Fibromyalgia; Treating it with Medical Marijuana and Lifestyle

I am reposting this article from a few months ago because if you or someone you know suffers from Fibromyalgia, you need to know: having Fibromyalgia is like living your entire life on a roller coaster blindfolded! Some days, weeks, and I’ve been told, even years (having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome [ME] and Fibromyalgia for over 16 years, I’ve never had a good stretch that lasted longer than a month or two),  your up and you feel good and seem almost “normal”. Then you hit a section of track that’s rough, bumpy, and straight down with gravity putting excessively on every inch of your body. That’s where I’m at right now on the rough track. I’ve had such a great run this summer, especially the last month, but it’s enviable the rough tracks are alway up ahead! We never know when they coming up, because the blindfold keeps us from being able to prepare for what’s ahead. So please be good to yourself or your loved one, we want so badly to be “normal”, but it’s all out of our control.  We just have to adjust to the ups, downs, dips, and turns as best we can. Please be understanding and supportive as we navigate our ever-changing bodies demands.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. It’s thought that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.
Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression. While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, various Holistic Medicine and Natural therapies can help alleviate symptoms. Exercise, relaxation techniques and stress reducing measures also seem help.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia:

Widespread pain: The pain associated with fibromyalgia often is described as a constant aching widespread pain that last for at least three months. To be considered widespread, the pain must occur on both sides of your body and above and below your waist.

Fatigue: People with fibromyalgia often wake up tired, like they never went to sleep even though they report sleeping for long periods of time. Sleep is often disrupted by pain and patients with fibromyalgia often have other sleep disorders, like restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea.

Cognitive difficulties: A symptom commonly referred to as “fibro fog” impairs the ability to focus, pay attention and concentrate on any mental tasks.

Other problems: Many people who have fibromyalgia also may experience depression, headaches, and pain and cramping in the abdomen.

No one knows exactly what causes fibromyalgia, but it likely to involve various factors working together, which may include.

Genetics: Because fibromyalgia tends to run in families, there may be a genetic mutation that makes people with Fibromyalgia more susceptible to developing the disorder.

Infections: Many illnesses may trigger or aggravate fibromyalgia.

Physical or emotional trauma. PTSP has been linked to fibromyalgia.

Why do people with Fibromyalgia hurt so bad?

It’s believed that repeated nerve stimulation causes the brains of people with fibromyalgia to change. This change involves an abnormal increase in levels of certain chemicals in the brain that signal pain, called neurotransmitters. Also, the brain’s pain receptors seem to develop a memory of the pain and become more sensitive, meaning they can overreact to the slightest pain signals.

Treating the symptoms of Fibromyalgia with Medical Marijuana

There are diverse medical and alternative options for the treatment of fibromyalgia, but people with fibromyalgia still suffer. Many people turn to medical marijuana, since it treats most of the symptoms. Medical Marijuana may be the most beneficial treatment of the chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia.

Historically, marijuana has been used as medication for over 5,000 years. It was used by US physicians until 1942, when it was removed from US pharmacies. Medical marijuana may be a cure for disease and it also works against pain and may be synergistic with pain medications, it helps people sleep, and improves mood.

Some medical professionals believe there are 400 beneficial chemicals in marijuana, but there are also 2,000 negative chemicals in the smoke. Most doctors will not prescribe it due to this, but with the legalization, attitudes are changing. As more states legalize the medical use of marijuana there will be more studies that will hopefully prove to the medical community, once and for all, what we as users already know. That marijuana is the best medication to treat the multiple symptoms of fibromyalgia. As with all treatments you must weigh the pros and cons for  yourself and make the best, most educated decision you can.

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