- Created: 10 December 2013
Living your life with chronic Pain…
Is Medical Marijuana the cure?
Many, many people in the world today live most of their entire life dealing with chronic pain. A recent market research report indicates that more than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain and that approximately 3- 4.5% of the global population suffers from neuropathic pain.
[Neuropathic pain - otherwise known as nerve pain - is a type of chronic pain that occurs when nerves in the central nervous system become injured or damaged.]
It’s a constant challenge each and every day for people with chronic pain to even get out of bed. Chronic pain can affect your life to the point that it causes severe depression and the inability to live a normal life. No one wants to start their day in pain; it’s a very unpleasant situation which causes one to really question their place in this world.
Some scientist claim that chronic pain is mostly mental and this can be true to some extent, say if you are constantly in pain, your mind will tell you that you are always in pain or that the pain will reoccur very soon. In preparation for the pain or to treat the pain, the majority of people rely on pain medications. One in five Americans report misusing a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime. As a result, we have a very serious prescription drug abuse problem in our country.
Just back in 2010, over 16,000 people died in opioid-related deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 29 percent of those deaths involved opioids alone (the others involved alcohol and other drugs). These deaths occur in the context of 210 million prescriptions for opioids filled in 2010 nationwide, according to a prescription- and patient-tracking service.
The result of death is the most serious and fatal side effect from using prescription pain medications, but there are many more extreme side effects, such as damage to your liver and respiratory depression.
The abuse of prescription pain medications have been going on for quite a long time and the government is finally realizing how serious it is and the potential irrevocable harm it can cause. In response to this trend, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a recommendation that will further restrict access to drugs like Vicodin and Lortab that contain the opioid hydrocodone.
We can commend the government for taking this step, but in reality, it doesn’t address the real issue which is how do we treat chronic pain. If you have been relying on opioids for some time, and all of a sudden you are not allowed access to them anymore, this will only exacerbate the problem.
Instead we need solutions, and we need a solution that has been researched thoroughly and scientifically proven it can help us live a normal and productive life with chronic pain. So far the best solution we have seen and heard about is medical marijuana.