Thursday, July 15, 2010

Medical Marijuana May Help Fibromyalgia Pain

Source: Health.com "Lynda, a 48-year-old mother of three who lives in upstate New York, was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2000. While there are prescription medications for fibromyalgia, she’s found one unconventional drug—marijuana—that really does the trick.

“I would use [marijuana] when the burning pains started down my spine or my right arm, and shortly after, I found I could continue with housework and actually get more done,” says Lynda.

Fibromyalgia is notoriously difficult to treat and only 35%–40% of people with the chronic pain condition get relief from the available medications. Although there are strong opinions surrounding its use, some patients are trying marijuana—legally or illegally—and finding it can help fibromyalgia pain.

“My patients are asking me all the time about it,” says Stuart Silverman, MD, a clinical professor of medicine and rheumatology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles. “Historically and anecdotally, marijuana has been used as a painkiller.” For more on this article see: Medical Marijuana May Help Fibromyalgia Pain

5 comments:

The Ancient Digger said...

It's actually funny you mentioned this. My fiance's sister claim's to have this and smokes marijuana. She believes nothing else works.

Chris Stonecipher said...

My cousin is quadriplegic and he says it helps the pains that he gets in his hands and legs.

Kate Smedley said...

A close friend of mine suffers terrible with fibromyalgia pain, I will send her this article, thanks Chris.

Chris Stonecipher said...

If you read this cousin and I got the term wrong, I apologize.

Bren Parks said...

I totally agree.....I have the neck of a 70 year old the doctors say, and I am in my 50s. Even my doctor told me it works great....

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