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CRPS Tyoe 1 and Cannabis

Treating RSD with Cannabis

RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type I)

Formerly known as RSD or reflex sympathetic dystrophy, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is an amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome. Worsening over time, CRPS is indicated by severe pain, swelling and skin changes. The syndrome usually starts in one part and spreads all over the body, with 35% of those affected affirming that symptoms did progress throughout their bodies.

Type I of complex regional pain syndrome does not exhibit nerve lesions, whereas its counterpart of Type II shows obvious nerve damage. The majority of patients suffering from complex regional pain syndrome have Type I.

It is not yet known what causes CRPS. It is believed that surgery or injury may cause the syndrome. It is not believed to be a psychologically caused issue. However, many of the results of complex regional pain syndrome Type I are psychologically damaging. Depression and anxiety are major effects of the ailment, as are impaired social and occupational functioning. Because of the immense pain and resulting life limitations, depression and suicide are highly occurring problems associated with patients of CRPS.

Treatment of complex regional pain syndrome Type I can be difficult when relying upon traditional medicine. Prescription medications, physical therapy, psychological counseling and neuromodulation have proven unsatisfactory as ongoing treatments for patients of CRPS Type I.

Common indications of complex regional pain syndrome Type I include vasomotor dysfunction, neurogenic inflammation, nociceptive sensitisation and maladaptive neuroplasticity. Symptoms of the syndrome generally start near the site of an often minor injury. Emotional and physical stress are known to cause heightening of the pain.

Common symptoms include:

Burning, stabbing, grinding and throbbing sensations
Extreme sensitivity to touch, water and vibrations
Muscle spasms
Localized swelling
Abnormally prevalent sweating
Extreme changes in skin temperature
Skin coloration (red to violet)
Softening or thinning of bones
Tenderness and stiffness in joints
Painful and restricted movement
Infrequent falls or fainting
Visual problems (also infrequent)

Cannabis in Treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I

Medical marijuana is less expensive than pharmaceutical pain medications and does not have the serious side effects many pain medications possess, such as stomach bleeding, liver damage, and kidney damage. Illinois dispensary pricing for medical marijuana is also far less than the cost of traditional pain pharmaceuticals. Cannabis is natural and has been proven since 1975 to alleviate even the most severe forms of chronic pain with little to no harm to the body.

Illinois marijuana is also proven to alleviate psychological problems, such as those exhibited as part of complex regional pain syndrome Type I. Depression and even suicidal concerns can be overcome through healthy use of Illinois cannabis. Finally, medical marijuana alleviates both physical and emotional stress, major causes of heightened pain as part of CRPS Type I. Use of cannabis can help patients of complex regional pain syndrome lessen the effects of the disorder while enabling some return to normal life through social functioning.

For more information visit the RSDS Association.

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