Chronic Pain

Gedde Whole Health LLC

Margaret Gedde, MD, PhD

Alternative Medicine Physician & Medical Cannabis Physician located in Buena Vista, CO

Pain serves as a warning sign that something is wrong in your body and should only be temporary. Unfortunately, for some people, their temporary pain turns into a chronic condition that affects physical and emotional health. Many of the medical treatments used to control pain are ineffective or lead to other health issues. Margaret Gedde, MD, PhD, at Gedde Whole Health LLC in Buena Vista and Colorado Springs, Colorado, has found that cannabis is effective at relieving chronic pain without causing side effects. To learn more about cannabis for pain, call or request an appointment online.

Chronic Pain Q & A

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain refers to persistent pain that lasts for weeks, months, or years. Your pain may have initially started after an injury or an infection, or be a symptom of a chronic health issue. The pain you experience may range from a dull ache to sharp pains that make it difficult for you to carry out your day-to-day responsibilities. 

What are the consequences of living with chronic pain?

In most cases, chronic pain isn’t a medical emergency. However, the ongoing discomfort you experience can affect many aspects of your health and your life. The potential consequences of living with chronic pain include:

  • Limited mobility
  • Activity restrictions
  • Dependence on opioids
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Reduced quality of life

The pain may also affect your ability to work and keep you from spending time with friends and family.

How can medical cannabis help my pain?

Dr. Gedde sees the detail gaps and limitations in the current treatments (opioids) for the management of chronic pain. With her non-pharmaceutical approach to medicine, Dr. Gedde has found that cannabis, including cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and other cannabinoids, have significant potential to manage and relieve chronic pain without the side effects common to pain medication. 

Cannabinoids support tissue healing as well as reduce pain signals, so it often provides multiple benefits beyond pain management.

What can I expect during an evaluation for chronic pain?

At Gedde Whole Health LLC, Dr. Gedde provides specific instructions on how to prepare for your medical cannabis appointment. You will be asked to bring your past medical records so she can better understand your medical condition and needs. 

During the evaluation, Dr. Gedde takes a thorough medical history, including a review of any forms of cannabis you’ve already tried, and then performs a focused physical exam. 

Following your exam, Dr. Gedde discusses with you the medical cannabis options and the dosage with the greatest potential for improving your chronic pain condition. She also provides you with written instructions on what to do next. 

Dr. Gedde makes herself available for follow-up consultations by telephone, so she can help adjust your medical cannabis regimen, and you get the best possible results. 

For a more holistic approach to the management of your chronic pain, call Gedde Whole Health LLC or click the online booking button to schedule an appointment today.