Fibromyalgia Talks with Host: Necie Edwards | cannabisMD

Fibromyalgia Talks with Host: Necie Edwards

Fibromyalgia Talks with Necie Edwards

Credit: Necie Edwards

Necie Edwards interviews Joseph Freeman, a chief officer for a medical cannabis dispensary in Illinois. Necie Edwards is a fibromyalgia patient, who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a few years ago. She explains that it is excruciatingly painful. “It’s like being run over a truck, and then it runs over you again, constantly”. When diagnosed, her treatment for fibromyalgia, recommended by her doctors, were the use of opioids. Necie turned down opioids because she heard of people being dependent and addicted to them, and she felt that it wasn’t the best course for her in general, and how she believed that there was a better alternative to treating her fibromyalgia. When she started to use medicinal cannabis to help her fibromyalgia syndrome.

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that is known to affect muscles. The symptoms of fibromyalgia are:

  • Sleep disturbance
  • Chronic pain
  • Fatigue
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Tender points

Other symptoms included in fibromyalgia that can also co-exist with:

  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Migraines or headaches
  • Joint disorders
  • Painful bowel syndrome (PBS) or Interstitial cystitis (IC)

Necie believes that other people with fibromyalgia should seek help in relation to start treatment with medicinal cannabis. So that they are aware of what cannabis products to purchase. She suggests that people should visit dispensaries, where professionals can give you the right amount of CBD and THC on a scientific level. People who are not seeking help in dispensaries are purchasing from the black market in Illinois, where people have found their cannabis to contain rat poison and other deadly chemicals. Considering Illinois only has 54 dispensaries, travel and transport are difficult.

Joseph Freeman stated:

“In states where medical cannabis is available, opioid-related deaths are down 25%”.

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