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Type: Published Manuscript
Title: Medicinal cannabis and painful sensory neuropathy.
Authors: Grant I
Year: 2013
Publication: The Virtual Mentor
Volume: 15 Issue: 5 Pages: 466-9
Abstract:Painful peripheral neuropathy comprises multiple symptoms that can severely erod e quality of life. These include allodynia (pain evoked by light stimuli that are not normally pain - evoking) and various abnormal sensations termed dysesthesias (e.g., electric shock sensations, pins and needles, sensations of coldness or heat, numbness, and other types of uncomfortable and painful sensations). Common causes of peripheral neuropathy include diabetes, HIV/AIDS, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, and certain drugs and toxins. Commonly prescribed treatments come from drugs of the tric yclic and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant classes, anticonvulsants, opioids, and certain topical agents. Many patients receive only partial benefit from such treatments, and some either do not benefit or cannot tolerate these m edications. The need for additional treatment modalities is evident.

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