Chronic Pain is the most common requested qualifying condition for a medical cannabis recommendation in the State of Ohio for approximately two-thirds of all registrants. Chronic Pain is defined as pain persisting past normal healing time, lasting or recurring for more than 3 to 6 months, and pain occurring in addition to the pain of the original health condition. Pain can be a significant component of any of the other qualifying conditions and is associated with secondary symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia, anorexia, nausea, and vomiting. Though these symptoms are not qualifying conditions in themselves, they are often relieved with the use of medical cannabis.
The Ohio State Medical Board has confirmed that arthritis, migraines, and chronic regional pain syndrome are covered under the qualifying condition of pain. Many other diagnoses can cause chronic pain. The following chart lists just a few of them:
Other rare causes of chronic pain include*:
Central Pain Syndrome
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
De Quervain’s Disease
Klippel Feil syndrome
Paroxysmal extreme pain disorder
Parsonage Turner syndrome
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
*Plus many others
To qualify for a medical cannabis recommendation using PAIN as the primary Qualifying Condition, the medical record must specify a diagnosis or condition that is the cause of this symptom.