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.

Anxiety – Pain – Alone


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.


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 by prescription.

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.

Hope in anxiety and pain

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 though.

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


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 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!


More Oxycodone Withdrawals

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.

CBD Oil, Pain Rub, Skin Care Product

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.


Janice Fox-Henley.AnxietyReliefCoach

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.


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.


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

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.



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. 


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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Janice Fox-Henley.AnxietyReliefCoach

August 24th, One Month Of Opioid Withdrawals

white cloud words on dark blue background "believe in yourself", After one month of withdrawals you can!

After First Month of Withdrawals

After your first month of opioid withdrawals, you begin to believe in yourself. You have been thru something very few people have attempted successfully.

Withdrawals are not over, and I know it, but the flu-like symptoms, cold chills, nausea, and diarrhea are over.

The emotions that stopped maturing when I got addicted to the first opioid in 1990, started breaking free on me last week in anger. I had been warned I might have to deal with anger and depression at some point during withdrawals.

I began to have constant anger, a quick temper, and no patience with anyone around me.

Bipolar 1 – Manic-Depressive Episodes

Not only was there and still are false emotions to cope with, but I have Bipolar 1. This causes manic-depressive episodes which includes great fluctuations in mood and emotions.

Having coped with depression all of my life, I am ready to deal with it when it rears its ugly head.

I take medications for the Bipolar 1 and Anxiety that are mood control and anti-psychotic drugs. The Risperidone built up in my body, I think the best way to explain it is the way grapefruit causes a reduction in the release of substances from the kidneys and liver.

The CBD has the same effect on medications for me as a grapefruit and its juice.

I had to take less Risperidone to lessen the anger for it was a side-effect of the CBD and the Risperidone being contraindicated for it was building up in me and reacting due to the unmeasured anti-psychotic effect of the CBD.

A couple of weeks battling intense anger due to the medication confusion wore me out almost thoroughly.

A person with MG is active  and the muscles where the activity occurred can become temporarily paralyzed.
Myasthenia Gravis and Activity

Myasthenia Gravis and Life

No matter what else one is doing, if you have Myasthenia Gravis, you will not be allowed to forget that fact. If you do, you will surely be reminded when you get up and try to go to the bathroom or kitchen!

I can’t use large muscles very much; like walking, standing, or sitting straight up and riding in a vehicle.

Pretty much being anywhere besides my favorite recliner or bed just does not work for me. With the weakened muscles from the MG, I get so very tired going just one room away from my chair.

Although I don’t know when it started, I was diagnosed in 2008 when I developed double-vision. It has been a fast-moving ten years, I guess I was partly in a drug fog.

Fibromyalgia Fog and Drug Fog

If you have Fibromyalgia, then you have Fibro Fog where you have periods of time where, (and it is different with everyone), you are confused, can’t remember things, your thoughts are cloudy, and I guess that’s why they call it a  Fibro Fog.

My doctor told me in 2002 that he had watched me for twelve years and I had Fibromyalgia, so by now; I have severe Fibromyalgia and some nerve and neuropathy pain.


Lyrica, Fibromyalgia, and Nerve Pain

I found Lyrica is an awesome medication for nerve pain for Fibromyalgia! I ran out of it once. I thought I couldn’t afford to get it refilled. So I went for sixteen days without it. When it got all the way out of my system, I ached all over, deep down, in my joints, and in my bones themselves!

My muscles jerked and hurt, I couldn’t sleep, so I lay there, and just gritted my teeth until I wept.

And that is while I was taking Oxycodone every 6 hours, so I genuinely don’t want to have to give up on Lyrica as my main pain medication. But, I might have to if it is causing me such harmful side effects!

I have reason to believe Lyrica is not reacting well to the CBD oil in my Endo-Cannabinoid System.


Endo-Cannabinoid System and CBD

The CBD is causing such amazing changes for me day by day that I can’t give it up! I need to find medications that will work well with it, or I don’t need them.

For one thing, CBD has taken me through thirty-one days of opioid withdrawals,  from July 24th til now, August 25, 2018.

I found one of my Ulcerative Colitis medications was a benzo. The Librax I was taking as a medication for gastric problems was a Fall Hazard, and my insurance wouldn’t pay for it. I had to get it on a discount card, which I was very thankful for, believe me!

It reacted against my Lyrica, and it was the Librax that had to go and not the Lyrica! Thank God.

Lyrica is an anti-inflammatory which goes a long way with arthritis and Fibromyalgia nerve pain and neuropathy. CBD is an anti-inflammatory that acts well with the endocannabinoid system in the human and animal body.

If you have problems such as IBS or Colitis as I do, CBD serves well in the gastric system.

image of CBD BioCare Oil like I used during time of month of withdrawals

CBD Oil and One Month of Withdrawals

This post started with “one month after the beginning of opioid withdrawals is here and I feel like something has been accomplished “. I would ask those that read this to comment if they have been through opioid withdrawals and tell how they did it, or at least got this far.

Barry McDonagh is an internationally known Anxiety Coach and I want to Introduce him to my Readers! I will be Posting some of his Posts from his about Blog about Anxiety and PanicAway, and they are full of good advice! You will be surprised!

Thank you for reading along with me! Please Leave me a Comment!

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My system is different from yours, and you should check with your chosen healthcare provider before you start or stop any medication.

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