What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia, which literally translates as pain in the fibrous tissues of the body, is a disorder of the musculoskeletal system causing pain and fatigue; the cause remains unknown. Question most patients who suffer with this condition about their symptoms and they will tell you that they ache everywhere; that it feels like they have overdone a gym session or overworked their muscles in some way. Twitching and a burning sensation in the muscles is also often reported. Fibromyalgia is predominately a female disorder but it is one that affects people in all age groups.
Fibromyalgia was officially recognised as a medical condition when it was classified by the American College of Rheumatology in 1990. The publication of diagnostic criteria saw an avalanche of reported cases and subsequent studies show the prevalence of fibromyalgia in the general population to be between 1.3% and 7.3%.
What are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
- Extreme and widespread pain
- Chronic headache
- Jaw pain
- Sleep disturbance
- Joint stiffness
- Difficulty swallowing
- Bowl and bladder abnormalities
- Numbness and tingling
What are the Benefits of Medical Marijuana for Fibromyalgia?
The following chart shows fibromyalgia-patient reported benefits marked out of ten
Score out of 10
|Fibromyalgia Tender Point Pain Relief|
|Myofasical Trigger Point Pain Relief|
|More Energy / Mental Clarity|
|No Side Effects|
|Convenience of use|
|Cost/Benefit over other medications|
|Irritable Bowel Syndrome Relief|
|Genitourinary Problem Relief|
|Skin Problem Relief|
|Blood Sugar Stabilizing|
Recommended Marijuana Strains for Treating Fibromyalgia
Because fibromyalgia is a syndrome – that is a condition with a whole variety of symptoms – it is very difficult to be specific about the best strains to use. However, the marijuana strain that seems to receive more plaudits than any other when used to treat this condition is Sour Diesel, a sativa dominant cross of Mexican Sativa with Chemo.