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Fibromyalgia Therapy: Marijuana Vs Antidepressants and OpiatesDr. Phillip Leveque Professor of Pharamocology Salem-News.com
Marijuana wins hands down.
(PORTLAND, OR) - Fibromyalgia is not only a very mysterious disease, but the therapy is even far more confusing. Nobody seems to know exactly what causes it and if one does not know what is the mechanism, how can one treat it? Severe generalized pain is the principle symptom but strong painkillers are not the answer and many physicians have been severely punished by medical boards for giving patients good pain relief.
One leading physician in Portland, Oregon, decided that clinical depression caused the pain, therefore a new class of antidepressant drugs, principally Elavil, or Amitryptiline, should work. It made the patients so mentally dopey that it reduced their pain.
His theory was that clinical depression caused the pain, actually it was the other way around ----- PAIN CAUSES DEPRESSION! He subsequently wrecked several hundred patients with this drug before he retired.
I wrote my first article on this subject, 'Fibromyalgia: Effective Treatment with Medical Marijuana' in Salem-News.com November 2007. I was not aware at that time that apparently the first such article, was printed in 2004, and posted in calgarycmmc.com/fibromyalgiz.htm, they do quote my article named above on their Website. The article generated several dozen related articles.
Other drugs which had been tried early were Flexeril, Gabapentin, which like Elavil, made patients feel dopey or stupid and was not acceptable to most patients.
At the time I wrote about the various medications tried, which were; anti-inflammatories, strong painkillers, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, anti-seizure meds, sleeping pills, Aderal and non-pharmaceuticals, acupuncture, walking exercise, recuperation (?), low carb diet, physical therapy and massage. None of these helped much.
During this time, Charlotte Rayner, a Yahoo contributor, wrote 'Fibromyalgia - Cause, Symptoms, Diagnoses and Treatment', which essentially covered none of the subjects of the title, but her suggestions for treatment were off the wall. She does falsely quote me in her second and third paragraphs, but doesn't mention cannabis/marijuana anyplace.
Her list of suggestions for successful treatment are really confusing, she advocates lifestyle alterations (?), over the counter pain medications (laughable), non-narcotic pain medications (more laughable), low dose antidepressants (even more laughable), injections of Lidocaine (act for a few hours), gentle exercise (very painful), sleep medications (only strong ones work), emotional and psychological support (patients ask, give me some relief!), massage therapy, water therapy, physical therapy, relaxation therapy, aroma therapy, light aerobics, nutritional supplements, chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation. Obviously she never talked to any patient with Fibromyalgia who would consider her off her rocker.
My medical marijuana patients told me that marijuana worked better than any other medication. I ended up with about 500 Fibromyalgia, or about 10% of my 5000 patients, who had been prescribed a disturbing amount of different medications.
One patient wrote a comment to my May 2010 article, 'Fibromyalgia and Medical Marijuana Success':
The same individual also wrote:
MARIJUANA IS BEST FOR FIBROMYALGIA
Got a question or comment for Dr. Leveque?
More information on the history of Dr. Leveque can be found in his book, General Patton's Dogface Soldier of WWII about his own experiences "from a foxhole".
If you are a World War II history buff, you don't want to miss it.
Watch for more streaming video question and answer segments about medical marijuana with Bonnie King and Dr. Phil Leveque.
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