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Is it best to take cannabis for acute or chronic pain?

Is it best to take cannabis for acute or chronic pain?

Can't say: I have had patients who have tried it. We don't have medical marijuana in my state of georgia so I have little experience. I once had a patient from south georgia who got into trouble with the police for taking it for his severe juvenile idiopathic arthritis. He claimed it helped him a lot. You might talk with your physician if you are in a state that allows medical marijuana. ...Read more

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Persistent Pain (Definition)

Persistent pain is pain that occurs most of the day, on most days. Pain that last for more than 4-6 months is called chronic pain. Persistent pain doesn't go away in an expected time frame for the injury. for example, your doctor says it'll be fine in a couple of weeks; if the pain is still present, more days than not, at 3-4 weeks out, its persistent. And, it should be ...Read more


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Is cannabis a good alternative for treating chronic pain ?

Is cannabis a good alternative for treating chronic pain ?

The indications for: legal medical marijuana use in the US tend to differ state by state. There are some physicians in this country that advocate for use of THC for specific types of pain and other providers who recommend against it's use altogether. There are inherent risks with cannabis use. As a psychiatrist I am very concerned about the potential for psychiatric side effects. See that you suffer from depression & ...Read more

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Is Lyrica (pregabalin) and cannabis a good combo for chronic pain ?

Is Lyrica (pregabalin) and cannabis a good combo for chronic pain ?

No: Depending on where you live, for non cancer pain-Cannabis may STILL be illegal even for medicinal purposes. In my opinion, unless if it can be delivered in different way, the SMOKE would cause way too much airway inflammation and put users at risk for COPD. Lyrica (pregabalin) is a proven safe, and great for chronic pain depending on cause. ...Read more

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Does cannabis help chronic pain ? And would it interact with current meds ?

Does cannabis help chronic pain ? And would it interact with current meds ?

Cannabis: may help with certain types of pain. Each medication would need to be checked to determine if it might interact with cannabis. ...Read more

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How can I best take care of chronic pain?

How can I best take care of chronic pain?

Combo treatments: Chronic pain is a broad problem and can encompass many different treatments. You may need pain medications, there are pain specialist to see, trying alternative therapies with acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, rolfing, meditation are also very helpful. Eating well, sleeping well, and exercise can help as well. ...Read more

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I've lost my left arm in accident.And suffer with chronic pain due t the nerve ends.Whats best pain killer to take?

I've lost my left arm in accident.And suffer with chronic pain due t the nerve ends.Whats best pain killer to take?

Several options: Several different options. You should talk with your doctor about taking either Neurontin or Lyrica (pregabalin) along with an ssri such as cymbalta. These medications work on reducing nerve pain. This would be a good starting point but there are many other options. ...Read more

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Long time chronic pain disabled vet. Take a delay release and acute opioids. Ambien for sleep. Just starting Valium and not certain how long in betwn?

Long time chronic pain disabled vet. Take a delay release and acute opioids. Ambien for sleep. Just starting Valium and not certain how long in betwn?

Chronic pain: Long time chronic pain disabled vet. Take a delay release and acute opioids. Ambien for sleep. Just starting Valium and not certain how long in betwn? ANS: you have a difficult problem and I would rely on the VA pain specialist to guide your treatment. Keep a careful diary of when you take things and how they make you feel. Show to your Dr. ...Read more

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How can I best deal with chronic pain?

How can I best deal with chronic pain?

Balance fight : The best way to deal with chronic pain in my opinion is to not let it overtake you. Pain is a perception we have some degree of control over. If all has been tried & failed, don't take it as an ending battle. Its unhealthy to constantly fight it if you have to live with it. Myriads of alternative therapies are available. Take pain medications not to feed the pain, but to help you manage the pain. ...Read more

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What's the difference between acute and chronic pain?

Duration of pain: Acute pain is a pain that has not lasted more than it is expected to last for the condition that produced this pain. Chronic pain is that has lasted longer than expected. Any pain that has lasted more than 3 months in most cases would be considered chronic. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?

What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?

Duration: Acute pain lasts an order of days or weeks, while chronic pain can last months to years or even be permanent. They typically have different causes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms that differentiate chronic pain from acute pain?

Symptom Separation: The duration of pain is typically what determines whether it is chronic or acute. Chronic pain is typically pain that has persisted beyond several weeks to months, and sometimes years. Acute pain is obviously of shorter duration and typically stems from an injury or procedure. If the acute pain transitions into chronic pain, the chronic pain itself can cause other physiologic changes over time. ...Read more

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What is best treatment for chronic pain?

What is best treatment for chronic pain?

What type of pain?: Your question is pretty vague. What type of pain and for how long? What's been tried already? What medical issues require additional exploration? ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for chronic pain of any kind?

THE DEVIL IS IN THE : Details... Cause, duration, associated problems, chronic medical conditions, etc. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for chronic pain?

Conservative first: Most often chronic pain has an underlying cause and trigger (not always). The treatment is usually directed in that direction. Trying to reduce the symptoms coming from the offending structure. For true chronic issues, "fix" is rarely possible where "control" of symptoms is a more reachable end point. Therapy, injections, medications, even surgery at times, can all help. Get an evaluation soon. ...Read more

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What can I take for chronic pain besides lyrica (pregabalin)?

What can I take for chronic pain besides lyrica (pregabalin)?

Several Rxs!: Avoid narcotics, if possible. You should try a full dose of an nsaid, if possible! other options are cymbalta (duloxetine). I have had very good results with it! it works for many types of arthritis, as well as neuropathy & is not controlled substance. Finally, inflammation should be r/o by getting a crp! ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat chronic pain in the neck, and back?

Pain/Neck/Back: It depends on the cause of the pain, you need exam, xrays/mri if indicated it can be treated with combination of physical therapy, muscle relaxants, non steroidal anti inflammatory pain killers. ...Read more

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Ideas? What pain killer is the best for severe back and chronic pain that works?

See pain management: There are numerous types of medications as well as minor surgical procedures that can control your pain. A pain management specialist can diagnose and treat your pain reasonably well. ...Read more

Marijuana (Definition)

Marijuana refers to the various preparations of the Cannabis plant into the psychoactive drug for recreational use ...Read more