Tools to Fight Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue

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Here I provide some tools I love and use to fight fibromyalgia, chronic pain and chronic fatigue – this is designed to give you a short cut or a place to start when considering what to look into. Whether you are newly diagnosed or a seasoned fibro fighter, it can be confusing to decide what to try, there is a lot you can try. On this page, I offer you some options that you might like to start with.

Let me know if you have tried any, what your favourites are and if you would add anything to this page!

40 + tools to fight fibromyalgia

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Books I Love

From Fatigued to Fantastic by Dr Teitelbaum

This was one of the first books I read about fibromyalgia and I highly recommend it, Dr Teitelbaum works holistically and has a sound protocol. If you read only two books ever about fibromyalgia, I would recommend this and the below one.

The FibroManual by Dr Ginevra Liptan

This book’s protocol is similar to Dr Teitelbaum- as all good protocols are (we need to hit a few key things like sleep, central nervous system overdrive and more), but provides a different perspective. There’s a very good stretching routine included as well as a section to photocopy and take to your doctor.

For my reviews of these books and the other three see this post. If you only read two books about fibromyalgia, the two above would it be it, if you want to read five see this post.

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My favourite five books about fibromyalgia post

The Fibromyalgia Food Formula by Dr Ginevra Liptan

The more I learn about nutrition, the more I see it is vital. Dr Liptan provides an easy to implement guide for optimal eating with fibromyalgia.

Paleo Principles by Dr Sarah Ballantyne

I am not yet convinced about going fully paleo but I like the principles and loved this research heavy introduction. It goes through the science behind fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat and more. It gives you the “why” to any nutrition changes you might make to help you stick to it. There are also heaps of meal plans (though, some are expensive if you buy like 40 free range organic eggs a week!).

The Wahls Protocol by Terry Wahls

This protocol is based upon heavy vegetable intake, something I am fully behind.

Products I Love – things I use regularly

Trigger point cane massager –  for tackling those trigger points and saving your fingers. I need to work on my trigger points every single day, but my fingers get too sore to hold it long enough or hard enough, so this helps. Plus it can reach my mid back.

Heat pack – my number one tool that I use multiple times a day, every day. Apparently clay is better than wheat packs! This one is thin and mold-able so it is most comfortable when lying down.

Foam roller – another one to tackle trigger points and relax the fascia. You will learn about fascia in Dr Liptan’s The FibroManual, but it is a big part of our pain puzzle.

9 inexpensive items i use to fight fibromyalgia and move more freely
These are from my post Nine Inexpensive Items I Use to Fight Fibromyalgia

Natural Options I Love

These are the ones I use every day (or close to, click into the post to see more for other uses).

Peppermint Essential Oil – good for headache, nausea and pain.

Lavender Essential Oil – pain relief, general house cleaning and relaxation
Frankincense Essential oil – said to be good for pain relief and to amplify the other oils
Copaiba essential oil – said to be good for pain relief
Magnesium oil – people with fibromyalgia are generally recommended to take magnesium but in pregnancy this is especially helpful for leg cramps – during my second pregnancy I never had one of those wake-you-from-sleep, excruciating cramps.
MSM supplement– for muscle, tendon, joint and ligament pain. Soil in New Zealand is said to be deficient which could explain why it helps me.
Curamin supplement – for pain relief with curcumin, white willow bark and more. It is said to be a more powerful antiinflammatory than ibuprofen without the stomach ulcer risk. I wrote a review on Curamin, find that here.

Spoonie Gifts Recommendations aka what would be on my wish list to help you with yours 

Give the Gift of Amazon Prime – for those of us who can’t pop to the shop every time we need something.

Sunbeam Microplush Heated Electric Throw Blanket an electronic heat therapy tool. Better than getting up to use the microwave.

This set of six  Essential Oils Starter Kit it is a good starter set if you have none or few.

Kindle Unlimited Membership Plans (I’m a big reader – huge – so unlimited is the dream)

These are the top four, but you can see the rest in this blog post.

8 gift ideas for your spoonie friend with fibromyalgia
These are from my post Gifts for Your Spoonie Friend

Meditation apps

Insight Timer – this is a free app with a heap of medications. I love the 20-30 minute yoga nidra ones for my afternoon rest while the baby naps.

Headspace – another good meditation app.

Printables I Created and Use

I have designed many printables in my own journey from daily logs to experiment trackers, some might be useful to you.

Free List of Over 80 Coping Mechanisms

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Blogs I Love

Being Fibro Mom

Fed Up With Fatigue 

Spoonie Living

Chronic Mom

Courses for Managing Fibromyalgia and the Symptoms

Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia website has a multitude of free and paid self-study resources, including this one on pacing. It takes pacing much further than I can in my resources.

Fibromyalgia 101 is my micro course series designed to introduce you to the six key areas of fighting fibromyalgia.

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In Mindfulness for the Chronic Life I share how you can incorporate the benefits of mindfulness and meditation into your fight against chronic pain, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and overwhelm. 
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