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Medical Marijuana Rated Much More Effective in Treating Fibromyalgia Symptoms Than Drugs

  • Synopsis: Published: 2014-04-21 (Rev. 2016-01-04) - Survey of people with fibromyalgia revealed those who used marijuana to treat symptoms find it significantly more effective than the 3 drugs approved by the FDA to treat the disorder. For further information pertaining to this article contact: The National Pain Foundation at www.thenationalpainfoundation.org.

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"Nothing but medical marijuana has made the greatest dent in the pain and mental problems."

The three drugs approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia are Cymbalta (Duloxetine); Lyrica (Pregabalin); and Savella (Milnacipran).

How Cymbalta Performs for Fibromyalgia Sufferers (N=960)

  • 60% say Cymbalta does not work at all
  • 32% say Cymbalta helps a little
  • 8% say Cymbalta was very effective

How Lyrica Performs for Fibromyalgia Sufferers (N=860)

  • 61% say Lyrica does not work at all
  • 29% say Lyrica helps a little
  • 10% say Lyrica was very effective

How Savella Performs for Fibromyalgia Sufferers (N=387)

  • 68% say it does not work at all
  • 22% say it helps a little
  • 10% say it was very effective

How Marijuana Performs for Fibromyalgia Sufferers (N=379)

  • 5% say it does not work at all
  • 33% marijuana helps a little
  • 62% say marijuana was very effective

Comments from survey respondents regarding the use of marijuana to treat Fibromyalgia:

  • "I've found nothing that has worked for me, apart from marijuana."
  • "Nothing but medical marijuana has made the greatest dent in the pain and mental problems."
  • "Marijuana does help a LOT, it numbs the pain. But, it doesn't last long and it makes your brain foggy."

About The Survey:

  • Ninety-six percent (96%) of survey respondents were females.
  • About half (49%) were diagnosed between the ages of 18 and 34, while 38% were diagnosed between the ages of 35 to 49.
  • Only 12% were diagnosed at the age of 50 or older.
  • Forty-four percent (44%) lived with Fibromyalgia for more than five years before receiving a diagnosis.
  • Only 11% were diagnosed within one year of experiencing symptoms.
  • Four out of ten (43%) of fibromyalgia sufferers feel their physician is not knowledgeable about the disorder.
  • Over a third (35%) feel their physician does not take their fibromyalgia seriously.
  • And 45% feel their family and friends do not take their fibromyalgia seriously.

The National Pain Foundation is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that is addressing the critical public health challenges attributed to pain on a global basis.



Related:

  1. Fibromyalgia Pain and the Weather - Ian Langtree - (Nov 14, 2011)
    https://www.disabled-world.com/health/fibromyalgia/weather-pain.php
  2. First treatment for Fibromyalgia Pain now Available in Canada - PFIZER CANADA INC. - (May 12, 2009)
    https://www.disabled-world.com/health/fibromyalgia/fibromyalgia-lyrica.php
  3. Medical Marijuana for Pain and Depression
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