5 fibromyalgia-related products I won’t be repurchasing

I’ve never met a fibromyalgia-related lotion, cream or spray that I didn’t want to try. Despite all the money I’ve wasted, I keep hoping that one day, somehow, someway, there will be a product that I can rub on my skin, and it will magically take the pain away. That would be awesome, wouldn’t it?

Well, I have found a few products that help reduce my fibro pain, but nothing ever delivers 100 percent. In fact, most fibromyalgia products fail miserably. I normally share products I like with my readers, but I think it’s useful to share what didn’t work, too. Below are a few of the products that have recently ended up in my trash can.

Disclaimer: Everyone with fibromyalgia is different. Some products may work for me and not for you and vice versa. This post isn’t intended to bash any particular product; these are just my own observations. This post may contain affiliate links.

5 fibromyalgia-related products I won't be repurchasing | Fed Up with Fatigue

Life-Flo Magnesium Lotion

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you probably know I love Morton Epsom Salt Lotion! It is without question THE BEST topical cream that I’ve ever used for fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, Morton stopped making it a few months ago. When I found out, I ran to my local Walgreens and cleaned out the shelf. I’m still using up my stockpile, but at some point, that’s going to run out, so I’ve been hunting for a replacement. I stumbled upon Life-Flo Magnesium Lotion while browsing Vitacost.com and ordered it to reach the threshold for free shipping.

I usually apply some form of magnesium product on my legs and feet every night before bed. It helps with the pain, reduces the sensation of restless legs and relieves some of the burning in my feet. When I first applied the Life-Flo lotion, I liked it. It has a light, sweet scent, and it’s thick and creamy. Unfortunately, it did not perform as well as the Morton lotion. I did nothing to relieve my pain or burning. I ended up requesting a refund from Vitacost, and the bottle is buried in some landfill right now.

Ease Magnesium Spray

I ordered two bottles of Ease Magnesium Spray after seeing an advertisement for it on Facebook. Like the Life-Flo lotion, I was hoping the Ease spray would replace the Morton lotion that I adore. No such luck! I used the spray several times on my legs and feet, and didn’t experience any noticeable change in my pain level.

Noxicare Natural Pain Relief Cream

I had high hopes for Noxicare Natural Pain Relief Cream because it’s formulated by a Harvard-trained physician for joint, nerve and musculoskeletal pain. I’m trying to use less toxic body care products these days, so I also liked that Noxicare is made from all-natural ingredients like turmeric, basil, rosemary and ginger.

I used the cream several times on my legs, knees and hips for overall pain relief. I also applied it a few times to my feet for nerve pain. It did nothing.

Aspercreme with Lidocaine

I decided to pick up a tube of Aspercreme with Lidocaine after a reader said she’s had good results using lidocaine for the neuropathy in her feet. I believe she uses a prescription version, but when I asked my neurologist about it, he suggested buying the drugstore version. I know some fibro sufferers swear by this stuff, so I was hopeful. I applied it to my feet on several occasions, and nothing happened. My feet just kept burning.

Badger Sleep Balm

I guess this isn’t technically a fibro product, but since most of us have sleep issues, I thought I would include it. I have mixed feelings about Badger Sleep Balm. I absolutely love how it smells in the tin. I could breathe it in all day! But when I apply it to my temples or chest or even directly under my nose, I can’t smell it at all. Since this is an aromatherapy product that’s supposed to help with sleep, it kind of defeats the purpose if you can’t smell it. I’m still using my tin, hoping maybe it’s doing something, but I won’t be repurchasing it.

Now it’s your turn! What’s your go-to fibromyalgia product? Share in the comments! 

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  1. Laura Farmer says

    I just started the oil and it has helped immensely

  2. Shannon Leigh Farrell says

    2 old goats lotion. My sister got me this and it helps soooooo much. I love it. Search for it online.

  3. Crystal Steyh says

    Morenga Oleifera in capsul form. I bought mine on Amazon for like 20.00. It says to take two in the morning and two at night. I found like most people sensitive to medications/supplements who have fibro that I can only take one or two per day. One in the morning and one at night. It helps with the widespread pain without upsetting my stomach as the full dose did.
    I also have an inversion table that helps with the back and hop pain.
    Switched up diet. I cannot do gluten, wheat, beef, chicken, dairy, green tea, coffee sugar along with yeasts of any kind in addition to about 48 other foods that came up on my food sensitivity testing. All of these foods trigger flairs.
    I’ve just also started Modere Life that helps with connective tissue and joint pain. I will let you know how I do with it.

  4. Christine says

    I take tramadol for pain and effexor for depression associated with fibromyalgia, I have also given up eating meat and dairy products and noticed huge difference in my pain levels and fatigue as well as my stomach issues. I’ve also cut out 90% of my sugar intake and i have cut down on white carbs and gluten. So pretty much I eat veggies ,fruit, and fish and I drink tons of water. It’s been difficult but I have less flares and less pain and I can get through most days without needing a nap at 3:00.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      Congratulations! I know from experience that it’s hard work to hone your diet down like that. I’m so glad you’re feeling the benefits from it.

  5. Tarheelgal says

    I have fibromyalgia and was having a terrible time with leg cramps at night. I mentioned this to my chiropractor and he said, “You’re going to think this is crazy but toss a bar of the Gold Dial soap in the bed with you. There is a chemical in it that will help with the cramps.” Well, he was right. I did think he was crazy. I bought the soap anyway since it was less than a dollar for two bars. I thought maybe I’ll just try it. I got the soap home and the more I thought about it the crazier it sounded. Well, I did what we all do, I Googled it to see if anyone else had tried it. To my surprise lots of people had tried it and it worked for them. So I tucked it between the fitted sheet and the mattress. Well, I could not believe it! It actually worked for me! I have been sleeping with a bar of Gold Dial soap in my bed everyday since. When we go on vacation if I forget to bring the soap my leg cramps come back. I can’t explain how it works and it does sound a little crazy but it might be worth giving it a try to see if it will help.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      That’s funny b/c it worked for me, too, to help my restless legs. My hubby thought I was crazy … that it was the placebo effect …I don’t care what it was. Just glad it helped.

  6. I know this might get a few laughs, but I use Vicks Vapor rub on my burning feet. It takes the pain away pretty quickly. It also helps when I get a burning itch on my feet.
    For headaches I rub it along my hair line, and it does help. My daughter has MS and she uses it for her headaches.
    Bio Freeze and Voltaren are also helpful. Most meds don’t help anymore.
    I have found that Calcium helps my restless legs and muscle cramps.
    Gentle hugs to all of you!

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      It’s not silly at all. I’ve heard of other people doing that. I need to try it.

  7. Kimber says

    CBD oil works amazingly!!!! I use it for almost everything. I put some on a bee sting and watched the swelling go down. I’m pretty upset that our government has kept this from us for so long.

  8. Dana Lutz says

    Asutra Magnesium Oil, I absolutely love it!!!! I don’t believe that everything works for everyone, so just because it works for me doesn’t mean it will work for you. That being said, I have recommended it to a lot of people ans several of them also love it. I no longer have to take pain meds, that’s how well it works for me.

  9. Jennifer says

    I use voltaren 1% gel. It’s a diclofenac sodium topical gel. I love this stuff, works great for me.

    • I use this my psoriatic arthritis pain. I keep a tube at work, one at home by the couch and one at home by the bed. Very helpful.

  10. Michele says

    I bought today this one….and I gonna put frankinscence oil with it….Maybe it’s gonna be good!Frankinscence does great job! Here’s the product : https://well.ca/products/natural-calm-canadas-magnesium_79094.html
    Natural calm Canada Magnesium.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      Let me know how it works. I love magnesium lotion but haven’t used the oil yet.

  11. Harv-Elkannah-Elshaddai says

    I have found the book Transdermal Magnesium Author, Dr. Mark Sircus very helpful

    • I just tried the Ancient Minerals magnesium lotion my mom bought me months ago because I am having a horrific flare. It really did help relieve pain when applied to my legs, feet and neck. I still feel crappy, but way less crappy lol

      • I’m doing very well (considering I wanted to die from the burning most days) using Ancient Minerals Ultra Magnesium Oil. I spray my body down quite a bit with it.

      • CarolAnn says

        I have been using Ancient Minerals magnesium oil for months. It has helped a lot with very bad pain in my calf.
        They also make a lotion but have not tried that.

        • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

          I keep hearing good things about Ancient Minerals! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Brekke says

    I’ve had good luck with a compounded cream from my doctor. (I suppose technically from my partner’s rheumatologist since that’s where I learned about it, but anyway…) It uses a blend of ketamine, gabapentin, lidocaine, and…oh, shoot, I’m forgetting the fourth thing…I think it might be amitriptyline. However, I suspect you could try to get your doctor to call the pharmacy that makes it for more info. It’s University Commons Pharmacy in South Bend, IN. The name is Neuro-Ease. Obviously, you’d have to find a compounding pharmacy near you because I’m not sure if UCP ships, but I’d say it’s worth looking into. It is a little pricey – $40 for a month’s supply – however, it really doesn’t take a lot to work, and it *really* helps. I have ideopathic peripheral neuropathy and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (though I only received that Dx last year; I’ve had a fibro/CFS Dx much longer).

    A few tips if you do look into this one & are able to try it:
    – It works on pretty much all sore areas. I have a lot of problems with my hips/lumbar/sacral region, and this stuff can actually get that to ease up some and almost nothing does that.

    – If you have problems with soreness in your hands, it can help with that, too. After you apply it to the main areas you’re using it for, dampen your hands and then work it into your hands and wrists.

    – If you’re not using it for your hands, wash them straight away. If you use it on your hands, wait at least 15 minutes, but then thoroughly wash your hands. You do NOT want this stuff in your eyes. It burns like the fires of hades.

    I also suspect that every compounding pharmacy has some variation of this type of cream, so it might be easier to do a bit of research yourself at your local pharmacies instead of trying to pursue out of state options. I did a quick Google search and this list is the first thing that pops up: http://www.myersmedicalpharmacy.com/custom-medications/treatments/neuropathic-pain.php

    So, I’m fairly certain, that armed with some details, you could get info from a local compounding pharmacy and take that to your doctor.

    Also, on the subject of magnesium on the whole, my EDS doctor is one of the top in her field and she’s done extensive research on magnesium and EDS and magnesium deficiency in general. I’m usually hesitant to share my doctor’s names online, but in this case, I’ll make an exception so I can share her paper on the subject. The short version is that magnesium deficiency can cause hundreds of symptoms and it’s really hard to diagnose because the lab test for it only tests the blood serum level. Unfortunately, the most important places mag is stored is in bones and tissues, and you can have a “normal” serum level but be almost completely deficient in other areas. (In fact, she said if you show low mag on the lab test, then you’re in serious trouble.) She’s found that the best type of magnesium supplement to take is chelated magnesium because it binds better in the body and is also easier on the digestive system than some of the other types. It’s a little more expensive than your standard magnesium supplement, but not by much. (If you have a Fresh Thyme market near you, I’ve been using their store brand for a couple of months now and I am starting to tell a difference. It’s not the miracle I wanted it to be, but it is helping. Their store brand is specifically labelled GF which is why I went with that one.) Anyway, here’s Dr. Collins’ paper on magnesium: (the link is a direct download of the PDF, FYI; I promise it has no viruses or anything) http://prettyill.com/downloads/Magnesium_and_EDS_by_Heidi_Collins%2C_MD.pdf

    I also recommend checking out her videos on YouTube, especially “If You Can’t Connect the Issues, Think Convective Tissues”. A lot of people are diagnosed with fibro and similar things because doctors get frustrated with not having an easy answer and they don’t always want to look further. It’s worth taking a look at Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome as a possibility, especially if you have a lot of symptoms that sort of match fibro but aren’t quite a solid fit, either. It’s becoming more well known, but like most rarer disorders, it takes time and education. For quick and accessible info on EDS, the EDS Foundation’s website is a huge help.

    Now, this comment is SUPER huge. Sorry about that. >_>

  13. Simone says

    I found Frankincense & Myrrh Neuropathy Rubbing Oil to be good for restless legs, burning and shooting pain in the feet. The smell is over-powering though, and my husband sleeps in another room when I use it, and the dogs avoid me, too. LOL. I have also used Hemp Salvation Salve, and I must have liked it because I used an OZ of it real fast. I am now purchasing my own industrial hemp oil and coconut oil, and essential oils to blend my own salves. I also use traditional local medicinal teas like Labrador, nettle, willow bark, caribou leaf, wild rose hip, pineapple weed (chamomile) and devil’s club root, which we gather in their season, and each has their own time and application. I do not use prescription drugs and I suffer a severe progressive form of the fibromyalgia complex, so I look for healing or relief in nature, meditation and aromatherapy. It is not enough, which is why I ultimately turned to cannabis.

  14. I find that Tiger Balm helps, it comes in several different forms and so far all of them seem to work. It is very smelly and I apply it with vinyl gloves because I can’t seem to get it to wash off. But when I am having a flair up in my neck, shoulders or back it really helps. I have also had good luck with Biofreeze, not as good as Tiger balm but it works in a pinch.

  15. Krista says

    I have never used the Morton’s lotion but I love epsom salt and essential oil baths, so I tried Dr. Teals’ epsom salt lotion and feel like it works! Nothing magical, and most helpful in an actual spasm rather than just my typical ridiculous tension. But I like it!

  16. Vicki Copp says

    I am looking into the possibility of making my own Epsom salt lotion–how hard could it be? I use raw shea butter daily and that would make a perfect base.

  17. It sounds like you gave these a fair try. We are all so different so I won’t be suprised to see many different perspectives on products such as these. Personally if something helps someone and it’s not dangerous- I support them using it. I’m glad these types of products are giving people some relief, even if it takes trial and error to get there.

  18. Another product I’ve found to help me is………Tommie Copper Compression Wear!! It is kind’a expensive but when you consider that your in pain……not so costly! They also have many sales on their products.They have a page on Facebook where you can ask questions.
    I’ve found that T.C. compression socks worn to bed helps with foot pain,I also have the gloves,wrist supports,shorts, sock which I wear with low shoes or tennis shoes. They also have a long sleeved shirt with compression which is very good. You will have to give it a try to see if it helps. In my case their products help me allot.

  19. I too have tried many oils,rubs,creams and most do NOT work!!! I can tell you that a roller rub on oil which I was told about does work is called: 024 -Pain Neutralizer 1/3 fl oz (9.4 ml)
    This small bottle cost $12.00,I ordered the bulk amount to get free shipping! I keep getting “flare up” areas on my body.Right now I have terrible heel pain in my foot…….I tried 024 but it didn’t help much,this was the only area which it did not relieve the pain.I’m thinking the skin on the feet is thick,too difficult to penetrate.So,I tried those stick on “Icy Hot” patches…….this worked!! I also get low back pain,right on those”trigger points”……I rub a small amount with the roller right into that area……within 20 mins the pain starts to leave. DO NOT rub this oil into an area with your fingers…….it’s VERY difficult to wash off your hands.This products has many different oils in it and it’s really strong,but it does work!

  20. My PainAway Fibro Cream really helps to relieve pain in my legs from Fibro, as week as my neuropathic pain in my feet and RLS symptoms in my feet and legs. For me it has been a lifesaver!

  21. I tried Noxicare because I found an online coupon to get a tube free if I pain for the shipping. I love it. I do have to apply it more then one time on bad Fibro pain, but milder pain only takes one application. What I love about it is that when it takes the pain away it seems to stay away for a few days, which is absolutely wonderful!! I do not suffer from burning in my feet, so not sure if it would do anything there. I know that everyone with Fibro suffers differently, and I am sure that relief from the pain is different for each case also. But had to put my two cents worth in for Noxicare since Donna didn’t find it worked very well for her. So give it a try, it just may work as well for you as it has for me – and that makes is worth a try in my book.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      You’re a perfect example of why I always say “What works for me might not work for you and vice versa.” 🙂 I think that’s one of the most frustrating things about fibromyalgia – there’s no perfect treatment for everyone.

  22. Janice says

    Great post. Thanks to everyone that shared their good ( and not so good) experiences.
    I have experience with medical CBD/Thc Oil, taken orally, twice a day. 7AM and 7PM. It has been terrific. I coasted carefully into the full DOSE and can give a full throated endorsement of the product.
    I sleep well, have NO PAIN and am back to experiencing real life again. I’ve even just joined an exercise group.
    All This after 25 years of unrelenting suffering, job

    • Pamela says

      Janice, are you using the hemp oil version or medical marijuana version of CBD oil? I can’t get medical MJ in my state. I’ve been using the CBD hemp oil for about two months. Helped with sleep right away, and it seems to be “waking up” my damaged nerves in my legs. But so far, no pain relief. I keep upping the dose, but so far, no luck. I now have cancer and will start chemo in two weeks, followed by radiation. CBD oil is supposed to be very helpful for cancer patients in many ways, so in spite of the lack of pain relief, I will continue using it.

  23. Vita Castellana says

    I’ve tried so many products and nothing OTC or prescription has helped my fibromyalgia pain, other than Lyrica, which had the unbearable side effect of making my tounge and throat swell. I haven’t tried any of the products mentioned in this post, though I have tried Epsom salts baths, Ancient Minerals magnesium lotion, and My Fibro Cream, with no reduction in pain.

    • Vita Castellana says

      I should have added that CBD oil also had no noticeable effect, but maybe i didn’t try enough or for long enough. The small bottle lasted only a week or two and was expnsive. Cannabis seemed to have helped relieve my pain almost completely for 2 months, and now seems ineffective once the outside temperature fell below freezing. Soon retail cannabis stores will open in Alaska and I hope to find a strain and products that help relieve pain and fatigue.

    • Jenny Buss says

      Be careful with Lyrica. I had horrible side effects when I tried to get off of it after 10 years. I lost three months of my life to paranoia, nausea, uncontrolled movement of my body, tardive dyskenesia, weight loss, sleeplessness and a host of other withdrawal symptoms. The company did not warn the consumer about any of this. It was very scary!!

  24. I recently found Bio-Freeze and find it helpful for my knotted up muscles

  25. Betty Beck says

    Zim’s Max-Freeze helps some.

  26. Pauline says

    I use the CBD paste tastes rotten but helps but not sure how much I should take . I’m on a fentanel patch as well as all the others things for migraine and other things as well as fibromyalgia but the CBD dose help but would be helpful to how much I should use . It’s the one you can’t get high on they done something to get rid of the high x X X X

  27. I am using a high CBD/ low THC tincture for pain and another high CBD spray (has a little more THC) for sleep. I am finally feeling human again.

  28. Donna, just looked up on Amazon and they have the Epsom salt lotion you love in stock….I am going to try it….expensive though….
    Best healing…

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      Yes, I’ve seen it on there. I won’t pay those prices. It was around $6 when it was sold at Walgreens and Walmart. Now they’re price gouging people. 🙁

  29. I have tried MANY, MANY products as so many of us have in the Fibro world..I find for neck and upper thigh pain, heat wraps work the best for me (but may have to repeat them daily or thoughout the week). For my foot pain, ice packs have always help with the nerve pain and stiffness too..For supplements, I use Tumeric daily and I believe it helps on a smaller level but worth staying on. I recently tried a high quality CBD oil and wow! That worked within two minutes of taking it orally )while swishing in my mouth for 3-5 minutes before swallowing). Magnesium Citrate in a few hundred mgs twice daily, especially before bedtime help on some level if I stay on it daily. But, for instant relief I would vote for the CBD oil..It’s pricey, so that’s a huge negative, so I hope to find some that is less pricey because it DOES work so well! I’m glad we can share what works and doesn’t on this page, it’s a wonderful thing for all of us! 🙂

  30. I have tried almost every med and certainly every supplement I could find that had some, even badly designed, positive study published and reported in pubmed. Nothing has worked. nor has Dr. liptan’s reco’d magnesium cream or, unfortunately, other things that work for some she mentions. My MJ legal state finally has a dispensary selling cbd:THC lozenges in the 1:1 ratio that is supposedly optimal for pain. The optimal dosage is supposedly 10 mg of each, which I have been trying. It takes two hours to work, lasts three or four, and lowers my whole body FM pain better than Tramadol plus Tylenol. Unfortunately, it does scramble my thoughts a bit and make me slightly enough spacey so that I wouldn’t drive. That’s the tradeoff for the pain, though I don’t want to use it every day. It costs about four dollars per dose for me. There is a referendum to legalize recreational MJ here and I’m hoping it will pass and greatly expand MJ options, which are minimal due to idiot lawmakers.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      Hi Steve, I’m glad you’re having some success w/ medical marijuana. I just got my license and started using it recently myself. I’ll be doing a post on my experiences soon. It’s not the cure-all that I was hoping for, but it has been helpful.

    • Hi Steve, how many do you take per day? My state just legalized med marijuana, but, I haven’t applied yet, with my doctors help. I would like to know how expensive it is to buy this too? I have used CBD oil from a reputable person who claims it is very pure and it’s a bit pricey too, but works within a minute or two and helps me sleep without leg cramps and pain…I think it’s similar in price to your THC lozenges when I calculated it..What is the paperwork like when applying for the license? Is it a big deal having our doctor involved in the paperwork?

    • WildChild says

      Have you tried the CBD straight up? I don’t do well with THC ingestion, but the CBD oil in 18:1 offers some relief with no scrambled brain.

  31. misty waltermire says

    A few years ago I had gotten some “abnormal ” X-rays of my spine and I went to a specialist in Spokane Washington that wasn’t sure but thought that I might have Ankylosing Spondylitis or fibromyalgia. I then went back to Boston (where I grew up) to see The Specialist there because they were supposed to be the best… hahaha! That was in 2011. I haven’t gotten anywhere with any of my doctors-and theres been a bunch-until this year. I got a diagnosis of fibromyalgia from my rheumatologist (again in WA). The problem is nobody cares! Nobody thinks that it’s a real disease. I still have no job because I can’t work through this pain. I have no meds. I don’t know what to do. And of course Social Security will not help you unless you have another diagnosis besides fibromyalgia. I feel like I’m just banging my head against the wall and that nobody can help me. I’m tired. I’m tired of doctors and I’m tired of trying to explain myself over and over again. I’m tired of everybody thinking I’m just lazy or trying to sponge the system. I feel like there’s nothing anybody wants to do because now I am on Medicaid because I can’t afford the insurance that I need to get any treatment. The doctors look down their noses at me like I’m a second-class citizen. I cry everyday trying to figure out what to do and I feel like I’m so alone in this because nobody gets it. I just want to be normal again. I need help from anyone who understands this agonizing frustration- not Financial or medication wise. I need somebody that just knows what I’m talking about; that doesn’t think I’m crazy or a freeloader. I need somebody just to be on my side because I’m legitimately sick. Somebody that’s been through this. I’m sorry for taking so much space here. I’m so desperate for a kindred spirit that I don’t know how to go about getting ANYTHING done anymore. I’ve had so many new symptoms this past 2 years that I don’t know what belongs to what or how to make the doctors take me seriously. I’m so depressed I’m not even sure I can go through anymore disappointment or rejection. How do you do this? I’ve only been fighting this crap a few years and I’m ready to just say “F”-it. Where can I pull the strength from when I’m barely able to get out of bed without assistance? Thank you for having this blog. At least maybe I can read about someone else’s experience with this instead of just being trapped in my own head. Alone. Being alone is the worst part. Having to pretend I’m ok because I don’t look sick. Anyway , thanks again.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      You are not alone. Unfortunately, a lot of your fellow fibro warriors are going through many of the same challenges. One of my favorite things to say is you don’t get it until you get it. Most doctors don’t get it; they never will. Talking with others with fibro is a great way to find support b/c they understand. Facebook is wonderful for connecting with others w/ fibro. In fact, I have a Facebook group called What Works for Fibromyalgia. We do our share of whining, but we also try to share when something works to reduce our symptoms. You’re more than welcome to join us: http://www.facebook.com/groups/whatworksforfibromyalgia

    • Eileen says

      If I didn’t know any better I’d think you were writing about me. I was diagnosed back about 11 years ago but I believe I’ve had it much longer. After several routine physical exams with my complaint being that I hurt all over, I was referred to RA who made the diagnosis adding that we really don’t know much about I, what causes it, and how to treat it. She prescribed Prozac which actually helped me quite a bit. Prior to the diagnosis I had been thru different traumas including the loss of my husband at age of 35 which left me with a 7 year old son, a motorcycle accident that caused nerve damage in a leg and a rotator cuff tear. I lost both parents within 1 year, my new husband suffered a stroke at age of 56 leaving him unable to work and drive. I also recently had to have total hysterectomy due to uterine cancer last year. I had to discontinue Prozac due to breast cancer and having to take tamoxifen. The 2 do not mix. Was put on Effexor. Did not work for me. I’ve tried rubs creams, tinctures. The symptoms still keep adding up with thyroid issues, sleep apnea, tmj. I was just granted social security disability 2 months ago. I was quite surprised as I was told fibromyalgia is a touchy diagnosis and will be denied a couple of times before considered for SSI. It was my first try. SSI said it was a combination of my age, how long ago. I was diagnosed and an overwhelming diagnosis of depression. I was once in control of my life. I had a high paying job as a graphic artist for 23 years. After being laid off due to a buyout I went from job to job and actually lost my latest job due to my inability to focus and being stressed out. I now take Zoloft, amytriptaline and Ritalin. I take thyroid meds, sleep with apnea mask, pain is a crap shoot daily. Some good days although outnumbered by the bad days. I have remarried. I feel I failed my husband miserably. He does everything at the house. He is my rock. I don’t think he really understands and I feel useless as a wife, mother and grandmother. I’m not who I used to be. I do know that I am blessed in many ways and I try to focus on that. I too am sorry that I’m unloading here but it’s difficult to find someone that really gets it. I guess it’s kinda therapeutic. Please feel free to comment or contact me.

    • Rebecca says

      Please hang in there! It’s hard, and it may never get much better, but you are a valuable person, and the world would be worse off without you. Also, keep trying to get SSI. It can happen for you— I recently won my latest appeal after three plus years. Hire an attorney, and don’t give up.

      • Jackie says

        Rebecca, I second your advice to get a disability lawyer. I hired one from the beginning. It took me over 2 years to get approved. Misty, I think with the depression, fibromyalgia, back abnormalities(?), and disabling fatigue, that you have a good shot at getting disability. Age and previous work history can also work in your favor. You won’t know if you don’t try.
        Best of luck to you!

    • I know………I’ve been so sick and tired of feeling bad!! I agree with Jackie….get a disability lawyer this is what I had to do! You have to fight….I know it’s tuff but you have to do it!! Fibromyalgia is a REAL illness and trust me a lawyer will help you!!My issues is finding a good Dr who even knows how to treat it……I have a appt with a pain management Dr. I was told they are good at treating us.It’s a daily battle and the depression can get the best of you,but this is why we need to speak up and keep trying different RXs,OTC meds,etc.This is what I’ve been doing.Hang in there friend! 🙂

    • De'Sha says

      Dear Gayle,
      You’re post brought tears because I could have written it myself. I do understand my fibro sister. Please know I’ll be thinking of you & sending love & light…

    • Hi. I went threw the same thing but I started going to a psychiatrist and therapist for depression along with fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome I applied for disability and it took about a year and a half but I got now I have so many illnesses nothing works. The therapist said all the pain puts people into depression. I can hardly move sometimes. I understand what u are going threw but u have depression and fibro get a lawyer and apply for disability it’s not much but it helps because some people are in a wheelchair from fibro.

  32. Nicole Harris says

    I’m hoping something will help me. I live in a medical marijuana state and use a high cbd/low thc balm that helps some but is too expensive to use it daily.

  33. Rita Stringfield says

    Rita says:

    A couple years ago Emu products were referred to me for eczema. After using a sensitive skin cream from a company in Montana (for a couple weeks) I was sold! So started using a product called Deep Muscle Rub & I find it works great for RA in my hands & feet! I’ve tried several different products from this company & so far I’m pleased with results. If you’re interested in checking them out: http://www.Montana Emu Ranch.com.

    • Hi Rita, I have seen ads for the Emu products, but, the thing that bothers me is HOW they get the Emu oil from the animal…I’m an animal lover and I haven’t been able to get exact answers on if Emus are killed for their oil to make products for us or ? Otherwise, why would Emus be killed, who eats them, right? If you have any info, please share this so we are aware. I have not bought any Emu oil product for this reason.

      • Rita Stringfield says

        Hi Lynn,
        I’m sorry I can’t give you the information you asked for as I don’t know either. I live in California & this company is in Northern Montana. Their products were referred to me by someone who had wonderful results in her family. Like I said I’m sold as well because of relief I’ve experienced since using Emu products. I like animals too…I grew up on a ranch with lots of animals so my perception may be a bit different. Unfortunately I don’t have answer to your question.

  34. I haven’t really tried creams, I didn’t know they had creams out for that. I will definitely have to try something to see if it works.

  35. I have not really tried creams,I really didn’t know they had creams out for that.I will have to try something now that I know.

  36. I know everyone is not the same when it comes to what works and what doesn’t, but I think I also have a collection of over the counter meds that I have tried and didn’t work. But this time I didn’t go to a regular store for relief I stopped at the Amish Store since I live close to them and picked up their all natural pain relief and sleep relief and took it home to try it. The sleep salve you rub across your forehead at night for sleep which did work and then for the deep tissue pain salve and it’s also for inflammation also works…so glad I did finally stop to try the Amish methods. And yes I do have Fibromyalgia for 10 years now and have tried everything prescription and non prescription with no results. If anyone would like me to send them the ingredients for the salves just email me and I will send it to you. And as far as the Epsom lotion that has been discontinued did you try checking on Pinterest to see if you can make it yourself? I am a big fan of Pinterest also looking for things to try. My email is sami65.sm@gmail.com if you would like the ingredients sent to you or where I purchased them from.

  37. Bio freeze gives a temporary relief-depending on how severe my pain levels are. But I DO like it & use it.

  38. Louisa says

    I’ve found ice gel beneficial for my hip and back muscles while I use an emu gel on my neck and shoulders. Not sure what the American brands would be as I live in New Zealand. I also take omega 3 in the form of hemp seed oil (tablets) or cod liver oil (with orange juice) as I find it helps stop numbness and tingling.

  39. Hi, posting from Europe, Ireland:
    I love the Epsom Salt bath , also and refine it with e.g. extra lavender or rose oil..in the water for aromatic fragrance. For PH level, I add sometimes bicarbonate of soda on my flannel to wash. But above all : I have made very good experiences with a Magnesium Oil spray, ( Recovery), from ‘ Better You’®, UK. I love it even in mornings , to spray rub it in over shoulders& biceps, when I feel muscle knots.. I can virtually ‘ rub’ the knots away and feel a good bit o’ ease! Its the pure mineral + grapeseed-/lemon oil and camphor/ BL pepper…. And from Europe, I have a plant based” symphetum cream., which used to help all sorts of bumps n bruises in my past and gives a warming, circulation enhancing anti inflammatory help and helps me on legs , hips and sacral region, lower back..We call it ” Beinwell”&
    “Knitbone” in the folklore names of the plant..

  40. i have used the CBD-THC salve with DMSO gently sprayed on top of it before massaging in. This has worked wonders for my legs!!

  41. I love this post, what a great idea to share the things you’ve tried that don’t work. So many of us waste money on product after product.

  42. Michelle Ellis says

    I tried using lidocaine cream that the Dr prescribed. … it was a hit or miss honestly. Sometime it worked others it didn’t. … alot of the stuff I use is like that. It’s so frustrating!

  43. Teri Stricklen says

    I couldn’t find the give away form, but would like to enter. Can you send that to me? thanks

  44. I use Two Old Goats lotion. Its an essential oil lotion with Lavender, Chamomile, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Birch Bark. I find it very soothing and use my burning nerve pain and joint pain. It isn’t perfect but it always soothes .

    The magnesium rub on I use is Magnesium Oil with Aloe by Health and Wisdom and it works really well

  45. Bernadine Grooms says

    Aside from the prescription meds that don’t work, I’ve tried numerous topical products, to include prescription strength lidocaine compound creams and patches that were prescribed by my pain doc. None of these worked, and were expensive as well. I did try the Morton’s and have found that one to be the best so far. Hoping that the state of Florida will pass Amendment 2 in November, which will allow the use of medical marijuana. Besides having fibro, I also have RA, Sjogren’s, and migraines. It certainly would be nice to have one product that can mange the pain of all these conditions.

  46. Gerri Curless says

    I purchased Ancient Minerals brand Magnesium Lotion. It’s a little expensive but it works.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      That’s the next thing on my list to try. Dr. Ginevra Liptan recommends that brand, so hopefully it’ll work for me!

  47. I know not everyone has access but since live in a medical marijuana state I’ve been using a high cbd/ low thc topical balm. It is working well. I have terrible upper back pain and it helps so much.

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