The American Lung Association has noticed an increase in people who use e-cigarettes, also known as vaping. There’s no doubt that we’ve seen more and more vape shops pop up across the Valley! While some argue that e-cigarettes are healthier than traditional cigarettes, there are still a lot of unknowns surrounding e-cigarettes. Because of this, the FDA has not issued regulations or guidelines about the health effects they may have. However, we are starting to see some trends in their effects on pain.
While not officially listed as a side effect, many e-cigarette users have reported experiencing neck pain and headaches after vaping, especially after the first three months of use. After further investigation, it’s been found that muscle aches are in fact a recognized side effect. Since reports of pain from e-cigarettes are just now coming to light, we do not know the exact cause, but it is suggested that the propylene glycol (PG) is metabolized into lactic acid and causes pain. This particular fact isn’t actually new information - studies have shown that lactic acid may be responsible for muscle pain in fibromyalgia patients.
While this seems to be a popular theory, others suggest that neck pain and headaches could be the result of dehydration. Another theory is that, since symptoms are usually felt among people who recently started vaping, some may be able to attribute the headaches and pain as withdrawal symptoms from quitting cigarettes.
If your pain symptoms have not gone away, The Pain Center of Arizona can help. Our physicians are well versed in the relationship between stimulants like nicotine and chronic pain conditions. If vaping has increased your pain, our physicians can work with you to treat new pain symptoms that have arrived after vaping. We offer a number of pain treatment options for chronic headaches and neck pain including medication and steroid injections. However, our team would strongly recommend quitting all forms of smoking, even vaping or the use of e-cigarettes, and we would be more than happy to provide you with the resources you need to stop smoking.
If you suffer from chronic pain due to any condition or injury, find hope at The Pain Center of Arizona! Our dedicated team of board certified pain management physicians will work with you to treat your pain, increase your functionality and quality of life, and get you back into life! We have locations across Arizona, including the Phoenix metropolitan, Northern and Southern areas! We take multiple insurance plans; click here to see if we take yours! To make an appointment and take the first step toward getting back into life, call us today at 1-888-PAINCENTER. We hope to see you soon!
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