Children in Pain — Is there Hope?

Children in Pain -- Is there Hope?

Children just like anyone else endure pain from time to time.  This is especially seen in children who suffer from severe illnesses, such as cancer or epilepsy.  Fortunately, the pain associated with these conditions can easily be treated with medicinal marijuana.

But what about bumps, scrapes and bruises?  There’s no reason to bring out the ‘green grass’ for minor pain, so it’s good to know about alternative pain management options.

Treating Acute and Minor Pain in Children

The type of pain a child is suffering from will ultimately determine the best type of pain medication to administer.  Tylenol is highly recommended for children who have a headache, earache, etc.

Opioids are sometimes used to treat pain in children after having surgery.  Since Opioids tend to be strong, they should be avoided if at all possible; however, in some instances, they will serve as the only form of effective pain management treatment for children.

For children who don’t respond normally to other forms of pain medication, antidepressants are sometimes prescribed.  When taking antidepressants, the neurotransmitters in the body signal the body to become relaxed, which enhances pain control.

Some types of minor and acute pains in children are managed with a patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pump; however, the child/patient does not control the pump unless he or she is at least seven years of age.

What happens when a child has trouble with pain medications?

A lot of children refuse to take pills, and some even refuse to take pain medication in liquid form.  Fortunately, there are other ways to administer pain medications.

One type of alternative way is via a Fentanyl patch.  The patch is simply applied to the skin and medication is delivered on a time-release basis.  Lidocaine cream, available over the counter, is a cream that can be applied to the skin about an hour before a child is to receive a shot or spinal tap.  The cream numbs the area, thus resulting in little or no pain for the child when the shot or spinal tap is administered.

Non-medication Forms of Pain Management

From music to ice packs to emotional support, there are many ways to alleviate pain without taking medication; however, most times, it’s a combination of both medication and non-medication methods that work the best.

Children Deserve the Best

As technology and scientific studies progress, there are high hopes for the creation of new forms of pain management for children.  Parents should remain open to various forms of pain management, especially natural remedies, including medicinal marijuana.  They should also discuss the available options with their children’s doctors to ensure the best pain management techniques are being taken advantage of.

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Taking the Pain Out of Effective Pain Management

Taking the Pain Out of Effective Pain Management

Taking the Pain Out of Effective Pain Management

Living a life free of pain is difficult for many people. Thankfully, though, whether it be emotional or physical pain, there are lots of ways to carry out effective pain management techniques, and as a result, a person can live a happier and more enjoyable life.

As for now, let’s take a quick look at one of today’s more effective forms of pain treatment that is flying low under the radar.

What type of treatment are we talking about? Medical marijuana of course!

This natural drug has been used for medical purposes for more than 5,000 years. Some doctors argue that marijuana shouldn’t be used to treat pain due to a lack of sufficient research and clinical trials. However, there are other medical professionals who are willing to throw back a punch by stating aspirin never underwent a sufficient amount of clinical trials before being released to the public, and look at aspirin now. It’s one of the most widely used forms of pain management.

So, the real question at hand is can taking a hit or two off a joint containing nothing but natural substances really take the pain out of pain management? And if so, what types of pain can it be used to treat?

Types of Pain that Respond to Cannabis

  • Aching
  • Burning sensations
  • Lancinating
  • Both acute and sharp inflammatory pain

Treating Neuropathy Pain

Even though doctors have discovered the metabolic reasons that result in neuropathy disorders, effective treatment methods have yet to be discovered. Medical professionals, however, are finding much promise in using medical marijuana to treat the nausea and vomiting that accompanies neuropathic pain. The studies carried out by doctors have also concluded the use of marijuana in patients suffering from neuropathy pain helps to reduce their levels of anxiety and enhances their quality of life.

Pain Associated with Chemotherapy

Cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy readily endure both physical and emotional pain. From mental distress to pain endured from vomiting frequently, the pain can sometimes seem unbearable. Treating both of these issues with marijuana, however, is a simple go to solution that almost all cancer patients support.

Central Pain Syndrome

A survivor of central pain syndrome states “marijuana helped her the most, providing both pain control and a sense of well-being.” This condition is much like cancer in that its pain comes on both an emotional and physical basis. Thankfully, medical marijuana can help treat both types of pain.

Spinal Cord Injury Pain

Those suffering from a spinal cord injury know the true meaning behind the word pain. Fortunately, though, when using marijuana as a form of pain management, the following benefits are gained:

  • Reduces spasticity
  • Better control of the bladder
  • Reduced feelings of fatigue

A Painless form of Pain Management

Hopefully, the medical and recreational use of marijuana will be legalized all across the United States in the near future. If it is, Americans will be able to take advantage of a new form of painless pain management. And best of all, they will be able to cultivate this form of pain management themselves.

Think about it. There’s nothing better than being able to walk to the backyard, cut off a nice bud from your own marijuana plant, roll it up and smoke it to relieve any pain that you’re suffering from. From headaches to spinal cord injury pain to fibromyalgia, marijuana is an excellent form of pain management.