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How often do patients find that opioid medications are not enough to manage chronic pain? One of the most dangerous things about opioid medications is that long-term use can actually increase (not decrease) the level of pain that a patient experiences.
The clinical name for the condition is opioid-induced hyperalgesia. This happens when the amount of pain and discomfort the patient feels increases with the consistent use of opioid medications. It creates a hypersensitivity throughout the central nervous system that accelerates the symptoms and severity of pain.
Patients with chronic health conditions including muscle spasms, Crohn’s Disease, fibromyalgia, or arthritis can develop resistance to prescription pain medications and opioid-induced hyperalgesia at the same time.
Medical Cannabis As a Natural Alternative to Help Manage Chronic Disease and Pain Symptoms
Neuropathic pain occurs when there is damage to the body’s nervous system, and about 7% to 10% of the population may have this kind type of diagnosed pain. The experience can be described as pinching or stabbing pain from damaged nerves. Some diseases, like diabetes and Parkinson’s Disease, can also trigger neuropathic pain.
Centralized pain can sometimes be caused by a trauma or injury event or occur with debilitating symptoms when there has been no injury at all. An example of centralized pain is fibromyalgia.
Medical cannabis has a different effect on the nervous system. With nociceptive pain, cannabis can help to reduce pain messaging. THC has highly-effective anti-inflammatory effects when CB2 receptors are activated. Combining CBD therapies may also help change pro-inflammatory repair cells to anti-inflammatory cells, which can reduce or even stop inflammation.
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If you are scheduling your first appointment to become a registered medical marijuana cardholder in Florida, there are a few items of information we will need, to help complete your physician evaluation.
Please make sure to bring:
Schedule your medical marijuana evaluation with Dr. Albert Sttrikov. Ask about expedited evaluation and registration services for compassionate care and terminally ill patients. We also assist with caregiver registration and renewals.
Meet Our Physician, Dr. Albert Sttrikov
Dr. Albert Sttrikov, DO was featured in the 2014 Edition of the Leading Physicians of the World. Dr. Sttrikov is committed to helping patients find therapeutic solutions for pain and chronic disease management. He believes in alternative therapy that does not include surgery or long-term use of opioid medication.
“Our team’s goal is to ensure that our clients are able to obtain a medical marijuana card which would allow them to deal with their conditions in a way they never thought possible and without the use of pharmaceutical drugs that have been tried over and over and do not seem to work.”—Dr. Albert Sttrikov
At your health evaluation, Dr. Sttrikov will review your health history, previous diagnoses, and discuss medications and supplements that you are currently taking. If you suffer from chronic pain, a ‘pain inventory’ may be performed to understand the severity, location, and persistence of your symptoms.