Pain relief

My wife is in a lot of pain She’s been to a physio but that seems a long term help so she’s trying an osteopath this week. She hates painkillers but has to take a few each day. What about CBD oil? Has anyone tried it to releive pain

Yes, it works. Or at least it has for me. Do you know why she is in pain? If she is seeing a physio and an osteo presumably it’s muscular / skeletal?

What does her Doctor say about her pain ???
what “investigations” has she had done (if any) ???

I use it too and it works really well without causing digestive issues. I use it intermittently for joint pain from an auto inflammatory condition which also affects my gut during a flair. Try to go for a 15%. It also helps with low mood, anxiety, sleep disturbance and probably other things too.

+1 to this. Pain is one way our body tells us something is not right. Before adding supplements, “natural” or otherwise, it’s best to have a full work-up with a doctor. The osteopath sounds like a good start. Hope your wife is feeling better soon!

Sorry, Stella! I hit reply to you instead of general reply.

She’s always been very active and keen on long walks but the pain in her left leg got so bad she went to her GP. The pain went from her hip down to her ankle. The GP’s only suggestion was some exercises to strengthen the hip muscles. Mary a former nurse not afraid of being direct asked for a courtesone injection which the GP agreed to do. But she was so nervous about giving it she didn’t seem to hit the right spot. Anyway it was no help at all.
Mary’s new GP is quite the opposite and tried her best to help. She had an X ray a couple of weeks ago which shows she has arthritis in her lower spine and hips but not bad enough for an operation. The GP could not arrange physio therapy as they were not taking on any new patients. Since then the pain has got a lot worse. So she went privately to a physio last week who was convinced the pain was coming from the back rather than the hip but the exercises she suggested have not helped

Thanks Sue. Do you use 15%

Thanks for the info but is the 15% readily available? I think Boots supply a much lower dose

You can’t get that strength in France.

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Sorry I don’t know what’s available in France and wasn’t sure where you lived. i bought mine online after a recommendation. Woulda photo of it help? I’ve heard 10% also effective but don’t know about lower.

You mention Boots so maybe you live in UK? 15% readily available.

No I don’t and I certainly wouldn’t start at that level. If I remember correctly I started at 5% and then moved to 10%.

I highly recommend this company, not least for the amount of good information they provide in the way of background.

Has your wife tried Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM? Does not work for everyone but my husband finds it’s a great help for his achy knees - keeps him mobile. This is key. It’s very hard but in fact gentle exercise alongside osteo can be a great help to keep joints “alive” and lubricated. If she’s up for it I strongly recommend sacro-cranial osteopathy as opposed to the “bone-cracker” variety as it is much more gentle, seems like nothing is happening, but has kept OH’s low back pain under control for years.

With all these products go for highly reputable brands - high street shops aren’t necessarily the place to find the best quality.

We get our glucosamine/chrondroiton/MSM online from Solgar - not cheap, but highly regarded.

Just another thought - how is her posture? Pain can be a problem for standing / walking well. And so it becomes a vicious circle - use joints badly and then have more pain. Up until COVID both of us were doing Alexander weekly - not a quick fix but we learnt to stand, sit and move better - important as we age.
I also went to an excellent podiatrist who had one of these fancy machines that shows how we walk - I nearly freaked as one foot barely showed, was barely touching the floor and the other one was doing all the work - that can happen with pelvic problems. I now wear orthotics and over the years my feet and pelvic balance have greatly improved.
Oh and another thing - look at diet - some foods are inflammatory - she might find cutting out the deadly nightshade group helps (tomatoes / potatoes) and sugar is always suspect in this type of situation. They exacerbate the pain.
Hope this gives her some ideas as to things she might try. Chronic pain is wretched and it’s good she’s looking at a range of possible solutions.

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It would be unusual for physio exercises to work in a week. And sometimes you need to adjust exercises to get what works for you. Because I have an inflammatory condition I go to a physio rather than an osteopath as that would be too much manipulation, and over time the physio and my routines have kept me mobile and largely pain free.

But I have to do stretches and exercise daily. It’s not an easy fix and you have to keep mobile. It’s a fine line as mustn’t push too hard, but have to push a bit to get improvements.

Also looking at how you sit, sleeping position and posture can all help. And of course a good diet - lots of plants and fish and not too much fatty food and avoid highly processed stuff. The inflammatory vegetables don’t bother me at all - everyone’s different.

I spent a year partially crippled by the excruciating and paralyzing pain of sciatica, running down my leg from the hip, caused by cysts on my lowest vertebra. My doctor kept prescribing pain killers which really didn’t work, and injections around the vertebra were useless.

I went back to my doctor for a repeat prescription one day but found another doctor standing in for him as he was on holiday. I explained my predicament and she said simply “you need morphine”.

My life changed with morphine patches, and the sciatica eventually went away three months later.

She didn’t hesitate to prescribe morphine, whereas my doctor didn’t seem to take my pain seriously.

Is it pot luck you get with GPs?



Inflamation based by the sound of it so you could try golden milk, (tumeric, pepper and coconut oil)
The pain down to ankle sounds like Sciatic nerve issue.

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Geoffrey, I wonder if your wife’s pain is relieved on sitting down?

With me, I could walk for 30 seconds without any pain, and seeing me you wouldn’t know I had a problem – I hadn’t - but at the 30-second mark, I’d be literally paralysed by pain. This is why I carried a lightweight 3-legged stool with me everywhere I went. After a couple of minutes of sitting, the pain would be gone completely and I could walk painlessly for another 30 seconds before having to sit again. I did this for 9 months until the good doctor prescribed morphine patches.

Could it be sciatica, as suggested by Corona? How does the pain come and go?

I am pretty sure our local pharmacy was selling 15%… quite pricey thougj

I"ll check tomorrow & report back.

Pain sounds like sciatica. Osteo might help and pilates exercises.

Just to add Geoffrey, as I see your wife doesn’t like oral pain killers, that morphine patches, for me, were just wonderful.

The relief I got was enormous and life-changing. I was in my mid-sixties then, and a great fan now of morphine for severe pain relief.

Once a patch is stuck to your arm, one patch every three days, the pain relief is rapid.

She could always stop using them if there were unwanted sides effects.

Arthritis causes inflammation which in turn causes pain by aggravating the nerves. So perhaps a prescription for an anti-inflammatory drug would both help and be acceptable to your wife ?

A more natural anti-inflammatory remedy that many folks (my wife included) find helpful against arthritis related pain is a combination of Boswellia (Frankincense) and Turmeric with black pepper, but this will take 3 or 4 weeks to start to take effect whereas a prescription for Ketoprofene will work inside an hour.

In our area (Vendee 85) there is a specialist pain clinic at a local hospital that not all of our local village doctors are aware of. So perhaps you could enquire if such a service is available in your area. There are various combinations of prescription drugs these days that help to manage chronic pain, and they are not all ‘painkillers’ in the usual sense of the word. Pregabaline and Gabapentine are two that immediately spring to mind. They don’t all work in the same way for everyone, and so finding the right combination is a bit of a process, but there really is no reason for anyone to be in chronic pain these days.
What works for me (I have Lumbar-Sacryl Spondilolythesis and Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy) which together have done a fine job of messing up the sciatic nerves, is a combination of Tramadol and Pregabaline which makes me a much nicer person to be around, and I can still drive and function normally in daily life.

I hope that you can find a solution acceptable to both your wife and yourself. Chronic pain is very wearing and changes a person’s outlook on life. There is a treatment solution available, but sometimes one has to push the doctors a bit in order to find it.
Good luck.


Wholeheartedly second that!

However I do suggest she tries everything else first before going down the morphine, pregablin, gabapentin route. They can be very nasty drugs. I found the side effects worse than the pain, so am hugely relieved that I can manage without by using physiotherapy. And as John says anti-inflammatories can be really helpful too, but I am cautious with them.