There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but there are things that can help relieve symptoms. Below are a few of my tried-and-true favorite fibromyalgia products.
What are your favorite products for relieving symptoms? Share your favorites by sending me an email at donna [at] fedupwithfatigue.com or posting on the Fed Up With Fatigue Facebook page!
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Morton Epsom Lotion – Many fibro sufferers swear by Epsom salt baths to relieve pain. But if you’re not a bath person (like me) or you’re too fatigued to take one, this thick, unscented lotion is a great alternative to soaking in Epsom salts. I slather it on whenever I’m in a lot of pain, and it eases my misery.
The Fay Farm Healing CBD Hemp Lotion – This CBD-infused hemp lotion has become my go-to, everyday body lotion. I love the light, herbal scent, and it’s thick and emollient enough to keep my dry skin moisturized all day long. (Not many lotions do that!) The CBD, a cannabinoid from the cannabis/hemp plant, helps to relieve the all-over achiness of fibromyalgia. I also use this on my feet to reduce neuropathy. It’s one of the only products I’ve found that works!
Dr. Teal’s Ultra Moisturizing Body Wash Sooth and Sleep with Lavender – This is another Epsom salt-related product. I don’t think it really reduces pain, but the soothing lavender scent helps me relax and prepare for sleep. This also comes in a eucalyptus version.
Two Old Goats Foot Balm – I have neuropathy in my feet, and this is one of the products that I reach for to soothe the burning and numbness. Two Old Goats also makes a body lotion that some in the fibro community swear by.
Source Naturals Magnesium Malate – Lots of fibro sufferers have reportedly benefited from adding magnesium to their supplement regime. I take three of these every day and can tell a difference in my pain levels when I don’t. An added bonus: Magnesium is believed to help with sleep, so I take this at bedtime.
Now Foods SAMe – I’ve suffered from depression on and off my entire life, and it became even more of a burden after developing fibromyalgia. After all, it’s hard to be happy when you feel like crud most of the time. I don’t think I realized how glum I’d become until my doctor recommended using SAMe to improve my mood and energy. This stuff is amazing! Mentally, I feel like I can face the day – even if I’m in a lot of physical pain. And as an added bonus, it’s boosted my overall energy. (Caution: SAMe is a natural antidepressant and should not be used by those who take prescription antidepressants.)
Enzymatic Therapy Energy Revitalization System – I’ve tried a number of Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum’s products over the past couple of years, but this is one of the only ones that has worked for me. It gives a noticeable energy boost on the days when I drink it. I will be honest: It doesn’t taste very good, so I mix it with a little bit of juice and water and guzzle it down as fast as possible. But the energy payoff is worth the taste.
Now Foods D-Ribose 1500mg Chewable Tablets – This is another energy booster. Research has shown that D-Ribose helps increase energy levels in people with fibro and ME/CFS. I learned about D-Ribose during a segment about fibro on the Dr. Oz Show. It has a very sweet taste, and some people find that it works best when taken with food. (Read about my own experience with D-Ribose.)
ChiliPAD Cube Cooling & Heating Mattress Pad – I recognize this product is a real splurge, but if your body temperature fluctuates the way mine does, then the Chilipad is worth every dollar! I use this thin, cotton pad under my fitted sheet. Using the remote control, I can control the temperature of the Chilipad, making it cool when I’m overheated and warm when I’m chilled. It’s a phenomenal product and worth the investment.
Beech Sheet Set – Hubby and I bought a set of these sheets from Bed Bath & Beyond last year. (They’re sold under the Pure Beech brand at BBB.) These have to be the softest sheets I’ve ever owned. They are perfect right out of the package and don’t require multiple washings for softening. We love them so much we’re planning to buy another set and retire our old cotton sheets.
Roomba 770 – As a proud owner of a retired greyhound and several kitties, I could not even begin to keep my house clean without my Roomba. I love this little robot almost as much as birthday cake and the beach (and that’s A LOT)! Thanks to my Roomba, I only have to pull out my heavy, clunky upright vacuum about once a month to clean behind the dog’s crate and get hubby’s Cheeze-its out from under the sofa cushions. If my Roomba dies tomorrow, I will have another one ordered and on the way to my house by the end of the day.
Books and media…
Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – This is really more like a fibromyalgia bible than a book. At more than 500 pages, there are individual chapters that address issues with sleep, pain, adrenal fatigue, thyroid, the digestive system, food allergies, etc. One could easily become overwhelmed by the breadth of information and suggestions, but Dr. Rodger Murphree’s four-step Jump Start Program (Chapter 13) narrows the focus for those who are beginning their healing journey. I started working one-on-one with Dr. Murphree in August 2015. Read about the improvements I’ve made using his protocol here.
Healing Meditation (Nourish Mind Body and Spirit) – Stress can really aggravate the symptoms of fibro and ME/CFS. Numerous research studies have shown that a regular meditation practice helps alleviate stress. Kelly Howell’s Healing Meditation won’t cure your fibro or ME/CFS, but it will help you manage the stressors in your life. Howell has produced an amazing library of meditation CDs over the years. I’ve enjoyed every one that I’ve ever heard. Her voice is incredibly soothing, and she makes meditation accessible to the average person without having to learn complicated breathing techniques or travel to an ashram.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. All information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical care.