Little Things to Keep Handy with Fibromyalgia & ME/CFS

Little Things to Keep Handy with Fibromyalgia & ME/CFS

By: Dr Alex Robber

Managing Your Symptoms

When you struggle everyday with fibromyalgia’s pain, fatigue, and brain fog, it can easily become overwhelming and exhausting particularly when there is no cure or one-size-fits-all therapy. Finding a drug or therapy that can help alleviate the symptoms is often an ongoing trial and error process that typically requires a variety of therapies rather than a simple “fix.”

Although no single item is likely to completely cure the fibro symptoms, many of those in the chronic disease group have found certain items (or a combination of products) that help them get through even their hardest days of flare. Many of us “nest” with flares, essentially holing up at one place like the bed or sofa.

These little ones are best kept where you’re sleeping so you don’t have to get them up there. Some are therapies and others aren’t, but they’re all stuff that might help you get through the day (or night) and don’t require a prescription and will not drain your bank account.

Salonpas Pain Relieving Patches

Salonpas patches are applied directly to your body where you get injured and have a topical analgesic which can help relieve muscle aches and pains. They provide various types of patches depending on the type and degree of your pain (i.e. some provide lidocaine, while others have heat). Danielle Bennett said the patches help in areas of pain. Blythe Varney said, “Costly but so effective at relieving sharper pains.”

Rice bag

Inside a little pillow, a rice bag is uncooked rice, usually made from flannel or some cloth that feels good against your skin. You hear it in the microwave for a few minutes and it releases a slightly moist heat that is calming. This is a perfect alternative to a heating pad because this cools down slowly and does not spark a fire, and you can use it to help you sleep. (Mine also has a flannel pillowcase, so I have more control over the amount of heat to my skin.)

Magnesium lotion

Magnesium is a mineral with many health benefits for the average person, but its anti-inflammatory properties can be particularly helpful for those with fibromyalgia. Some use the lotion of magnesium, and let it pass into their skin. Make sure to discuss this with your doctor before taking any supplements. Nancy Nishihira told us that she is using magnesium lotion for muscle aches and Shannon Franklin added that with muscle and nerve pain, magnesium helps her tremendously.

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Blankets, pillows and beddings

The more sedentary you are, the more important it is to have a comfortable place at a moment’s notice which is ready for you. You should have a lavishly soft blanket handy in your family room, as well as a number of cozy-felt pillows, even in the summer. Coarse sheets look as if they were lying on sandpaper! I like the flannel or jumper, or a high count of buttons. Are ready to buy!

Yeti Hand Warmers

Not only do those gloves look amazing, they also plug in to warm your hands via a USB cord. Whether you have the syndrome of Raynaud or sometimes get cold these fun hand warmers will help. Carrie Meyer said she likes to use her Yeti Hands in conjunction with magnesium lotion, essential oils and heating pads (also in slippers!).

Dark chocolate

It may sound strange, but dark chocolate can raise your levels of serotonin, which means you can feel more awake and alert, plus give you a lift of mood. Get the really dark stuff — like 85 percent cocoa — to get the full effect.

Heated Blanket

Not only can a heated throw blanket help keep you warm, but the heat can also help to relieve some of your aches and pains. Samantha Louise Quy told us she’s a lifesaver with a heated throw. The more sedentary you are, the more important it is to have a comfortable place at a moment’s notice which is ready for you. Even in the summer, in my family room, I have a luxuriously soft blanket handy, as well as a number of cozy-felt pillows. Coarse sheets look as if they were lying on sandpaper! I like the flannel or jumper, or a high count of buttons. Feel ready to buy!.

Chillow Pillow

The Chillow Pillow is a soothing gel pad which you can use to relieve hot flashes or fibro-related aches and pains. You can put it under your back, wrap it around your arm or leg or even place it under your pillow to keep you cool when you’re sleeping. Donna Lear Lambro said: “I put my Chillow Pillow under my leg, which was used for hot flashes. The fold numbs the pain in order that I may fall asleep.

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Tennis Balls

If your muscles are tired and need some massaging, a tennis ball can be a useful tool, you can roll it back and forth where you are stressed or use it to put pressure on trigger points. Tanya Fierro said she is using tennis balls in her arms, shoulders and back for trigger points.


If you are dealing with fibromyalgia, it could be a challenge to find shoes that are tolerable on your feet. But many with fibro have found Skechers a viable option. “Nothing helps with my pain,” Cinthia Kerr told us, “but Skechers Life Savers help lighten my feet over long days. Best I’ve ever found.”

Thera Cane Massager

While this tool could look a little weird, it is actually the perfect shape to massage parts of your back that you cannot touch. The multiple treatment balls allow you to simultaneously operate on multiple areas. This may be effective in relieving sore and tense muscles for those with fibro.

Essential Oils

Essential oils can do much more than just make your home smell good. Different types are considered to have different physical and emotional healing properties. Recommended Leslie P. McMillan, “The basic oil of Frankincense. This helps with emotional problems and sore muscles. “We were advised by the Fibro Natural Club that essential oils like lavender, cedarwood, patchouli and clary sage help them to sleep, and Carrie Meyer added that peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender and lemon blends are perfect for relaxing.

Dry shampoo

We all have those days when we’re in a rush to get away from home. Trust me your new best friend will be dry shampoo.

Soft backpack

A soft backpack can be a more convenient choice for women carrying a purse, as it carries what you need and equally distributes the weight. It relieves the pressure and discomfort on the shoulder or arm while wearing a purse.

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Nail clippers

This may sound like an odd one, but by too-long toe nails scraping against a sheet or pillow, you were kept awake more than once. Could be a chalkboard too!

Disability Sticker

Each patient with fibromyalgia should have a disability sticker on their car to spread the disease-related full knowledge. Because we all know, most people do not understand our illness and state it in our minds. It is therefore our responsibility to make our illness accessible and visible to the world. So, let’s put a Fibro handicap sticker on your car. You can get that too from here.

Pill organizer

Fibro fog will make us second-guess if our medicines and supplements have been taken. Using a pill organizer is one way to get around that. So many to choose from: simple, colorful, once – a-day or several times a day, etc. This is the one I prefer, because filling all at once is unobtrusive and easy.

Massage tools

Taking gently kinks out of your muscles really can help you feel better! I like to use vibrating massagers but be careful with those! You’re going to have days where your skin’s almost crawling, and your muscles are really jumpy. The noise on those days is doing far more harm than good.

Microwaveable heating pads

The reason I prefer these to a hot-water bottle is that they shape into the place you want to heat up. They come in different sizes, in various colors and fabrics. You may also heat them up at home, or at work. Heat is one of those of us soothing friends with FM.

eZ MELTS supplements

I love these supplements because they melt in your mouth and there’s a different flavor in each form. If you have trouble with swallowing pills, then you prefer to easy-to-take something. Using B12, D3, CoQ10, melatonin, and other probiotics. I don’t bother my stomach like some drugs do, either. They enter the bloodstream right away, bypassing the digestive process. As with all supplements, what supplements are safe and the right choice for you should be addressed with your doctor. You are also advised to take them with meals, so they are more bioavailable.

Head to toe cleansing clothes

That’s when taking a shower takes more time than you have for those days but you want to quickly get cleaned. Though these are intended for children, they are larger and thicker than ordinary baby wipes.

Fibromyalgia Mobile Cover

Everyone with fibro has a smartphone, so let’s make this smartphone smarter and be a forum for spreading awareness about our disease, let’s have this screen cover on … You can get the personalized smartphone cover from here.

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