Fibromyalgia is a complex, chronic pain condition which affects each sufferer differently making it a generally misunderstood condition. Statistics reveal it is more prevalent in females but anyone can be diagnosed and to date there is no cure and the cause is unknown.
The defining characteristics include fluctuating wide spread pain throughout the body, fatigue, IBS, heightened sensitivities and anxiety plus many other commonly experienced symptoms all of which can lead to persistent suffering and isolation creating further mental and physical anguish.
There is yet no one fibromyalgia treatment option that suits all and it is very much down to self-management and many sufferers are turning to natural remedies such as CBD oil as a form of pain relief.
How does CBD work to treat fibromyalgia symptoms?
Our body’s response to CBD is to do with our endocannabinoid system where it is found to help reduce inflammation through regulating inflammatory pathways within this molecular network inside us made up of cannabinoid receptors helping to regulate the pain response, inflammation and nerve cell degeneration.
Research has revealed that CBD is shown to reduce anxiety and ease pain in fibromyalgia patients and those who suffer with fibromyalgia will know that anxiety and a heightened stress response go hand in hand with their condition. Those who suffer also experience heightened sensitivities to some degree and regulating the central nervous system is an essential part of self-management. This could explain the success of CBD as a treatment option where the benefits include:
- Anti-inflammatory Many sufferers report an increase in their symptoms as time goes by which may have a connection to the body’s natural inflammatory response giving rise to abnormal levels of certain interleukins present in the serum and spinal fluid of many chronic pain sufferers. Research and testing has shown CBD to reduce this activity and show signs of pain reduction.
- Anti-anxiety Trying to manage life whilst experiencing unpredictable degrees of chronic pain creates suffering not only for the patient but has a ripple effect throughout family, friends, social and employment. The stress and anxiety is amplified not only by episodes of flare ups but also the fear of a potential flare up particularly during significant emotional and high pressure events. No-one relishes the idea of consistently letting others down and those who suffer fibromyalgia commonly experience a regular emotional roller coaster in a bid to make others understand their predicament. Those using CBD have found it has helped to reduce levels of anxiety resulting with reduced pain and helping to bring a sense of control and normality back to their life.
- Analgesic It is believed that a main attribute to fibromyalgia pain is caused by sensitization of the Central Nervous System and may be influenced by certain cells in the brain and the pain response. CBD has shown to reduce this activity and give relief to neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia pain types such as allodynia, hyperaglesia, parathesia, somatic and visceral.
- Sleep Improvement Non-restorative and disrupted sleeping patterns can hinder the body’s natural process of growth and repair and can also be a factor of increased pain and cause of flare-ups. The body and mind needs a time for relaxation and quality sleep, however constant pain makes this impossible for some. CBD oil has been shown to give therapeutic influence to help sufferers unwind, relax and experience deeper sleeping cycles.
Conclusion There is no doubt that more and more sufferers of chronic pain conditions are reaching to and benefiting from natural remedies like CBD oil, however not all CBD oil is created equally due to different strains and strengths and can make it a very expensive route to pain relief. Further research and studies are still ongoing and we all wait in hope.
If you are interested in more information about CBD oil and the benefits it can give, we have a more detailed information guide to give you, call into one of our support group meet ups to get a copy.
Author Jok Saunders, fellow sufferer.