By David Eaton, Guest Columnist
Due to a decrease in my opioid pain medication (to fall within the CDC guideline), my pain level increased to the point that I was unable to sleep. Of course, lack of sleep affects your overall health and so I began a downward spiral and needed something to break that cycle.
My son, who has been suffering acute pain from scoliosis in his neck, was having similar insomnia issues. He tried CBD oil and recommended that I do the same.
I knew little about CBD, so I talked to the very knowledgeable and helpful manager of a local CBD store. His recommendation was that I begin by researching CBD myself and then talk about it with the doctor at my pain clinic -- advice that impressed me as being very responsible.
After spending a day or two reading online articles, including some here on Pain News Network, I ran the idea past the physician’s assistant at my pain clinic. She thought it was a great idea and asked me to try it before my next appointment with her in 4 days.
I placed another call to the manager at the CBD store and he recommended starting with a CBD infused "candy bar." My wife went there the next day and paid $25 for a white chocolate, peach and hazelnut flavored candy bar containing 120 mg of CBD.
The chocolate bar was scored in such a way that it can be divided into 4 servings, each with 30 mg of CBD. The manager’s suggestion was for me to try a single piece the first night and then take one and a half sections the following 2 nights. So that's what I did.
Prior to trying the CBD, I had experienced a lot of pain-induced insomnia and found it difficult to sleep for more than an hour at a time. It was not uncommon for me to wake up 10 times during a 12-hour effort to sleep.
Most people do not realize how important a good night's sleep is to your health and well-being. After my insomnia got severe, I installed an app on my phone (Sleep as Android) to track how much I slept each night.
After taking my nighttime meds and my last "dose" of CBD chocolate, I fell asleep around 8 pm. According to the sleep app, which amazed me by its accuracy, I slept until 3 am, waking up feeling very rested and refreshed.
I decided to stay awake long enough to write this article before going back to sleep at 4 am. I slept until 10:45 that morning.
In all, I got about eleven and a half hours of deep sleep over the course of about 13 hours!
As far as I am concerned, the use of CBD to reduce my pain and promote relaxation is an overwhelming success. I will be investing in a bottle of CBD oil on my next trip to town.
David Eaton is disabled by chronic pain caused by degenerative disc disease, migraines and arthritis. He lives in Georgia.
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