Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that describes the compression of the median nerve as it passes into the hand. It should be noted that the median nerve, which is located on the palm side of the hand and also called the carpal tunnel is responsible for providing sensations as well as the ability to feel to the thumb, index finger, long finger, and part of the ring finger. As a matter of fact, the median nerve supplies the impulse to the muscle going to the thumb. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, therefore occurs when the median nerve is narrowed as a result of a swelling.
Most people with carpal tunnel syndrome do not know what caused it even though scientific evidence suggests that it can be caused by a number of factors, including repetitive motions like typing or any other motion of the wrist that is done over and over, pregnancy as well as certain conditions like hypothyroidism, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes. Even though Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has so many symptoms, it is very common for patients to feel a burning, tingling or itching numbness in their palms, thumb, index and middle fingers. Nevertheless, most sufferers often notice that their fingers fall asleep and become numb in the night. This usually happens in the evenings due to the relaxed position of the hand while sleeping. Moreover, it is also common to wake up in the morning with numbness and tingling in the hand which may extend right up to the shoulders.
When Carpal Tunnel Syndrome becomes severe, it could result in complications like slower nerve impulses, loss of feelings in the fingers, as well as the loss of strength and coordination. It is imperative to note that women are three times more likely to get this condition than men because they generally have a smaller carpal tunnel than men. Of course, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be treated through a number of ways, including changes in lifestyle, immobilization, surgery and medications.
Most of the drugs used in treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome have been reported to have side effects such as stomach ulcers, dizziness and headaches, ringing in the ears, high blood pressure, heartburn, stomach pain, weight gain, allergic reaction as well as a tendency to bleed more, especially if the patient is using aspirin for pain relief. Thus, many people have turned to medical marijuana as an alternative treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It is worthy to note that even though medical marijuana has side effects like other drugs, they are not as serious as the chronic illnesses its treats. Moreover, the side effects of medical marijuana are short termed as they typically disappear after hours of inhaling or consuming it.
There exists overwhelming scientific evidence that shows that medical marijuana has solid anti-inflammatory as well as pain-relieving properties. Of course, these properties come from certain powerful compounds such as THC, CBD and α-pinene, which are all found in medical marijuana. Thus, cannabis is considered an alternative treatment option for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome since its main symptoms are pain and inflammations. Of course, several studies have revealed the anti-inflammatory and pain-relief properties of medical marijuana. According to an animal based study that was conducted in 2013 at the Tongji University School of Medicine, the researchers found out that CBD in medical cannabis significantly decreased inflammation. A 2012 study that was published in the European Journal of Pharmacology also showed that medical marijuana decreased inflammation in rats with acute lung injury.
Other studies have also shown that medical marijuana can help reduce neuropathic pain. This assertion could also indicate that medical cannabis may be beneficial in treating the pain associated with multiple sclerosis, allodynia, and many other conditions. Thus, the fact that cannabinoids can help in alleviating neuropathic pain is another reason why it’s a promising treatment option for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Moreover, there are indications that medical marijuana can also treat sleeping disorders caused by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Patients suffering from carpel tunnel often experience discomforts such as numbness of their fingers, which could disrupt their sleep. Marijuana has been reported to have the ability to treat many types of sleeping disorders.
Nevertheless, it is evident that although medical marijuana is not a cure to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, it can significantly ease the symptoms, without harmful side effects like those associated with pharmaceutical drugs. That said, more research needs to be done on the effectiveness of medical marijuana is alleviating the symptoms of carpal tunnel.
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How To Get Medical Marijuana
If you are a resident of a legal state interested in trying medical marijuana to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or other medical conditions, you will first need to consult with a certified doctor in order to get a medical marijuana card. To get started, simply fill out the MMJ patient registration form, press submit and a physician or clinic representative will contact you as available.