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.

 

MARIJUANA RATED MOST EFFECTIVE FOR TREATING FIBROMYALGIA

MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS FAR MORE EFFECTIVE AT TREATING SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA THAN ANY OF THE THREE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS APPROVED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION TO TREAT THE DISORDER.

That is one of the surprise findings in an online survey of over 1,300 fibromyalgia patients conducted by the National Pain Foundation and National Pain Report.  This was the second online survey of pain patients conducted by the National Pain Foundation and National Pain Report. The first survey found that over half of patients worry that they are perceived as “drug addicts” by pharmacists. Eight out of ten said they had stopped seeing a doctor because they felt they were treated poorly.

The FDA has approved only three drugs – Cymbalta, Lyrica and Savella — for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Although they generate billions of dollars in annual sales for Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Forest Laboratories and other drug makers, most who have tried the medications say they don’t work.

“I have personally taken Lyrica back when I was first diagnosed for a year. I can personally attest to the lack of relief from this medication. As a matter of fact my Depression intisifiyed to the ‘nth degree.” -Heidi

The National Institutes of Health estimates that 5 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia, a poorly understood disorder characterized by deep tissue pain, fatigue, headaches, depression, and lack of sleep. There is no known cure and the disorder is difficult to treat.

Fibromyalgia is devastating for those who must live in its grip. There is much we do not understand. We need innovative ‘out of the box’ solutions that change the face of this disease,” said Dan Bennett, MD, an interventional spine and pain surgical physician in Denver, Colorado, who is chairman of the National Pain Foundation.

Many who responded to the survey said they had tried all three FDA approved drugs.

The prescriptions that are available for treatment have more negative side effects than positive aspects,” said one fibromyalgia sufferer.

I haven’t found anything! Please find a cure or at least a medicine that will take our pain away,” said another.

Asked to rate the effectiveness of Eli Lilly’s Cymbalta (Duloxetine), 60% of those who tried the drug said it did not work for them. Only 8% said it was very effective and 32% said it helps a little.

Among those who tried Pfizer’s Lyrica (Pregabalin), 61% said it did not work at all. Only 10% said it was very effective and 29% said it helps a little.

Asked to rate the effectiveness of Forest Laboratories’ Savella (Milnacipran), 68% of those who said they tried the drug said it didn’t work. Only 10% said it was very effective and 22% said it helps a little.

About 70% of the people who responded to the survey said they had not tried medical marijuana – which is not surprising given that it is still illegal in most states and many countries. But those who have tried marijuana said it was far more effective than any of the FDA-approved drugs.

Sixty-two percent who have tried cannabis said it was very effective at treating their fibromyalgia symptoms. Another 33% said it helped a little and only 5% said it did not help at all.

I’ve found nothing that has worked for me, apart from marijuana,” said one survey respondent.

Nothing but medical marijuana has made the greatest dent in the pain and mental problems,” said another.

Marijuana does help a LOT it numbs the pain. But it doesn’t last long and it makes your brain foggy,” wrote another fibromyalgia sufferer.

Survey respondents said massage, swimming, acupuncture, muscle relaxers and other alternative treatments also helped relieve their symptoms. Many said they take opioids to relieve their pain – although narcotic painkillers are generally not prescribed to treat fibromyalgia.

Other survey findings:

  • Four out of ten (43%) fibromyalgia sufferers feel their physician is not knowledgeable about the disorder.
  • Over a third (35%) feel their physician does not take their fibromyalgia seriously.
  • 45% feel their family and friends do not take their fibromyalgia seriously.
  • Nearly half (49%) said their fibromyalgia symptoms began at a relatively young age (18-34).
  • Only 11% were diagnosed with fibromyalgia within the first year of symptoms.
  • 44% said it took five or more years before they were diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

Many survey respondents lamented that the disorder had taken over their lives, leaving them socially isolated, fatigued and in constant pain.

I was once an active person and have now virtually become a hermit due to this disease,” said one.

The worst thing about having fibromyalgia is disappointing loved ones when I can’t do things with them,” wrote one fibromyalgia sufferer.

Having fibromyalgia is a life sentence. One simply cannot have a productive life living with this disease,” said another.

The 1,339 people who participated in the survey were self-selected as fibromyalgia sufferers. Ninety-six percent of them were female.

Source: National Pain Report