Choosing The Most Effective Cannabis Strains for Treating Fibromyalgia Pain

Choosing The Most Effective Cannabis Strains for Treating Fibromyalgia Pain
Persons with Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) are only too aware that effective pain relief for symptoms of this disorder is elusive. An online survey of over 1,300 fibromyalgia patients by the National Pain Foundation and National Pain Report suggests that medical marijuana may be more a more effective form of treatment than currently available pharmaceuticals for FMS pain symptoms, and not just by a little bit, but far more effective at treating these symptoms than any of the three prescription drugs currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the disorder. The National Pain Report's Paul Anson notes that based on testimony of most who have tried the three FDA-authorized drugs for treatment of fibromyalgia: Cymbalta, Lyrica and Savella, they mostly don't work, although they do generate billions of dollars in annual sales for Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Forest Laboratories and other drug makers. The National Institutes of Health estimates that 5 million Americans suffer from FMS, which is characterized by deep tissue pain, parasthesias, digestive and bowel dysfunction, fatigue, headaches, depression, insomnia, and an array of other symptoms. There is no known cure and FMS is notoriously difficult to treat. Anson reports that 60% of survey respondents asked to rate effectiveness of Eli Lilly’s Cymbalta (Duloxetine), who tried the drug said it didn't work for them, while only 8% rated it "very effective," and 32% said it helps a little. Regarding Pfizer’s Lyrica (Pregabalin), 61% said it didn't work at all, 10% said rated it "very effective" and 29% said Lyrica helps them a little. As to effectiveness of Forest
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