Can CBD help with fibromyalgia?
If you know someone that has fibromyalgia, you know how much pain and suffering that person endures on a daily basis. Of course, some days the symptoms are better, it depends on your stress level or even the weather. There are not many options for relief on the market, but……..studies have shown that CBD oil can relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia and improve the quality of life for fibromyalgia patients.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic, complex condition in which you experience widespread pain throughout the body and tenderness to the touch.
The main symptom is chronic pain in the muscles, joints, skin and tissues that can come and go, but there are also several associated general symptoms. These can include moderate to extreme fatigue, sleep problems, sensitivity to touch, light and sound, and cognitive difficulties. Their symptoms are often exacerbated by stress.
The current scientific view of fibromyalgia is that the nerve stimuli that cause the pain originate primarily in the tissues of the body. Hence the increased pain with exercise and the worsening of the condition with great exertion.
We need much more research to understand the complexity of this debilitating disease and find the cause more quickly. We need to find a more precise treatment and a cure.
What can you do about fibromyalgia?
No specific treatment or cure for fibromyalgia has been found yet – but there are suggestions for help that doctors prescribe (in the absence of anything else).
Medications can help relieve the pain of fibromyalgia and improve sleep. A common choice might be:
Pain medications. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium may be helpful. Your doctor might recommend a prescription pain reliever such as tramadol.
Antidepressants. Duloxetine and milnacipran may help relieve the pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia. Your doctor may prescribe amitriptyline or the muscle relaxant cyclobenzaprine to promote sleep.
Antiseizure medications. Medications designed to treat epilepsy are often useful in relieving certain types of pain. Gabapentin is sometimes helpful in relieving fibromyalgia symptoms, while pregabalin was the first medication approved to treat fibromyalgia.
Regular moderate exercise is key to controlling your fibromyalgia. You should do low-impact activities that build your endurance, stretch and strengthen your muscles, and improve your range of motion. These include yoga, tai chi, Pilates, and even simple walking. Exercise also releases endorphins that fight pain, stress and feelings of being down. And it can also help you sleep better.
3.) ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES
You can also try complementary therapies such as massage, acupuncture and chiropractic manipulation to help relieve pain and stress. A therapist or support group can help you deal with difficult feelings and explain to others what is going on with you.
Can CBD oil help with fibromyalgia?
CBD oil is getting a lot of attention as a potential treatment for fibromyalgia. So far, there has not been much research, but there is some – and it’s promising.
Still, many people do not really understand what CBD oil is or how it works, and it often gets caught up in the controversy over medical marijuana. This can make people hesitant to try it. There’s also a lot of confusion about whether it’s legal – but there are also some positive changes on the topic.
A July 2016 study by Ethan Russo suggests that cannabis-based medications help with pain associated with fibromyalgia better than traditional medications.
Finally, while anecdotal evidence is certainly not scientific proof of anything, we have an abundance of it from people with fibromyalgia who say CBD helps them.
As for the scientific rationale for further study, consider that CBD probably helps relieve
Pain (Click to read more on CBD for pain)
Insomnia – (Click to read more for CBD for sleep)
Anxiety – (Click to read more on CBD for anxiety)
When it comes to fibromyalgia symptoms, these three are the most important.