CPRS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II)

CPRS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II)
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type II is a very painful response to a peripheral nerve injury and shows signs of obvious nerve damage.  CPRS is sometimes referred to as Causalgia or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), and is often a result of a direct nerve injury or trauma.  In some cases this may include surgery, heart attacks, infections, forceful trauma, even something as simple as a sprained ankle can spark CPRS.  CPRS Type II is often referred to as the most extreme form of Chronic pain and can best be described as scoring a 42 out of 50, with 50 being the maximum level of pain possibly experienced.  Their symptoms include an extreme and continuous sense of pain (burning, shooting, stabbing, aching, grinding and throbbing), cramping, muscle spasms, swelling, sweating, discoloration of the affected area and even abnormal changes in skin/ temperature.  Patients are also likely to experience swollen or stiffened joints, motor dysfunction and decreased mobility.  Many patients experience a heightened sensation for pain where simply moving or touching the affected area/limb can be intolerable.  Patients with CPRS may develop dystonia in addition to other symptoms.  These symptoms can have a huge impact on the quality of life for patients and can manifest extreme depression, anxiety, and stress.  Patients may also experience insomnia and loss of appetite.
Medical Cannabis and CPRS
A CBD treatment is excellent for treating patients with CPRS without any psychoactive side effects.  Strains high in CBD content or even CBD rich edibles, oils and tinctures are excellent at treating extreme nerve pain, calming down muscle spasms and reducing inflammation and joint stiffness.  Topical lotions can also be used to minimize pain and loosen stiff joints. Products higher in CBN are also very successful at treating muscle spasms, convulsions, and nerve pain.  It does have a mild sedating effect which can be excellent for patients suffering from insomnia.  CBN has antidepressant qualities and is sometimes referred to as a natural aspirin – but is three times stronger. Heavier indica strains high in THC are excellent for patients who might be struggling with insomnia and they can also be excellent at treating pain, stress or anxiety.  Sativa strains high in THC are known for their energetic and uplifting properties and are excellent for patients who might be battling depression or have lost their appetite.