In a study just released by the National Pain Foundation, over 1,300 fibromyalgia patients rated marijuana more effective than FDA-approved Cymbalta, Lyrica, and Savella. The survey showed that only 8%, 10%, and 10% of Cymbalta, Lyrica, and Savella users, respectively, found the medication to be “very effective,” while 60%, 61%, and 68% replied that the medications, “does not help at all.” Marijuana users rated it very effective—62%. Only 5% said it does not help at all.
Fibromyalgia is still not fully understood, although approximately 5 million people suffer from the disorder, which causes depression, headaches, and deep tissue pain. In addition to the lack of efficacy of the prescription medications for fibromyalgia, users voiced their concern about the negative side effects. Marijuana users complained only of occasional brain fogginess and its relatively short term effectiveness per use.
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