Chronic Pain Specialist

Green Med Cards

Alternative Medicine Practitioner & Medical Marijuana located in College Park, MD

Chronic pain is a common condition among American adults, with almost 50 million people suffering from it last year. Green Med Cards in College Park, Maryland offers chronic pain treatment to help relieve you of your pain. While chronic pain often requires long-term treatment, many forms of traditional medication are not designed for long-term use and can become ineffective or dangerous when taken over time. Medical cannabis can be useful for people with chronic pain and can help relieve symptoms without many of the serious side effects of common traditional pain relievers. If you’re interested in how medical cannabis could help you, call Green Med Cards or schedule an appointment online.

Chronic Pain Q & A

What is chronic pain?

Normally, pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong, whether it’s a scrape, bruise or a pulled muscle. However, when your injury or illness has healed but the pain remains, you may be developing what doctors consider chronic pain.

Typically, pain that has lasted for more than 3-6 months is considered chronic pain. Over time, chronic pain can dramatically affect your quality of life, and the constant strain can be dangerous to your mental health. While traditional medication is available, many common painkillers are not intended for indefinite use and can be dangerous and addictive.

What causes chronic pain?

Chronic pain can come in many forms. Some of the most common causes of chronic pain include:

  • Past injury or surgeries
  • Back problems
  • Migraines or other headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve damage
  • Infections
  • Fibromyalgia

Chronic pain may be accompanied by other symptoms, including:

  • Constant fatigue
  • Diminished appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Mood changes
  • Weakness

Chronic pain may range from a minor annoyance to a severe and debilitating problem. Sometimes the pain may be caused by an old musculoskeletal injury but in other instances, a problem with the nerves is responsible. Pain that is caused by problems with your nerves is known as neuropathic pain, and it can be especially difficult to treat.

How can medical cannabis help me with chronic pain?

Medical cannabis, including both THC and CBD-based therapies, has been shown to have pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. Many people who use medical cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain choose it over traditional methods due to the elevated risk of addiction that comes with many painkillers, like opioids. In addition to pain relief, medical cannabis can help restore your appetite and act as a gentle sleep aid.

While THC-based treatment is popular with people suffering from chronic pain, the non-psychoactive component CBD is also effective and can be a solution for people who need pain relief without the “high” that people associate with cannabis.

If you’re living with the constant struggle of chronic pain, call Green Med Cards at their office in College Park, Maryland, to make an appointment today. You can also request an appointment online with the scheduling tool.