Fibromyalgia is one of the most prevalent chronic pain conditions in the world. According to the CDC, fibromyalgia affects four million adults in the United States, about two percent of the population. Living with fibromyalgia can be frustrating and have an effect on your overall quality of life. The most common symptoms we see in the patients we treat include prolonged chronic pain, extreme fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and problems with cognition and memory (often referred to as “fibro fog”).
Risk factors for developing fibromyalgia as outlined by the CDC include: age (people are likely to be diagnosed with it as they approach middle age), a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, PTSD, repetitive injury, gender (women are more likely to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia than men), body weight, and a family history of fibromyalgia.
Current mainstream treatment options for fibromyalgia are slim and usually include a combination of antidepressants, muscle relaxers, and sleep aids. Success with these medications varies patient to patient and could potentially increase the risk for opioid addiction.
Seeking pain relief and a better quality of life, fibromyalgia patients have been turning to medical cannabis to help alleviate their symptoms. One of the top reasons our patients apply for their medical cannabis card is to treat chronic pain. The cannabinoid THC binds to pain receptors in the brain, making the pain more tolerable for patients. Many patients report feeling relief just after one day of using medicated products that contain THC. THC products range beyond traditional flower to smoke—edibles, tinctures, topical lotions and transdermal patches, and more. If you are looking to use cannabis products that don’t cause a “high” effect, you have options such as CBD oil, topical lotions, and transdermal patches.
Finding the right product for you can be simple by consulting your budtender at your chosen medical dispensary. If you have been trying to find relief for your fibromyalgia, medical cannabis may be right for you. Visit www.drconsalter.com to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Consalter.