Neuromuscular Disease

Gedde Whole Health LLC

Margaret Gedde, MD, PhD

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

Neuromuscular disease refers to conditions that alter communication between your muscles and nerves, which may affect the function or lead to spasms or pain. These diseases are chronic, and treatment focuses on helping you get relief from your symptoms. At Gedde Whole Health LLC in Buena Vista and Colorado Springs, Colorado, Margaret Gedde, MD, PhD, takes a holistic and non-pharmaceutical approach to neuromuscular disease and offers alternative treatments, focused on medical cannabis, to help you manage your condition. For an alternative approach to care, call or click the online booking button to schedule an appointment.

Neuromuscular Disease Q & A

What is neuromuscular disease?

Neuromuscular disease refers to various disorders that alter communication between your muscles and nerves. Some of the most common neuromuscular diseases include:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Spinal muscular atrophy

Neuromuscular diseases may be inherited or develop due to a genetic mutation. Immune system disorders can also lead to the development of neuromuscular disease. 

What are the symptoms of neuromuscular disease?

Neuromuscular disease symptoms depend on the underlying disorder. Some of the common symptoms include:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle pain, twitching, or spasms
  • Muscle wasting
  • Movement issues
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Poor vision
  • Difficulty maintaining balance

Your doctor may be able to diagnose a neuromuscular disease after reviewing your symptoms and medical history and then conducting diagnostic tests, such as blood work, MRIs, or genetic testing. 

Neuromuscular diseases are progressive, and your symptoms may worsen with time. 

What are the treatments for neuromuscular disease?

Currently, there is no cure for neuromuscular diseases and treatment focuses on relieving your symptoms and improving quality of life. Traditional medical treatment may include medication, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and sometimes surgery. 

Gedde Whole Health LLC offers a non-pharmaceutical alternative with medical cannabis.

Can medical cannabis help my neuromuscular disease?

Dr. Gedde is an alternative medicine physician and medical cannabis specialist and can talk to you about the use of medical cannabis for the management of your neuromuscular disease.

While research is limited, it’s known that the cannabinoids in medical cannabis play a significant role in regulating central nervous system communication. There’s early evidence that these cannabinoids may be able to assist in muscle response and strength in those suffering from a neuromuscular disease.

When you come to Gedde Whole Health LLC for a consultation, Dr. Gedde reviews your medical history, as well as your cannabis use, and performs a focused physical exam. Dr. Gedde then discusses the medical cannabis options and the dose that may provide you with the most benefits. She gives you written instructions on what you need to do next.

Dr. Gedde offers telephone follow-ups to adjust your medical cannabis regimen as needed to help you get the best possible results.

To learn more about the alternative treatments for the management of your neuromuscular disease, contact Gedde Whole Health LLC by phone or online today.