Is Marijuana a Viable Option for Treating Fibromyalgia?

In 2014, the National Pain Foundation reported that 30% of surveyed fibromyalgia patients reported using medical marijuana to treat their symptoms. The survey had other interesting results:

  • 33% of medical marijuana users reported that it ‘helped a little.’
  • 62% reported that it was ‘very effective.’
  • 5% reported no benefit.
  • 10% reported Lyrica, Cymbalta or Savella as ‘very effective.’
  • 68% reported Lyrica, Cymbalta, or Savella ‘did not help at all.’

One of the main benefits of using medical marijuana is the ability to self-regulate. Fibromyalgia symptoms vary from day to day and month to month due to factors like stress, climate, and hormones. Medical marijuana provides patients with options like changing the method of consumption, the amount, and/or the strain used. This leads to greater effectiveness at treating symptoms and puts patients in full control of symptom management.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Central

  • Chronic Headaches
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Dizziness
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Memory Impairment
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Muscular

  • Myofascial Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Twitches

Joints

  • Morning Stiffness

Urinary

  • Problems Urinating

Eyes

  • Vision Problems

Joint of Jaw

  • Dysfunction

Skin

  • Various Complaints

Chest Region

  • Pain

Stomach

  • Nausea

Reproductive System

  • Dysmenorrhea

Systemic

  • Pain
  • Weight Gain
  • Cold Symptoms
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity