Butch suffers from diabetic neuropathy for which he uses medical marijuana. This condition arises from high blood-sugar levels slowly damaging the body’s nerves over time. There are actually various kinds of diabetic neuropathy (hence why so many call it “diabetic neuropathies”), but the effects are generally quite similar: pain, numbness and tingles throughout the body, but mostly in the hands, arms, legs and feet. The digestive tract, heart and sex organs are also often affected.
Other problems associated with neuropathy include: wasting of the muscles; indigestion; nausea & vomiting; diarrhea or constipation; dizziness or faintness due to drop in blood pressure; problems with urination; weakness; erectile dysfunction in men or vaginal dryness in women.
Most people (approximately 60% – 70%) who suffer from diabetes eventually develop diabetic neuropathy, with the most common sufferers being those who have had diabetes for over 20 years and/or are aged over fifty. It is not uncommon for those suffering from diabetic neuropathy to lose part or all of their limbs, organs, toes and fingers (Butch is one such person).
The nerve damage from diabetes arises due to a number of factors, including:
- Consistently high blood sugar due to lack of insulin
- Abnormal fat levels
- Duration of suffering from diabetes
- Damaged blood vessels, meaning the body doesn’t get the right amount of oxygen and nutrients
- Autoimmune factors causing inflammation in nerves
- Mechanical injury to nerves, e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome
- Inherited factors
- Physical injuries
- Smoking or consistently drinking copious amounts of alcohol
Though diabetes is the most common cause of neuropathy, it can also be caused by:
- B12 or folate vitamin deficiencies
- Chemotherapy and HIV medications
- Insecticide and solvent exposure
- Cancer – especially multiple myeloma and lymphoma
- Excess levels of alcohol in the body
- Chronic kidney disease
- Broken bones and tight plaster casts
- Guillain-Barré Syndrome
- Autoimmune conditions like lupus
- Chronic liver disease
- Inflammatory conditions like sarcoidosis and coeliac disease
- Connective tissue diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s Syndrome and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
- Infections arising from conditions like HIV, shingles and Lyme disease
- Unknown causes, i.e. “idiopathic”
So, as you can see, medical marijuana can help not only those who have neuropathy due to diabetes, but those who get neuropathic pain from all whole host of conditions. This broad spectrum use is what makes marijuana so special. Many people – Butch included – are prescribed opioids to manage their neuropathic pain. Many people – Butch included – have used marijuana in order to get off the opiates and beat their addiction.
Anyone who wants to check out more about Butch and help him further, check out his Instagram page here: http://instagram.com/bezerkerbutch252 Or feel free to email him here: [email protected]
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