commonly affect nerve roots toward the lower end of the spine. The cysts are found incidentally through MRI tests conducted for other purposes. Though some cases of Tarlov Cysts can be asymptomatic, the cysts can expand, putting severe pressure on the affected nerve root. There are four classifications and categories that Tarlov Cysts are placed in, depending on the severity of the experienced symptoms

Medical Marijuana and Tarlov Cysts

Depending on the severity of the experienced symptoms, Tarlov Cysts are divided into one of four categories:
Group 1) Pain on tailbones that radiates to the legs with potential weakness
Group 2) Pain on bones, legs, groin area, sexual dysfunction and dysfunctional bladder
Group 3) Pain that radiates from the cyst site across hips to lower abdomen
Group 4) No pain, sexual dysfunction and dysfunctional bladder
Patients have expressed such common symptoms as back and perenial pain, urinary incontinence, Sciatica, Dysuria, radicular pain, headaches, retrograde ejaculation, parasthesia, hypethesia, difficulty walking and severe lower abdomen pain. 
Because of the still unclear pathogenesis of Tarlov Cysts, there has yet to be a general consensus on the optimal treatment for the cysts. Two commonly utilized surgical procedures include the draining and extraction of cerebrospinal fluids from the cyst and the complete/partial removal of the cyst from the infected area. 
For a far less invasive and significantly less risky treatment, medical marijuana can be utilized for pain management. For overall chronic pain relief, medical marijuana is a far safer alternative for long-term treatment plan. Indica strains can work to relieve headaches and migraines brought about as a result of the cysts. Additionally, medical-grade marijuana can act as a sleep aid for those restless nights. 

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