How CBD is helping a fibromyalgia patient – An interview

After nearly 3 decades of unsatisfactory treatment of her fibromyalgia with different prescription drugs, Lorraine discovered the benefits of a full-spectrum CBD oil – Charlotte’s Web Extra Strength hemp extract oil. The CBD oil provided her with an inner calm and more clarity of mind. Both her anxiety and her fibromyalgia symptoms were significantly reduced without the disease/ emotional flare-ups from before.

What is fibromyalgia exactly?

Fibromyalgia, or fibromyalgia syndrome, is a condition that causes aches and pain all over the body. People with fibromyalgia often experience other symptoms, such as extreme tiredness or sleeping, mood, or memory problems. There is no “objective” diagnosis such as lab testing or imagine to diagnose fibromyalgia. A physician is making a diagnosis based on a patient’s clinical history and symptoms. 

Lorraine a fibromyalgia patient using CBD

About Lorraine, a fibromyalgia patient using CBD oil

Lorraine is British and lives close to Lisbon (Portugal). She works as an assistant teacher at a private preparatory school.

The Interview with Lorraine about fibromylgia and the use of CBD oil:

When and how have your health issues started?

3 decades ago I started suffering from anxiety and panic attacks that were triggered/ caused by difficult moments in my life. I always had a nervous disposition as a child but only in my adult years I started to have these emotional stress episodes.

As a dancer I often felt severe pain in my body after lessons but no medical conclusions were made.

When I moved to Portugal 27 years ago a rheumatologist diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. 3/ 4 months ago I was also diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

How was your health affected by fibromyalgia?

My symptoms varied a lot between days. Sometimes I felt needle sharp pain in different (trigger) points in my body. I also had pins and needles (numbness) and my joints became week with a lack of strength in my legs. What annoyed me most was when I had difficulties to get out of bed in the morning due to the intense early morning stiffness. I had days where I felt as if electricity was flowing through my body. On some days felt brain fog with symptoms such as memory problems and poor concentration.

There are times when I had difficulties finding the correct words and my speech sounded funny. My concentration was sometimes also reduced. Most of these symptoms got better during the day.

I also used to suffer from some issues with the autonomous nervous system, such as gastro-intestinal changes and a tendency to acquire urine infections.

I recognize that stress can worsen or trigger these fibromyalgie manifestations and I try to avoid and deal with stress as best as I can.

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How was your quality of life affected by your condition (fibromyalgia)?

A few years ago I had days where I could not get out of bed due to my morning stiffness and pain. On these days I needed the help of my families to move from the bed to the bathroom and back. I was also missing lots of work and could not do physical exercise. For the people around me it is difficult because they can’t understand my medical condition as there is nothing that they can see and there are no objective tests to diagnose or monitor progression of fibromyalgia (the diagnosis is made solely on physical exams and the patient history).

What treatment did you use?

I was prescribed different prescription drugs such a Prozac (an anti-depressive), muscle relaxants (e.g. Diazepam) and weekly injections of strong analgesics (Nimed) until I developed an allergy against these injections. Later I tried magnesium, glucosamine and vitamins to combat my ailments.

In addition to the medication, I also engaged in several alternative medicine methods such as quantum curing, Reiki and self Reiki, with success and reduced my prescription medications. These methods helped me a lot, but I still found it difficult to get an emotional and health balance.

Can you tell us about your experience with CBD oil for treatment of fibromyalgia?

About six months ago I started taking a full-spectrum CBD oil (Charlotte’s Web Extra Strength). I was fortunate because one of the founders of Heidi’s Garden, a premium hemp retail brand from Switzerland, is a parent at school and she provided me with the oil. Access to such high-quality CBD products is still difficult in Portugal. My dosage is half a dropper in the morning and half a dropper in the early evening. I also take it when I feel an acute need to reduce an emerging episode of anxiety or if pain is more severe.. Since I use the oil I have stopped all other medication.

The CBD oil provides me with an inner calm and more clarity of mind. For the time I am taking the oil I have had no health crisis anymore as such. My anxiety and fibromyalgia is significantly reduced and I don’t have the peaks in severity anymore. I also sleep much better, partially because of the use of CBD oil and partially also because of some meditation techniques that I learned. All my symptoms lessened, but unfortunately I sometimes still suffer from emotional stress that causes me to feel worse. I feel that the CBD helps me in two ways: First it reduces my sensitivity to stress and second it improves the symptoms of Fibromyalgia thanks to its impact on my nervous system. When I don’t take it feel the difference in the next couple of hours.

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Did your positive experience with the CBD oil in regards to you fibromyalgia symptoms also impact your quality of life and environment?

People around me definitely noticed that I am less worried and anxious and that I feel much better. Being an assistant teacher for preschool children, I can now put more physical effort at work for example participating in more sports activities with my pupils.

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We from Heidi’s Garden thank Lorraine for sharing her experiences so openly with us. How are your experiences with CBD Oil and health issues like fibromyalgia? Please share your story with us and if you have any questions, we are here for you…

How exactly works CBD on fibromyalgia symptoms?

There are only very few studies that looked into the effectiveness and mode of action of CBD in treating fibromyalgia. In the absence of strong evidence, some hypotheses exist around these questions.

The pain-relieving effects of CBD may be explained by the ways that this substance affects the brain. It may interrupt the nerve pathways that send signals of pain between the brain and the body.

The anti-inflammatory action of CBD could reduce heat and swelling around injury or disease. This, in turn, would reduce pain.

Similar as for other indications there is a debate about the relevance of the entourage effect, meaning the synergistic effect of other phyto-cannabinoids and other compounds such as terpenes. One 2006 study determined that CBD worked best in combination with THC, but little research has followed.

Initial studies and expert opinions suggest that a deficiency of endocannabinoids, our body’s own cannabinoids, might be causing/ involved in the pathogenesis (the biological mechanism causing disease) of fibromyalgia.

In case that you or your loved ones suffer from fibromyalgia and are interested in trying out CBD/ hemp products here a list of our customers most-loved CBD oils (drops)

For immediate pain and stress relieve our customers also use CBD Vapes:

  • Bloom Farms Vapes (available soon)
  • Beboe CBD Vapes (available soon)

 

In case that you are taking other medications or have any other medical question you should involve your treating physician.

 

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