Fibrous dysplasia is a bone disease of unknown origin, but known to not be of genetic cause. This disease destroys normal bone and replaces it with fibrous tissue that is soft and stringy. The fibrous replacement of bone breaks easily and is very fragile, inhibiting much of the patient’s normal daily pursuits and activities. About 50 percent of people with fibrous dysplasia suffer broken bones, most often of which are the long bones in the legs and arms.
Fibrous dysplasia is generally a childhood disease. It is most often discovered between the ages of three and 15 years of age. Boys are more often the ones affected by fibrous dysplasia, but there is a version of the disease which affects more girls than boys. That variation is called McCune-Albright syndrome.
Monostotic fibrous dysplasia is only active until the afflicted child is through puberty. This is the form of the disease affecting between 70 and 80 percent of all fibrous dysplasia patients.
Polyostotic fibrous dysplasia is a variation of the disease which remains active throughout the patient’s life. It affects multiple bones and may involve bones of the face, causing major facial deformities.
Fibrous dysplasia symptoms may include:
- Bone fractures or deformities
- Pain in the bones
- Prepubescent bone sores or lesions
- Walking difficulty
- Endocrine gland and hormonal issues
- Spots on the skin which may occur lighter or darker than skin tone
Treatments for Fibrous Dysplasia
Most non-surgical treatment is centered around a class of drugs called bisphosphonates. These drugs prevent bone loss and help to reduce pain.
Surgical procedures repair fractured bones and strengthen diminishing ones. For bones where fibrous tissue is replacing healthy bone and weakening the skeletal structure, surgery involves scraping the fibrous tissue out of bone interior and replacing that fiber matter with a methyl methacrylate cement or diluted phenol. Metal rods are also placed inside bones to strengthen them toward support of better activity and healing.
For adults with fibrous dysplasia, pain management is the most common treatment. This involves pain reduction and anti-inflammatory medications.
Medical Marijuana and Fibrous Dysplasia
Pain relief is the biggest need of patients with fibrous dysplasia. Pain can manifest as radiating, throbbing pain and aching bones, all of which cannabis has been proven to alleviate. The disease’s pain can be very intense, particularly when multiple bones are affected or fractured as part of polyostotic fibrous dysplasia. Illinois marijuana can help with that need for pain relief through Sativa dominant strains proven to be effective for pain management.
Weakness and stiffness are also symptoms of fibrous dysplasia. Surgical procedures can create additional stiffness as part of the recovery process. Illinois dispensary marijuana provides a loosening of that stiffness as well as surgical or disease-related inflammation, helping patients to move more fluidly and with less struggle.
Patients using multiple prescription medications sometimes suffer side effects of those medications, themselves. Illinois cannabis can help with nausea, diarrhea, lost appetite and other problems related to treatment of diseases like fibrous dysplasia.
For more information visit the Fibrous Dysplasia Foundation.