Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain that is felt in the muscles and tissues, such as tendons and ligaments.
Patients will also experience tenderness in well-recognised tender point sites, which are found mainly in the upper chest and back, as well as neck, arms and legs.
In addition to pain and tenderness, fibromyalgia typically causes considerable distress and disability, impacting daily activities.
About 1 in 25 people will develop fibromyalgia during their life.
There is currently no cure for fibromyalgia and treatment focuses on improving symptoms and quality of life. As fibromyalgia affects individuals differently, patients often require tailored treatment plans.
Several patients report benefits in their symptoms with simple remedies such as exercise, physiotherapy, relaxation and self-help.
Psychological support is an important component of care. Cognitive behavioural therapy may improve symptoms in select patients.
Regular painkillers may provide some benefit in fibromyalgia. Recommended first line treatment however is with antidepressants (e.g. amitriptyline, cyclobenzaprine, duloxetine). Antiepileptic medications (e.g. pregabalin, gabapentin) also have proven benefit in fibromyalgia. Many patients will require a combination of 2 or 3 medications to achieve optimum symptom management.
Medical Cannabis can be considered when first line therapies have not achieved adequate symptom control.
If you are a patient or carer seeking an appointment to discuss treatment with medical cannabis, you can complete this form and we can assist you with this.
Eligible patients can provide us with their healthcare records or we can obtain these through your GP. This is to confirm that a patient’s condition has been fully assessed and all other treatment options have been attempted. We will ensure that the primary care provider receives all treatment communication to maintain the highest level of clinical governance.
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