We all feel pain at some point. From post-workout pain to surgery recovery, from minor injuries to major ones, from aging to autoimmune disorders, pain is a part of life. It’s how our bodies let us know something’s wrong or watch out. Generally, once our bodies heal, the pain goes away. However, sometimes our bodies malfunction, especially as we get older, and constant pain moves in—instead of staying for a short visit. Millions of people suffer from constant pain known as chronic pain, but there is relief available. Find out what chronic pain is, how it rears its ugly head, treatments available, and an alternative option—CBD.
What is Chronic Pain?
Constant pain can be caused by known and unknown factors. This unwanted visitor may show up after an illness or injury. Almost always, chronic pain moves in alongside arthritis or cancer. And sometimes, chronic pain just shows up after stressful situations with no other known reason. Those that suffer from with no apparent reason such as illness or injury have an added a sense of insecurity. At times even family and medical professionals may look at them as if they are making it up. Isn’t the common frustration of no longer being able to do what you need or want, enough? GEEZ! Either way, chronic pain is an ugly beast!
Symptoms of Chronic Pain
Pain that persists for 3 months or more is considered chronic. Chronic pain can show up and disappear, on and off, or it can be continuous. Sometimes, the mother-trucker is so bad, that people can’t work, eat as they should, exercise, and/or enjoy life. Some of the ugly symptoms may feel like:
|Dull ache(s)||Shooting pains||Muscle soreness||Muscle weakness|
|Burning||Squeezing pressure||Loss of appetite||A general lack of energy|
|Tingling||A mild or severe sting||Difficulty sleeping||Fatigue:Very tired or wiped out|
|Throbbing||Stiff muscles and joints||Mood swings or changes||Drug sensitivity|
Mental Health And Chronic Pain
If being in pain isn’t bad enough, chronic pain can leave a dark cloud over your mental health too. Because it interferes with your daily life, from doing things you want and need to, your self-esteem takes a hit. Sometimes you’re angry, depressed, anxious, or frustrated. These are all normal. However, the emotional distress in combination with unrelenting pain may create a spiraling cycle, which makes both worse. On top of that, your pain may keep you from getting the sleep you need. Less sleep means elevated stress levels which also increases pain. Chronic pain is a mother-trucker, ugly beast! So, what can you do?
Help for Chronic Pain
How your crummy visitor shows up will determine your treatment options. Thankfully there are established treatments for chronic pain, but all variations should include symptom relief and support. However, all chronic pain victims and the family members close to them should seriously consider cognitive therapy, to treat the mental cloud that follows and falls on yourself and all those around you. Treatment options include:
Because chronic pain affects all parts of your life, it may take a team to help manage it. Talk to your healthcare provider about pain management programs near you. They may be found at hospitals, rehab facilities, or pain clinics.
Opioid Vs CBD
Most heavy-hitting pain medications contain opioids. While they knock out the pain effectively, they cannot be relied on for chronic pain. Here’s the problem, prescription opioids can be addictive and should only be taken for a short time. Chronic pain by definition is not a short time. For more information on opioid prescription dangers, click here. On the other hand, the pain meds on the market without opioids, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen, don’t touch chronic pain. So, what do you do?
Don’t Panic, Try Organic
Instead of turning to a short-term medication, try cannabis. CBD contains little to no THC; that’s why the FDA redefined Hemp as cannabis containing less than .3 % THC and removed it from the list of illegal Schedule 1 drugs. RVDCBD goes one step further, with Topical Creams, Tinctures, and Gummies that contain ZERO THC. But you’ve probably heard someone say, I tried that, and it didn’t work.
It all boils down to how you take CBD. CBD is not like opioid prescriptions because it’s not a quick fix. With opioids, you take a pill, and you get relief. For CBD to be effective, it requires a long-term application and some lifestyle changes.
How CBD attacks Pain
When you get sick or hurt, your body’s nerves trigger a response, like turning on a light switch. Say you cut your finger. The tiny receptor nerve cells, found just below your skin, sense the distress and send an electrical impulse to the brain along the spinal cord—kind of like morse code. Pain medications scramble, and in some cases, block the message entirely before it gets to your brain. CBD works similarly but with two bonuses opioids don’t have.
CBD acts twofold when taken. First, like opioids, CBD intercepts the pain message before it gets to the brain and changes it somehow. Secondly, CBD’s chemical makeup also allows it to slip in and soothe the pain alongside your body’s natural chemicals. When your body lacks the natural chemicals needed to respond, CBD can respond. For more on how CBD works in the body click here.
More On CBD
Science is proving cannabis to be a helpful, organic option to treat many ailments. Here at RVDCBD, we understand the importance of being informed. We make it our mission to offer as much information that will help you, our fellow human, know what is going into your body. Check out our education blog before you buy and try. Be the CBD CEO, the expert, on your pain management team, and know what goes in your body.
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