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Fibromyalgia (or “FM”) is a fairly common disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain with specific, painful “trigger points” along the shoulders, spine, neck and hips and, what shows to be a lowered pain threshold adjacent to those points.

It is the most common diagnosis in American Rheumatology practices today. Approximately 6 million Americans are affected by this often incapacitating disorder, with it affecting more women than men.

The Mayo Clinic states that FM affects how the brain processes pain and intensifies it. This disorder also causes debilitating fatigue, sleep disruption and memory problems commonly known as “fibro fog”, and a host of other symptoms such as digestive issues, headaches, stiffness, anxiety and depression.

Medicine continues to struggle with how to treat pain syndromes that both lack objective signs and are resistant to standard treatment. Fibromyalgia one of those disorders.

There is no cure as of yet, so standard treatment consists of controlling the symptoms through pain relievers and antidepressants, which are shown to be of substandard benefit, and both of which can have severe side effects as well as being quite costly long term. Aerobic exercise is also recommended, but for many that isn’t an option due to the often debilitating effects of FM.

In a 2011 trial regarding medical marijuana for FM, the National Institute for Health concluded that there was compelling evidence of strong symptomatic relief across the board for almost all FM symptoms, with no adverse effects. The proportion of patients reporting strong relief ranged from 14% for headaches to 81% for sleep disorders, with the placebo group showing no improvement.

Though the exact cause of FM is not completely understood, as more studies are done, there is increasing evidence that a Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency is to blame. Originally proposed in 2003, subsequent studies have supported this. A 2007 study published in the Journal of Neurology found that FM could be effectively treated with cannabinoids. Other studies concurred.

Recently, in a survey of 1300 patients conducted by the National Pain Foundation, respondents found that medical marijuana was far more effective at treating their symptoms than any of the 3 FDA approved drugs.

Research is ongoing but there’s no doubt that medical marijuana is a viable treatment option for sufferers of FM.

Is medical cannabis the right option for treating your Fibromyalgia?

Speak with your medical practitioner or dispensary technician to see which cannabis treatment option is best to treat your symptoms.

And visit our website for more medical marijuana information.