Imagine constantly being tired with different types of pain spreading all over your body. Your hips ache, your skin feels bruised and you never know what the next symptom will be.
That is exactly what people suffering from fibromyalgia go through on a daily basis.
Fibromyalgia, as a rheumatological condition, jeopardizes normal functioning of the human body by causing musculoskeletal pain and constant fever-like symptoms.
Having in mind that medical marijuana is commonly used for treating chronic pain and many accompanying symptoms, I decided to investigate whether it can be a viable treatment for fibromyalgia.
In this guide, we’ll explore what exactly constitutes as fibromyalgia, how it is usually treated, how cannabis can help (with more studies than you’ll ever need) and finally some of the best recommended cannabis strains for treating this condition.
So, let’s see how marijuana can help you manage your symptoms or help the ones you love.
Fibromyalgia is an ominous whirlpool of pain and suffering
The simplest way to describe fibromyalgia is having a widespread pain in ankles, joints, and muscles while feeling lethargic and generally sick. There are times when the pain goes away, but it usually always comes back.
There are other symptoms which go along with pain and fatigue: sleeping problems, numbness and tingling, migraines, digestive problems, bowel dysfunction, bladder nuisances, nausea, joint pains (especially in the hips), insomnia and a few more, depending on the person.
Most patients also report having a restless leg syndrome, an unbearable urge to move their legs, which can make falling asleep more difficult.
Another huge problem with fibro is that it leaves patients short tempered and strung out — living with this condition takes its toll on a person and, after a while, it becomes increasingly difficult for people to maintain their social life and build personal relationships. Not to mention work.
Fibromyalgia is a complicated condition and it’s not nearly enough understood neither by doctors nor patients.
Doctors, researchers, and scientist predict that both genetic and environmental factors tend to influence the development of the condition. They suspect that the condition occurs when a person’s system becomes hypersensitive and the body cannot process pain as it should.
This means that something that’s usually not painful might be extremely painful for fibromyalgia patients.
Fibromyalgia is not progressive nor fatal, but sometimes the pain can be so severe it becomes almost unbearable. Although it can definitely be painful, fibromyalgia does not cause any permanent damage to joints, soft tissues or muscles.
Researchers did not find the specific cause, but it is believed that higher stress levels, as well as psychological and physical trauma, can trigger fibromyalgia. Some preclinical research indicates that even gluten sensitivity can cause this condition, but further research is needed to confirm that.