Ohio Patients with Fibromyalgia Qualify for Medical Marijuana
Many people who suffer from fibromyalgia suffer from the condition silently. With fibromyalgia symptoms varying significantly from individual to individual, it is difficult to pin down exactly how common the condition is. According to the National Fibromyalgia Institute, there are roughly 10 million individuals currently living with the condition, which translates to about 360,000 people in the State of Ohio alone. There are no obvious signs for others to recognize that you’re suffering, and that can causes a great amount of stress and feelings of loneliness.
Luckily, patients in Ohio suffering from fibromyalgia are eligible to receive medical marijuana to help them manage their pain and other symptoms. This can relief for people who may not be responding to other treatments.
How Does Medical Marijuana Help Alleviate Fibromyalgia Pain?
Medical marijuana, which refers to the smoked version of the drug instead of cannabis, has been shown to help relieve pain, muscle stiffness, insomnia and other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia.
One study of fibromyalgia patients, published in the journal PLoS One, found that medical marijuana not only helped relieve their physical symptoms, but it also helped with their mental well-being and overall feelings of wellness.
Beyond pain symptoms, medical marijuana is also suggested to some patients with fibromyalgia because it contains compounds that help provide relief from nausea. The cannabinoid chemicals that occur naturally in the body are stimulated by the THC in medical marijuana. This helps to activate the brain’s reward system and lower pain levels. It can also help to improve the areas of the brain associated with memory and coordination.
You should definitely consult with a health professional if you’re interested in finding out more about how medical marijuana can help relieve your fibromyalgia pain. Give us a call or send us a message if you’d like to know more about your options.
3 Easy Steps
Schedule an appointment with one of our friendly marijuana doctors at any location throughout the State!
Visit our office for your
in-person evaluation with a state-certified medical marijuana doctor.
With the doctor's approval, you'll receive your card via email from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterized by near-constant musculoskeletal pain along with fatigue and issues with memory, sleep and mood. Health providers believe fibromyalgia causes intense pain by affecting the way in which the brain receives and processes pain signals. Women tend develop fibromyalgia more often than men, and many people with this condition also suffer from tension headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, certain joint disorders, anxiety and depression.
In some cases, symptoms of fibromyalgia start after sustaining a physical trauma, infection, surgery or intense psychological stress. Other times, the symptoms start to build up over time without a triggering event. There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but there are several medications that can help manage symptoms, including pain killers, antidepressants and anti-seizure medications. Other treatment options offered for fibromyalgia include:
Physical therapy: Physical therapists can help teach people exercises to aid in improving strength, stamina and flexibility, Water-based exercises are ideal because they are low-impact.
Occupational therapy: Occupational therapists help you make changes to move you or perform certain tasks in order to lower the amount of everyday stress on the body.
Counseling: Speaking with a counselor can help you cope with the mental stress that fibromyalgia brings and give you the confidence you need to help get through each day without letting the condition get the best of you.