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Fibromyalgia pain management is a 24/7 job. For me, it not only encompasses products and exercises I can do when my pain is flaring up but also involves having useful appliances around the house that manage my health overall.
Here’s all the tools I personally use at home to manage my fibromyalgia pain. Just so you know, these are what works for me and may not work for you since it seems like all fibromyalgia patients and symptoms are so different!
Before I get into the tools I use for pain management, I need to share these three items that totally help with the nerve pain in my feet and minimize how fast my feet hurt.
Essentially, they decrease the amount of pain I experience so some days I don’t have to use my pain management tools.
I was NEVER into Crocs until someone told me to wear them at home for plantar fasciitis and woah, they were right. They are the best shoes to wear indoors.
I have really weird issues with body temperature regulation. I get cold super easily (maybe because of the chronic muscle tension?).
For extra warmth at home, Mike and I both have Emus (a company like Uggs) glued to our feet. Our Australian friend told us that Australian wear these types boots at home, not outside as fashion, and it’s been a total game changer. We’re so comfy and warm at home all the time!
As you can tell, these are a great gift for any sex.
I don’t know why but I keep calling these things an anti-gravity mat, but they’re called anti-fatigue mat. They’re great to have in the kitchen or anywhere you would be standing for a long time.
Of course, for us spoonies, a long time could mean a short 15 minutes, but you’ll find that standing on this mat will help you stand in one area longer (think doing dishes or chopping up dishes).
It’s basically a cushioned mat that “reduces stress on your knees, muscles and joints by 32%.”
Immediate Fibromyalgia Pain Management
When I’m having a pain flare-up because of fibromyalgia, these are the home tools I like to take out and use asap. Generally, I find that these products help alleviate fibromyalgia back pain or leg pain simply because my usual muscle tension is heightened even more.
In 2020, we got a theragun and I know the price tag is hefty, but wow, using it daily has softened my fascia layer. I can feel a huge difference in the movement of my arms and legs.
Anytime I have a flareup related to chronic muscle tension, I’ll pull this out and use it in the spots I need and it really loosens me up.
It’s actually solved some issues that I haven’t been able to get physical therapists to fix. Read reviews on it here.
An infrared heater helps in two ways. It loosens my super tight muscles, and for those days, when my hands and feet get unreasonably cold, it helps warm me up from the inside out.
In general, infrared heaters are supposed to be better for fibromyalgia pain because the heat really gets deep beyond the outer layers of the skin.
Another tool I love for immediate fibromyalgia pain management is my two-in-one foam roller. I roll out myofascial knots and tight muscles with it.
On days when I am feeling extra sensitive, I use the smooth roller inside, but if I have intense knots, I will use the bumpy, myofascial roller.
Lastly for immediate relief, I’ll pull out my yoga mat and stretch! Even though all we want to do is sit on the couch because of the immense pain we’re in, I find that light movement actually helps ease my fibromyalgia pain, especially with stretching.
Tool for Fibromyalgia and Sleep
If you’re like me, I bet you’ve had many sleepless nights because of the pain. This is where one of my favorite fibromyalgia pain relief products comes into play: the acupressure mat. An acupressure mat increases blood circulation, relaxes you and helps with muscle tension!
I lay on this with a bare back every night and fall asleep within 20 minutes. It’s a miracle for my fibromyalgia back pain. Then at some point, I wake up, remove the mat and continue sleeping through the night.
Normally, if you use an acupressure mat on a hard surface, you’ll really feel every bit of it on your back, but when you put it on the bed like I do, it’s a bit more gentle.
On extra sleepless nights, I will also take the supplement melatonin, which is a natural sleeping aid.
Tip: If your skin is too sensitive, then wear a thin t-shirt while using this for fibromyalgia and sleep.
Other Fibromyalgia Pain Management Products I Use
I found that my fibromyalgia has been getting better as I target specific issues that I’ve uncovered such as allergies to dust mites and generally living in a healthier environment. These are the products that I use for holistically living with fibromyalgia.
Because of my fibromyalgia, my body temperature doesn’t regulate itself too well. At nighttime when I’m sleeping and still, I get really, really cold, even during the summer when it’s warm. So I sleep with a bed heater so I can stay warm all night!
Because of my dust mite allergies, I use an air purifier to clear our allergens from the air and a de-humidifier, which decreases humidity. Dust mites like humidity, and since I’m allergic to them, this minimizes the dust mites in our home. Read more about how I manage my dust mite allergies at home here.
Once or twice a day, I’ll hang on my inversion table for a couple of minutes to stretch my whole body out. This really relieves my fibromyalgia back pain temporarily and is a nice way to maintain a lesser level of pain throughout the day.
My table is the YATEK inversion table, which is no longer available on Amazon UK, but I do recommend if you get an inversion table, spend a few dollars extra to get one that folds away. Even the folding ones take up quite a lot of space.
Welp, there’s all the tools I use at home for fibromyalgia pain management. If you have any questions, ask away in the comments!
Thanks for stopping by, and hope this makes your fibromyalgia pain feel a teensy bit better.
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