http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ma...approved-drugs-global-survey-finds-2014-04-21 GOLDEN, Colo., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A survey of 1,339 people with fibromyalgia conducted by The National Pain Foundation and NationalPainReport.com, revealed that those who have used marijuana to treat their symptoms find it significantly more effective than any of the three drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat the disorder. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140418/76548 Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140418/76547 The three drugs approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia are Cymbalta (Duloxetine); Lyrica (Pregabalin); and Savella (Milnacipran). How Cymbalta Performs for Fibromyalgia Sufferers (N=960) 60% say Cymbalta does not work at all 32% say Cymbalta helps a little 8% say Cymbalta was very effective How Lyrica Performs for Fibromyalgia Sufferers (N=860) 61% say Lyrica does not work at all 29% say Lyrica helps a little 10% say Lyrica was very effective How Savella Performs for Fibromyalgia Sufferers (N=387) 68% say it does not work at all 22% say it helps a little 10% say it was very effective How Marijuana Performs for Fibromyalgia Sufferers (N=379) 5% say it does not work at all 33% marijuana helps a little 62% say marijuana was very effective Comments from survey respondents regarding the use of marijuana to treat Fibromyalgia: "I've found nothing that has worked for me, apart from marijuana." "Nothing but medical marijuana has made the greatest dent in the pain and mental problems." "Marijuana does help a LOT, it numbs the pain. But, it doesn't last long and it makes your brain foggy." Ninety-six percent (96%) of survey respondents were females. About half (49%) were diagnosed between the ages of 18 and 34, while 38% were diagnosed between the ages of 35 to 49. Only 12% were diagnosed at the age of 50 or older. Forty-four percent (44%) lived with Fibromyalgia for more than five years before receiving a diagnosis. Only 11% were diagnosed within one year of experiencing symptoms. Four out of ten (43%) of fibromyalgia sufferers feel their physician is not knowledgeable about the disorder. Over a third (35%) feel their physician does not take their fibromyalgia seriously. And 45% feel their family and friends do not take their fibromyalgia seriously. About The National Pain Foundation The National Pain Foundation is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that is addressing the critical public health challenges attributed to pain on a global basis. CONTACT: Doug Lynch 304-876-1677 Read more news from The National Pain Foundation. SOURCE The National Pain Foundation Copyright (C) 2014 PR Newswire. All rights reserved ********************************************************************** I post this because I'd like to hear from others who are using medical marijuana or have tried it. I live where both medical and recreational are legal. I don't smoke anything -- tried that and don't like the side effects: sore throat, smelly... I have a Colorado "red card", the license to buy, possess and/or grow up to an ounce, or 6 plants. So far I have only purchased my herb from a dispensary in my county. I have been making an herbal tincture similar to other herbal medicines. I made some of my last purchase into the tarry oil that is mentioned all over the web, but I didn't like it so I re-dissolved it in grain alcohol and added some canola oil and water to make another type of tincture. I haven't slept this well, nor suffered so little pain in my hip joints and back, in years. So my usage is for pain and sleep and I'm finding it very effective. It has side effects I don't like. It makes me feel a bit dizzy for an hour or two after I take it so I don't take it and drive or plan to go up and down stairs or much of anything beside sitting or lying down. On days that I need to leave home, that means I can't take my mmj tincture until I've done with travel. OTOH, I seem to be developing a tolerance for the THC in this tincture; it seems to affect me less strongly as time goes by. I have ordered the seeds to grow my own. The varieties I've ordered say they will produce 7% of each THC and CBD for one and 4-10% THC plus 15% CBD. The varieties I can currently purchase have much higher THC, around 20%, and lower CBD and other cannabinoids, so once I grow my own, I can medicate with less of the psychoactive effects. Some THC is probably good, as a balance, but I want a lower percentage than what I can buy right now. Anyone else, with ME/CFS and/or fibro trying this remedy?