For patients who hope to avoid surgery for Lipomatosis, steroid injections are an option. Steroid injections work by reducing the inflammation, which in turn reduces the size of the lipoma when successful. As with many prescription medications, however, steroid injections also have some potentially serious negative side effects. Steroid injections can elevate blood sugar levels as well as suppress the body’s ability to fight infections or mask an underlying infection by suppressing the signs of inflammation that often point to an infection. Long term, or frequent, use of steroid injections can result in thinning of the skin or bones, weight gain or puffiness, acne, elevated blood pressure, easy bruising and even the formation of cataracts. Medical marijuana is an alternative to the use of steroids as an anti-inflammatory medication that does not carry with it these potentially serious side effects.
For patients who require surgical removal of lipomas, conventional treatment often includes the use of opiate based pain medications following the surgery. Opiate based pain medication, while effective at combating pain, carries with it the risk of overdose, dependency and addiction. As Lipomatosis sufferers typically have numerous lipomas, multiple and frequent surgeries may be necessary, increasing the risks associated with opiate based pain medications. Medical marijuana has been used for centuries to treat pain and allows a Lipomatosis suffer to alleviate pain without the need for opiate based pain medications.
Many people are unaware of the anti-inflammatory properties found in medical marijuana. Recent research, however, has confirmed that medical marijuana contains Cannabidiol, or CBD. Along with THC, CBD is an important component of marijuana which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Medical marijuana has been shown to reduce tissue inflammation as a result of the presence of CBD in conjunction with another compound known as β-caryophyllene. CBD and β-caryophyllene work together in medical marijuana and have been proven to reduce inflammation in soft tissue. A Lipomatosis sufferer may prefer to combat the inflammation associated with the disease by using medical marijuana instead of risking the negative side effects associated with repeated steroid injections.
For those Lipomatosis sufferers who face surgery to remove the lipomas, medical marijuana may be a better alternative for pain relief following the surgery than traditional opiate based pain relievers. Of all the clinical evidence available regarding the use of medical marijuana, evidence regarding its effectiveness as a pain reliever is the most prominent. Study after study has shown that medical marijuana is not only an effective pain reliever by itself, but it can also be used in conjunction with traditional narcotic pain relievers to reduce the dosage needed to control the pain.
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