Recovering from surgery can be a very painful experience. Not just prostate, but any form of surgery. The most common pain killer are opiates – notably morphine. These are strong and highly addictive, while also causing the patient to lose touch with the reality around them – not recognising people, difficulty conversing and memory problems.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is set to reduce the consumption of morphine in hospitals by an estimated 40%. It is a powerful painkiller, that is not addictive, and which enables the patient to remain lucid.
The night before my surgery I took a moderate dose of CBD. Long story short – my vital signs during surgery did not change, I did not experience any pain, which meant that there was no need for intensive care. I went from four hours of surgery to my ward in four hours. My 50 cent dose of CBD saved thousands of dollars in hospital costs as well as saving me from a great deal of pain.
The morning after surgery the anaesthetist visited me to say, with a huge grin, that the surgery could not have gone better.
My recovery was equally spectacular. It was two weeks before I had the catheter out, but less than a week after that I was back in the gym, on the boxing bag, and by week four I was doing box jumps in the park. At week eight there were no limitations that I needed to take into account for my training program. My body did atrophy over the preceeding 9 or 10 months (from diagnosis to surgery) but I recovered my strength fairly quickly.
Leakage is also a problem for most guys after prostate surgery, but that was not a problem for me. I did the necessary exercises before surgery to make sure that would not happen, and I have recovered so quickly it has been spectacular.
What did help me a great deal was the fact that, although I had cancer, I was otherwise quite healthy. Many people will run into a problem because they have other conditions as well – high blood pressure for example. As a personal trainer and exercise therapist I will say categorically that exercise will help your recovery from surgery. I have done it myself. It really doesn’t take much and there is no excuse not to.
A month after my surgery the anaesthetist rang to check on me – was I out of bed yet, was I still experiencing pain? Well, no. The day before I had been doing box jumps in the park. Apparently the norm is to still be in bed recovering. Really?! I have spoken to friends – it seems everyone knows someone who has has prostate surgery – and guys are still waiting to get their lives back even months after surgery. Well, reality suggests that sitting back and waiting for things to get better by themselves doesn’t typically work. I was on my feet and stayed there as much as was humanly possible right from the start, and this was central to recovery.
You won’t recover lying around in bed. Your body needs the stimulation of movement in order to heal – lying around in bed has never worked. If it is pain that is keeping you in bed, then take some CBD. Don’t be afraid of pain, just be sensible.
What is very interesting about CBD as a pain killer is that, unlike other pain killers, it does not prevent the pain of injury from occurring, but rather stops it from continuing. For example you might drop something on your foot, and you will know that there has been an injury, however the pain will subside very quickly. This means that you will always know if you have injured yourself or aggravated an existing injury.
When you are recovering from surgery (with CBD as a painkiller) you will experience pain signals that will tell you if you are overdoing it. Other painkillers won’t do that and so you risk antagonising the surgery wounds.
So all up I’d say that the CBD was more than helpful – it was integral to both controlling the tumours, the surgery, and recovery. Exercise also played a very important role.