Phantom Pain and Medical Marijuana
"I can state confidently, as a physician with an extensive practice and specialized expertise in pain management, that marijuana can prove (and has proven) medically useful to alleviate horrific, chronic pain in some of my patients."
Phantom pain is not a psychological problem; it is a real physical disorder - where the parts of the nervous system that once serviced a now amputated limb - still radiate real PAIN.
Phantom pain is common after surgery and in accidents where the breast, penis, eye and limbs are lost. To recover completely from phantom pain, the misfiring nerve sections need to realize that the body part is gone and knock it off.
"It is far more difficult to murder a phantom than a reality." Virginia Woolf
Phantom pain is routinely treated with painkillers. Due to their addictive nature, long time use is very hazardous to one's health. Surprisingly, only 25% of Medical Doctors are fully aware of recent research breakthroughs that show Medical Marijuana is an effective painkiller. Not only that, compounds in Cannabis were shown to modulate receptors that control many aspects of the nervous system. Current research suggests that Marijuana might restore or enhance nervous system intelligence, allowing the nervous system to conclude that a body part is gone and generating pain is no longer useful..
Symptoms & Characteristics
- Onset within a few days of lost body part.
- Pain is intermittent or continuous
- Often affects a remote body part
- Pain may be stabbing, throbbing or burning
- Feeling that the lost parr is in an uncomfortable position
- Pain can be triggered by pressure adjacent to the lost body part
- Emotional stress can be a factor
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PATIENT TESTIMONIALS : How Cannabis Relieved my Pain
"I have been permanently disabled since September 1995. I am a mother of two teenage children. In late 1997, my doctor felt cannabis would be an effective medication to treat my many complicated medical conditions. Cannabis was responsible for getting me out of my wheelchair and restoring mobility on the whole right side of my body." - Not saying
"I suffer greatly from severe chronic pain every single day. My treatment is complicated by the fact that I am violently allergic and have severe chemical sensitivities to almost all pharmaceutical medicines. To combat my disease pain and conditions, without cannabis - it would be a death sentence." - T. Johnstone
DOCTOR'S TESTIMONIALS - How Medical Marijuana helps treat Phantom Pain
"I can state confidently, as a physician with an extensive practice and specialized expertise in pain management, that marijuana can prove (and has proven) medically useful to at least some chronic pain patients. Accordingly, I believe that physicians should be able to recommend and/or prescribe marijuana to patients for whom it is medically appropriate. For a small number of patients who live in torture and despair, even aggressive opiate therapies are not sufficient. Medical Marijuana can be a effective alternative for such patients." - Richard I. Gracer, M.D.
"As a physician responsible for the care and treatment of those who live in horrible pain,
The Compassionate Use Act passed in 1996 expressly provides that chronic pain is a condition for which physicians are authorized to recommend marijuana without threat or fear of punishment, Marijuana has a place in any pain physician's armamentarium. " - Dr. Brody MD
"Just as the body goes into shock after a physical trauma, so does the human psyche go into shock after the impact of a major loss." - Anne Grant
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FURTHER READING - HOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA TREATS PHANTOM PAIN