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.

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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.


Janice Fox-Henley.AnxietyReliefCoach

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 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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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.

Thank you for reading with me!


Janice Fox-Henley.AnxietyReliefCoach

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.” is a word image of the product I use to help me with my opioid dependency.

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

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.



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.

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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.

Thank you for reading with me as I write my story.

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Janice Fox-Henley.AnxietyReliefCoach