Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread and unexplainable pain throughout the body. No one really knows what causes it, though women with rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune disorders are most at risk. When it comes to treatment, prescription pain relief seems to be the order of the day, but emerging research and first-hand experiences indicate marijuana could offer even better relief without the side effects.
A recent survey from The National Pain Foundation and NationalPainReport.com indicated those patients with fibromyalgia who tried marijuana for pain relief found better results than those using the three pharmaceutical drugs approved for its treatment. Of 1,300 respondents, 379 said they had used marijuana therapeutically.
Sixty-two percent of them said it was “very effective,” with only five percent remarking that it did not work “at all.” Compared to the three drugs Cymbalta, Lyrica, and Savella, these rates were considerably more impressive.
As for Cymbalta, 60 percent responded that it didn’t work at all; Sixty-one percent of Lyrica users said they had no benefits from the drug; and 68 percent of Savella users found no relief from the drug. Statements from some of the participants included:
- “Nothing but medical marijuana has made the greatest dent in the pain and mental problems.”
- “Marijuana does help a LOT; it numbs the pain, but it doesn’t last long and it makes your brain foggy.”
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Many people who use medical marijuana are using it to treat chronic pain conditions. The plant’s ability to soothe what would otherwise be debilitating pain comes in addition to its potential to treat conditions like depression, PTSD, nausea, anxiety, and even cancer.
“The scientific rationale is there,” said Dr. Mark Ware of McGill University in Montreal. “There are some early preliminary, proof-of-concept clinical trials that demonstrate cannabis may be effective. Now your study adds additional weight that patients are reporting that cannabis may be better than the existing therapies. I think that this really should provide incentives for researchers to take a hard look at clinical trials to really explore that in much more detail.”
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For anyone with Fibromyalgia, they will find that magnesium will take care of this problem. Either supplement, or sit in a nice how Epson Salt (magnesium) bath, for both will make you feel 100% better. And while in the bath and you would like to smoke a joint, that is your volition.
The bottom line is, general muscle aches and pains, and/or muscle cramping at anytime, is a magnesium deficiency.
I meant to say, HOT Epson Salt bath, and not “how”.
Which reminds me of a joke.
People visiting an Indian reservation; and every time a pretty girl would go by an old Indian chief would raise his hand and say, “chance”.
After awhile, a person noticing this, went up to the old chief and asked why he was saying “chance” every time a pretty girl went by. I thought Indians would normally say “How””, when raising their hands.
The old chief said, I know-um how, now I want “chance”.
many of us “criminals” with fibro already know this…