Medical Marijuana Specialists located in Pensacola, Santa Rosa Beach, Panama City, FL & Gulfport, MS
Chronic pain is an extremely common condition in America today that affects millions of adults every year. However, traditional medicine has limited means to address chronic pain, and many medications prescribed for chronic pain can be dangerous and addictive. Fortunately, medical cannabis offers a gentler alternative, providing many of the same pain relief benefits without the dangerous side effects and high potential for addiction. If you’re suffering from chronic pain, call Kaya Life in Santa Rosa Beach, Panama City, and Pensacola, Florida, and Gulfport, MS, or schedule an appointment online today.
Chronic Pain Q & A
What is chronic pain?
Normally, pain is your body’s natural reaction to illness or injury, a warning for you to seek medical attention that will pass when the underlying cause is healed. But for many people, the pain does not stop when it should, lasting for months or even years after the original illness or injury. If you have pain that lasts for three to six months, it’s considered chronic pain.
Over time, the strain of living in constant pain can take its toll on your body and mind. About 25% of people who have chronic pain go on to develop a condition called chronic pain syndrome (CPS). That means the pain has caused you to develop further symptoms, most often depression and anxiety, that are interfering with your daily schedule or quality of life.
What causes chronic pain?
Chronic pain can come from a variety of sources, but it's most often the result of one of two causes. In many cases, chronic pain remains after an injury, but it can also be a result of nerve damage, or a problem with the way your brain processes pain. This is called neuropathic pain.
Some of the main causes of chronic pain include:
- Arthritis and joint problems
- Back pain
- Strains and sprains
- Repetitive stress injuries and fractures
- Nerve damage
- Lyme disease
- Broken bones
- Acid reflux or ulcers
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Past surgeries
CPS can occur in men and women of all ages, but it’s especially common among women, as well as anyone with a history of depression and other mental health conditions.
How can medical marijuana help people with chronic pain?
If pain has become a daily reality for you, medical cannabis can offer relief with few if any of the side effects that accompany traditional pain medication. Chronic pain is difficult to medicate with traditional pharmaceuticals, in part because many of the drugs used to treat it have a high potential of addiction and oftentimes come with dangerous side effects. Medical cannabis can relieve both musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain, as well as acting as an anti-inflammatory.
If you’re interested in putting chronic pain behind you, call Kaya Life or schedule an appointment online today.