20 Products People With Fibromyalgia Should Try For Themselves

Twenty Products People With Chronic Disease Should Try For Themselves

When you struggle every day with the pain, fatigue and or brain fog of fibromyalgia or other chronic disease, it can quickly become frustrating and exhausting – especially since there’s no cure or one-size-fits-all treatment. Finding a product or technique to help ease your symptoms is often a never ending process of trial and error that usually involves a combination of treatments rather than one single solution or fix.

Although there is likely no single item that will totally alleviate your symptoms, many of those in the chronic illness community have found some products (or a combination of products) that help them push through even their toughest flare up days.

1. Epsom Salt – Epsom salt has a number of health benefits, including soothing muscle pain and reducing swelling. Try adding some to a warm bath and give your body time to soak and relax. – Buy the epsom salt above for $27.99 on Amazon.

2. Salonpas Pain Relieving Patches – Salonpas patches are applied on your body directly where you’re hurting and have a topical analgesic that can help relieve muscle aches and pains. They offer several types of patches (i.e. some contain lidocaine, while others provide heat) depending on the type and level of your pain. – Buy the pain patches above for $9.89 on Amazon.

3. Magnesium Lotion – Magnesium is a nutrient that has many health benefits for the average person, but for those with fibromyalgia, its anti-inflammatory properties can be especially helpful. Some use magnesium lotion and let it absorb through their skin. Be sure to talk to your doctor before taking any supplements. – Buy the magnesium lotion above for $18.50 on Amazon.

4. Yeti Hand Warmers – Not only do these gloves look awesome, but they plug in via a USB cord to warm your hands. If you have Raynaud’s phenomenon or get cold often, these fun hand warmers may help. (They also come in slippers, too!) – Buy the Yeti Hand Warmers above for $34.99 on Smoko.

5. Heated Blanket – Not only can a heated throw blanket help keep you warm, but the heat may also be beneficial in soothing some of your aches and pains. – Buy the heated blanket above for $49.26 on Amazon.

6. Deep Heat Gel – The Deep Heat rub delivers both heat and pain relief when applied. “Deep Heat gel! It burns like hell but it works wonders after the initial burning sensation dies down. – Buy the rub above for $6.17 on Amazon.

7. Chillow Pillow – The Chillow Pillow is a cooling gel pad you can use to ease hot flashes or aches and pains due to fibro. You can place it under your back, wrap it around an arm or leg or even put it under your pillow to keep you cool while you sleep. – Buy the Chillow Pillow above for $11.09 on Amazon.

8. Pain Gone Pain Relief Pen -If you need pain relief on the go, this portable pen may be useful. “Paingone – it’s a pen-shaped device that delivers little shocks like a TENS machine. – Buy the pen above for $58.83 on Amazon.

9. Two Old Goats Essential Oil Lotion – Made with goat’s milk, almond oil and six essential oils (lavendar, chamomile, rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus and birch bark), this lotion promises to help soothe sore muscles. – Buy Two Old Goats Essential Oil Lotion for $28.80 on Amazon

10. Lush 93,000 Miles Shower Jelly – Made with eucalyptus and mint, this shower jelly promises to cool and soothe cramping muscles and ease aches and pains. – Buy Lush 93,000 Miles Shower Gel for $19.99 on Amazon.

11. Tennis Balls – If your muscles are aching and in need of some massaging, a tennis ball may be a helpful tool. You could roll it back and forth where you’re tense or use it to put pressure on trigger points. – Buy the tennis balls above for $8.88 on Amazon.

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12. CBD Lotions and Oils – CBD topicals, such as lotions or oils, are infused with cannabis that, when absorbed through the skin, can help with pain, soreness and inflammation. – Buy the hemp salve above for $18 on Amazon.

13. Skechers – If you struggle with fibromyalgia, finding shoes that are tolerable on your feet may be a challenge. However, many of those with fibro have found Skechers to be a viable option. – Buy the Skechers shoes above on Amazon. (Price varies by size.)

14. Kool Pak Cool Bandage – This bandage cools down when wrapped around your body, providing both cold and compression for inflammation, swelling and muscle strains – no refrigeration required. A downside is they are one-use only. – Buy the Kool Pak Cool Bandage above for $5.03 at Physical Sports First Aid.

15. Thera Cane Massager – Although this device may look a bit odd, it is actually the perfect shape for massaging parts of your back you cannot reach. The multiple treatment balls allow you to work on multiple areas at one time. For those with fibro, this can be helpful in easing sore and tight muscles. – Buy the Thera Cane Massager above for $29.95 on Amazon.

16. Vicks VapoRub – Although Vicks VapoRub may often be thought of as a cough suppressant, it can also be used to relieve aches and pains in your muscles and joints. – Buy Vicks VapoRub for $23.58 on Amazon.

17. Essential Oils – Essential oils can do a lot more than make your home smell nice. Different types are known to have different healing properties, both physical and emotional. – Buy the oils above for $16.95 on Amazon.

18. Biofreeze – Biofreeze is a topical analgesic containing menthol, which is both cooling and pain relieving for sore muscles and joints. – Buy Biofreeze for $9.99 on Amazon.

19. Tiger Balm – Tiger Balm contains a blend of herbal ingredients that can help reduce joint and muscle pain. They offer ointments, rubs and pain relief patches. – Buy Tiger Balm for $10.77 on Amazon.

20. Kindle – Sometimes, when the pain or fatigue is just too much, distractions are the best way to cope. Whether that means watching your favorite TV series, inviting your friend over for movie night or reading (or listening to!) a good book, immersing yourself in a different world can draw your mind away from your battle with fibro – even if just for a little while. – Buy the Kindle above for $99.99 on Amazon.

5 lessons Learned From Fibromyalgia

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5 lessons Learned From Fibromyalgia

Lesson 1: Believe Sexism Is Why We Do Not Have Cure For Fibromyalgia.

Sexism is alive and well in medicine, and believe it is the primary reason why fibromyalgia science is at least 30 years behind where it should be.  Fibromyalgia research has lagged far behind other diseases, bogged down by controversy and a century of arguments about whether it was a “real” illness. People who have fibromyalgia are mostly female and the illness has suffered from a gender bias that has hampered it being taken seriously by medicine. If this illness primarily affected males, think we would have a cure by now, or at the very least a well-funded governmental institute dedicated to finding a cure!

Lesson 2: Having Invisible Illness Is A Double-whammy.

Sufferers show no outward signs of the disease and standard blood testing is normal. Having an invisible illness – one in which you look fine – is a double-whammy, because not only do you have to try to manage your symptoms and grieve the loss of your health, you also have to fight against doctors, employers and even family members that may not believe you or understand your struggle.

Sometimes fibromyalgia feels like carrying a 200-pound invisible backpack. If others could see the backpack of fatigue and pain we carry, they would better understand our limitations. And your employer may be more forgiving when you need accommodations: “Wow, of course you need an ergonomic chair, you have a 200-lb backpack weighing you down!” But truthfully, employers, family and doctors don’t always understand or see the burden, which just makes the burden heavier.

Lesson 3: Pain Is Subjective Experience Cannot Be Truly Understood By Another.

Everyone experiences physical pain, and doctors as humans have usually experienced the typical pain that is described to them by their patients. Bad sunburn pain, check. Ankle sprain, been there. Sore throat, yep, had one last month myself. Doctors have a personal vocabulary to understand those types of pain.

But come into the office trying to describe a deep, aching, burning muscle pain that is migrating throughout your body, and you will get blank stares. I still remember the you-are-a-crazy-person look a doctor gave me when I tried to explain that it felt like my neck was tired of holding up my head.

Lesson 4: Most Doctors Still Do Not Know Much About Fibromyalgia

Our understanding and ability to treat fibromyalgia has made huge progress. Yet most of this information has not filtered down to the actual doctors providing care. The majority of care falls to busy and overwhelmed primary care providers who don’t have time to go searching for new treatment ideas among the sea of medical publications.

Lesson 5: Fibromyalgia Is Not Caused By Depression, But

Can Cause Depression.

Several of doctors suggested my symptoms were caused by depression. But they were wrong. Was indeed depressed, but only because life was falling apart, doctors could offer no help and was exhausted and hurt all over. Anyone dealing with that would be depressed!

Know that pain can actually cause changes to the brain that activate the areas associated with depression. So while depression does not cause fibromyalgia, fibromyalgia most certainly can cause depression!

5 lessons Learned From Fibromyalgia

Intentional Blogging: Lesson #4

Type

Topical

Pro’s- Endless supply of writing research available on the internet for free!

Con’s- Having to cut out way too many interesting topics due to personal time restraints.  Risking missing the one BIG break because of my inability to keep up fast enough.

  1. Multiple Sclerosis Clinically Isolated Syndrome
  2. Multiple Sclerosis Relapsing-Remitting Problems
  3. Multiple Sclerosis Primary Progressive Difficulties
  4. Multiple Sclerosis Chronic Progressive Challenges
  5. Multiple Sclerosis Secondary Progressive Horror Stories
  6. Fibromyalgia Added Headaches
  7. Diabetes Type 1: What Is Happening To My Body?
  8. Diabetes Type 2: Ups and Downs
  9. Parkinson’s Disease: One Shaky Episode After Another
  10. Depression Is Not Always Your Fault!
Personal

Pro’s- Face it, it is my life after all!

Con’s- Do I really want to blog about all my stupid choices in life?  Doubt my friends would want to be dragged into this hideous display of our lives!

  1. My Diagnosis’s Story
  2. Growing Up In The Middle Of Nowhere U.S.A.
  3. Being Classified As Gifted In Third Grade
  4. Molested And Raped By Man Who Should Have Been My Protector
  5. The Only Instrument Tried To Play But Couldn’t
  6. Boy Asked To Junior Prom In High School
  7. Tripping Over My Own Two Feet
  8. Bailing Hay Was Extremely Profitable
  9. Milking Cows For A Living
  10. Motorcycles- History With Them

Decision

Will be mostly a topical blog site with personal stories included inside with the diseases that have made an influence on my life (both good and bad)!