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!
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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.
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.
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).
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.
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
Blogs I Love
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.
Yoga for Chronic Pain and Fatigue Five Minutes a Day for Five Days Free Challenge. Join us here for this special challenge.
Mindfulness for the Chronic Life Free Challenge. Join us here for this free challenge to see how mindfulness can help you.
Wellness for the Chronic Life Virtual Wellness Studio. This is the most accessible, authentic, affordable way for me to help you achieve your vision of thriving with chronic pain and fatigue. This is the platinum package – access to all of my premium content and courses with the exclusive group dedicated to women taking small but sustainable steps to their best wellness with fibromyalgia. This is for the people who want to take practical steps today using yoga, mindfulness, simply healthy habits and connection with a community doing the same.