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Medical Marijuana Alleviates Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

December 23, 2019


Fibromyalgia is oftentimes referred to as “invisible misery” because many of the symptoms are not apparent from the outside. Fibromyalgia is classified as a rheumatic disease much like arthritis because it affects the soft fibrous tissue of the larger muscle groups of the body. However, fibromyalgia is not the same as arthritis as it does not affect the body’s joints. Instead, fibromyalgia attacks the body’s pain centers and causes stiffness, insomnia, fatigue, migraines, and problems with concentration and memory. Fibromyalgia also affects the face and jaw area and has been known to also cause digestive problems. This condition is so difficult to diagnose because there are no outward physical symptoms that present themselves with fibromyalgia. In fact, my physicians believed the condition to be psychosomatic. However, that opinion has changed because of better testing and more technologically advanced diagnosing techniques. Unfortunately, the real difficulty with fibromyalgia is that this condition can strike at any time leaving individuals in various stages of pain.

Still, the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. However, many physicians that are knowledgeable in the field of rheumatology have begun to develop several hypotheses including “central sensitization.” Essentially, central sensitization theory surmises that people living with fibromyalgia have a lower threshold for pain because of hyper-reactive pain sensitive nerve cells in the spinal cord or brain. Many studies and tests have been performed that suggest the pain in fibromyalgia results primarily from pain-processing pathways functioning abnormally. In other words, the pain results as the volume of the neurons being set too high and this hyper-excitability of major pain pathways results in the affected individual experiencing pain. Mood, sleep, and fatigue are also problems with fibromyalgia because there are instances where neurochemical abnormalities occur.   One positive development has been that cannabis helps fibromyalgia sufferers.

Patients living in Ohio with a documented fibromyalgia diagnosis will benefit greatly by receiving an Ohio marijuana card. Fibromyalgia is closely related to the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS functions to maintain balance throughout our body. When a body is out of balance, individuals may suffer from a group of issues including problems with sleep, mood, muscle spasticity and a whole array of other ailments. Individuals suffering from fibromyalgia often reflect those that have an ECS that is out of balance. The best way to describe marijuana’s effect on the ECS is that it works to fix the imbalances that have been creating the negative symptoms in our bodies. When a cannabis regimen is introduced to help treat fibromyalgia, the cannabinoids supplement the ECS and helps relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia. The National Pain Foundation, in 2014, surveyed over 1,300 patients and found about 30% of whom had used marijuana previously felt the effectiveness of medical cannabis for reducing pain resulting from fibromyalgia was comparable to Savella, Cymbalta, and Lyrica, the names of FDA approved drugs.

Summit Releaf is a clinic in Akron Ohio using medical marijuana to alleviate symptoms of fibromyalgia. After a quick 20 minute consultation with one of our licensed physicians, our patients leave our clinic with their Ohio marijuana card and can then purchase medicinal cannabis at one of the local area dispensaries. Summit Releaf is committed to offering our patients the best possible care and to help them along their journey seeking a pain-free life. The first step in obtaining an Ohio medical marijuana card is to call or to book an appointment online. From there, one of our patient support specialists will help prepare you for your medical cannabis consultation with one of our certified physicians.

The following information is presented for educational purposes only. Summit Releaf provides this information to provide an understanding of the potential benefits of medical marijuana for patients living with one of the approved Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program qualifying conditions. Links to third party websites do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations by Summit Releaf and none should be inferred.

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