Anxiety and Pain and CBD

From severe Anxiety and Pain treated by a narcotic and an opioid, to Lyrica and CBD Oil as my Anxiety and Pain Help, and the light Withdrawals on the way.

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Anxiety, nausea, and pain are old enemies of mine. CBD Oil is a new and helpful part of my daily care, but it took me a long while to get here. There is hope up ahead, and I am very glad to be finally recognizing it.

For years I have heard of the benefits to people from marijuana when you have pain and nausea. Forty years ago when a favorite uncle had cancer and chemotherapy, he lost his appetite and had nausea. In time he lost weight and grew extremely weak.

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So the young people in the family found him some marijuana to inhale. The rest of us never ask where the marijuana came from or who got it, we just watched our uncle eat, gain a little weight, and feel not so sick at his stomach.

Later the next fall uncle passed away, but I know they helped him be comfortable for a while.

Pain Pills  And A Narcotic For Anxiety

Since marijuana was illegal and I needed prescription medication too much to risk my right to get it by getting drug charges against me; I didn’t believe in illegal drugs, I was glad they helped him but I didn’t get involved. I learned it worked for chemotherapy’s nausea and pain.

I have a close friend who tried the cannabis plant for pain and anxiety and says it worked for him. So I started looking for a legal form of the cannabis plant. And I never found one so, after years I gave up, and since 1990, I have been taking an opioid for pain and a narcotic for anxiety.

Physicians & Psyche Medications

Leap forward to 2018 and it is a whole new year and hope with twenty-eight years behind me of being on a narcotic and an opioid. The narcotic I had been taking since April 1990 was Diazepam (Valium). At the age of sixty-seven (67), I ask my physicians to help me off of the narcotic and the opioid Oxycodone.

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Due to my health, they told me they would put me in the hospital and do a medicine deprivation and narcotic and opioid withdrawal while they carefully monitored me.

I ask them what they thought of a Bipolar 1 who quickly ran too high mania being off medication for two weeks?
They told me it was a risk I would have to take but I could only do it under controlled conditions in a medical setting.

This didn’t make sense to me as I had faithfully taken my psyche medications ever since I was diagnosed at the age of thirty-nine, and still had bouts of mania that were not any fun.

Diazepam (Valium) And Withdrawals

In January 2018 I started decreasing Diazepam (Valium), and on February 25, 2018, I took my last Diazepam (Valium). After twenty-eight years of being on the narcotic for severe anxiety, I began the true withdrawal from the drug.

I don’t think there were that many physical symptoms that I was aware of because I was on so many other medications. The mental and emotional need to reach for a Diazepam under stress, or to think, “I will be alright, it is almost Diazepam time!” was not over.

This was a battle for months. I took natural herbal supplements that were not addictive to calm my anxiety during this time.

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They were Holy Basil Root, and for it’s calming strength. I managed with a five-in-one herbal supplement, Redicalm for stress and anxiety.

I had used the five individual herbs before I started taking prescription medications.

CBD Oil and Anxiety

In June 2018 I was introduced to CBD Oil and I both ordered some online and signed up to be an affiliate for CBDBioCare.com and sell their products. I received my oil in the mail on July 2, 2018, and went straight into the house and took the four drops I had been advised was a proper serving size.

Immediately the knot in the pit of my stomach let go and relaxed for the first time in years, if ever. I can’t remember a time that knot wasn’t in my stomach.

Anyone who has severe anxiety knows about that knot in your stomach and the stomach troubles that will come with it. It stayed gone for hours, and when I took four drops six hours later my stomach had only begun to tighten.

I knew for sure CBD oil took care of my anxiety, so now let’s see what else it will do? The next day my stomach did not tighten, and as the CBD oil built in my system, I began to notice other things.

CBD Oil A Natural Herbal Remedy

CBD is a cannabidiol from the Cannabis Sativa Plant and it is not psychoactive so it does not cause you to ‘get high’. You take THC from the cannabis plant when you want to ‘get high’.

There are eighty cannabinoids in the cannabis plant and THC and CBD are only two of them.

We have an endocannabinoid system that interacts with the CBD in our bodies that causes an entourage effect for us that gives us great benefits.

Endocannabinoid System

This entourage effect on our endocannabinoid system is why so many states have legalized prescription marijuana for illnesses.

Now they have prepared a legal form of cannabis that is not psychoactive. You do not smoke it, you may vape it if you wish.

Very recently, a pharmaceutical company took the CBD cannabidiol and processed it. Then they added additives to it, put warning labels on it, and started testing their first prescription drug for epilepsy.

Now they want to make only prescription cannabis products legal.

The CBD Oil I started on July 2, 2018, helped me calm my feelings about Diazepam (Valium), because it took care of my anxiety. I have Ulcerative Colitis which means I have a constant problem with diarrhea.

I have a form of gastritis that has caused me so much trouble in my late fifties I had to have the opening to my stomach rebuilt.

After being on CBD oil for a week I had days without diarrhea and did not wake up in the morning in bone-searing pain. So I broke my Oxycodone in half.

CBD Oil And Oxycodone Withdrawals

Taking 1/2 Oxycodone every 6 hours instead of a whole one as I had done for years without getting full relief, I started withdrawal from an opioid.

I had read the symptoms for opioid withdrawal for years and I did not know if I could do it. Also, I did not know how I would manage the pain I was taking the pain medication for. Now with CBD oil, I had much pain relief, for I did not awake in pain.

I decided the Lyrica I took for Fibromyalgia nerve pain would be my primary medication for chronic pain. I am of the opinion, Lyrica and CBD will be the perfect combination for me!

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I took 1/2 Oxycodone for about two weeks every 6 hours, then for a week at 1/2 Oxycodone every 12 hours for about a week. I was having a serving size of four drops of CBD oil morning and evening.

My pain stayed under control I am happy to say, so on July 23, 2018, I took my last 1/2 Oxycodone.

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

I had two pretty good days and then the withdrawals set in for real. They were not severe. I had four days of mild flu-like symptoms with nasal problems and diarrhea.

The mild withdrawals continued with low-grade fever and chills. I also had a reaction to my medication, Risperidone and had to stop it, and so I may have been going through some withdrawals to it.

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They were more psychological than otherwise for I had two days of depression when I did not want to write or think. I just watched television movies and did not think while time and symptoms passed and I came out on the other side.

I thank God for CBD oil for it saved me from severe withdrawals and takes care of my pain today.

Thank you for reading along with me. If you are a narcotic or opioid survivor, I would like to hear from you. Please tell me about your experience in the comment box!

Please remember! What I tell you is my story and it is for informational purposes only. I am not a medical professional and I cannot advise you about medical matters. Please consult your own health provider before stopping or starting any medication.

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Janice Fox-Henley.AnxietyReliefCoach
Janice.CuringAnxiety@Gmail.com

End Anxious Thoughts In 4 Easy Steps

Barry Joe McDonagh teaches us how to overcome the overwhelming anxious toughts constantly in our minds by a process he explains clearly in this article.

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I want to share with my Readers this article by Barry Joe McDonagh, an international panic disorder coach.

written by Barry Joe McDonagh

End Anxious Thoughts In 4 Easy Steps

After having visited my site I can almost imagine what your repetitive anxious thought might be.

Maybe it’s a fear of:

  • -a panic attack
  • -never being free of general anxiety
  • -a bodily sensation that worries you
  • -a fear of losing control to anxiety

My name is Barry Joe McDonagh and I have successfully taught thousands of people in over 30 different countries, how to end general anxiety and panic attacks.

Whatever your particular fear is, I want to share some tips and techniques with you over the coming days that will not only help you end these fears but also reduce your general anxiety level dramatically.

After many years of coaching people to be anxiety free, I have noticed that those who experience panic attacks or general anxiety almost always deal with the frequent occurrence of anxious thoughts.

Anxiety has a sneaky way of seeding doubt regardless of whether the fear is rational or irrational.

So what can be done for people who suffer from repetitive anxious thoughts?

To begin, lets look at how an anxious thought is powered and then I will demonstrate how to quickly eliminate the intensity of the thought.

Say for example you are going about your daily business when an anxious thought enters your mind.

Whatever the nature of the thought, the pattern that follows is usually quite predictable.

The anxious thought flashes briefly in your awareness and as it does so you immediately react with fear as you contemplate the thought. The fearful reaction you have to the thought then sends a shock-wave through your nervous system. You feel the result of that fear most intensely in your stomach (due to the amount of nerve endings located there).

Because of the intense bodily reaction to the thought you then get sucked into examining the anxious thought over and over.

The continuous fearful reaction you have to the thought, increases the intensity of the experience. The more you react, the stronger the thought rebounds again in your awareness creating more anxious shock-waves throughout your body. This is the typical cycle of anxious thoughts.

For some it feels like the anxious thoughts are hijacking their peace of mind.

Because of the reaction you are having, you may continue to spend the rest of your day thinking about the anxious thoughts you experienced.

“Why am I thinking these thoughts?” “Why can’t I shake off this eerie feeling?”

The harder you try not to think about it, the more upset you become. It is like telling someone

‘Whatever happens do not think of a pink elephant’.

Naturally enough it’s all they can think about. That’s the way our brains our wired.

So how can you eliminate these unwanted anxious thoughts?

To begin with:

  • -when you start to experience anxious thoughts, it is very important not to force the thoughts away.

Let the thoughts in. The more comfortable you can become with them, the better. These thoughts will never go away fully but what you can learn is to change your reaction to them.

By changing your reaction to the anxious thoughts you become free of them.

Once you establish a new way of reacting to the thoughts it does not matter if you have them or not. Your reaction is what defines the whole experience (and that applies to almost everything).

Everybody experiences fleeting thoughts that many would consider scary or crazy. The difference between most people and somebody who gets caught up in them, is that the average person sees them for exactly what they are, fleeting anxious thoughts, and casually ignores them.

The anxious person is at a disadvantage as they already have a certain level of anxiety in their system. The thoughts easily spark feelings of further anxiety which builds into a cycle of fear. You break the cycle by changing how you react to the fearful thought.

Here is an example of how to approach this:

You are enjoying the way your day is going but then all of sudden a fearful thought comes to mind.

Before you would react with anxiety to the idea and then try to force that thought out of your mind.

This time, however, say:

“That’s a fear of X. I could worry and even obsess over that but this time I’m going to do something different. I’m not going to react to it. I’m also not going to try and stop it either. I’m just going to label the thought and not react.”

Then the thought comes again with more intensity and possibly with new ‘scary’ angles you never considered. When this happens you do exactly the same. As if you were observing a cloud passing overhead, you simply

  • -Observe it,
  • -Label it (fear of whatever), then
  • -Watch it as it passes by with no judgment.

then

  • -Move your attention on to what you were doing.

Observe, Label, Watch, Move on

See the anxious thought for what it really is: -one of the thousands of fleeting sane and insane thoughts every one of us experiences daily.

If you are a more indoors type of person then instead of thinking of the thoughts like clouds passing in the sky, you might try imagining a large cinema screen and the anxious thoughts are projected out onto the screen in front of you. Play around with this approach. Find what works for you.

The key thing to remember is to:

Observe, Label, Watch, Move on

By practicing this approach you gradually stop reacting with fear to the thought and you learn to treat it as nothing more than an odd peculiarity.

When you are at a stage where you are comfortable doing the above exercise and you feel you are making good progress, then try this additional step:

Actually invite one of your more regular fearful thoughts in.

Call the fear to you, say you just want it to come close so you can observe it.

It may seem like the last thing you would wish to bring upon yourself, as you don’t particularly enjoy these thoughts but this approach can be very empowering. You are now calling the shots. You actually invited the issue in.

By doing this you are discharging the dense vibration of fear surrounding the anxious thought. That fear was sustaining itself on your resistance, -the idea that you could not handle these thoughts.

The fear quickly evaporates when you turn around and say “yes of course I can handle these thoughts.”

Fear intensifies when we pull away from it. Anxious thoughts become a mental tug of war if we struggle with them.

It is the mental struggle of pulling against the anxious thoughts that creates the inner psychological tension.

The inner tension is fueled by thoughts like:

  • “I can’t handle to think about this -please go away”
  • “I don’t like that thought- I want it to stop!”

Take a different stance. Invite anxious thoughts in. Willingly sit with them, label them and do your very best not to react.

Yes, it does take practice but very soon you find yourself in a unique position of control. You are no longer a victim of fearful thinking but a decision maker in what you will or will not be concerned about.

As with every technique there is always a level of practice involved in the beginning. Initially you start observing but then suddenly get anxious about the fearful thought. That’s very normal in the beginning.

Keep at it. Practice and you will quickly see how less impacting those fearful thoughts become.

Do not let your mind trick you into believing that your anxiety is something you will always have to struggle with. That is simply not true.

Not alone is it possible to control the occurrence of anxious thoughts but I can teach you how to end panic attacks and general anxiety if that is your goal.

You can have the life of your dreams. Anxiety does not have the right to steal that hope from you.

I’m going to e-mail you my mini series. It will help reduce anxiety levels significantly.

Some of this information forms a small part of the Panic Away Program. My full program eliminates panic attacks and general anxiety very quickly and has proved highly successful with both long and short term sufferers of anxiety. The results speak for themselves.

To Learn more about Panic Away visit: www.PanicAway.com

Here are some of the things you will learn from Panic Away…

  • -Learn how to be empowered and gain confidence by engaging a simple technique to defuse any panic attack.
  • -The four most powerful approaches to creating an enduring anxiety buffer zone (particularly useful for those who experience GAD).<
  • -Learn to avoid making the one mistake almost everyone makes during a panic attack episode.

To Learn more about Panic Away visit:

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I encourage you to take a chance with this course. As a former sufferer I would not pretend to have a solution if I did not honestly believe it could be of great benefit to you.

Together we can get you truly back to the person you were before anxiety became an issue.

P.S. Additional bonus- I am currently offering an opportunity to have a one to one session with me so that I can ensure you get the results you need. All I ask is that should you feel the course has been of tremendous benefit to you that I add you to a database I am currently updating of success stories.

If you want to learn more about this course and how to get started right away visit:

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Talk soon

Barry Joe McDonagh

All material provided in these emails are for informational or educational purposes only. No content is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult your physician regarding the applicability of any opinions or recommendations with respect to your symptoms or medical condition

This Article by Barry Joe McDonagh helped me overcome my problem with Anxious Thoughts! I read it more than once, and you will probably have to do so also. Take the time. It is worth it for peace of mind.

Janice Fox-Henley.AnxietyReliefCoach
Janice.CuringAnxiety@Gmail.com

Why Distraction Helps Ease Anxiety

If you have a lingering sensation of anxiety, begin with forcing yourself to become absorbed with something interesting you, then the “One Move” Technique!

? I want to share with my Readers this article by Barry Joe McDonagh, an international panic disorder coach.

Why Distraction Helps Ease Anxiety

In order to quickly move away from generalized anxiety you need to throw yourself 100% into life.

What is needed is to engage regularly in an activity that stimulates you, and holds your complete attention, something in which you can become completely absorbed.

Something that distracts you is a very valuable tool in taking your attention away from the uncomfortable sensation of anxiety that may be lingering in your body.

You see almost everyone with anxiety finds themselves getting a bit obsessed about how they feel at any given moment. The less preoccupied the person is, the more time there is to obsess over anxious sensations.

I am sure you have noticed that when you are doing something you enjoy or that really holds your attention, the less you ‘check in’ to measure your anxiety level.

Quite simply, the more you engage with life the less stagnant and anxious you will feel.

Some of the possible activities that interest you could be:

Gardening, playing a musical instrument, sport, or simply having a good conversation with a friend. The idea here is to find something that you can repeat on a regular basis that you enjoy doing or that at very least holds your attention.

If you find you have too much time on your hands and are having problems coming up with something you could do then I recommend you volunteer in a local voluntary scheme. It could be anything from helping the elderly, looking after animals or environmental conservation.

If you can spare even one or two hours a week for such work, not only will you feel your self-esteem improve, but it will help shake off any lingering feelings of isolation or loneliness which are so often accompanied by anxiety.

One thing you can be certain of is that there is some organization near you crying out for a volunteer just like you to assist them with their work.

The art of distraction has always been used to help people refocus and avoid concentrating on whatever physical or emotional discomfort the person is going through. It may just be the caring friend who invites their recently heart broken roommate out on the town to have some fun.

Dentists and doctors use distraction techniques frequently to distract the patient from a physical discomfort they may be experiencing, by giving them something else to focus on (usually the bill).

The purpose of using distraction, for people who want to live anxiety free, is to have new experiences that take the person’s mind off the anxious feelings they have been experiencing.

If you imagine that all the fearful anxious thoughts that go through your mind are like a roll of film being run through a film projector (your mind) and out into your life. Concentrating on some activity immediately cuts the film and brings you directly into the here and now.

When you are fully engaged with life there is no room for any anxiety disorder. This mental space you create enables both your body and mind time to become less sensitized to the anxiety.

By doing something you enjoy and feel you are good at, helps build new competencies. You are saying to yourself that the anxiety path is not one you want to travel down anymore and that you will put your focus elsewhere.

The more time you give to following these rewarding pursuits, the easier it is for your body to relax and return to a natural state of peace.

Combine this with my ONE MOVE technique and people often look back weeks later and wonder if it was really them who was so anxious all the time. Note, it normally takes a few weeks to reduce feelings of general anxiety. That is the standard amount of time to come back to feeling more yourself.

Let me remind you that I am here to work with you if you want to learn more about my course and the One Move technique which has turned so many peoples lives around.

I’m so confident that my program will help you conquer your anxiety, that I offer a 8 week trial. If you do not benefit from the course you can have your money refunded immediately.

My course Panic Away has proved highly successful with both long and short term sufferers of panic attacks.

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Causes of Panic Attacks

Barry Joe McDonagh speaks on the causes of panic attacks, what is anxiety, and the “One Move” technique to defuse the attack, removing the initial anxiety.

 I want to share with my Readers this article by Barry Joe McDonagh, an International Panic Disorder Coach.

Causes of Panic Attacks

The short and obvious answer: panic attacks are caused by high anxiety. But, what exactly is anxiety? Understanding how anxiety crops up will help you defeat panic attacks.

One of the biggest myths surrounding anxiety is that it is harmful and can lead to a number of various life-threatening conditions.

Definition of Anxiety

Anxiety is defined as a state of apprehension or fear resulting from the anticipation of a real or imagined threat, event, or situation. It is one of the most common human emotions experienced by people at some point in their lives.

However, most people who have never experienced a panic attack, or extreme anxiety, fail to realize the terrifying nature of the experience. Extreme dizziness, blurred vision, tingling and feelings of breathlessness—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

When these sensations occur and people do not understand why, they feel they have contracted an illness, or a serious mental condition. The threat of losing complete control seems very real and naturally very terrifying.

Fight/Flight Response: One of the root causes of panic attacks?

I am sure most of you have heard of the fight/flight response as an explanation for one of the root causes of panic attacks. Have you made the connection between this response and the unusual sensations you experience during and after a panic attack episode?

Anxiety is a response to a danger or threat. It is so named because all of its effects are aimed toward either fighting or fleeing from the danger. Thus, the sole purpose of anxiety is to protect the individual from harm. This may seem ironic given that you no doubt feel your anxiety is actually causing you great harm…perhaps the most significant of all the causes of panic attacks.

However, the anxiety that the fight/flight response created was vital in the daily survival of our ancient ancestors—when faced with some danger, an automatic response would take over that propelled them to take immediate action such as attack or run. Even in today’s hectic world, this is still a necessary mechanism. It comes in useful when you must respond to a real threat within a split second.

Anxiety is a built-in mechanism to protect us from danger. Interestingly, it is a mechanism that protects but does not harm—an important point that will be elaborated upon later.

The Physical Manifestations of a Panic Attack: Other pieces of the puzzle to understand the causes of panic attacks. Nervousness and Chemical Effects…

When confronted with danger, the brain sends signals to a section of the nervous system. It is this system that is responsible for gearing the body up for action and also calms the body down and restores equilibrium. To carry out these two vital functions, the autonomic nervous system has two subsections, the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system.

Although I don’t want to become too “scientific,” having a basic understanding of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system will help you understand the causes of panic attacks.

The sympathetic nervous system is the one we tend to know all too much about because it primes our body for action, readies us for the “fight or flight” response, while the parasympathetic nervous system is the one we love dearly as it serves as our restoring system, which returns the body to its normal state.

When either of these systems is activated, they stimulate the whole body, which has an “all or nothing” effect. This explains why when a panic attack occurs, the individual often feels a number of different sensations throughout the body.

The sympathetic system is responsible for releasing the adrenaline from the adrenal glands on the kidneys. These are small glands located just above the kidneys. Less known, however, is that the adrenal glands also release adrenaline, which functions as the body’s chemical messengers to keep the activity going. When a panic attack begins, it does not switch off as easily as it is turned on. There is always a period of what would seem increased or continued anxiety, as these messengers travel throughout the body. Think of them as one of the physiological causes of panic attacks, if you will.

After a period of time, the parasympathetic nervous system gets called into action. Its role is to return the body to normal functioning once the perceived danger is gone. The parasympathetic system is the system we all know and love, because it returns us to a calm relaxed state.

When we engage in a coping strategy that we have learned, for example, a relaxation technique, we are in fact willing the parasympathetic nervous system into action. A good thing to remember is that this system will be brought into action at some stage whether we will it or not. The body cannot continue in an ever-increasing spiral of anxiety. It reaches a point where it simply must kick in, relaxing the body. This is one of the many built-in protection systems our bodies have for survival.

You can do your best with worrying thoughts, keeping the sympathetic nervous system going, but eventually it stops. In time, it becomes a little smarter than us, and realizes that there really is no danger. Our bodies are incredibly intelligent—modern science is always discovering amazing patterns of intelligence that run throughout the cells of our body. Our body seems to have infinite ways of dealing with the most complicated array of functions we take for granted. Rest assured that your body’s primary goal is to keep you alive and well.

Not so convinced?

Try holding your breath for as long as you can. No matter how strong your mental will is, it can never override the will of the body. This is good news—no matter how hard you try to convince yourself that you are gong to die from a panic attack, you won’t. Your body will override that fear and search for a state of balance. There has never been a reported incident of someone dying from a panic attack.

Remember this next time you have a panic attack; he causes of panic attacks cannot do you any physical harm. Your mind may make the sensations continue longer than the body intended, but eventually everything will return to a state of balance. In fact, balance (homeostasis) is what our body continually strives for.

The interference for your body is nothing more than the sensations of doing rigorous exercise. Our body is not alarmed by these symptoms. Why should it be? It knows its own capability. It’s our thinking minds that panic, which overreact and scream in sheer terror! We tend to fear the worst and exaggerate our own sensations. A quickened heart beat becomes a heart attack. An overactive mind seems like a close shave with schizophrenia. Is it our fault? Not really—we are simply diagnosing from poor information.

Cardiovascular Effects Activity in the sympathetic nervous system increases our heartbeat rate, speeds up the blood flow throughout the body, ensures all areas are well supplied with oxygen and that waste products are removed. This happens in order to prime the body for action.

A fascinating feature of the “fight or flight” mechanism is that blood (which is channelled from areas where it is currently not needed by a tightening of the blood vessels) is brought to areas where it is urgently needed.

For example, should there be a physical attack, blood drains from the skin, fingers, and toes so that less blood is lost, and is moved to “active areas” such as the thighs and biceps to help the body prepare for action.

This is why many feel numbness and tingling during a panic attack-often misinterpreted as some serious health risk-such as the precursor to a heart attack. Interestingly, most people who suffer from anxiety often feel they have heart problems. If you are really worried that such is the case with your situation, visit your doctor and have it checked out. At least then you can put your mind at rest.

Respiratory Effects

One of the scariest effects of a panic attack is the fear of suffocating or smothering. It is very common during a panic attack to feel tightness in the chest and throat. I’m sure everyone can relate to some fear of losing control of your breathing. From personal experience, anxiety grows from the fear that your breathing itself would cease and you would be unable to recover. Can a panic attack stop our breathing? No.

A panic attack is associated with an increase in the speed and depth of breathing. This has obvious importance for the defense of the body since the tissues need to get more oxygen to prepare for action. The feelings produced by this increase in breathing, however, can include breathlessness, hyperventilation, sensations of choking or smothering, and even pains or tightness in the chest. The real problem is that these sensations are alien to us, and they feel unnatural.

Having experienced extreme panic attacks myself, I remember that on many occasions, I would have this feeling that I couldn’t trust my body to do the breathing for me, so I would have to manually take over and tell myself when to breathe in and when to breathe out. Of course, this didn’t suit my body’s requirement of oxygen and so the sensations would intensify—along with the anxiety. It was only when I employed the technique I will describe for you later, did I let the body continue doing what it does best—running the whole show.

Importantly, a side-effect of increased breathing, (especially if no actual activity occurs) is that the blood supply to the head is actually decreased. While such a decrease is only a small amount and is not at all dangerous, it produces a variety of unpleasant but harmless symptoms that include dizziness, blurred vision, confusion, sense of unreality, and hot flushes.

Other Physical Effects of Panic Attacks:

Now that we’ve discussed some of the primary physiological causes of panic attacks, there are a number of other effects that are produced by the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, none of which are in any way harmful.

For example, the pupils widen to let in more light, which may result in blurred vision, or “seeing” stars, etc. There is a decrease in salivation, resulting in dry mouth. There is decreased activity in the digestive system, which often produces nausea, a heavy feeling in the stomach, and even constipation. Finally, many of the muscle groups tense up in preparation for “fight or flight” and this results in subjective feelings of tension, sometimes extending to actual aches and pains, as well as trembling and shaking.

Overall, the fight/flight response results in a general activation of the whole bodily metabolism. Thus, one often feels hot and flushed and, because this process takes a lot of energy, the person generally feels tired and drained.

Mental Manifestations: Are the causes of panic attacks all in my head? is a question many people wonder to themselves.

The goal of the fight/flight response is making the individual aware of the potential danger that may be present. Therefore, when activated, the mental priority is placed upon searching the surroundings for potential threats. In this state one is highly-strung, so to speak. It is very difficult to concentrate on any one activity, as the mind has been trained to seek all potential threats and not to give up until the threat has been identified. As soon as the panic hits, many people look for the quick and easiest exit from their current surroundings, such as by simply leaving the bank queue and walking outside. Sometimes the anxiety can heighten, if we perceive that leaving will cause some sort of social embarrassment.

If you have a panic attack while at the workplace but feel you must press on with whatever task it is you are doing, it is quite understandable that you would find it very hard to concentrate. It is quite common to become agitated and generally restless in such a situation. Many individuals I have worked with who have suffered from panic attacks over the years indicated that artificial light—such as that which comes from computer monitors and televisions screens—can can be one of the causes of panic attacks by triggering them or worsen a panic attack, particularly if the person is feeling tired or run down.

This is worth bearing in mind if you work for long periods of time on a computer. Regular break reminders should be set up on your computer to remind you to get up from the desk and get some fresh air when possible.

In other situations, when during a panic attack an outside threat cannot normally be found, the mind turns inwards and begins to contemplate the possible illness the body or mind could be suffering from. This ranges from thinking it might have been something you ate at lunch, to the possibility of an oncoming cardiac arrest.

The burning question is: Why is the fight/flight response activated during a panic attack even when there is apparently nothing to be frightened of?

Upon closer examination of the causes of panic attacks, it would appear that what we are afraid of are the sensations themselves—we are afraid of the body losing control. These unexpected physical symptoms create the fear or panic that something is terribly wrong. Why do you experience the physical symptoms of the fight/flight response if you are not frightened to begin with? There are many ways these symptoms can manifest themselves, not just through fear.

For example, it may be that you have become generally stressed for some reason in your life, and this stress results in an increase in the production of adrenaline and other chemicals, which from time to time, would produce symptoms….and which you perceive as the causes of panic attacks.

This increased adrenaline can be maintained chemically in the body, even after the stress has long gone. Another possibility is diet, which directly affects our level of stress. Excess caffeine, alcohol, or sugar is known for causing stress in the body, and is believed to be one of the contributing factors of the causes of panic attacks (Chapter 5 gives a full discussion on diet and its importance).

Unresolved emotions are often pointed to as possible trigger of panic attacks, but it is important to point out that eliminating panic attacks from your life does not necessarily mean analyzing your psyche and digging into your subconscious. The “One Move” technique will teach you to deal with the present moment and defuse the attack along with removing the underlying anxiety that sparks the initial anxiety.

Barry McDonagh is an international panic disorder coach. His informative site on all issues related to panic and anxiety attacks can be found here: http://www.panicportal.com

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Someday No Drugs

Someday no drugs is my hope for my future, but not my honest expectation due to the pain, anxiety & symptoms of Diseases Fibromyalgia and Myasthenia Gravis.

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Someday No Drugs Is My Hope

Someday no drugs is my hope, but not the honest expectation of my future! I can not see a way forward that does not contain drugs, or more properly medications for my Bipolar 1 Disorder, Fibromyalgia, and Myasthenia Gravis. 

With extreme control of my emotions and nerves, I could withstand the feelings of pain and sadness that come with the Fibromyalgia without pain meds. Although, I am trying to tell you it would be so difficult!

Four Decades Unmedicated

Diagnosed at the age of thirty-nine with Bipolar 1 Disorder, and upon examination discovered I was more than likely born Bipolar. Not medicated until diagnosis, I lived almost four decades as an unmedicated Bipolar 1. 

Some Bipolars choose to live unmedicated, saying medications stifle their creative abilities! Artists throughout history have chosen to forgo any type of restriction as a way of putting their talent above their state of mind!

Remember, Van Gogh sliced off his ear in pursuit of his perfect work! And, yes, I’ve read both stories about his ear, have you? Google ‘Van Gogh’s ear’!?

Medicated State of Mind

Years of Mania and Depression due to being in an unmedicated state, made me take my medications as they are prescribed religiously! For thirty-one years, I took my medications without question.

Hydrocodone – Oxycodone – Fentynal

The same physician placing me on drugs for Bipolar 1 Disorder in April 1990, also prescribed Hydrocodone for Chronic Pain. The Chronic Pain continued without cessation, and more types of pain arose.

Thus, I was taking the opioids for twenty-eight years by prescription by a Pain Specialist. For the last seven years, my schedule was for one pain pill, an Oxycodone every six hours as needed for pain. Yes, I needed a lot, as my pain level was eight, and I never felt a true measure of relief!

I searched for safe alternative pain relief and there was nothing that would provide relief without danger! Finally, I tried Fentynal, and it took care of the degree of pain, but I could not control it. Fentynal is too dangerous unless you are in hospital. 

Allergic To Morphine

I am allergic to Morphine that eliminates a great many pain drugs for me.

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CBD Oil, Pain Rub, Skin Care Products
CBD Oil – Pain Rub – Skin Care Products

CBD Anxiety & Pain Relief

CBD Oil enters my life and my Anxiety and Pain Relief were clear. Anxiety from a lifetime of anxious thoughts and feelings were given immediate relief upon taking CBD Oil! The tight knot sitting in the middle of my stomach simply let go for the first time in a long time.

I had never had this happen before without being highly sedated and this time my mind was clear. Just home from the doctor’s office, and I had not taken my Oxycodone. The THC side of Cannabis is psychoactive, but CBD is not! Good to know!

Knowing how well CBD Oil is handling my anxiety, I am ready to pursue pain relief! And I did, and also lowered my intake of Oxycodone until I quit taking them! The next month of mild withdrawals taught me a great deal about myself and opioids.

Opioid Dependent vs. Opioid Addicted

I went through this in July 2018, and it is now January 2019. In October 2018, I discovered through discussions with my Pain Specialist several facts. One of which was that although I had taken the opioids for twenty-eight years, I was opioid dependent vs. opioid addicted!

This was quite an eye-opener! Holly agreed with me that I definitely went through physical opioid withdrawals. Then she asked me to search my memory to see if I could truly find opioid craving? And I could not.

Narcotic Withdrawals – Diazepam (Valium)

Not like the narcotic cravings I felt and thought during Valium (Diazepam) withdrawals! Never so much as I feel when I run out of my e-cig substitutes! Panic! Fear! Got to do something! There! I do find addiction and craving!

Still to this day, and I stopped taking them a year ago next month, but even now I think when I get upset, “I sure could use a Diazepam!” Then I remind myself , “That crutch is over, and I’ll be just fine!” And I am. ?

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DIAZEPAM

The withdrawals from the narcotic were not any fun at all! I did not have anything extra onboard, and yes, I was on plenty of medications for Bipolar and anxiety. I did have an excellent pain medication in Lyrica for Fibromyalgia.

So going into narcotic withdrawals I was fortified with pain medication. Onboard I did have psyche meds against anxiety and depression, basically a mood control medication. When nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea started I was miserable but I simply treated the symptoms.

While dealing with the gastric symptoms that hit me first, I found I was having even lower blood pressure than usual. I didn’t have it lowered to the point of being dangerous as some do during withdrawals.

Other Symptoms of Narcotic Withdrawals:

  • Raise and Lower Blood Pressure
  • Palpitations
  • Pectoral Muscle Spasm
  • Cardiac Event
  • Stroke
  • Coma
  • Death
  • Some people must truly be advised to go through withdrawals under the care of a physician!
  • If you are in bad health, this means you!
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Anxiety – Redicalm – CBD Oil

The second week, when the worst of the physical symptoms were past, I purchased a bottle of Redicalm. It is a combination of five herbal supplements that are excellent calming agents. I knew it was exactly what I needed at the time! And I was thankful for it!

Just a few months later, I was introduced to CBD Oil and then I knew real relief! CBD does for me what nothing else does because it helps with my pain relief, too.

CBD is a natural herbal supplement, so I don’t consider it a drug. Every drug or medication I can take less of or stop, for that I am thankful.

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The Comfort of Weighted Blankets

The comfort of a weighted blanket is a 21st Century Design but a 19th Century feeling! The heavy homemade quilts on a bed in a room with crisp, cold air, heated by a fireplace or wood heater is definitely from an era gone before. These quilts are what the weighted blankets bring to mind.

Feeling the Comfort of Weighted Blankets

The comfort of a weighted blanket is a 21st Century Design but a 19th Century feel! The heavy homemade quilt on a bed in a room with crisp, cold air, heated by a fireplace or wood heater is definitely from an era gone before. These quilts are what the weighted blankets bring to mind.

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PLUSH WEIGHTED BLANKET

A well built weighted blanket is fashioned in a modern factory with state of the art equipment to bring together the pockets of Premium Glass Beads in fine, durable stitching.

What is not built in the factory but comes with the Blankets is the Feeling of Being Hugged! I can see why a baby sleeps better when it is bundled! The feeling of being wrapped warm and safe is a true need in all of us I think.

These blankets are good for Anxiety, RLS, AUTISM, Insomnia, Bipolar,  and other things I don’t have personal experience with so I can’t speak to much more.

10%  to 15% OF BODY WEIGHT FOR SAFETY

Some weighted blankets are fifteen pounds, twenty pounds, and some are twenty-five pounds for you to purchase according to your weight and bed size. Do be careful to not buy too large for a child so as to overpower them! I have one for children here for seven pounds.

10% of body weight
10% OF BODY WEIGHT FOR SAFETY

It is best for the blanket to be no more than 10% to 15% of a person’s body-weight for safety. Body-weight for the person using the weighted blanket is more important than the bed size which is normal with a blanket.

If you or the person you are purchasing the blanket for is a child or a sick weak patient, then you need to think twice about the size or the purchase for these weighted blankets are heavy.

WEIGHTED BLANKETS COMFORT
WEIGHTED BLANKETS COMFORT

GETTING A GOOD FITTING BLANKET

What makes the blanket pockets fold carefully around you and give you a soothing hug as you calm and go to sleep also makes them heavy. Moving a lot in your sleep will require a wider blanket than a quieter person needs, while most people settle down under the blanket and lie still.

The weighted blankets are of all different prices and sizes as you will find when you click on one and go to KOHL’S. Each one has quite a lot to say about its good points to help you buy it. 

GENERIC WEIGHTED BLANKET
KOHL'S ENTIRE STORE SALE
KOHL’S ENTIRE STORE SALE

Read each one you choose before you buy, but most have a 365 Day Refund Policy. Please Shop Wise and Enjoy Your Blanket!?

Amazon and Wayfair are other places to Shop for Well-Made, Comforting, and Anxiety Calming Weighted Blankets! There is more Information on my sales page!

Legal Disclaimer: The minimum age for children using a Weighted Blanket is thirteen years. Pregnant women, babies, and children under 5 years old, and people who can’t move the weighted blanket themselves are prohibited from using the product.

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A Special Day-Every Three Weeks

Every three weeks I spend a special day with my husband and my nurse Renee, who is specially trained, while I have my Infusion Therapy, my IVIG.

Myasthenia Gravis Symptoms
The Myasthenia Gravis Symptoms

A Special Day-Every Three Weeks

Today things are a little different for me. I will take it a little easier this morning, and I will make it a point to do only calm things. Travis will help me with my hair when I take my bath this morning, for my caregiver doesn’t come in until this afternoon.

After my bath, we will watch westerns from the 60’s and 70’s, like Wagon Train, Laramie, Dead or Alive, and my favorite, Gunsmoke. Shows that will not upset me. Usually, I watch the news, but I really get into the news and have my opinions about it. So today is a western day with Travis.

Renee, my Nurse

A text comes from my nurse and she will be here at about 4 pm, and that is the usual time. Renee is an extremely good nurse, who is very well-trained in what she is doing. Sometimes Renee talks about her family and her garden, so Travis and I both enjoy calmly visiting with her the four hours it takes for me to have my IVIG.

Renee comes to my house every three weeks to help me have my IVIG. When I first started them it was every four weeks. As I remained weaker, and the Myasthenia Gravis symptoms worsened, the neurologist increased the dosage and the frequency.

NURSE TAKING BLOOD PRESSURE
NURSE TAKING BLOOD PRESSURE

Renee takes my blood pressure and temperature every thirty minutes or so. More often, when we first start one. It is because I don’t have any immunities, and to lessen the force of the Myasthenia Gravis symptoms. This is a form of Muscular Dystrophy.

The IVIG Is Over

The IVIG is over and Renee has left, and everything went well. I am as tired as if I had worked all day, and I didn’t do anything but sit here and calmly watch TV and visit. Renee is tired, but she doesn’t show it, and she has to drive about fifty-five miles until she gets home. She is the closest nurse to me that is trained to do this.

Anyway, the IVIG is over and I will feel stronger in the morning when I wake at about 4 am. Tomorrow I have a doctor’s appointment in the afternoon, but I can work in the morning.

Description of IVIG

Quote from All Geek, “A health care professional to come to his or her home, as the treatment requires several hours of sitting while the IVIG is delivered, and medical personnel must be available to monitor the patient for signs of an allergic reaction or any other complications related to the treatment.”

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Weeks After Stopping Oxycodone

My pain specialist said, “You remained in control of the drug, the drug did not control you, thus, you were not addicted you were dependent.”

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Weeks After Stopping Oxycodone

Weeks after stopping Oxycodone, I went to see my pain specialist. Telling her I had stopped the opioid, and that’s when I found out I had been coping with opioid dependency according to her.

Yes, I had gone through physical withdrawals but had not had the mental cravings as I do for my cigarettes. I spoke to her of the anger and mild depression, and she surprised me!

Opioid Dependency vs Opioid Addiction

Holly told me I had to learn the difference between opioid addiction vs opioid dependency. While I had spoken she had reviewed my chart over the years and I had never failed to use my medication correctly.

My pain specialist said, “You remained in control of the drug, the drug did not control you, thus, you were not addicted you were dependent.”

Opiate Holiday!

Holly went on to say, “You have given yourself an opiate holiday! That is a very good thing. Now you need to choose the medication for your pain control.”

The doctor was of the impression I would immediately choose an opioid as my pain medication. For so long a period of time I had needed to be treated with a strong pain medication, she saw no other recourse but to prescribe it again.

I began to tell her I was coping with Ulcerative Colitis and could not have an ansaid or any anti-inflammatory medications for pain. My Gastrologist had told me the week before my gastric system could only tolerate Tylenol.

I ask my Primary M.D. for a pain medication that was not a narcotic or an opioid. He offered me Tramadol or Ultram, the least addictive of the opioids. I asked for something that was not addictive, as I had enough of withdrawals.

Choice Hydrocodone or Oxycodone

The Pain Specialist reminded me with seizure issues I couldn’t take the medication Tramadol as it could provoke seizures. As I felt my options were rapidly rushing away from me, Holly told me my choices were between Hydrocodone 7.5 and Oxycodone.

I almost fell off my chair! I had gone through physical withdrawals to get off of the opioids. No, I didn’t want back on the pain pills! To call in, to make that phone call every month! Again! But wait. 

I Did Not Fear The Call

It would not be the same! I did not need the pill every six hours with the CBD! Never did I need the pill like that again! I looked at her and I did not fear the call! The numbing, gut-twisting fear was over, so I didn’t have to fear that call ever again!

Holly was talking about how I was opioid dependent, and not opioid addicted and I would be fine on the medication. I did not fear her power with her pen, and I did not fear the phone call each month.

Each Day Is A Gift
Each Day Is A Gift

I was not listening. My mind was clear and set. It had been clear for a month for the first time in many, many years. For several reasons, pain and illness caused me to need to choose something that was not my first choice.

That didn’t mean it couldn’t be my best choice. With Lyrica as my basic pain medication, and CBD oil doing what it does as it’s best work for me, I know what I want to tell Holly. I choose the prescription for Hydrocodone 7.5.

Never again do I want it to be every six hours and living in an opioid fog, but I do cope with a great deal of chronic pain. There are times the chronic pain reaches a level extra difficult to cope with on regularly scheduled medications. I will use the Hydrocodone 7.5 sparingly for these times.

Flare-Up With Ulcerative Colitis

The weekend before I had been to the ER with breathing difficulty, and hospitalized. Then the ER doctor informed me I was dealing with a flare-up with my Ulcerative Colitis.

My upper colon was inflamed and showed infection the tests showed them. They put me on IV antibiotics and stopped my anti-inflammatory Diclofenac.

No Diclonac In Hospital

Diclonac is an excellent anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic medication, but gastro doctors don’t like it for your stomach. Stopping this anti-inflammatory lessens my level of established pain control with CBD moderating for me.

In the ER he can give you strong pain medication if you are truly ill! A flare-up of Ulcerative Colitis causes a great deal of pain! It is a chronic condition for me with acute flare-ups, and this has been so for the last seven years.

ANXIETY Grounding tool
ANXIETY GROUNDING TOOL

CBD Oil for Anxiety and Pain Control

I have found nothing better than CBD Oil for Anxiety and Pain Control. Read the little Anxiety Grounding tool above for it can help you the next time you have an anxious episode. It has helped me for it tells us good ideas.

CBD Oil is something I have added to my life and it serves me well. I have found it extremely relieving when I was at my worst where anxiety was concerned. My severe anxiety had worsened due to long-term opioid use.

Physically Withdrew

During the time I physically withdrew from my opioid dependency, CBD oil controlled my anxiety! The CBD began showing me how it worked with my other medications. To me, it seemed they were stronger and lasted longer.

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CBD Oil

To me, it seemed CBD Oil worked well with my other medications and herbal supplements. I found it interacted in such a way as grapefruit usually does and strengthened my pain medication.

The anti-inflammatory properties of the herbal remedy CBD is so effective for me with my prescribed anti-inflammatory for Diclofenac’s effect seems to be strengthened.

Contact Chosen Medical Provider 

Here is where I need to tell you I am not a medical professional. You should contact your chosen medical provider before starting or stopping any medication or supplement. 

What I tell you here is my own story and my system is of course, different from yours. Each of us can tolerate and do differently. 

Pleased to learn I have been opioid dependent and not opioid addicted, I began to live my life with a new found hope for the future. Overcoming the dependency to me was a physical battle, well fought, and done!

So, I was taking Oxycodone every six hours for so many years. Then being clean of the opioid for three months I gave myself an opiate holiday! Now I have a prescription for two Hydrocodone a day. And this is sufficient for my pain for I only take it when the pain is most fierce.

PAIN IS A LONG ROAD I KNOW 
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PAIN IS A LONG ROAD I KNOW

Something I need to tell you is that one program I found about seven months ago is extremely helpful in relieving anxiety! I am doing so well with it I can say for sure it is great, has helped me tremendously, and I want to share it with you!

The program is Barry Joe McDonaugh’s world studied PanicAway!

I have added some Articles on this Website by Barry Joe McDonaugh creator of PanicAway! He has a great deal of insight and can help you with your Anxiety and Panic Attacks!

One of Barry’s Articles is ‘Causes of Panic Attacks’.

Here is where I tell you again, I am not a medical professional and do not diagnose, treat, or prescribe medications. My system is different from yours and you may not react to medications the same way I do. Anything I write is for informational purposes only.

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Baby Boomers Going Through Opioid Withdrawals

How many Baby Boomers are going through opioid withdrawals now? To know this, you would have to know how many Baby Boomers were taking opioids for medication or a high?

Baby Boomers and Opioid Withdrawals

How many Baby Boomers are going through opioid withdrawals now? To know this, you would have to know how many Baby Boomers were taking opioids for medication or a high?

I wonder how many of us started on medication for an injury, or illness, and became quickly addicted?

One point to think about is that Baby Boomers make a majority in the population. So are we a majority of the opioid crisis?

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1957 Chevrolet Dream Car – Note: I thought Baby Boomers might want to remember this car! 

I was taking prescription opioid Hydrocodone 7.5, Vicodin twenty-eight years ago.

As late as 1990, they instructed physicians that pain pills of this strength and type were non-addictive!

Addiction Treatment For Opioids

STAT Daily Recap (An online newsletter I read every day) wrote that Richard Sackler, of the Sackler family that invented Oxycontin, had been granted a patent for addiction treatment for opioids. 

The patent, issued earlier this year, January 2018, concerns a new formulation of buprenorphine, one of the medications shown to help people with opioid addiction.

QUOTE Reporter Andrew Joseph:  September 7, 2018 “Fatal overdoses from prescription painkillers quadrupled from 1999 to 2013, when they killed more than 16,000 people in the United States.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled the spike a “public health epidemic.”

Congress and state governments are scrambling to fund new prevention and treatment programs as the opioid scourge spreads from drugs like OxyContin to heroin and fentanyl.” END QUOTE. 

If Purdue Pharma knew this in 2013, why did they lie to us?

Someone I respect was pleased to hear there was new help for opioid addiction from this source. My friend has a great deal of forgiveness in him for this family.

All I have to say is they should surely know their product and how to counteract it, after all, they own it.

Physician's Power Pen
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Never realizing I was addicted to Oxycodone until the time came to put the opioid aside. It was an eye-opener to me.  They prescribed Hydrocodone 7.5mg. for twenty-four years, then 10mg. for two more years, then Oxycodone for 10mg. for two years.

Being never without a prescription for the drug, but I was constantly terrified the doctor wouldn’t sign or call in the script.

Addicted To Opioids

So every month I had to call the nurses’ line and leave a message for receiving my pain pills, and every month I held my breath and threw up for two days before I called.

Taking the narcotic Valium and the opioid, I still ended up with a stomach ulcer before I was forty and stomach surgery in my fifties.

For several years I had wanted to come off the narcotic and opioid, Diazepam and Oxycodone, but I was dependent on them for anxiety and pain relief and help.

I was a prescribed user of them both for twenty-eight years. Hard to believe, isn’t it?

Off the Narcotic Valium

In February 2018 I got sick and tired of begging for Diazepam (Valium). By lessening the dosage slowly over time I took myself off of it.

To help with my anxiety, I took the herbal supplement Redicalm. Being able to purchase Redicalm without a prescription was to me a gift.

I further strengthened my anxiety fighting herbal supplements by using Holy Basil Root which is a cortisol strengthener.

It is now September 2018; I am narcotic free, and I have been fortunate to stay clean of any Diazepam (Valium).

CBD Oil and Anxiety

As the anxiety continued to be a problem, I was still looking for some stronger relief. A friend showed me to CBD Oil I began to learn about it.

Finally, I got to try some, and then I was so pleased to purchase some CBD Oil of my own.

In quiet was so thrilled to use my CBD Oil and receive true relief from anxiety.

That was on July 2, 2018, and I received more than anxiety relief. It was soon apparent that I was on the way to some pain relief! I am taking Lyrica for nerve pain from the Fibromyalgia and Myasthenia Gravis.

I thought I needed the opioid Oxycodone for pain relief, too, but I don’t.

And then I realized with the CBD Oil I was receiving enough pain relief to come off the Oxycodone. I started to plan my opioid withdrawals.

I talked to friends who had gone through withdrawals, remembered the narcotic withdrawals, and searched for withdrawal symptoms.

Endocannabidiol System and CBD Can Help

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CBD OIL Anxiety and Pain Relief

Symptoms Long-Term Opioid Use

I found out severe anxiety, and severe diarrhea are symptoms of long-term opioid use. So, I was sure, the twenty-eight years of opioids and I have severe anxiety and diarrhea, unto having Colitis. 


And the Ulcerative Colitis I was being treated for may be opiate caused severe diarrhea. There go three more strong medications I will not have to take anymore!

Baby Boomers Coming Off Opioids?

After checking with my friends and neighbors I knew one thing was clear. We Baby Boomers are as split as we were during the Viet Namese War and Equality Marches of the 1900’s.

Some of us became addicted to narcotics or opioids or both. Yes, we have been of the majority of the population both in numbers and in pain pill use.

I learned it wasn’t always an opioid but sometimes an anti-inflammatory or narcotic.

We are a varied group. In that for some the ideal was to live without any drugs of any kind.

Then again, many took each and every drug and medication that was offered through the years. So that addiction waited to ensnare the unwary.

I know Baby Boomers who have remained highly medicated all their lives. They, have reached their seventies without addiction.

Some began with drugs in their twenties and continued with various types of medication all of their adult lives. Surprisingly. some    Baby Boomers have escaped addiction.

Baby Boomers Are Going Through Opioid Withdrawals

Sadly, this is the fate for some Baby Boomers, but for the majority, it is opioid, narcotic or alcohol addiction. For except for the ones of us that lived drug-free, we are a drug using generation.

The Baby Boomers put their talents into inventing and developing drugs and medications. At the same time we were delving into the drug scene as we came of age.

Now some Baby Boomers are coming off opioids and having opioid withdrawals. Some Baby Boomers are coming off narcotics and having narcotic withdrawals. They are about the same, but differ in intensity.

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Some Opioid withdrawal symptoms are listed below:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hot and Cold Chills
  • Fever
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Fluctuating Blood Pressure
  • Cardiac Event
  • Coma
  • Death

Five weeks ago I went through a mild case of opioid withdrawals. Mine was mild because of CBD Oil being part of my onboard arsenal of help to go through withdrawals.

I broke my Oxycodone 10mg in half each dosage for two weeks. Then I cut the dosage further, then stopped it by the third week in July 2018. Withdrawals didn’t begin in earnest until I was taking just one-half Oxycodone a day.

So I used Four Drops of the 1000mg. CBD Oil every six hours during the worst of the opioid withdrawals. CBD Oil helped me have a time I could tolerate.

I would not want to go through it again. Although it was not as bad as I was warned, and I thank goodness for the CBD!

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Emotional Withdrawals/ Side-Effects?

Emotional Withdrawals/Side-Effects/Myasthenia Gravis

Since I don’t know if I am dealing with Emotional Withdrawals, Side-Effects, or if it is Myasthenia Gravis, I will take them one by one.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF MG

I must admit I’m also haunted by the teaching that you stop maturing emotionally when you become addicted. I just don’t know!

While going through opioid withdrawals I was at the stage where I was breaking my Oxycodone in half at each dosage every 6 hours and taking 4 drops of 1000mg. CBD Oil every 6 hours, when I developed unreasonable, constant anger.

I decided it was a side-effect of the CBD on the Risperidone and stopped the Risperidone.

I had to choose between the Risperidone and the CBD and the CBD was handling my severe anxiety and intense pain so that I could stay off the Diazepam (Valium), and come off the Oxycodone.

Later, I found I needed some Risperidone, so I took 2mg. instead of 4mg. Thus, I found cutting my Risperidone dosage in half was better with the CBD oil and Lyrica.

Librax benzo

After having gone through the physical symptoms of opioid withdrawals, I am in the midst of some anger that is hard to cope with.

The quick flash of temper, repetitive thoughts, and restlessness that is unusual for me I truly believe are side-effects of the meds interacting with each other.

A physician who is learned in pharmacology advised me the Librax I was taking had:   
Quote: “Librax contains chlordiazepoxide (benzodiazepine group medicine) which is likely interacted with Lyrica and caused side effects like difficulty concentrating, thoughts and movements.” End Quote., Dr. Malik.

CBD – Lyrica – Librax

Realizing CBD was boosting the therapeutic effect of the Lyrica and Librax, causing the Librax to act with side-effects, I stopped the Librax. Most of the unwanted side-effects began cessation after about four days, and I was pleased.

The chlordiazepoxide benzo, I didn’t know that is what I had been taking, and I stopped it when I found out. The Librax had not achieved the symptomatic relief for which it was intended anyway.

Thus, the initial side-effects of the Librax on the Lyrica and the CBD on all my medications was learned. CBD has a cumulative effect on medication, causing substances to accumulate in the liver instead of routinely pass as they should.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CBD

Bipolar  –  Emotional Maturity

Bipolar 1 and Emotional Maturity, or Immaturity, can feel the same for me from the position of the patient! Anger management expectation for a thirty-nine-year-old and a sixty-seven-year-old can be entirely different.

At the time an agitated Depression State that is borderline Mania can feel very much like anger.

Here is a good place to tell you Bipolar 1 that make bad decisions during the cold anger of agitated Depression to never be convinced you are Borderline. There is nothing wrong with being Borderline if that is what you are.

Although if you need Bipolar medication you need to stay diagnosed by a qualified medical professional as Bipolar.

UPDATE: AUGUST 14, 2019

Emotional Withdrawals?

Emotional Withdrawals? Are you as real as physical withdrawals? I was of the opinion my anger was more than likely a side-effect of mixing medications! Now I am not so sure. Time has passed, and I have thought about this anger, and I believe it may have been emotional withdrawals.

This original post was written in August 2018. At the end of November 2018, my psychiatrist suggested Vraylar to help me with what she determined to be bipolar mania aggression. The Vraylar continues to help control my mania, but the anger was a factor that stood alone! END OF UPDATE

MG Difficulty Talking or Vocal Cord Surgery

I have to make a conscious decision to talk plainly to be understood by my husband, partly because of my voice and partly his hearing. I don’t know if it is the difficulty in speaking due to the Myasthenia Gravis symptoms such as facial paralysis, muscle weakness, and hoarse voice. 

I also have difficulty making myself heard and understood because I had vocal cord surgery a few years ago; polyps removed from my vocal cords, causing damage.

Following surgery for several weeks or months, it seems like, I had to go to Speech Therapy. Vowel sounds softly spoken after weeks of saying nothing. Then harsher consonants, rich, throaty sounds that hurt your throat if spoken with too much force of air!

Myasthenia Gravis Diagnosis

I did not do all of the home exercises with my voice because I was quickly fatigued now. It seemed I didn’t have to do much of anything to become exhausted.

So when I had double-vision and the other symptoms that led my doctors to diagnose the Myasthenia and tell me any exercise was not profitable for me, I was relieved to stop the voice exercises.

That was in 2008, so now in 2018 I have been taking CBD oil, and the pain is so much better.

My anxiety is under control; the pain is being dealt with by the CBD and another non-addictive anti-inflammatory, Diclofenac SOD DR 75mg TAB.

My base pain medication is still Lyrica. It is staying at the reduced dosage of 100mg. three times a day.

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