What is Fibromyalgia? How does CBD help to fight Fibromyalgia? You will find the answers this questions as you read on. Before that, lets take a look at the story of a patient who suffered from Fibromyalgia and how she got relieved from the severity of the disease.
Approximately seven years back, Steffany Seymour was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Even though her condition progressively got worse. She was relentless not to take the pharmaceutical route like her doctors suggested. Instead she was determined to cure her illness naturally.
She focused on improving her diet. Using essential oils, nutritional supplements, regular massages and regular visits to the chiropractor. Seymour’s health deteriorated, despite her routine. Some times her symptoms were so bad such that, it took her hours before she could get out of bed and work.
She hardly could make it to the places she planned to be before getting exhausted. She suffered insomnia, thus couldn’t sleep at night.
On most days she could only “function” for two or three hours.
Cannibinoids (CBD) Oil
After two years of excruciating pain. Seymour took her first milliliter dropper of CBD oil. The first thing She discovered after taking the oil was the fact that, she slept during the night for the first time in many years .
On the fourth day she woke up and did not have any pain at all. She didn’t need a heating pad. Or need to take a hot shower to feel better as she normally does. Her shoulders didn’t hurt, and her entire body felt much better than it had in years. The dull headaches that she experienced everyday disappeared. More so, the fogginess in her mind (sometimes referred to as “fibrofog” disappeared too). Her anxiety, that was through the roof when she started taking the CBD oil, was no more.
Seymour’s story along with Donner Gregory are some of the many stories of patients who used CBD oil to treat Fibromyalgia.
What Is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia or the :invisible syndrome” as it is often called is a chronic condition characterized by fatigue and widespread body pain. The pain of fibromyalgia is quintessentially bilateral, and occurs in areas above and below the waist. Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 10 million people in the United States. And around 3-6% of the world population.
Chronic pain, extensive pain, muscle tenderness, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, tenderness in muscles, joint pain, bones, tendons, and other soft tissues
Who gets affected?
Women in their late twenties through fifties are mostly affected by Fibromyalgia
The exact cause of fibromyalgia isn’t known. However there are a couple of factors that are believed to trigger this illness for which there is not any known cure.
Chemical imbalances ( low levels of dopamine, serotonin, and noradrenaline in the brain)
Physical and mental stress
Physical and emotional trauma
Arthritis and many more
These factors are believed to contribute to developing fibromyalgia.
Widespread body pain
People affected with this diseases are in continuous battle with pain. They are always tired, to the point where they can rarely function. For quite a few, every morning starts with a pain. On a good day patients experience dull headaches that does not go away. On a bad day patients experience excruciating pain.
It’s not surprising that stress and depression are common with all individuals who suffer from fibromyalgia. Making it through each day alone feels like a task too difficult to endure. A cocktail of prescription medications are prescribed to patients with fibromyalgia. Vicodin or Percocet for pain. Perhaps Xanax to treat the anxiety. Adderall to combat fatigue. The problem is, these medicines don’t always work or they give a temporary relief. Not to mention the fact that, they can be highly addictive. And of course, patients have to deal with the side effects.
It’s no wonder why countless men and women who suffer with fibromyalgia are turning to CBD for cure. While everybody differs, however, there are patients who assert CBD has revolutionized the way they live with fibromyalgia.
How Does CBD Help Fibromyalgia?
The human body is equipped with its very own natural endocannabinoid system. This is a intricate system of glands found in various areas of the body. These receptors are generally called CB1 and CB2 and are located in the brain, central nervous system, and other areas of the body.
The cannabis-like chemicals in those receptors are responsible for several different functions in the body. They modulate sleep, emotion, mood, inflammation and pain, hunger, and much more.
When human body’s endocannabinoid system is in equilibrium. We encounter general good health and wellness. Once the endocannabinoid system becomes unbalanced and the endocannabinoid levels become depleted. We experience various unwanted health conditions.
Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency
A concept known as Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency indicates that, inherent endocannabinoid deficiencies play a role in developing fibromyalgia. It is believed that CBD is so powerful for fibromyalgia patients because of the way it binds to CB2 receptors. Activating a person’s natural endocannabinoid system with medical cannabis has shown to be almost miraculous for bringing balance back to our body system.
Why You Should Use CBD for Fibromyalgia?
One of the most promising benefits that CBD holds for people suffering from fibromyalgia is the fact that it can treat inflammation and pain.
According to Donna Gregory, since finding CBD, her battle with the pain associated with the condition has disappeared.
“When I received my oil, I used it every 6-8 hours. I am amazed by what happens over the next 24 hours. After my third dose of CBD oil. I notice the pain in my lower extremities reduced immensely. So I continued using the drops for weeks week and as I did so, it relieved the majority of my pains. Furthermore, I have other friends suffering from fibro who report similar results.”
People who suffer from fibromyalgia know that it is mentally and physically exhausting. Ever heard of fatigue and brain fog?
CBD has not only proved to increase energy throughout the daytime. It has also shown to increases focus and concentration. Contrary to popular belief, CBD doesn’t get you high.
A patient with fibromyalgia once said, “The relieve I get from the pain beats anything else. Pain killers and muscle relaxers do almost nothing, they reallyjust make me tired. CBD is a wonderful alternative.”— Rebecca H.