With stricter FDA and DEA pain prescription guidelines constantly changing and increasing, more people with chronic pain are left suffering with no adequate answer about what treatments should take the place of opioid medications. Many experienced pain doctors and researchers are taking a hard look at cannabis – marijuana – as a possible adjunct to other treatments.
Although there have not been a lot of studies on marijuana and its affect on chronic pain, several have been published, including one in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in August, 2010. This study by a group of researchers including Mark Ware, MD, an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and Family Medicine at McGill University in Montreal revealed that cannabis may help some patients who are struggling with inadequately treated chronic pain. In the study, three puffs marijuana daily helped people with chronic nerve pain due to injury or surgery feel less pain and sleep better.
Jon Berner, MD, PhD, a psychiatrist and pain specialist in Seattle, had a research poster at the International MYOPAIN meeting titled, “Marijuana Use in Chronic Pain Patients Inversely Correlates with Density of Comorbid Autistic Traits.” In a discussion at the meeting, he expressed an interest in surveying fibromyalgia patients in order to measure the number of people using marijuana for their symptoms and potential interest in medical marijuana as a treatment possibility by others.
A new survey regarding marijuana as an FM and chronic pain therapy was collaboratively created by Dr. Brener and Rae Marie Gleason, Medical Education & Research Director for the NFMCPA. If you are interested in participating please to the “Marijuana-Cannabis Survey” on Survey Monkey. No identifying or personal information is collected in this survey. Your anonymous answers to the survey questions may prompt further interest by FM researchers to study marijuana in the treatment of fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions. Your anonymous answers to the survey questions may prompt further interest by FM researchers to study marijuana in the treatment of fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions.