Chronic pain is persistent and the pain signals continue for weeks, months, or even years. Does this sound like you?
If you suffer from chronic pain, keep reading and you’ll find out you’re not alone!
A study by the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies found that 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, proving that this is a national epidemic.
This means that chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined.
A study by the National Institute of Health found that one in 10 Americans experiences pain every day for three months.
And over 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain.
According to National Institute of Health, the four most common types of chronic pain are:
- Lower back (27%)
- Severe headaches or migraine pain (15%)
- Neck pain (15%)
- Facial pain (4%)
And it’s been shown more woman experience pain than men. Not cool!
The worst part about chronic pain is how it impacts one’s daily life:
- Almost 20% of Americans (or 42 million Americans) suffer from pain or discomfort while sleeping according to the Sleep in America poll
- Nearly two-thirds of people with chronic pain have trouble sleeping. Not enough sleep often makes the pain worse. Thus, one finds oneself in a recurring cycle of pain and sleeplessness.
- 40% of Americans with chronic pain report that their pain has an impact on their overall enjoyment of life, including change of mood and inability to sleep, work, and live one’s best life.
- 77% of people report feeling depressed due to chronic pain
There is no specific cure for chronic pain and therefore, some people may live with it forever.
However, there is one way to manage the pain that has proven to works in multiple studies - CBD. It has worked for me – let me tell you how!
Anti-inflammatory: CBD helps reduce inflammation without the side-effects of prescription painkillers that can damage one’s liver, kidneys, and stomach. Research shows CBD can stop inflammation by activating CB2 receptors found in the endocannabinoid system which oversees our entire immune system.
Muscle relaxer: Not only does CBD help with anti-inflammation, but it also acts as a muscle relaxer to help with muscle pain, muscle soreness, and muscle spasm. Many doctors have prescribed me muscle relaxers that leave me groggy and foggy headed. But with CBD I can manage my dose (or use a topical) to ensure I’m taking the right amount of CBD for my body to leave me energetic and ready to conquer the day.
Sleep: Research has shown that CBD can reduce insomnia in people who suffer from chronic pain. When my chronic pain flares up, I also struggle sleeping. When I don’t get enough sleep, I find that I’m not only cranky, but also in more pain. Taking CBD one-hour before bed helps me fall into deep sleep that leaves me refreshed in the morning.
Depression: Many people who suffer from chronic pain also deal with depression. A study by Lauren Rayner puts that number at 60%! CBD has helped me take control of my life. I find that I’m not as anxious or stressed on a daily basis, which positively impacts my sleep and thus, my pain levels. I have also been able to start participating in activities, that I love, but I couldn’t participate in without excruciating pain and flare-ups, including Zumba, long walks after dinner, and standing for long periods of times (hello, concerts!). CBD has made me more energetic (better sleep and less pain), and also more positive about my life.
Have you tried CBD for chronic pain? If so, drop me a line and let me know how it’s helped you!
Source: Vitalmei, https://vitalmei.com/chronic-pain-statistics/