Chronic Back Pain
The Symptoms of Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is a debilitating condition in which a part of the body sends pain signals to the brain for an extended period of time, usually longer than six months. This pain might have originally been the result of injury or illness, but has lingered after the instigating condition has healed. Chronic pain affects millions of people and can cause severe secondary effects.
- Lasting pain unassociated with an injury or illness, or that lasts beyond the length of an injury or illness.
- Pain that is shooting or burning. Pain that aches.
- Stiffness or discomfort.
The main indicator that a pain is chronic in nature is its existence without a medical cause. This continuous pain can lead to sleeplessness and fatigue, a weakened immune system and an increase in stress. These secondary effects can aggravate the chronic pain, making it much worse.
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There are many effective treatments to chronic pain, depending on the source and severity. Physical therapy may be required, or several massage sessions can be administered. These treatments are the least invasive. However, with sever chronic pain, medication may be required.
Usually a doctor will describe a pharmaceutical drug to dull the pain and make the condition bearable. Pain killers, however, are notorious for their addictive qualities. Close medical supervision is required to keep painkillers from developing into a bigger problem than the chronic pain.
Marijuana as a Treatment For Chronic Pain
An alternative exists to the dangers of prescription painkillers. The use of medical marijuana has been found in numerous studies to be an effective and less invasive treatment for chronic pain than pharmaceutical drugs. The greatest advantage of marijuana as a treatment is that it is non-addictive. This means there is no danger of becoming dependent. Also, marijuana has a greater effect on the secondary effects of chronic pain, reducing inflammation and the levels of stress and fatigue in a healthy and safe manner.