Chronic Pain is now a qualified diagnosis for Medical Marijuana.
At Hudson Spine and Pain Medicine we are dedicated to providing access to the latest treatments for our patients. We are advocates of this new promising treatment that can potentially aid many of those with chronic pain and other qualifying illnesses. Physicians here at Hudson Spine and Pain Medicine are certified to register patients with certain illnesses for the medical use of marijuana.
Medical insurance doesn’t qualify for these consultations however our consultation fee is for the complete medication evaluation: the physician’s office visit, review of medical records, documentation, and the necessary paperwork with the State. Note that this fee does not guarantee registration, there are certain patient criteria that must be met. Patients with significant financial hardship can qualify for a discount or no fee registration with given documentation.
* Please bring all copies of medical records, diagnosis, previous testings, blood work, and imaging results.
For more information: http://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/medical_marijuana/
From the New York Department of Health:
“Our goal at the New York State Department of Health has always been to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the best and safest treatments possible. To deny a patient of a potential therapy – such as medical marijuana – that may alleviate suffering and enhance one’s quality of life fails to meet that vital goal. Equally important, however, is the need to ensure patient safety in any new treatment we pursue.
This program, which will be guided by the most compelling scientific evidence, strikes the correct balance by making medical marijuana available to patients suffering from such diseases as Multiple Sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, cancer, HIV/AIDS, and neuropathies. The evidence suggests that medical marijuana may mitigate some symptoms associated with these conditions, including pain, severe nausea and loss of appetite.
Only patients with one of the following severe, debilitating or life-threatening conditions may qualify for the Medical Marijuana Program: cancer, positive status for HIV or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathy, or Huntington’s disease. Patients must also have one of the following associated or complicating conditions: cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe or persistent muscle spasms.”