What is Neuropathy?
The neuropathic pain arises from irritated, damaged, or dysfunctional nerves. Damaged and confused, the nerve cells send mixed signals to the brain and other bodily systems. The National Institute on Neurological Disorders report that an estimated 20 million people in the United States have some form of peripheral neuropathy.
What causes Neuropathy?
Some few nerve pain conditions are genetic disorders. Most have other explanations:
- Traumatic Injury: According to Johns Hopkins Medical, “The peripheral nerves comprise 43 pairs that branch off from the central nerves of the brain and spinal cord, and they supply sensation and motor function to the entire body. Injury to these fragile nerves can be minor or devastating and require expert diagnosis and management to restore optimal function.” The trauma may follow auto accidents, sports injuries, falls, and surgical procedures.
- Repeated Stress: Repeated, awkward, or prolonged stress on muscle groups may inflame and damage movement in the elbow, wrist, or other joints. Such trauma may be caused by repetitive movements at work.
- Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders: Chronically high blood sugar levels signal the presence of diabetes mellitus. Most diabetics feel light pain that progresses to heavy pain as it progresses.
- Vasculitis: Narrowed blood vessels will reduce oxygen flow to the nerves and cause further damage to nerve tissue. The inflamed blood vessels walls harden, thicken, and scar presenting cardio risk.
- Autoimmune Disease: Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjögren’s syndrome are common causes of peripheral neuropathy. As the diseases work differently to damage connective tissues, joints, and organs, they, directly and indirectly, damage nerve fibers or the sheathing surrounding them.
- Cancer Tumors: Tumors, as well as the chemotherapy or radiation used to treat them, can cause extensive nerve damage and severe CIPN (chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy).
- Neuromas: Nerve tissue builds where a penetrating injury occurred from accident or surgery. These otherwise benign tumors can cause severe pain and additional damage. These neuromas may also develop along nerves in those suffering from the genetic disorders Neurofibromatosis I and II
- Viruses: Epstein-Barr, West Nile, shingles, and herpes simplex are all viruses that attack nerve tissues causing pain. Lyme disease, diphtheria, and Hansen’s disease all attack peripheral nerves.
Does CBD Help with Neuropathy Pain?
A study published in Neurotherapeutics claimed, “Clinical studies largely affirm that neuropathic pain patients derive benefits from cannabinoid treatment.” The list of research studies into the influence of CBD on chronic nerve pain is a long one. But, it has yet to define the mechanism by which CBD relieves nerve pain. What we do know is that CBD works indirectly, running interference on other factors that contribute to pain. For instance, it keeps the body from absorbing anandamide, a fatty neurotransmitter that sends messages on pain. That frees more anandamide to circulate. CBD treats inflammation, autoimmune responses, and insomnia produced by pain. Used consistently, CBD may prevent and manage neuropathic pain. CBD can provide a nice form of relief with no psychoactive side effects. It’s certainly worth a try for those who suffer!
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