Chronic pain can be a symptom of a number of conditions, but it can occasionally appear with seemingly no cause. Regardless of what is causing your discomfort, life with chronic pain can be a challenge. Recent studies indicate that more than 100 million Americans have been affected by chronic pain for a variety of reasons. While pain caused by an injury will fade as the injury heals, chronic pain lingers long after. If you have had pain lasting for more than 3 months, you may have chronic pain.
Living with chronic pain can be tiring and frustrating. You may find yourself unable to live your life the way you want to, or simple tasks may become a struggle. Long-term use of pain medication can lead to unsavory or even dangerous side effects. Without a source, it is even possible that your doctor may be reluctant to use strong pain medications to treat your pain.
Traditionally, chronic pain is treated with narcotic or opioid pain medications. Due to the addictive nature of these drugs and the harmful side effects, many doctors are wary of using them to address chronic pain or prescribe them for long-term use. While other methods of pain management may be effective for some patients, others may still need additional management for their pain.
Medical marijuana is become a more popular choice to treat chronic pain, since it has been shown to be an extremely effective and safe treatment for ongoing pain. Often, medical marijuana patients report lower chronic pain levels, and an increased quality of life.
Are you ready to discover alternative treatments for your chronic pain? Schedule an appointment with our New Jersey alternative medicine center to learn about your options. Call (856) 351-5277 to get started!