There’s bound to be a gem or two in this article that you haven’t come across yet for how to treat Fibromyalgia pain. There’s some major linkage going on in here. Enjoy and feel better!
Fibromyalgia pain is real.
It’s a real pain in the booty (sometimes literally)!
Living with the pain of Fibromyalgia is tremendously difficult, and I know all about it because I have Fibromyalgia.
I’m the kind of person who will try anything to make myself feel better, and luckily, I didn’t stop trying to get rid of my pain until I was successful in my efforts.
Fortunately, I no longer feel the pain of Fibromyalgia, and that’s why I’m excited to finally share the top 10 solutions I used to help myself get rid of my chronic pain and daily suffering – in the short term and in the long term.
Here are the top 10 solutions (all colored words are clickable links):
Rubbing this cool gel on your skin offers immediate pain relief. It has the typical ‘smell’ that these types of soothing gels have, but the one thing that’s different about this product is it dries on your skin almost instantly unlike a lot of the other lotions on the market! I’ve been known to apply Biofreeze almost head to toe when my Fibro symptoms were severe.
2. Thera Cane
If you’ve ever wished you could give yourself a back massage, or be able to ‘dig deep’ into that one spot that’s hurting you and apply a lot of pressure, this is the tool you’ve been missing. Someone was really using their brain when they thought up this neat little invention. It’s super popular in the chronic pain world, so you may already be aware of it. It’s such a simple design, but it REALLY works!
3. The Back Wedge
Posture is so important for pain relief. Unfortunately, the sickies of the world have to spend a lot more time sitting down than the average person, which could lead to major misalignment of the spine. There are different sized wedges for your needs, like THIS or THIS – or go all out and get something like THIS fancy schmancy one!
While we’re on the subject – look into getting a cervical pillow for sleeping at night. I also found that I was more comfortable in bed at night with my feet on top of a flat throw pillow and another one in between my knees (that’s just what worked for me).
4. Epulse Neck Massager
If you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, this machine is an ah-ma-zing solution for pain in that area. But let me warn you, this “meanie machine” (as I call it) will give you a beating if you put it on full blast (10). It really gets the job done for me and has saved me money in the long run because I require less work from my massage therapist. It’s important to note that if you can barely stand to wear clothes, this massager will not be for you. I certainly couldn’t have used it while my illness was at its worst, but if you already know you can handle massage, you’ll love this product! I think it has 20 different settings, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect massage for YOU. You can use it everywhere, too, not just the shoulders!
5. Sketchers Go Walk Shoes
I wear my Go Walk’s every single day, all day long! When I was still bedridden and couldn’t stand on my feet for more than a few minutes at a time, I wish I’d have known about the awesomeness of these shoes! Actually, someone did tell me about them, but I didn’t believe they’d be this good. They’re slip on shoes and come in a variety of different colors. I have THESE, but THIS pair has an antimicrobial sock liner. They even have men’s!
While you’re on Amazon, I would recommend putting “Skechers Go Walk” in the search bar (and specify men’s or women’s) so that you can see the different styles. There’s a lot more than the few links I shared above. And they’re much cheaper if you buy on Amazon, which I wasn’t aware of when I purchased mine… but that’s true for a lot of products sold on Amazon.
6. This Comfy Bra
Yep, this bra is so special that it requires it’s own number on the list. In my adult years, I haven’t been able to wear any bra comfortably for an entire day… until I put on this bra. No underwire, nothing uncomfortable at all. XL is the largest size they make – that’s the only downside to this comfortable bra. You can find it at Kohl’s, too!
7. Stress Relief
Don’t skip over this part! I know you’ve heard it before, but stress relief is very important in pain management. Do whatever you have to do to eradicate the stress from your life. When I finally had the “a-ha” moment I needed to get rid of stress, I took my realizations and never looked back. I began to understand that I’m in control of the way I see things and the way I feel about things. Let me repeat that. I am in control. I’d been making a choice to let stress control my life. I haven’t been the same since.
Here are some things to think about in regards to stress relief:
Pay attention to your thoughts – are you thinking negatively? Are you meditating and really trying to calm yourself down with some quality quiet time every day? Are you making a conscious effort not to let everything in the world bother you? Do you need to forgive yourself and/or someone else? Are you making yourself a victim of your circumstances? Are you focusing more on the bad than the good (and this includes how you view your current state of health)?
I’d like to share the sort-of-morbid technique I developed for putting my own daily life-stressors into perspective. When something happens that would normally make me feel stressed, I think about the top 2-3 worst things that could ever happen in my life and then I decide if the current ‘stressful’ situation is actually worth the stress or not. Doing this until I got used to ‘just saying no’ to stress was very helpful in getting rid of my own chronic stress/worry for good.
8. The Book: From Fatigued to Fantastic
In this amazing book, Dr. Teitelbaum briefly tells the story of his own struggles with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He was forced to drop out of medical school because his health spiraled out of control. He wound up homeless because of his debilitating symptoms. But, no worries… just like me, Dr. T rehabilitated his himself. He turned his health crisis around and was able to finish med school and start doing the necessary work to figure out how to treat this crazy illness.
Dr. T’s book is responsible for getting me well. By the time you’re done reading From Fatigued to Fantastic, you’ll know what tests and medications to speak with your doctor about, what supplements YOUR body needs – based upon the questionnaires found at the end of each chapter – and you’ll understand more about your illness. This book was smartly put together, but Dr. T. told me, when I got to meet him recently, that you should read “The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution” first.
9. Alternative Therapies
Getting alternative treatments from someone who knows what they’re doing can be a very useful tool in treating Fibromyalgia. I started with Chiropractic adjustments (here in Omaha). I took the plunge and paid about $700 upfront to my Chiropractor because of the great things I’d heard about it. But I also heard that for sufferers of Fibromyalgia, the pain would probably get worse before it got better. That turned out to be very true for me, but I was in it for the long haul. Keep in mind, I started getting adjusted while I was still mostly bedbound and could barely stand to be touched or even wear clothing. That said, I stuck with it and felt amazingly better within the first month. Then, as the months passed, my health improved as my alignment improved. I highly recommend trying it and sticking with it as long as your doctor thinks is necessary. Ice packs, heat and Biofreeze will help ease the possible pain you may experience until your body starts feeling better.
Massage: Some of you may not be able to handle even the gentlest massage, but if you can, it’s important to find someone who is familiar with Fibromyalgia and is willing to work with your specific needs.
Acupuncture: I can’t speak to the benefits of acupuncture because I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s said to be very beneficial for Fibromyalgia symptoms.
10. Diet, Supplements, Chemicals
#10 is actually the #1 most important thing on this list for relieving Fibromyalgia pain.
However, I chose not put this right at the top because, with my experience in speaking with possibly hundreds of Fibromyalgia patients over the years, diet is the last thing a lot of Fibromites want to do. People are looking for the ‘easy fix’ for this illness when, unfortunately, there just isn’t one. Drastic dietary and lifestyle changes are the only real way to be successful in permanently ‘shutting off’ Fibromyalgia symptoms. There may be pharm drugs or supplements that can help to alleviate some of the symptoms, but they will prove not to be true long-term solutions.