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CRPS Type 2 and Cannabis

Treating Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type II with Cannabis

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type II

Complex regional pain syndrome Type II, also known as CRPS Type II, is an extremely painful disorder of unknown origin but believed to be related to injury or surgery. CRPS Type II differs from Type I, in that Type II causes obvious nerve damage. Type I does not cause such damage.

Once called causalgia, CRPS Type II rates an extremely high 47 on the 50 point scale of pain called the McGill Pain Scale. Psychological problems often follow the beginnings of complex regional pain syndrome, particularly within Type II. Depression, anxiety, social isolation, occupational function impairment and even suicide are common among Type II sufferers of CRPS.

Traditional medical treatment typically includes pain management through prescription medications, most of which are very damaging to the gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, liver and heart. Such treatment also includes physical therapy, psychological counseling and neuromodulation.

Perception and beliefs within the medical community regarding complex regional pain syndromes changes and are still evolving. A difficult syndrome to define within expectation standards, patients are likely to fall within one of the three following categories of disease activity or progression:

  • Stage One: Severe burning pain at injury site. Muscle spasms, restricted mobility with joint pain and stiffness. Rapid growth of hair and nails. Vasospasm causing changes in skin color and temperature. Potential for hyperhydrosis.
  • Stage Two: More intense pain, spreading swelling, diminishing hair health and growth. Cracked, brittle, grooved and spotty nails. Severe osteoporosis. Thickening of joints and atrophy of muscles.
  • Stage Three: Irreversible of skin and bones. Unyielding pain. Major atrophy of muscles. Flexor tendon contractions. Limitations upon movement of affected areas. Limb displacement. Bones soften and thin.

Pain associated with CRPS is known to be exacerbated or increased during times of physical or emotional stress. Because of this, patients of CRPS have an increased need to maintain optimum physical and emotional health.

Common symptoms of complex regional pain syndromes Type II are:

  • Burning, stabbing, throbbing and grinding pain
  • Intolerable pain during limb movement or in response to touch
  • Muscle spasms, swelling and sensitivity to touch, vibrations and water
  • Increased sweating (abnormally so)
  • Skin temperature changes between very hot to very cold
  • Color changes to the skin, ranging from bright red to deep violet
  • Bone softening and thinning
  • Painful movement
  • Potential for falls and fainting
  • Regional osteoperosis

Medical Marijuana From an Illinois Dispensary as Treatment

Treatment for many of the symptoms associated with complex regional pain syndrome Type II can be provided through use of cannabis. Medical marijuana is known to alleviate many forms and degrees of pain, as acknowledged since the 1970s by clinicians. Illinois marijuana can be smoked, vaporized, eaten or used in liquid extract form.

Without providing the damage associated with pharmaceutical pain drugs, such as liver, heart, kidney, stomach and other organ damage, Illinois cannabis does not just take away pain. It also is widely used in treatment of swelling, depression, anxiety and suicidal concerns, all of which are part of daily life for people with complex regional pain syndrome Type II.

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