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Medical Marijuana and Syringomyelia

What Is Syringomyelia?

Syringomyelia is a neurological disorder where the patient develops a fluid-filled cavity, also known as a syrinx which often becomes lodged in the neck region. Over time, the cyst may enlarge, causing chronic pain, weakness and stiffness throughout the body. With the expansion of the cyst, the nerves which directly stimulate the patient's legs, arms, back and shoulders are affected, and in turn, compromised. 

Medical Marijuana and Syringomyelia

The symptoms directly related to Syringomyelia can often develop slowly, and over time. Affected individuals may experience an inability to distinguish hot objects from cold. Among other things, Syringomyelia can be caused by Hydrocephalus, Chiari Malformation, trauma, tethered spinal cord and tumors. The direct pressure from the built up fluid on the spinal cord can cause weakness, stiffness, numbness, pain, scoliosis and incontinence. 

Depending on the cause and severity of the condition, there are several treatment options for patients suffering from Syringomyelia. If the condition is caused directly by Hydrocephalus or Chiari Malformation, the syrinx can potentially resolve on its own. Surgically, the syrinx can be drained if its expanded greatly over time, and stents can be placed in the syrinx for long term drainage. 

Because Syringomyelia is a time progressive condition, medical marijuana can be utilized for immediate pain relief throughout the cavity's development. To relieve associated headaches, migraines and generalized weakness caused by the cavity, sativa strains are highly recommended. 

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