PRODUCTS THAT HELP WITH FYBROMYALGIA
If you know someone with chronic pain, most of the time all you can do is sympathize with them. Nearly one-third of Americans has experienced chronic pain or has a chronic pain condition, such as fybromyalgia. Whether it’s back pain, achy knees, a throbbing hip, muscle pain, or migraines that won’t quit, you listen to their complaints and pray that they feel better one day. But on holidays and special occasions, you have a chance to give gifts and gadgets that take the edge off – whether it’s for people who need occasional pain relief or for those who need help year-round. Here are some gifts that may help take that edge of their pain.
MEMORY FOAM STANDARD PILLOW
Almost all people who have fibromyalgia, a chronic condition characterized by fatigue and muscle pain, say they have problems sleeping. While this could be for a variety of reasons, the support from this pillow will at least help eliminate neck and back pain that may be keeping them awake.
The old saying, ‘music soothes the savage beast’ may take on new meaning for fybromyalgia patients. Pain patients seeking treatment for their symptoms through biofeedback are essentially meditating to relieve pain. Music depicting natural settings and classical music are meditation favorites.
Studies have shown that exercise helps reduce pain symptoms for those with fybromyalgia. The exercise needs to be gentle stretches or low-impact aerobic exercises. Giving a yoga video would help someone feel and look better too.
Both acupuncture and massage can be useful therapies in alleviating pain, and both are much more mainstream and accessible than they once were. Give a gift card or book a session for someone at his or her local spa.
EXCITING ORTHOPEDIC AIDS
Sometimes pain is bad enough to warrant the use of some less-than-exciting orthopedic aids. But who wants to clomp around in a boring cast or old-fashioned cane? There is a website called Broken Beauties that makes hundreds of products like cute crutch covers, fashionable slings, and cool canes. There’s a skull-headed cane and a “secret agent” one with a built-in flashlight and pill holder.
For many people with chronic pain, nothing says “I care” better than a basket of all their favorites. To make this really special, do a little research before going out and buying all kinds of goodies. Get to know the person’s favorite things like their favorite color, magazine, movie, music, or food. Then you can put together a get-better basket and give it on a special occasion. What a surprise that will be. In fact, it may help reduce their pain just to focus on some of their favorite things.
People with fybromyalgia tend to have poor balance when compared to healthy individuals. For the chronic pain patient stuck at a desk all day, the type of chair he or she sits in can make a big difference. The ergonomic design of the BalanceBall chair provides ample back support while encouraging users to strengthen core muscles, which is another key in eliminating back pain.
THE DARKER THE BETTER
One of the symptoms of fybromyalgia is sleep issues. Many times, patients have to deal with a sleep environment that is not conducive to sleep. The eye mask can solve some of those issues. If the room is dark and cool, that is conducive to good sleep. Eye masks help keep any annoying light from the eyes so you can rest better.
HOT WATER BOTTLES
Doctors agree that one of the best alternative treatments for fybromyalgia is heat. Not only does it melt away stress, but it soothes achy muscles and tissue. Many places offer these handy little gadgets in cute, decorative ways. Some come with their own fur coats that add to the comfort.
MASSAGING SEAT CUSHION
A massage can be life-changing. It eases stress, soothes muscles, and reduces pain symptoms. It also stimulates blood flow to hurting areas of the body. Massage seat cushions can be used for the office, home, or in the vehicle. In fact, I would get one for each place. What better way to cope with pain and stay de-stressed.
There are many natural herbal and aromatic scents that can help with pain, stress, and fatigue. Many patients use these in a warm bath, as fragrant oils, to help with fybromyalgia. I know from experience I love to take a nice, warm soak in the tub with a lit candle, soft music, and fragrant water. There is nothing like it. It drains you of the stress, leaving you relaxed, calm, and mellow.
As you can see, there are many gifts to help someone feel better. By showing you care, they will have a better sense of well-being, appreciate your understanding of their condition, and feel your support of their situation. Giving is a wonderful way to let someone know you care and it will make you feel good, too.