It might be hard for some people to imagine living with pain all of the time. That’s not so for the millions that suffer from fibromyalgia. It can cause widespread pain in the muscles and bones. This is often referred to as musculoskeletal pain. Living with fibromyalgia can make daily life difficult for those that have it. Getting fibromyalgia diagnosed can be complicated too.
Some studies suggest using cannabidiol (CBD) might be helpful. Those that deal with fibromyalgia may have to resort to prescription pain medications that can be addictive. Fear of addiction and other side effects of prescription pain killers are a few reasons why so many are turning to CBD to treat some of their fibromyalgia symptoms.
What Are The Possible Causes Of Fibromyalgia?
Doctors are still uncertain as to what causes fibromyalgia. However, some doctors believe it could be a problem in how the brain and spinal cord process pain signals from nerves in the body. Doctors do know which people are more likely to develop fibromyalgia.
Women may be more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men. Having another disease or condition that causes pain like infection or arthritis can contribute to fibromyalgia. Those that suffer from mood disorders like depression and anxiety are susceptible. People with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) because they were abused or suffered a traumatic experience often have depression and anxiety, may develop fibromyalgia as well. If you rarely exercise or have other family members with fibromyalgia, it increases your risk of having it.
What Are The Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
Doctors may have difficulty diagnosing fibromyalgia because its symptoms are the same as so many other conditions. Sometimes many tests must be done to eliminate other causes of the symptoms. The best way to describe fibromyalgia is when you ache all over. Conditions that may be confused with fibromyalgia are bursitis, osteoarthritis, and tendinitis. While these conditions may be allocated to a specific part of the body, fibromyalgia can cause pain and stiffness throughout the body.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia are so broad, it is lengthy to list them all. They may include issues like muscle pain, tightness, twitching, and burning. You could experience tingling or numbness in the face, arms, legs, and feet. Digestive issues may involve symptoms similar to Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) like stomach pain, nausea, constipation, and diarrhea. Headaches can be accompanied by a sensitivity to light, sound, cold, and heat. You may have dry eyes, nose, and mouth. You might even have to urinate more often. Draining fatigue often accompanies fibromyalgia as well as a low threshold to tender points and pain.
If you thought that was the end of the symptom list, you are mistaken. There are mental symptoms that can indicate fibromyalgia too. Some people describe one mental condition as “fibro fog” that can cause problems remembering or concentrating. Fibromyalgia can cause you to feel worried, depressed, or anxious. Last but not least, fibromyalgia can interfere with your sleep pattern. Having a disrupted sleep pattern because you are in pain can increase feelings of fatigue.
How Is Fibromyalgia Treated?
Since fibromyalgia can develop from so many conditions, a diagnosis and treatment can be complicated. Fibromyalgia can be the result of psychological stress, physical trauma, injury, or an illness. Once your doctor has made a fibromyalgia diagnosis, treatment may depend on what your most persistent symptoms are.
If your most common symptom is pain, then your doctor may recommend over-the-counter medication or prescription medication. Sometimes these pain killers come with side-effects that a fibromyalgia sufferer may not want. However, some pain relievers can reduce inflammation that contributes to pain, minimize muscle aches, and improve sleep patterns.
If your fibromyalgia symptoms include mental and emotional issues like anxiety and depression, you may be prescribed anti-depressants. As with some pain relievers, anti-depressants can have unwanted side effects too. They can cause nausea, loss of sexual desire, and weight gain.
Getting enough exercise may improve some symptoms of fibromyalgia. Some studies with yoga as a fibromyalgia treatment have been shown to help stretch muscles and promote meditation. Acupuncture may be helpful for fibromyalgia pain relief too. This is if you aren’t afraid of having your skin pricked with needles! Acupuncture is thought to promote self-healing naturally. It may help encourage better blood flow and change the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain.
If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, ask your doctor to check your vitamin D level. Fibromyalgia patients often have low vitamin D levels. One study discovered those with fibromyalgia felt better and had less fatigue when taking a vitamin D supplement. However, taking too much vitamin D can be toxic.
Is CBD Good For Fibromyalgia?
There has been at least one study showing cannabis may relieve some symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Cannabidiol can be derived from marijuana and hemp plants. There are differences between CBD from marijuana and hemp plants. Marijuana contains more tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that can cause intoxication. Hemp plants are a cousin to marijuana but usually contain smaller amounts of THC and will not cause intoxication. The national guideline for CBD products is they can not have more than 0.3% THC.
At present, 11 US states have legalized marijuana. This means you can buy marijuana-derived CBD products in those states. CBD from both marijuana and hemp has shown to possibility relieve many symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. You can ask your doctor what type of CBD is best for fibromyalgia.
There are more than 30 US states that have medical marijuana programs. You could get your doctor to recommend you for a medical marijuana program. If you are approved as a medical marijuana patient, you can get your marijuana-derived CBD from a state dispensary. If you prefer a non-intoxicating hemp CBD product, you can buy it in some local stores and online. Hemp-derived CBD is legal nationwide.
If you begin using CBD to treat your fibromyalgia, it could help to treat some of the symptoms. It may provide relief of pain and stiffness without resorting to addictive pain killers. It may help you stay calmer and more relaxed, which will be good for your mental state. It may also help you to sleep better at night. While there is no guarantee you will find relief for all of these symptoms, it might be worth it to give CBD a try.