Almost one million people over 18 years old live with multiple sclerosis (MS). While some people with MS may be symptom-free for most of their lives, others experience severe chronic symptoms that progress over time and never go away. Fortunately, some MS symptoms may be relieved with medical cannabis. At Texas Cannabis Clinic, Matthew Brimberry, MD, offers medical marijuana for patients with MS in and around Austin, Houston, Arlington, and the entire state of Texas through telemedicine. Book a telehealth appointment today to see if your symptoms qualify for treatment.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, chronic disease of the brain and spinal cord. If you have MS, your immune system attacks the protective layer around your nerve fibers, called the myelin, and creates communication problems between your brain and body.
Multiple sclerosis is a progressive disease that eventually causes nerve damage and deterioration.
MS symptoms vary widely and depend on which nerves of the body are affected and the amount of nerve damage. People with severe MS may lose the ability to walk, while others may experience long stretches of time without symptoms or without experiencing any new symptoms.
Most people with MS experience symptoms affecting their ability to move. You may have tingling or numbness in one or more limbs, find yourself losing balance or experiencing a lack of coordination, or have shock-like sensations when you move your neck. Muscle spasticity is a common MS symptom.
Eyesight is commonly affected by MS. You may notice blurry vision or prolonged double vision. Your eyes may hurt when you move them. Some people with MS also experience partial or complete loss of vision.
More than half of all people with multiple sclerosis develop cognition problems, often as the first noticeable symptom of the disease. Common cognitive problems involve memory issues, information processing, and trouble finding the right word or having slurred speech.
Many people with MS also complain of fatigue that doesn’t improve after a good night’s sleep and dizziness.
People with damage to nerves and their brain often develop muscle spasticity, a condition that causes stiff muscles that feel tight and resist stretching. Muscle spasticity eventually causes severe discomfort, pain, and sometimes deformity.
There is no cure for multiple sclerosis but treatments may slow the progression of the disease and help relieve symptoms. Research conducted by the American Academy of Neurology indicates oral cannabis extract may improve symptoms like muscle spasticity and pain.
Medical marijuana is a treatment option for people with MS at Texas Cannabis Clinic. A cannabis ratio of 3:1 or 1:1 CBD/THC is usually offered to relieve muscle spasticity symptoms.
To find out if cannabis can relieve your symptoms, schedule a telehealth appointment today.