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Those suffering from fibromyalgia turn to marijuana

Individuals who suffer from fibromyalgia often suffer excruciating pain that may prevent them from working or engaging in normal everyday activities. While some fibromyalgia suffers may qualify for social security disability benefits, all must find methods and treatments to cope with the pain they endure.

Individuals who suffer from fibromyalgia often experienced body-wide pain including pain in their joints and soft tissues. Accompanying the body pain, those with fibromyalgia may suffer from chronic fatigue and bad headaches. While an estimated two percent of the population suffers from fibromyalgia, the causes of the disease are not known nor is there any definitive treatment.

Common methods used to control the debilitating side-effects of the disease include pain medications, physical therapy and drugs used to treat depression. However the symptoms of the disease are difficult to treat forcing individuals to often try various methods for coping with and controlling their pain.

Some fibromyalgia patients, desperate for relief from their pain, have turned to alternative methods to find relief. According to a recent study, marijuana, either in its traditional or synthetic form, is being used by many who suffer from the disease.

While medical research does not confirm definitively whether marijuana is truly effective in managing the negative side-effects associated with fibromyalgia, many who use it find relief. The true question is whether use of the drug can help individuals improve function in their daily life.

Source: Reuters, "One in eight with fibromyalgia uses cannabis as medicine," Kerry Grens, July 12, 2012

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