If you’re wondering if CBD topicals for arthritis pain actually work, I hope my personal story of finally achieving natural, affordable arthritis pain relief inspires you to give CBD topicals a try. You see, I was diagnosed with lumbar facet joint arthritis (that is, arthritis in my lower back) three years ago when I was 36. An X-Ray and MRI have confirmed I have disc degeneration between L4 and L5, and L5 and S1.
Getting an arthritis diagnosis in my mid-30s was surprising, frustrating, and definitely inconvenient. At the time, I had a preschooler and a kindergartener, so I was definitely still in the “chase the kids around the house” mom mode. I was also very active at the time. I used to hit the gym at 5:00 am before the kids woke up, and ran my fair share of 5Ks and 10Ks. I had even just finished my goal of running a half marathon – which was very painful on my back, and one of my biggest indicators that something was wrong.
Arthritis Causes Me Pain and Frustration
Anyone with arthritis is, understandably, looking for relief from the pain and stiffness it causes to their affected joints. At first, I went the traditional medicine route. My doctor prescribed me prescription-strength Naproxen (it didn’t help), I did three months of physical therapy (that didn’t help either), and my physical therapist even did dry needling (which felt good for maybe a day, and then I was right back to being in pain).
It was so disappointing that nothing I tried was working, and that my mobility and ability to do everyday activities were quickly fading. I’m a stay-at-home mom, and even though my husband believes in being an equal partner in managing the household and taking care of our daily and weekly chores, I still feel the responsibility to take care of the tornado of a mess my kids cause every day, keep the dishes from stacking up, and do the laundry so he can focus on things like mowing the grass, taking care of the cars, and other such chores that I’m not so knowledgeable about.
Unfortunately, my arthritis pain increased quickly. Before I knew it, I was having trouble climbing the stairs in our two-story house – which I had to do multiple times a day because that’s where my kids’ bedroom and playroom were located – and bending and twisting to do simple, daily activities like loading the dishwasher, folding laundry, or sweeping the floors. My husband and I realized that with me still being in my 30’s, living in a 2,950 square foot, two-story home wasn’t going to be a long-term, viable solution, so we downsized to a 1,700 single-story home. But even after cutting down to nearly half the size of space to manage every day, I still had trouble doing daily chores in my new, smaller house.
That Time I Thought X-Ray Guided Steroid Injections Would Help Me
Last year, at age 39, I decided to see a pain management doctor. I told him strong painkillers were off the table. I don’t like pharmaceuticals to begin with, and while I’ve never had a substance dependency issue, I have family members who have struggled (and thankfully overcome) addiction and I just didn’t want to risk taking those types of medications. My doctor suggested X-Ray guided steroid injections. He told me that while they wouldn’t last forever, they had the potential to give me pain relief for 6 to 9 months at a time.
Unfortunately, $2,400 later and 6 weeks after my steroid injections, my arthritis pain was back in full force. I was disappointed the pain relief didn’t last for a longer period of time and was frustrated I had spent so much money on such poor results.
Deciding to Try a CBD Topical for Arthritis Pain
After the huge failure of my steroid injections, I decided that seeking arthritis pain relief through traditional medicine wasn’t the best choice for me. I had done some research about using CBD topicals for arthritis pain, and honestly thought, “What’s there to lose?” Seabedee’s Muscle and Joint Relief Cream is just $10 more than a single physical therapy co-pay for me with my health insurance and certainly lasts much longer than a 1-hour PT session. With so much anecdotal evidence online about CBD topicals relieving arthritis pain, I knew in December 2020 that I had to give it a try for myself.
After applying the CBD topical to my lower back for about three weeks, I saw a marked difference in my ability to do daily tasks that had once been extremely difficult to complete. Before using CBD, I couldn’t sweep my living room in my new 1,700 square foot house in one sitting without taking a break. Now, I can sweep my living room, dining room, and kitchen in one go, and I’m not in pain after doing so!
Another before and after comparison is that during the summer of 2020, after that short-lived pain relief from my steroid injections had worn off, I decided to paint my home office, which is a small, 10ft x 10ft room. I was able to roll two coats of paint on a single wall before my back hurt so much that my husband had to finish the job while I rested and recovered over the weekend. But within the past few weeks, during which time I’ve been applying CBD to my lower back three times a day and using nothing else for arthritis pain relief, I just finished painting my living room, dining room, kitchen, hallway, and both of my house’s bathrooms with very little pain and joint stiffness!
Give CBD Topicals for Arthritis a Try
Seabedee’s Muscle and Joint Relief Cream is a CBD topical that is legal in all 50 states because it meets the requirements of the 2018 Farm Bill. Using CBD for arthritis pain has given me quick, natural, and affordable pain relief. I strongly encourage you to try the Muscle and Joint Relief Cream. And if it works for you, share your story with Seabedee. They were so excited when I reached out to them, and I’m sure they’d love to hear your success story too.