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Addressing the double impact of fibromyalgia and menopause

Fibromyalgia affects roughly two per cent of the UK population and the onset of symptoms can happen at any age

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A webinar from Integro Clinics, Cannabis Health and Cannabis Patient Advocacy Support Services (CPASS), will discuss how medical cannabis can help to reduce the symptoms of both menopause and fibromyalgia simultaneously.

Menopause is a natural part of the female ageing process, when a woman stops having periods, her hormones change, and she gets ready to enter the next, non-reproductive stage of her life cycle.

Both perimenopause, the pre-curser to menopause, and menopause usually happen between the ages of 40 to 55 years old but can vary from woman to woman, with the average age of menopause being 51.

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The symptoms of menopause can include hot flushes (usually in the face and neck), night sweats, joint pain, muscle pain, insomnia, mood swings, anxiety, depression, brain fog, loss of libido, weight gain, heavy bleeding, changes to hair and skin quality and vaginal dryness. Not everyone will experience all of these symptoms and individuals are unique in their response to their own specific change.

Reading the list above, many female fibromyalgia patients will recognise a cross over with the symptoms they are already suffering that can become even more prominent at this time in their life.

For example, fibromyalgia patients report insomnia, joint and muscle pain as well as anxiety and depression amongst their symptoms. The stress caused by trying to cope with fibromyalgia and menopause simultaneously can become overwhelming, but there is help available including talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy as well as cannabis medicines from specialist prescribers and hormone replacement therapy.

Fibromyalgia and menopause

In the UK, fibromyalgia affects roughly 2 per cent of the population and the onset of symptoms can happen at any age, but mainly between the age of 20 and 60 years old. The condition affects more women than it does men in a ratio of around 9:1. So, the cross-over of patients who fall into both categories of fibromyalgia and menopause is a group that needs easily accessible information and readily available help.

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Specialist cannabis nurse at Integro Clinics, Sophie Hayes, talks about how and why cannabis medicines can address both fibromyalgia and menopause symptoms:

“At our clinic, we care for many patients with fibromyalgia. Cannabis medicines appear to be particularly effective in the management of widespread pain, fatigue and sleep. The majority of our fibromyalgia patients are female, with many experiencing symptoms of menopause, which can exacerbate their fibromyalgia symptoms, particularly sleep and mood stabilisation. At the clinic, we plan our care with the whole person in mind, whatever they may be going through, and many of these patients have benefitted through the relief they have received from taking cannabis medicines.”

The insomnia that can accompany menopause and fibromyalgia, can have an overwhelmingly negative effect upon the sufferer. By using cannabis medicines to regulate sleep, a tremendous difference can be made to the patient’s quality of life. Once a decent night’s sleep is achieved, it can allow the patient to engage in light exercise, which may lead to a reduction in anxiety and brain fog, hopefully culminating in a general rise in mood.

Insomnia and menopause

Lara, who is currently going through menopause had found her symptoms so debilitating that she had to give up work and her day-to-day life had become increasingly unmanageable.

“When I discovered medical cannabis, it completely changed my life. My symptoms were causing me so much anxiety and pain that I could never achieve a decent night’s sleep, I was at the end of my tether, but taking medical cannabis meant I could finally sleep and get some vital rest. The fact that I was well-rested, meant that I could start light exercise again, which would have been unthinkable, even a year ago. I feel so much better in myself now and able to cope with things. I am starting to enjoy my life again.”

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Menopause webinar

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms we have discussed from menopause, we invite you to attend a webinar taking place on 30 November, which will break down the stigma that women face when it comes to menopause and medical cannabis.

Dr Sally Ghazaleh, a female health expert at Integro Clinics who specialises in treating fibromyalgia and female pain, will be a speaker and will be joined at the event by Dr Mayur Bodani, Neuropsychiatrist and Specialist sexual health nurse, Sarah Higgins.

If you have any specific questions related to fibromyalgia and menopause, please contact us directly at Integro Clinics where we can arrange for you to speak to nurse Sophie or pass on your enquiry to one of our female health experts.

Gone are the days where women are just supposed to put up and get on with it – there are new medicines out there such as medical cannabis, that can address and help both fibromyalgia and menopause symptoms.

To register for a free ticket for the webinar, please click here

If you would like further information or to speak to nurse Sophie, or any of the team at Integro please contact:

Website: www.integroclinics.com
Email: Contact@integroclinics.com
Twitter: @clinicsintegro

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Take a look behind the scenes at Dispensary Green – and put your questions to the experts

A upcoming webinar will give patients the chance to find out more about where their prescription comes from.

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The dispensary will give patients a glimpse behind the scenes for the first time.

A new webinar will give patients the chance to see behind the scenes at one of the industry’s major medical cannabis dispensaries. 

Medical cannabis patients will have a rare opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes in one of the industry’s leading pharmacies, at a webinar taking place on Friday 3 December.

Dispensary Green, is a medical cannabis pharmacy, which currently processes thousands of prescriptions every month.

The pharmacy, which is owned by LYPHE Group, has been in operation since 2019 and has dispatched more than 50,000 items to date.

Now Chris Ashton, the pharmacy’s chief superintendent – and a panel of guests – will open the doors to the dispensary, giving patients the chance to see what really goes on and put their own questions to the experts. 

The webinar, titled Behind the scenes with Dispensary Green plus patient Q+A, will cover a range of topics including insight on how the medical cannabis industry works, what the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) is and how this affects access to products, as well as the daily operations of a dispensary.

Patients will then be handed the floor for an open Q&A where they will have the chance to ask members of the panel questions directly.

Chris Ashton, chief superintendent at Dispensary Green, commented: “Dispensary Green is a leading pharmacy, designed to serve and assist patients all over the UK and Channel Islands.

“We’ve seen a growing level of enquiries from patients who are keen to know more about their medical supply chain and processes.

“During this event we’ll be sharing expert voices and answering patient questions.

“I’m looking forward to connecting to as many people as possible and revealing what really goes on behind the scenes at Dispensary Green and the wider industry.”

Behind the scenes with Dispensary Green plus patient Q+A is a free event and takes place at 1pm on Friday 3 December. Click here to sign up and submit your questions in advance.

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Competition time: Cannabis Health’s 24 days of Christmas giveaways

Our Christmas giveaway launches this week – here’s how you can get involved

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Christmas: A red present bow

We are very excited to announce our month of Christmas giveaways starts this week over on Instagram. Here’s how you can get involved.

Nothing says Christmas like gifts, so we thought we would get into the spirit of things by giving you the chance to win some incredible goodies during the countdown to the festivities.

Every day from the 1-24 December, we will be giving away a variety of CBD products from some of the leaders in the industry.

You could be in with a chance of winning oils, skincare, edibles, bath bombs and much more – (we’re keeping the exact prizes under wraps for now!)

A new gift will be announced each day, from brands such as Biosportart, J’Tanicals, Mendy, Bud & Tender, Amphora and Savage Cabbage/ Charlotte’s Web.

To enter

To be in with a chance to win one of our gifts, check our Instagram page daily, from Wednesday 1 December and follow the instructions to enter.

You can enter as many times as you like and tag your friends to encourage them to take part too.

Terms and conditions, as always, apply. The competition winner will be chosen at random on Instagram only.

Visit the Cannabis Health Instagram page

Good Luck!

Looking for Christmas gift ideas?

Our Christmas gift guide has everything from edibles to oils perfect for those new to CBD or canna-xperts. The guide features our selection of gifts for wellness, sleep, sports and skincare to give you plenty of ideas.

Read our CBD gift guide here

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How cannabis can offer an alternative for menopause symptoms

Experts at Integro Clinics explore how cannabis medicines can offer an effective alternative to HRT

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Experts at Integro Clinics explore how cannabis medicines can offer an effective alternative to HRT treatment for menopause symptom control.

It is now widely accepted that Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can be very useful in treating menopause symptoms. However, it is not suitable for all women – some who may not feel comfortable using it or have a medical contraindication such as a family history of cancer.

There is an alternative out there that can be used in conjunction with HRT treatment, to complement it, or used entirely on its own – cannabis medicines.

At Integro Clinics our female pain expert, Dr Sally Ghazaleh and Neuropsychiatrist, Dr Mayur Bodani have seen encouraging results from patients using medical cannabis in the form of an ingestible oil (CBD mixed with THC) and by vaping prescribed cannabis flower.

The specific symptom cannabis-based medicines (CBM’s) can address in menopause include insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches, low libido, and brain fog. If you have profoundly disturbed sleep, it can have a massive impact on your quality of life, mental well-being & ability to cope.

At Integro Clinics we have witnessed that once the patient achieves a better and more consistent regular quality of sleep, with the help of CBM’s, everything starts to pick up. Anxiety can decrease, the desire to take physical exercise and mental clarity are increased, which can lead to a lift in depression and a more positive mindset.

If you are interested in finding out in more detail how CBM’s can help you with your menopause symptoms, do not miss the opportunity to register for free for a webinar on Tuesday 30 November.  Hosted by Integro Clinics, Cannabis Health and Cannabis Patient Advocacy and Support Services (CPASS), it will look to break down the stigma that women face when it comes to menopause and medical cannabis.

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To register for a free ticket for the webinar, please click here

On the panel

Integro Clinics Dr Sally Ghazaleh and Dr Mayur Bodani will join other experts in the field including specialist sexual health nurse Sarah Higgins. There will also be an opportunity to take questions from the audience.

Menopause: Dr Sally Ghazaleh

Dr Sally Ghazaleh

Dr Sally Ghazaleh is a pain management consultant and prescriber of cannabis-based medicines at Integro Clinics, where she is the resident female pain expert. Dr Ghazaleh specialises in managing patients with lower back pain, neck pain, neuropathic pain, abdominal pain, cancer pain, complex regional pain syndrome, post-stroke pain and fibromyalgia. She has a particular interest in bladder and abdominal pain in women, and women’s health in general & menopause. She is fluent in Arabic, English and Hungarian.

Menopause: Dr Mayur Bodan

Dr Mayur Bodani

Dr Mayur Bodani, a neuropsychiatrist at Integro Clinics qualified in both General Medicine (to hospital medicine standard) and neuropsychiatry. He has over 25 years of experience in the field and prescribes cannabis medicines at Integro Clinics for mental health-related conditions.

Gone are the days where women are just supposed to put up and get on with it – there are new medicines out there such as medical cannabis, that can address and help menopause symptoms.

If you would like further information or to speak to Dr Sally Ghazaleh or Dr Mayur Bodani or any of the team at Integro please contact us at:

Website: www.integroclinics.com
Email: Contact@integroclinics.com
Twitter: @clinicsintegro

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