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Fibromyalgia and CBD: Fiona’s Success Story

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I’ve heard many positives things about CBD in the past. Many success stories about people who have used it to help de-stress or ease pain. It’s an extremely valid treatment for stress and anxiety now and even my aunt uses it for pain in her knees. CBD is long losing it’s taboo status and becoming a much more normal and common product to take for a variety of ailments. Today I want to share with you a success story of how using Hapi Hemp products helped changed Fiona’s life.

Fiona Henry’s life altered dramatically when she started to experience symptoms of fibromyalgia. As her world was turned upside down in so many ways by this debilitating condition, and as she battled to get through each agonizing day, she desperately sought help from anywhere she could find. Here, she shares her story; the struggles, the torment, the fears … and her gratitude for the eventual solace she discovered through taking CBD.

Here is Fiona’s story of fibriomyalgia and her experience of using CBD…

Before the onset of fibromyalgia, I was a fit person, always ‘on the go’, enjoying time at the gym and a keen runner, even participating in The Great Northern Run.

‘It felt like I had cement running through my veins.’

My husband had to come and carry me out of work as I could no longer lift my arms and legs, and I couldn’t speak. It felt like I had cement running through my veins and my eyelids felt like they had great big weights on them.

Once the illness took over, I initially endeavored to continue with my career as a senior beauty therapist, trying to push through it, yet this only made the symptoms worse and eventually, when I was so fatigued that I couldn’t move, I was forced to give up the job I loved.

I felt as though I was trapped in my own body. It was terrifying and incredibly isolating.’

The loss of my career was devastating. The impact on my life was immense as everything I knew and looked forward to before now had to change.

My husband became my carer, something he had to deal with on top of working in two jobs, taking on all the roles that I had always managed, like food shopping, cleaning and cooking. I couldn’t look after myself at all. At my worst, I was completely bed-bound, temporarily paralyzed, unable to tolerate the smallest amount of noise and light. I felt as though I was trapped in my own body. It was terrifying and incredibly isolating.

I could no longer go out dancing all night with my friends like I used to. I have gone from running half marathons to not being able to walk more than 100 yards, using a walking stick and recently needing a wheelchair to get around. I have two toy poodles who are my life, but the joyful walks together became a pleasure of the past. Instead, I would strive to just cross the road and sit on the bench so that I could watch them play.

I have always been the one busily looking after everyone else but now I had to rely on others for help, something that I struggled to adjust to and always found difficult to accept. It was heart-breaking for me, not being able to make a fuss of people like I used to, feeling guilty for not being able to help and do things in the way I used to.

When I was finally diagnosed it was a sense of relief. I had known deep down that I had fibro for a while, and this gave me the opportunity to be able to manage my symptoms properly.  I was diagnosed with M.E first and then I developed the pains and was also diagnosed with fibro.

I must rest as much as possible, between little bouts of activity, conserving the energy that I do have for managing my symptoms and trying to get better. I have learnt to listen to my body as trying to ignore it has only made things tougher. I am pacing myself and accepting this new norm, whilst still finding ways to enjoy myself.

After finding out that I had fibromyalgia, I joined a few support groups on Facebook and alternative therapies were often mentioned. Living with pain and fatigue is something I have sadly become accustomed to, and I was willing to try anything that might help me. I began to consider taking CBD.

Finding Hapi Hemp was a bizarre coincidence! My aunt was in Cambridgeshire visiting her son and his wife and through conversation, I discovered that she knew one of the Hapi Hemp business owners! I couldn’t believe it, as I had literally been looking at their website for the past week!

 ‘I couldn’t imagine life without Hapi Hemp CBD oil!’

CBD changed everything for me. It is not a miracle cure, but it really does make such a huge difference to my ability to manage the condition. I have become a CBD fan in every which way – taking oral drops and drinking the CBD tea, I also use the CBD bath salts and massage oil. And the CBD roller goes everywhere with me!

CBD oil helps with every single symptom I have; I sleep better and wake up more refreshed. It eases my pains, gets rid of tinnitus, helps lessen migraine attacks, calms me down, and got rid of restless leg syndrome.

Overall, I would say that I just feel more alive! I really cannot imagine life without Hapi Hemp CBD Oil!

Why does CBD help with fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a neurological condition where inappropriate nerve signals produced in the brain cause widespread pain, aching, tingling, burning, throbbing, and stabbing pains. Sufferers experience up to five times the pain of non-sufferers. Sometimes the slightest touch is agony. There are many other symptoms that come along with fibro including chronic fatigue, muscle spasms, blurred vision, ‘brain fog’, IBS, sleep problems, migraines, poor balance, shortness of breath, restless legs, etc.

The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. It is believed that people who have this condition process pain differently, and that the way their brains recognize pain signals makes them overly sensitive to touch and other stimuli.

Some people believe fibromyalgia is a new condition, but it’s existed for centuries. The disease can affect anyone, including children, but it’s more common in adults. Women are diagnosed with fibromyalgia more often than men.

There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but medication, some lifestyle changes, and natural remedies can help people manage the symptoms. Research is ongoing, nonetheless, CBD remains a popular choice and there is little doubt that an increasing number of people are turning to CBD oil to help symptoms of fibromyalgia.

The pain-relieving effects of CBD may be explained by the ways that this substance affects the brain. It may interrupt the nerve pathways that send signals of pain between the brain and the body.

The anti-inflammatory action of CBD appears to reduce heat and swelling around injury or disease which, in turn. would reduce pain.  It is suggested that a lack of endocannabinoids — neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors — may be at the root of chronic pain syndromes, including migraines and fibromyalgia. Taking CBD may correct this deficiency, explaining the compound’s success in alleviating chronic pain.

Do you use CBD oil? Would you recommend it? Do you feel like it’s gaining popularity for treating every day ailments? Check out Hapi Hemp for a range of hemp products!

54 Comments

  1. Fibromyalgia sounds honestly horrific and my heart goes out to Fiona and all other sufferers. I have noticed CBD oil is becoming a lot more popular for symptoms like this. I think it’s great that it’s helping people, especially in under-researched diagnoses like fibro!

  2. This is awesome there has been significant research and studies performed that suggest positive outcomes.

  3. Good one!

  4. I am so tempted to try CBD for my fatigue, but I have so many meds I take I need to research contraindications first.
    Cora | https://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    1. Oh yeah definitely do research first or contact your GP!

  5. Well done you for sharing this post! I read this post inside out and backwards about four times before I felt ready to leave a comment!
    Rosie

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