3 Weeks Post Final Acumazing Treatment

Hello one and all! I hope today finds each of you in a joyous place. I just wanted to touch base with you all about how things have progressed with undertaking the three session gift of Acupuncture my daughters gave me this past June.

I was seen three weeks in a row and I tell you I am amazed in the results. As I mentioned the day of my first treatment I was able to actually bend and touch my toes! I was able to stand up straight and my ability to walk was greatly improved. In addition I was able to raise my right arm (which has been virtually useless for the last year) level with my shoulder without feeling horrendous pain.

The second treatment did present a bit of challenge as it seemed that it kind of increased my pain the first couple of days afterward. The next few days were really good however, I was able to stand for longer periods, I was able to extend my right arm backwards and could almost reach the small of my back when trying to bend it behind me. Here again this is something that has been unattainable for over a year now.

My final treatment we focused on the small of my back and right arm as these two areas have been the most pain ridden. My last treatment was on August 23rd only a couple of days shy of three full weeks. I am still ecstatic with how I am feeling. I am still able to extend my right arm behind me although bending has become unobtainable. I am able to raise it straight without wanting to scream, actually there is only a twinge of pain now. Best of all with my arm I no longer have the large knot that has been present and growing on my right upper arm along the tendon which was not only creating constant pain it would for good measure spasm at times and cause shooting pain down into my wrist. This has stopped completely and the knot is only marble sized now.

I tell you I am tickled pink and however I can manage to continue with this type of treatment I am going to do it, even if all I can manage to afford is once a month.

Have any of you ever utilized acupuncture treatment in your health care routine. Did it help and would you do it again? Let me know in the comments, I can’t wait to hear of your experiences.

‘Til next time I’m sending each of you hope for a great day today and an even better tomorrow.

~Heidi

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PAIN…What is it?

Generally, pain falls into three categories of causation. These categories are, Nociceptive Pain, Neuropathic Pain and Central Pain.

  1. Nociceptive Pain – This is the most common form of pain experienced. Occurring as a response to an injury. For example when I was in a car accident and slammed into the gear shift from the passenger side (really learned to appreciate seat belts after this one). Everyone of us has experienced this type of pain at some point. This type of pain will usually dissipate with treatment and eventually go away completely.
  2. Neuropathic Pain – This pain is do to damage to the bodies Nervous System and is fairly common as it affects between 7-10% of the worlds population. The types of issues that neuropathic pain results from are pretty well known, diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, HIV and of course Diabetes. One specific treatment method used today can also cause this type of pain and that is Chemotherapy as a result of its destructive effects to many cells in the body. Those who experience this type of pain are definitely on a roller coaster ride with this because it is very difficult to treat and the options for treatment can be very addictive.
  3. Central Pain – Central Pain can on occasion be injury related, however the most common cause of Central Pain is unknown thus making it very hard to treat. One of the most common diagnosis involving this kind of pain is Fibromyalgia. It is believed that Fibromyalgia is caused as a result of the malfunction of the way pain signals travel to the brain and the way they are processed.

Pain occurrences are obviously varied and will effect each of us differently and treatment options are just as different for each of us. Decades have gone by with severe research restrictions being enforced at least here in the states on what can be explored and what can’t, but there is light at the end of the tunnel due to the growth in the acceptance of Medical Cannabis use. We are entering an era now where these much needed studies are being conducted. Cannabinoid treatment studies are growing in number and are demonstrating that cannabis is an effective treatment option with far less costly side effects than what we have been encouraged to accept using current pain treatments such as Opioids.

Latter I’ll be talking about the information regarding the best product types and benefits as well as how cannabinoids work within the body.

Til next time I’m sending each of you all hope for a great day today and a better tomorrow.

p.s. any comments, questions, or suggestions are always appreciated.

National “Fibromyalgia Awareness” day.

Today is national Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. Believe you me Fibromyalgia is definitely nothing to be celebrated, far from it! However I do agree with people becoming more aware, so I’m going to talk about Fibromyalgia and the Endocannabinoid System.

The Endocannabinoid System is made up of cannabinoid receptors within your body that work much like the Internet, these receptors enable communication between your brain and the rest of you. When a person suffers from fibromyalgia these signals are changed and thus cause a person to experience extreme sensitivity to say pain. I’ll explain, You know when you get a charlie horse in your calf muscle, how everything has to come to a screeching halt because all that you are is that pain right then and there? Well Fibromyalgia is like that the symptoms eb and flow within you, sometimes your able to cope with a daily pain level of around 5 or 6 then there are the days when the pain smacks you upside the head and your having to function with pain at a 20+ on a 1-10 scale mind you.

What has been hypothesised is that when the already existing CBD in our bodies becomes depleted one could demonstrate a Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency  suggesting that Fibromyalgia may be a result of this deficiency. Fibromyalgia is more than just constant pain it creeps into every aspect of a person’s life.

The National Pain Foundation conducted a survey in 2014 of over 1,300 patients of these 30% of the respondents reported having used medical cannabis. More than 390 survey participants reported that cannabis was far more effective compared to FDA approved pharmaceuticals.

Cannabis

62% reported Cannabis “Very effective”

33% reported cannabis “Helped a little”

5%  only said that cannabis “didn’t help at all”

FDA-approved

A mere  8 – 10% reported meds like Cymbalta, Lyrica or Sevelle as being “Very effective”

60-68% responded that those drugs “didn’t help at all”

Now in the hierarchy of evidence production a survey is not weighted the same as a controlled trial, but lets also remember that these types of studies are far more difficult to conduct thanks to Big Pharma control over the DEA drug classification schedule. The pharmaceutical giants are afraid of Cannabis because of its relative safety profile and lack of unfavorable side effects often associated with taking FDA approved medications.

What do you think? Personally I have found that utilizing Cannabis as part of my treatment plan helps immensely. Have you used cannabis or CBD to help with your Fibromyalgia? talk to me about it in the comment section.

“What the Health?”

This is the title to a film that logically explains what is one of the largest consumer covers ups ever, and is largely unknown by the majority of people.

It is driven and supported by the corporate owners of such entities as Subway, Hormel, Oscar Myer, The Meat and Dairy Association and of course the U.S.D.A. just to name a few. The organizations that are direct beneficiaries of this cover up are just as varied they are for example Susan G. Komen, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association all of whom most of us are aware of or familiar with in some way. All of whom we believe to be working to improve our lives and to aid those who may be affected by Heart Disease, Diabetes, Cancer. These are the organizations that we as consumers are encouraged to utilize in order to understand, and base wise health decisions utilizing the information we are lead to believe is to our benefit.

I am asking everyone to take 92 minutes out of your busy day to watch this film. Then it is up to you as to what to do afterwards.

Let me know what you think I would love to discuss.

 

What to consider when using Marijuana to treat pain

As more people are learning, acknowledging and utilizing Marijuana as opposed to the highly addictive prescription pain medications currently hawked by big Pharma the question of using Cannabis is being explored on a much grander scale.

Like any type of remedy the ailment determines the course of treatment. Pain can encompass an enormous list of causes from a simple headache to Chronic inflammation to Fibromyalgia. Over the years studies have shown people do achieve pain relief with Marijuana. Talk with your MMJ Doctor and your Bud Tender regarding what you are experiencing, this will enable them to offer suggestions of the best strain(s) for you to try and lead you to what works best to relieve Your pain.

Additionally one needs to consider effects of the primary form of Cannabis utilized. Cannabis has two primary efficacy traits CBD-cannabinoids- does not cause the ‘high’ feeling and are

  • Anti-depressant: It combats both anxiety and depression
  • Anticonvulsant: It suppresses seizure activity
  • Anti-psychotic: It combats psychosis
  • Nero protective: protects neurons in the brain
  • Antiemetic: Reduces nausea and vomitting
  • Anti-inflammatory: Combats inflammation and pain
  • Anti-tumor: It combats tumor and cancer cells

CBD while still being studied has thus far not demonstrated any immediate or long term side effects meaning they are minimal or non existent. Also CBD has shown it is non-toxic so there is no risk of overdose.

The second is THC-tetrahydrocannabinol- the psychoactive compound that has made the plant both illegal and famous over time. However much less commonly discussed are the beneficial effects THC possesses that CBD does not. For example THC can work as a sleep aid whereas CBD may have the exact opposite result. THC benefits are

  • Analgesic: It relieves pain and inflammation
  • Relaxation: It creates a state of relaxation
  • Euphoria: It can lift mood and create a feeling of well being
  • Drowsiness: It induces sleep
  • Appetite stimulant: creating an urge to eat

A combination of the two CBD and THC can benefit a person by combining THC’s analgesic properties with CBD’s anti-inflammatory capabilities which can be just the ticket to chronic pain management.

Best advise is to educate yourself and don’t be afraid to test the various avenues to find your best treatment plan.