Nerve Damage

What Is Nerve Damage?

The nervous system is involved in practically everything that the body does, from controlling muscles to regulating breathing and facilitating sensation. Anything that results in compression or trauma of nerves could lead to nerve damage and pain. Chronic pain from damaged nerves is also known as neuropathy

The most likely areas to suffer nerve damage tend to be the hands, arms, and feet, although it can affect other parts of the body as well. Under the Texas Compassionate Use Program, one of the earliest applications for medical cannabis was to treat nerve pain.

How Can Nerve Damage Affect Your Life?

The symptoms of nerve damage depend on which nerve fibers are affected. Peripheral nerves are categorized into three types:

  1. Motor Nerves
    Motor nerves regulate all the muscles you can consciously control, such as those responsible for talking, walking, and handling objects. When these nerves are damaged, typical symptoms include uncontrollable muscle twitching, muscle weakness, and even painful cramps. Medical cannabis may be prescribed for motor nerve pain. 
  1. Autonomic Nerves
    These nerves regulate activities that you don’t consciously control, such as heart rate, breathing, digestion, blood pressure, and temperature regulation. Symptoms include sudden changes in blood pressure, trouble digesting food, excessive sweating, and an inability to tolerate heat.
  1. Sensory Nerves
    Sensory nerves relay information about temperature, touch, and pain from your skin and muscles to the brain and spinal cord. As a result, damage to these nerves can result in a variety of symptoms including numbness and a tingling sensation in your extremities. You may experience trouble feeling pain, noticing temperature changes, or maintaining balance while walking.

Chronic nerve pain affects more than 20 million Americans each year. In Texas, more than a hundred different neurodegenerative disorders qualify for treatment using medical cannabis, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, and more.

Medical Cannabis for Nerve Pain and Damage

Medical cannabis has been a key research subject in how to reduce nerve pain and chronic pain in general. Cannabinoids are believed to be potent anti-inflammatory agents. THC, in particular, interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the brain to potentially reduce pain perception.

Moreover, cannabis is also thought to have neuroprotective effects by potentially helping prevent a worsening of nerve damage. It could also be an effective treatment option for depression, stress, and other associated emotional symptoms of nerve pain. Medical cannabis is considered a much better option to manage these symptoms than addictive opioid medications.

Qualify for Medical Cannabis in 60 Seconds or Less

If you’ve been researching how to reduce nerve pain for yourself or a loved one, consider exploring a medical cannabis routine. You can book an appointment with one of our doctors to discuss your symptoms and condition. Each physician at Texas 420 Doctors is board-certified and CURT-registered. Post your evaluation, and you will be provided with everything you need to order medical cannabis from your local dispensary.

Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions about our services or the benefits of medical cannabis for nerve pain.

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