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Medical Marijuana and Chronic Pain

What Is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is a state in which pain persists beyond the usual course of an acute disease or healing of an injury, or that may or may not be associated with an acute or chronic pathologic process that causes continuous or intermittent pain over months or years.

Medical Marijuana and Chronic Pain

Millions of people around the world suffer everyday from chronic pain. The World Health Organization estimates that 20% of people worldwide have some form of chronic pain. This includes Fibromyalgia, Back Pain, Neck Pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, TMJ Disorder, Sciatica and more.

According to pharmaceutical industry data, pain is a $13.2 billion market. Not only is pain medicine costly, chronic pain is often the cause of lost wages. In the US, it is estimated that over 140 million days are lost to work because of back pain. The annual totals of both direct and indirect costs for chronic pain in the US are estimated to be as high as $294.5 billion per year. This means the costs of health care for patients with chronic pain might exceed the combined costs of treating patients with coronary artery disease, cancer, and AIDS.

Severe chronic pain is often treated with opioid narcotics, such as Vicodin and Percocet, and analgesics, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Opiates and narcotics are effective in relieving severe pain but they are highly addictive and have significant harmful side effects. Analgesics are not addictive, but are usually inadequate in reducing or eliminating pain. Additionally, long-term use of analgesics can develop serious side effects including stomach bleeding, liver damage, and kidney damage.

Medical Marijuana is an affordable, natural alternative that lacks the side effects found in the medicines traditionally used to treat chronic pain. In 1975, researchers found that THC was an effective pain reliever for cancer patients and found that it lacked the significant or toxic side effects found in traditional medicines. Since then, countless other studies have shown that marijuana safely and effectively treats various types of chronic pain with little to no side effects or risk of dependency.


If you are suffering from chronic pain and would like to know more about using medical marijuana to relieve your symptoms, book an appointment through MarijuanaDoctors.com today. Let us help improve your quality of life!

 

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This information is not provided by medical professionals and is intended only to complement, and not to replace or contradict, any health or medical advice or information provided by healthcare professionals.  If you have any questions, please contact your doctor or other healthcare professional.

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