Day Twenty-Nine

What a week! I had a very busy week so I was not able to blog. I have been slowly increasing the number of drops every day; tonight I took 18. I know it will be a little over 30 days until I am finished with the bottle, since I haven’t been taking the full recommended amount of drops per day. *Fun fact: there are 1,000 drops of CBD oil in a Hempworx bottle.*

One thing I have noticed is that I feel better when that special time of the month comes around (Men: skip the rest of this paragraph). I still get cramps, but they are soooooo much easier to deal with. Another plus is that my nausea isn’t as bad compared to when I’m not on the CBD oil.

Another thing that I have come to realize is that my IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) has calmed down. Don’t worry, I will spare you the details! 😄 Haha!! Just believe me when I say it helps with that issue.

A couple days ago, my arthritis in my left knee was letting me know that rain was coming. With an achy and painful knee, I had to completely use the rail along the stairs to be able to get to the top. I’m talking putting what weight I could on the rail while using my arm strength to pull me up each step. When I finally got at the top of the stairs, I took 3 drops of the CBD oil and rubbed it on my knee. I then went to lay down and found out an hour later that it helped! 😃 I still had some pain but it was much tolerable, plus I could actually walk!

I’m dreading when this bottle becomes empty because I can’t afford to purchase it. 😞 I don’t want to ask my parents to help because they’ve done enough for me. I’m not looking forward to once again dealing with the full force of my ailments.

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Day Twenty-one

This last weekend my mom, sister and I went to Minnesota for a concert. I double checked that I brought my CBD oil with, as I would need all the extra help I could get that weekend. Our two days were going to be jam packed and I was afraid of how much it would effect me since I normally don’t move around a lot. I also didn’t want to interrupt my 30 straight days of using the oil.

Before leaving for the weekend, I talked with Jodi and gave her an update on things. I am still not feeling any energy, so she mentioned that I up my dose to 15 drops in the morning and 15 right before bed. That night I took 15 drops. The next day, Saturday, I had a headache so I took Advil instead of the oil. I wasn’t sure if the headache was sinus related, Lupus/Fibro related, lack of sleep (went to a concert Friday night) or because going up ten extra drops a day was too much for my body to handle (sudden change). Saturday night I lowered the amount to 12 drops and kept it at that number. I haven’t had any nausea or any more headaches. I will stay at this amount for the rest of the week, then ease up to 15 this weekend. It’s interesting how all bodies react differently.

Yesterday I had some Fibro pain in my neck so I put three drops on my palm and rubbed it in the area that had pain. Thirty minutes later I remembered my Fibro pain, only to find that I no longer had any pain! I am positive that it took less than 30 minutes but unfortunately that is when I took notice.

Day Thirteen

Today I am feeling okay but that hasn’t been the case the last couple days. Of course when I write about my acid reflux being more tolerable what happens? I get heartburn for three days! I was feeling pretty bummed about it at first but as the next day came, I became relieved. It didn’t get as bad as it normally does. Granted yes, the only thing I had to eat before the discomfort was breakfast (peanut butter toast and water), but it was much lower on the pain/annoyance scale. That makes me happy. 😊

That is all I have for now! I am hoping to increase my drops soon!

Day Ten

I have horrible acid reflux. A few months ago, I found out that acid reflux can actually be a symptom of Lupus. I think back to my younger middle school days dealing with heartburn and it finally makes sense.

I’ve tried using over the counter meds (example Prevacid, Nexium, etc.) for the problem but they wouldn’t work. I was put on a prescription for it and that finally gave me relief. However every so often, around when my Lupus is more active, something as simple as peanut butter toast with some water to drink, can make me feel miserable.

Last night I ate something that is normally bound to give me heartburn. Then I ate something else bound to give me heartburn on top of that. I expected to feel lousy today (well I do but for other reasons) but much to my surprise, I have no heartburn! I’m not sure if I am just lucky or if it’s the CBD oil working. I think it’s the CBD oil! 😉

Today I am dealing with joint and back pain but I think the oil works on the “smaller” issues first, while it helps the “larger” issues the longer you take it. But I don’t know if that’s how it works, just guessing.

CBD Oil Update

So it has been a week since blogging last and truthfully I wanted to blog a few days ago but I have been dealing with some intense head pain. At first I thought it might be allergies but now I am wondering if it is my TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome.

My symptoms include a very “sharp” headache that gets worse if I move or walk. I also am dealing with earaches and neck pain. The neck pain starts at the very top of the neck, actually a little past where it connects to the back of the head, then ends at the base of the neck. I also would describe this pain as “sharp.” The neck pain isn’t the muscle, like how I would describe my Fibromyalgia. But feels like a line that I can feel inside my neck.

Tuesday I thought I would experiment with the CBD oil. I placed one drop errrr I should say, carefully balanced a drop on my finger then massaged my forehead, the backside of my neck and in one of my ear canals.

Maybe five minutes later, most of my headache was gone. It gave me relief for two or three hours.

My earache pain was soon gone and didn’t return at all until the next day! My neck pain stayed the same and I’m guessing it is due not enough strength/drops that was used.

Other than mildly helping my head pain, I noticed that I have been sleeping better. I still can’t fall asleep right away but once I fall asleep, it turns into a DEEP sleep. I explained it to my mom as when you wake from a deep sleep, expecting you only have an hour left before your alarm goes off only to find out you have only slept for two hours and still have the rest of the night for more sleep. Surely you all know what I’m trying to describe. 😊

Jodi and I both agree that it unfortunately might take me longer to see results due to all the toxins in my body. I feel frustrated with knowing that but it is what it is…

Next Health Product!

Thursday I received my new health product in the mail. I was so excited that it was the only thing I could think of this last week. Just hearing people’s testimonies made me dream of what it could possibly do for me. And this product? CBD oil!

I noticed my friend, Jodi, posting things to her FB page about CBD oil and that she was now selling it. We started to chat about it and I told her I tried some in the past, but didn’t notice any difference in my pain/ailments.

But it wasn’t just my okay-ish experience with the product, I simply could not afford it.  After some more chat messages she said, “So I know you’ve been blogging…wanted to see if you’d be interested in doing a 30 day blog about a 30 day journey with CBD oil.”

After some major thinking I decided to go for it. And I know she wasn’t just trying to sell me something; she has a huge heart and truly wants me to feel better.

Here is the product: Hempworx

I received the peppermint flavor. The one I received in the past was from my cousin, CC, (another person with a huge heart) and that one was chocolate mint. So I had an idea of what this new one would taste like.

They do have other products as well including icy rub pain cream (which smells quite nice and does not have the hemp “smell.”), anti-aging cream, moisturizer, CBD oil for pets, and CBD dog treats.

Jodi told me the directions:

Start with five drops under the tongue and keep it there for 30 seconds. Then you can swallow like normal. Five drops in the morning right away while your stomach is empty then five more right before you climb into bed while your stomach is empty again. Wait 15 minutes before eating or drinking anything. Continue this for a week then you can change five drops to ten.

Yesterday I asked her if I had to wait the full week before I could increase as I could not tell any difference. She said that it was okay and that she herself had done the same a couple days after receiving her first bottle. Jodi told me just to listen to my body if the increase was too much for me. If it is too much of a fast change, a person might get headaches or nausea. I think it’s going okay… The key word is think. I have a headache but that is normal for this time of year. Hmmm so I am not sure if I will be able to tell if I move too fast with an increase.

This would be day four and so far there are no changes. I know it takes a while before I will feel relief but I am just so impatient! April has always been nasty to me (due to weather changes) and the last few weeks I have been more miserable than normal. I am excited about this product though!

 

Trying New Things

You know how after you vomit, you are left with that very acidic taste in the back of your throat? Yeahhhhhh… That’s what apple cider vinegar tastes like.  And how would I know? Because I have been taking some every day. Willingly. I take a deep breath and begin to chug my eight ounce mixture of water and two tablespoons of ACV while telling lies to myself over and over that “it’s just orange juice.” I don’t dare breathe through my nose as smell and taste go hand-in-hand as they use the same types of receptors (per Merriam-Webster: a nerve ending that senses changes in light, temperature, pressure, etc., and causes the body to react in a particular way.).

Some people don’t mind the taste very much and that leaves me in shock. Although, I always have been picky with my food/drinks.

For some time now, I have heard how healthy ACV is for a person, from clearing acne to weight loss (it has to be a particular brand though–Bragg, “The Mother.” See picture). Recently I read a Facebook post in a Lupus group that I follow and the person mentioned they talked with their doctor and decided to try taking ACV. They found that it helped either lessen flare time or lessen the flare in general. It could be both, I can’t quite remember (Yay Lupus Fog!). Haha. I do remember it affected a flare in a positive way. Reading that bit of info gave me the motivation to try it and see what it did for me.

I have been taking it in the morning for about a month now. However, the last week and half I have only been taking it about every other day. I don’t know how much longer I can take it! I have noticed my acid reflux and menstrual cramps are better.

A friend of mine mentioned to take it with some honey and warm it up. Tried it, couldn’t stand it. I am not much of a ‘warm drink’ person. I wish I was because it would give me more options! She also mentioned to maybe try mixing cinnamon or lemon with it. I keep forgetting to buy it at the grocery store but I’m pretty sure that I am just going to give up on the ACV.

Next week I will be trying a new product to see if it helps with my ailments so stay tuned! 😀