While many of us associate fibromyalgia as a pain-related condition, pain is not all the disorder causes.
It’s true that nerve pain is one of the most commonly reported symptoms of fibromyalgia, but it goes farther than that. Sufferers are often faced with fatigue, memory problems, mood changes, and much more
Unlike other chronic conditions, fibromyalgia is not known to cause muscle or joint damage, but the symptoms it causes are no less devastating. Today, 3.7 million Americans are living with fibromyalgia, often in tandem with other conditions, including depression, anxiety, arthritis and more.
Because the cause of fibromyalgia cannot be pinpointed, treatments are often prescribed to lessen the side effects, providing a better quality of life for those who are afflicted with the disease.
These often include pain medications, sleeping pills, anti-seizure drugs and anti-depressants.
As mentioned in previous conditions, these treatments are often associated with devastating side effects, ranging from mild mood changes, sleeping problems and/or appetite changes to depression, dependance and more. In many cases, as patients become acclimated to specific doses, they are increased, leading to a higher potential for negative effects.
Once again, CBD – nature’s miracle compound – may provide a better alternative. Because of its role in treating chronic pain, depression, nausea and appetite issues and even nerve pain, CBD may provide benefits to fibromyalgia sufferers as well.
One study (in 2009) found that CBD may be more effective at treating neuropathic pain than opioids. A 2013 review demonstrated similar findings.
Because the endocannabinoid system may help regulate the way various neurons fire, this is promising for fibromyalgia patients looking for a better way to treat symptoms.
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