Primary Fibromyalgia is a chronic, widespread pain syndrome. Pain can occur in as many as 19 areas extending from the arms to the buttocks. Fibromyalgia should be suspected clinically in patients with at least 3 months of widespread pain. Fibromyalgia affects over 12 million Americans and the causes of Fibromyalgia are not fully understood. Many patients diagnosed with Fibromyalgia also have overlapping conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, Chronic headaches, Chronic fatigue syndrome, nervous system disorders, and hormone disorders. Pain from this disorder can be so severe that patients may experience depression, decreased ability to conduct activities of daily living, etc. Some common clinical features with Fibromyalgia include localized or generalized muscle, bone, or joint pain and stiffness. Pain may also be found on the shoulders, arms, hands, legs, feet, neck, chest, or back. Other associated symptoms can include Chronic headaches, tiredness or fatigue, depression, and anxiety. Symptoms can vary throughout the year and may worsen during times of increased stress, weather extremes, and various environmental/psychological factors.
Medical Cannabis and Fibromyalgia
Some patients living with Fibromyalgia find that marijuana decreases their symptoms without causing the unwanted side effects of some pharmaceutical therapies. CBD, one of several medicinal compounds not available by prescription, has demonstrated the ability to control and decrease pain in muscles, bones, and joints. Strains high in CBD content or even CBD rich edibles, oils and tinctures are excellent at treating extreme nerve pain, calming down muscle spasms and reducing inflammation and joint stiffness. Topical lotions can also be used to minimize pain and loosen stiff joints. Products higher in CBN are also very successful at treating muscle spasms, convulsions, and nerve pain. It does have a mild sedating effect which can be excellent for patients suffering from insomnia. CBN has antidepressant qualities and is sometimes referred to as a natural aspirin but is three times stronger. Heavier indica strains high in THC are excellent for patients who might be struggling with insomnia and they can also be excellent at treating pain, stress or anxiety. Sativa strains high in THC are known for their energetic and uplifting properties and are excellent for patients who might be battling depression or have lost their appetite