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Fibromyalgia and Medical Marijuana Success
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Fibromyalgia patients told me that marijuana gave better pain relief than a whole catalogue of drugs.
Fibromyalgia is a highly misunderstood problem; Dr. Leveque says even today, doctors have a tendency to dismiss the associated pain and other problems, when they should consider cannabis.

(MOLALLA, Ore.) - When Oregon legalized Medical Marijuana, I was one of the first doctors with many patients. I had about 1000 the first year and 5000 in 5 years.

Fibromyalgia was and still is a very mysterious but very painful disease with very few diagnostic indicators. Patients were treated as phony “drug seekers” and physicians typically told the patients “it’s all in your head”. They were correct. It is a miserable painful disease.

One Professor of Medicine at Oregon Medical School made a name for himself by treating patients with anti-depressant medications which made them so stupefied they didn’t complain of the pain. By the way, pain causes depression not the reverse!

I was only slightly surprised when patients with Fibromyalgia started coming in and telling me that marijuana gave better pain relief than a whole catalogue of drugs. It’s very good for pain and spasms. See Fibromyalgia: Effective Treatment with Medical Marijuana on November 29, 2007.

The reason I am writing this now is because of the hoopla on TV of a “great” new Fibromyalgia medicine. I was constrained to check it out on my computer. In the first place the adverse side effects of the drug are horrible.

Going through the list of drugs previously used with little success is like reading the table of contents of a Pharmacology Text:

  1. Anti-inflamatories
  2. Painkillers
  3. Muscle relaxants
  4. Andi-depressants
  5. Anti-seizure meds
  6. Sleeping Pills
  7. Guaifenesin
  8. Adderall - (In addition to these meds were:)
  9. Accupuncture
  10. Walking exercise
  11. Recuperation (?), low carb diet (?)
  12. Physical therapy (?)
  13. Massage

I’m dizzy reading this. Nothing worked well

An Internet search showed 6,340,000 results about Fibromyalgia.

A side story about 120 Fibromyalgia patients indicated that 56 patients considered marijuana to be the best therapy. In my own Medical Marijuana group of about 5000 patients 70% had a diagnosis of chronic pain and probably at least 10% or 500 had Fibromyalgia, successfully treated.


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KL December 16, 2010 3:42 pm (Pacific time)

OMG A Dr. who gets it! "Pain causes depression, not the other way around!"

Chet R Biggerstaff May 14, 2010 5:06 pm (Pacific time)


Osotan; May 14, 2010 6:11 am (Pacific time)

I second that. 4/20

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