“Does medical marijuana help fibromyalgia?
We have been asked by many folks, “does medical marijuana help Fibromyalgia?”
Before we discuss this popular question “does medical marijuana help fibromyalgia?” let’s talk about what the heck is fibromyalgia?
We can tell ya right now, it is wicked no doubt!
Mayo Clinic describes it this way “ Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.”Researchers believe that Fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals”
So in simpler terms – 1 st – it’s chronic, meaning at least 3 months or longer. Some of our patients describe the pain as being in a specific area like in their neck or shoulders. While others report it’s widespread from upper to lower parts of the body. It has been described as tender, to feeling like being on fire.
Let’s talk about symptoms-
Numbness in feet, legs, and hands as well as tingling
Pain can be achy, sharp, deep, constant and long-term/chronic
Do you think any other symptoms would wreak havoc on you emotionally, sexually or financially? Yes of course
So how do you develop Fibromyalgia? According to Mayo Clinic genetics definitely, do play a part. They tend to run in families.
It is reported that siblings, parents or children of patients with Fibromyalgia are Eight times more likely to develop it.
Bare with to find out ”Does Medical marijuana help Fibromyalgia “? Let’s continue finding out what it is.
Infections –Certain illnesses appear to trigger or aggravate Fibromyalgia. As an emotional or physical trauma.
Autoimmune Disease- very well health reports the following -“ Fibromyalgia has a lot of symptoms in common with autoimmune diseases. Fibromyalgia affects an estimated five million adults in the USA. Autoimmune diseases can, and frequently do, occur alongside it. Additionally, some autoimmune disease, such as lupus, have symptoms that are strikingly familiar to fibromyalgia.”
Gender – Ladies -Fibromyalgia predominantly affects women- as many as 90 percent of women are diagnosed. Per Web MD “ Women are more susceptible to pain because estrogen reduces the pain threshold “
Certain Virus such as Epstein -Barr, Mono and different strains of influenza may result in Fibromyalgia.
Trauma-Physical or Emotional- The Mayo Clinic “the emotional trauma (as well as physical trauma) can raise your chance of developing fibromyalgia. If you’ve been under prolonged psychological stress, or something very upsetting has occurred that has turned your mental state upside down, you can actually start to have physical symptoms. Meanwhile, the clinic says a car accident (or another type of injury)can also trigger the disorder“
Let’s talk about Diagnosis-This one is complicated as there is no specific test to diagnose fibromyalgia. No X-ray or labs can detect this disorder.
Your doctor must rely on symptoms alone to make a diagnosis.
1. Medicine, unfortunately, many medicines have adverse effects. Or medicine has been found to be effective but doesn’t last long and often has to be changed up.
2.Therapy-from massage, acupuncture, chiropractic treatment, support group, hydrotherapy, to behavior therapy.
3.Specialist – Physical Therapy, Rehab, Clinical Psychologist, to Rheumatologist.
NOW LET’S TALK ABOUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA/CANNABIS
The term medical marijuana means to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions with the whole, the unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts.
Did you know the body produces its own cannabinoid chemicals? Remarkable right?
Many of our patients prefer to use CBD for pain vs opioids (narcotics) Sam who has fibromyalgia reports the “the painkillers like Oxycodone make me sleepy, foggy and constipated .”
Per Medical News Today-”Some studies and anecdotal evidence suggest marijuana or its extracts may help with the symptoms of pain, including the pain that occurs with fibromyalgia.
Interesting facts –
It is reported women do better with pain than men regarding Cannabis for fibromyalgia.
Clinical trials do not find any evidence of patients/clients using CBD developing dependency.
Did you know THC is what causes a person to get high?
Did you know there is no evidence of one using CBD getting high from THC?
Think of this way. ” the high causer” or recreational drug. Some of our patients refer to THC as
We have found some doctors to be exuberant regarding positive effects of CBD oil to be reluctant to even suggest or open the topic of CBD as some doctors proudly say ” I am old school and I don’t go down that road with marijuana/cannabis / CBD ”.
Seriously we have heard those words come out of their mouths. Thank goodness research has and is ongoing every day. How far we have come with medical science.
We hope this information will help you start the learning process of CBD. Perhaps you can say to your medical team ” Let’s talk!
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Elaine and I being in Hospice for over 70 years combined.
We’ve seen first-hand patients who have been helped by different medicines. Some conventional some not. We are advocates of
Medical Marijuana because it does work. And for CBD oil which is readily available and legal for everyone. If you are interested in checking it out.