12.04.2017

FedUpwithFatigue.com’s 2017 gift guide for #fibromyalgia & #Lyme

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This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post contains affiliate links

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again! I saw my first Christmas decorations in stores in September, and before I knew it Halloween and Thanksgiving had whizzed past. Bah humbug! I’m not ready for trees, glitter and Christmas carols. I’m still dreaming about turkey and pumpkin pie!

Well, like it or not, the holiday season is upon us, so without further ado, here is FedUpwithFatigue.com’s annual gift guide!

FedUpwithFatigue's 2017 gift guide for fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme | Fed Up with Fatigue

Gifts of less pain

Most of my year has been spent trying to get my pain under control. I still haven’t won the war, but I am making a little progress thanks to some of the tools below.

The Quell pain relief device is one of my favorite tools. It consistently knocks my #fibromyalgia #Lyme pain down by a couple of points. | Fed Up with Fatigue 2017 Gift Guide

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Quell Starter Kit – The Quell pain relief device is the only repeat item from last year’s gift guide. I had to include it again because it’s that good! I’ve written a couple of articles on why I love the Quell so much. You can read those here and here. But the short answer is this: It’s the only device that’s consistently reduced pain throughout my body. People often confuse it as a TENS unit, but it’s so, so much better than that. It’s whole-body, drug-free, completely mobile pain relief!

 

Healthyline's PEMF mats can help reduce #fibromyalgia #Lyme pain, promote healing and foster relaxation. | Fed Up with Fatigue 2017 Gift Guide

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HealthyLine PEMF mats – If you find heat helpful for pain management, then you’ll love HealthyLine’s pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) mats! PEMF is proven to provide pain relief, healing, relaxation and other benefits. I’ll be doing a review on one of HealthyLine’s PEMF mats soon. In the meantime, you can read my review of HealthyLine’s InfraMat Pro heated gemstone mat. HealthyLine is offering FedUpwithFatigue.com readers a 10 percent discount plus free shipping on all continental U.S. orders if you enter the code fwf10 at checkout.

 

If you've got back pain, you might want to ask your doctor about an inversion table. I've found it super helpful for my herniated disc. | Fed Up with Fatigue 2017 Gift Guide

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Inversion table – Since summer, I’ve been struggling with a herniated disc in my lower back. I’ve done physical therapy, taken short-term steroids, had injections, kept up a stretching routine, etc., but the one thing that’s helped the most is my inversion table. My back specialist recommended an inversion table after I wasn’t responding to traditional treatments. I lie on it for a few minutes twice a day at a partial incline – it’s not necessary to go completely upside down – and it takes the pressure off my herniated disc. It’s been a lifesaver! I bought mine secondhand on Craigslist, but Amazon sells them in different price ranges. I’ve read good things about the Teeter models. (Helpful tip: Some inversion tables cause pain in the ankles as you’re hanging. I remedied this by wearing a pair of padded winter boots while hanging. Works great instead of spending $100 on these specially made inversion boots.)

The Oska Pulse delivers PEMF frequencies to the body, increasing blood flow, reducing inflammation, easing pain and promoting the release of natural endorphins. | Fed Up with Fatigue 2017 Gift Guide

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Oska Pulse – The Oska Pulse delivers PEMF frequencies to the body, increasing blood flow, reducing inflammation, easing pain and promoting the release of natural endorphins. Several of my fellow fibro/Lyme bloggers report great success with it. You can read a few of their reviews here, here and here. Oska is offering $55 off by using the code FEDUP5 at checkout.

 

 

Gifts of self-care

Resonant Botanicals' Invigorate lotion is the best pain-relieving lotion I've ever used for #fibromyalgia #Lyme pain. | Fed Up with Fatigue 2017 Gift Guide

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Resonant Botanicals’ Invigorate lotion – You guys know I’m a sucker for trying any kind of pain-relieving cream or ointment, but I discovered a new favorite earlier this year when I was asked to review Resonant Botanicals’ Invigorate lotion. This stuff is hands down the best pain-relieving lotion I’ve ever used. I find myself applying it multiple times a day. I wish I could bathe in it! Resonant is offering FedUpwithFatigue.com readers a 10 percent discount and free shipping with the code FEDUP10.

 

Heated slippers – I swear my feet are cold from October to June (and that’s WITH thyroid medication). When I saw heated slippers included on another fibro blogger’s gift guide, I knew I had to add a pair to mine, too.

I love my new weighted blanket made by my fibro friend Abbie Anderson. She's still taking holiday orders! | Fed Up with Fatigue 2017 Gift Guide

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Weighted blanket – My fibro friend Abbie Anderson recently made me a weighted blanket, and I’ve been using it at night while I watch TV in my recliner. It’s snuggly and comforting, but there are actually health benefits to using a weighted blanket, too. They’ve been shown to reduce anxiety and improve sleep. If you’re interested in a handmade blanket, you can contact Abbie through her Facebook page or by emailing her at abbieanderson@rocketmail.com.

 

Gifts that keep giving

I love the idea of monthly subscriptions because they extend the gift-giving season past December. Cratejoy offers subscription boxes for almost any interest, but two that are relevant for the chronic illness community are the Spoonie Essentials Box and Hopebox.

Spoonie Essentials is a monthly 'pick-me-up' care package subscription for chronic-illness patient warriors of five to eight items intended to make each day a little better by spreading a little extra love and care. | Fed Up with Fatigue 2017 Gift Guide

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“Spoonie Essentials is a monthly ‘pick-me-up’ care package subscription for chronic-illness patient warriors of five to eight items intended to make each day a little better by spreading a little extra love and care. Themes change each month to reflect popular chronic-illness lifestyle culture like ‘namaste-in-bed’ or ‘naps, Netflix & pills’ for more fun!” describes the Cratejoy site.

 

Hopebox monthly subscription box | Fed Up with Fatigue's 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme gift guide

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“Hopebox is a monthly care package subscription box that delivers what we all need most… hope! We carefully select each month’s assortment of renewing, uplifting goodies handmade by creative artisans who have their own inspiring stories of hope and healing. Every box includes a heartfelt, comforting, and encouraging message as well!” describes the Cratejoy site.

 

If you've got #fibromyalgia or #Lyme, brain fog can make it difficult to concentrate on reading a box. That's why I love my Audible membership so much! | Fed Up with Fatigue 2017 Gift Guide

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Audible – I’ve pretty much given up reading for pleasure due to brain fog and poor concentration, but I can still enjoy books through my Audible membership. Amazon has partnered with Audible to offer thousands of audiobooks. You can listen on most any device, and once you buy an audiobook, it’s yours to keep.

 

 

Now it’s your turn: What’s on your Christmas wish list this year? Share in the comments!

My previous gift guides…

FedUpwithFatigue.com’s 2016 fibromyalgia gift guide

2016 Fibromyalgia Gift Guide | Curated by FedUpwithFatigue.com

FedUpwithFatigue.com’s 2015 fibromyalgia gift guide

These are great gift ideas for anyone with fibromyalgia.

More gift guides from other chronic illness bloggers…

Being Fibro Mom: 2017 fibromyalgia holiday gift guide

Chronic Mom: 2017 chronic illness holiday gift guide

Chronic Mom Life: Holiday gift guide for people with chronic illness

A Chronic Voice: What your wish list looks like when you have chronic illnesses

Counting My Spoons: 2017 chronic illness gift guide

Emily Lofgren: 13 Christmas gift ideas for someone with a chronic illness

Feasting on Joy: The colossal gift guide for living the best holistic life

February Stars: Christmas gift guide | What to buy someone with a chronic illness

Grace is Sufficient: 17 Christmas gift ideas for someone with a chronic illness

Health Rising: A holiday gift guide for people with ME/CFS and fibromyalgia

Holtorf Medical Group: Gift ideas for your chronically ill loved ones

My Migraine Life: Top 10 gifts for migraine, chronic illness and self care

Sunshine and Spoons: Gift guide for the spoonie

The World Sees Normal: Gift guide for the chronically ill

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Comments

  1. Great compilation and thanks for the mention! 😊

  2. Pajamas and slippers are on my list this (err…every) year. I live in them and as I had to stop working I live in them day and night! Walmart has a brand called Secret Treasures that’s really nice and soft for being $12-15 (for plus sizes too).

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