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

  • Date: 2014/04/21 (Rev: 2016/01/04) The National Pain Foundation - www.thenationalpainfoundation.org
  • Synopsis : 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.

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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.

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