Get a Louisiana Medical Marijuana Card to Treat Severe Muscle Spasms
What are Severe Muscle Spasms?
Severe muscle spasms are involuntary contractions of muscles that are painful and severe enough to interfere with normal movement and daily life.
Louisiana has approved medical marijuana for those diagnosed with severe muscle spasms.
The symptoms of severe muscle spasms include severe cramping, twitching, and uncontrolled movements of the muscles.
How are Severe Muscle Spasms Treated?
Severe muscle spasms typically come on suddenly and subside shortly afterwards; however, there is no known cause or cure for them, making treatment difficult for some patients.
Treatment options depend on severity but may include different pharmaceutical medications or botulinum toxin injections which can relax the injected muscles, often for several months at a time.
Symptoms of severe muscle spasms can sometimes be treated using medications such as gabapentin or carbamazepine, which are anticonvulsants, though come with their own potential complications. Severe muscle spasm sufferers who do not respond to these treatments may consider baclofen, an anti-inflammatory medication.
Baclofen blocks pain signals sent to the brain that cause severe muscle spasms. Baclofen is sometimes necessary for severe muscle spasm sufferers who cannot stand any light touch on their skin after severe muscle spasms attacks due to nerve damage caused by high levels of calcium buildup in the blood (hypercalcemia).
Unfortunately, many of these medications come with extremely unpleasant side effects, and in some cases, long term health complications.
Ultimately, research is ongoing to determine the best types of treatment options for those suffering from severe muscle spasms, although due to the unknown underlying causes and complications, more research is needed to conclusively treat or cure severe muscle spasms.
Can Medical Marijuana Help with Severe Muscle Spasms?
For severe muscle spasm sufferers who don't respond to medication or other treatments, or for those who don’t wish to endure the harmful side effects of traditional pharmaceuticals or muscle relaxers, medical marijuana is often looked at as an alternative treatment option.
Especially as an alternative to medications like diazepam (Valium), cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril), or carisoprodol (Soma), medical marijuana has shown efficacy with muscle spasticity and reduced muscle tension.
In fact, medical marijuana is approved in many places as an alternative treatment option for seizures, multiple sclerosis, as well as Parkinson’s disease, all conditions that can cause involuntary muscle movement or excessive muscle tension.
Much of the research that has gone into the relationship between medical marijuana and muscle spasms has been from the multiple sclerosis community, where very positive results have been seen by using medical marijuana as an alternative treatment option.
Treating pain and inflammation in patients with severe muscle spasms is one of the main goals in addressing the symptoms of the condition, especially when the underlying cause is unknown.
Medical marijuana has known anti-inflammatory properties and has also been shown to ameliorate spasticity and neuropathic pain in MS patients.
Medical marijuana has even been studied alongside botulinum toxin treatment and injections that are often prescribed for severe muscle spasms, and was found to improve muscle spasticity, central pain, painful spasms, and urinary dysfunction.
Get a Louisiana Medical Marijuana Card for Severe Muscle Spasms
Severe muscle spasms can strongly inhibit daily activities and normal life, and the anxiety associated between not knowing when a flare up will happen can be debilitating.
Medical marijuana shows strong promise for patients suffering from severe muscle spasms, especially as an alternative to more dangerous pharmaceutical drugs with addictive and unhealthy properties.
As an organic alternative treatment option, medical marijuana products do not maintain the same addictive properties of painkillers that are often prescribed for severe muscle spasms, and medical marijuana is approved by the state of Louisiana to help with severe muscle spasms.
To find out more about using medical marijuana for severe muscle spasms, consult with our staff of qualified doctors that can help walk you through the path of getting medical marijuana to help with severe muscle spasms.
Our doctors can be reached at (833) 253-2943 to help answer any questions you may have about getting a Louisiana marijuana card for severe muscle spasms.
Get Approved in Three Easy Steps!
Schedule a telemedicine appointment by calling us at (833) 253-2943.
Meet virtually with one of our certified physicians through telemedicine to discuss your medical history.
With the doctor's approval, you'll receive your recommendation from the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.