Can Medical Marijuana Help Pain Associated With Fibromyalgia you ask? Yes it can says many experts in the field of medical cannabis. Fibromyalgia is oftentimes referred to as “Chronic Pain All Over The Body” 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 scenarios including “central sensitization.” Essentially, 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 Florida with a documented fibromyalgia diagnosis will benefit greatly by receiving a state approved Florida 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 Gabapentin, Cymbalta, and Lyrica just to name a few FDA approved drugs prescribed for this condition.
All Natural MD is a marijuana clinic in Florida 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 Florida marijuana card and can then purchase medicinal cannabis at one of the local area dispensaries. All Natural MD is committed to offering our patients the best possible care and to help them along their journey seeking a pain-free life. The first steps in obtaining a Florida 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 and informational purposes only. All Natural MD Florida provides this information to provide an understanding of the potential health benefits of medical marijuana for patients living with one of the approved Florida Medical Marijuana Registry Program qualifying medical conditions.
All Natural MD has medical marijuana doctors on hand to issue you a Florida marijuana card approval in a few easy steps. All Natural MD Florida has locations all over the State including Lakeland, Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa and Orlando to assist you with all your medical marijuana card needs. The only wait you’ll encounter is 7 business days for the medical marijuana registry office to issue you a temporary medical marijuana card which will come directly to your email. Contact All Natural MD Florida today (800) 250-6737 for more information or to learn more about getting your medical marijuana in Florida.