I’m Liz, I work for a University supporting students with additional physical, mental and emotional needs. I’m in my late 30’s and I enjoy drawing and crafting, films and TV and all video games! I am currently going through a retro gaming phase and replaying lots of 80’s and 90’s games I’d forgotten about.
What's going on with you?
I have fibromyalgia and ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis)/CFS (Chronic fatigue syndrome) as well as anxiety and depression. The fibromyalgia affects my sleep massively and I rarely get a refreshed feeling when I wake up and often have trouble getting to sleep and sleeping deeply. The CFS then counteracts it and can knock me out, so then I have to reset my sleep pattern again. I always have some degree of muscle pain and although it is managed relatively well after 6 years, it is still restrictive and dictates what and how much I can do with my time. I am on tramadol 3 x daily for pain relief and a whole host of other tablets for other symptoms and comorbidities.
Are there any previous treatments you tried that did not help?
I have tried 200mg CBD oil previously for the pain and did not find it had much of an impact. Although it was flavoured, it still tasted and felt like I was drinking cooking oil. I upped the amount I was taking and this still did not seem to have much of an effect.
"My only reservation was that I was going to spend money on something that had no effect. Luckily, this was not the case."
I often use Kalms sleeping tablets and have probably tried most herbal sleeping aids over the years. I have tried meditation, breathing techniques, white noises and other mind clearing exercises with varieties of success. None of these have worked long term.
Which CBD product did you use?
Bubblegum sweets by KLM Tech. Max strength 1000mg. Bought online and delivered very quickly and discreetly. It was £19.99 for the bottle. https://klmtech.co.uk/ They had the largest range of products and sweets specifically that I had so far seen.
And how did CBD help you?
I could definitely tell that I had eaten the sweets and over the course of a week, I was able to tweak my intake to make sure that I was having the dosage I needed to relax my muscles and take another level off of the muscle pain. The biggest effect that I have seen is on my sleep. I eat one about 45 minutes before I go to sleep and I fall straight to sleep when I want to. I am not awake for hours, I don’t constantly toss and turn, I just fall asleep! It is amazing. I sleep through the night and feel much more refreshed in the morning than normal. Three weeks in and the benefits of actually getting restorative sleep have meant that I rarely eat a gummy during the day now. I will certainly be buying more when these run out, but there were so many in the bottle this probably won’t happen for another 3 months! If someone told me that for £20, I would sleep perfectly for 4 months I would have never believed them, but it has really changed my life. I have more energy; my pain is less during the day and my brain feels clearer from having good quality restorative sleep. Definitely worth it! I would recommend starting with a lower dose if you are uncertain about trying CBD or are not sure how much will be best for you. Most products I have seen allow for increases and decreases so that you can tailor it to your personal needs.