Finding effective fibromyalgia treatments for the pain and other life-altering fibromyalgia symptoms can be extremely challenging. To date, three drugs have received FDA-approval for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, each of them only seems to be effective for a small percentage of patients, and all of them can have significant negative side effects. Some, like Cymbalta, can also cause terrible withdrawal symptoms when patients try to stop taking them.
However, the increasing number of states legalizing marijuana and the federal legalization of hemp-based CBD oil have people in the fibromyalgia community excited about the new options available to them.
What Patients Are Saying About CBD for Fibromyalgia
As the use of CBD oil becomes more common, anecdotal evidence of its beneficial effects for fibromyalgia is growing. Some patients report mild to moderate symptom relief, while others have experienced a remarkable turnaround.
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Dr. Ginevra Liptan, author of The FibroManual: A Complete Fibromyalgia Treatment Guide for You and Your Doctor, not only treats fibromyalgia patients, she herself has fibromyalgia. In her article “The Science of CBD for Fibromyalgia,” she shares her experience with using CBD:
I have found CBD acts as a strong muscle relaxant and that gives some mild pain relief. When used topically in combination with other herbs such as arnica, I find it helps joint and muscle pain. Some of my patients report it gives them significant pain relief, others report only mild benefits and some report no benefit at all.
Dr. Liptan goes on to say that CBD has also lowered her anxiety, helped with insomnia and calmed feelings of hypervigilance from an overactive fight-or-flight response. Although CBD is not a “cure-all,” she feels it is much safer than most other pain-relieving options and is “definitely worth consideration.”
Some fibromyalgia patients have reported an even more dramatic result. For example, a member of Cort Johnson’s HealthRising forum community, sharing her experience after just three weeks of using CBD oil said, “This Oil has changed my life, no exaggeration! My pain has gone from a 8-10 most of the time, to a 2-4. I am sleeping better, mood is greatly improved and my family can’t believe how much better I am. I have had fibro for 25+ years and nothing has come close to helping me like this Oil.”…