If you’ve been reading our story for a while, you are probably aware of at least some of the problems we’re facing as a family. Most of the focus has been on the kids, especially Gavin. One of the things I haven’t spent a great deal of time lately is talking about some of the challenges my wife Lizze faces on a daily basis.
The those who don’t want to read to the end, I’ll cut to the chase. My feelings are hurt but whatever. 😉
This article is not intended to be medical advice. Always talk to your doctor before starting anything, including CBD products. I’m simply discussing why we’ve been exploring CBD products. We’re hoping that Lizze can finally find some relief from a migraine she’s had for 7+ years now. You can take CBD in many forms but the most common are oil, lotions, capsules, tinctures, concentrates, sprays, and vapes. You can even get CBD Gummies.
Anyway, it’s important to read the rest of the post in order to frame this in the proper context. The point of the post is to share how we arrived at the decision to give CBD oil a try.
I’ll start from the beginning..
Lizze and I have been married since 2003 but together since 2001.
Being a special needs parent takes atremendous toll on the human body both emotionally and physically. Lizze is aposter child for this and it’s drained her quality of life over theyears. Lizze has been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Ehlers-Danlos, and migraines. Lizze has had the same migraine for the last 7 years andit’s resulted in her being officially declared disabled.
Over the years, Lizze has seen many neurologists and none have been able to effectively treat her migraines. The last 7 years have been relentless and she’s not had a single break from her constant pain.
She’s tried pretty much every preventative medication that was available and nothing helped. She has even gone through several migraine infusions as well and that didn’t help. If you’re unaware of what a migraine infusion is, it’s basically an IV drip of hardcore medications and painkillers that are given over an extended period of time (sometimes a couple of days). This is a relatively aggressive approach and is intended to at minimum, decrease the overall pain and at best, break
Lizze went though this a few times and aside from being really sleepy from the medications, she never got any relief.
She had been encouraged to try Botox for years and never did because the idea of having dozens of injections in her forehead and other areas along her hairline was terrifying, especially for someone with severe
Trypanophobia or fear of needles. It simply wasn’t an option.
After refusing Botox, there was nothing more her neurologist was willing to do. She was basically on her own for many years before finally finding a new neurologist who convinced her to try Botox. Lizze was desperate at this point and underwent the procedure. There are serious side effects associated with this and one of them is a significant worsening of
Lizze had resigned herself to never finding help or relief from her unrelenting pain. I should also point out that she’s not been on anything stronger than prescription Motrin in at least years.
About 2 months ago, I was able to convince her to try one last time but this time at the Cleveland Clinic. Her new neurologist is pretty awesome and he’s really trying to help her. There’s a new medication called Aimovig that is supposed to be a major breakthrough. She’s been approved but it’s taking forever to get the medication into her hands.
That being said, rather than sit around and wait for what could take forever, we decided to try something that we’d avoided, mostly due to ignorance. That something else is CBD oil. Lizze has been using CBD oil for the last few weeks. We decided to try CBD oil because while Ohio has legalized Marijuana for medicinal purposes, there’s still sometime before it’s truly available. CBD oil is legal and readily available. Early next year, Lizze will get her card and we can look at other options.
As for her experience with CBD oil, she’s going to eventually do her own write up with all the details. That said, her experience has been positive thus far. Her migraines are normally at least a10/10 on the pain scale. Nothing has ever really helped before but the CBD oil she’s been using for about 3 weeks now takes her migraine from a 10/10 to a6/10.
That’s about a 4 point drop and while that may not seem like much to people who aren’t living in chronic pain, I assure you, it’s a big deal. There is still a great deal of room for improvement but it’s progress that she’s not seen before with her past medication. Again, that’s big deal.
CBD or Cannabidiol is extracted from the flowers and buds of marijuana or hemp plants. It does not produce intoxication; marijuana’s “high” is caused by the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). That was actually something I didn’t understand and one of the big reasons it took time for me to be on board with giving it a try.
CBD comes in different forms. It can be found in the above-mentioned oil, lotions, capsules, tinctures, concentrates, sprays, and vapes. You can even get CBD Gummies.
As I said, Lizze will tell you her story in more detail and I won’t take that from her.
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Just so we’re clear, please don’t take this as medical advice. My only purpose is to share the process that sorta led us to going down this road. Everyone is different and you should always, always talk to your doctor prior to using anything like CBD oil.