How to Build a Fibromyalgia Pain Flare Toolbox

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Fibromyalgia Pain Flare Toolbox

Chronic pain is a nasty, sometimes vindictive seeming creature that randomly rears its ugly head whenever it wants to. Sometimes it seems we surely didn’t overdo anything to cause the excessive pain. It could be from too much stress, too much emotion (good or bad) or simply for doing more than you should have. Inevitably, a chronic pain patient will gather together some comforting items or activities that they know will help during a nasty pain flare. Here’s a few of mine:

Fibromyalgia Pain Flare Toolbox

  1. Voltaren Emulgel for Joint Pain – this stuff is magic for arthritic hands and even helps on my costochondritis pain. If I’m lucky, this alone will help me to endure the pain flare.
  2. Take a Epsom salt bath – Take 2 heaping handfuls and soak as long as you like. Epsom salt has some very unique properties that alleviate muscle, joint and even nerve pain. It also softens skin (it’s not really salt at all). Here’s a great buy from Amazon.ca, or try this lavender scented version.
  3. Meditation for relaxation. You can even get relaxed enough to sleep or forget about the pain. At least for a little while.
  4. A really good book. You know, the kind that just take you away from everything (including your pain).
  5. Play an online game. I prefer Pogo.com, but I’m also an avid gamer who has been playing MMOs for nearly 20 years. In fact, I met my hubby in an online game. I can distract myself for quite a while playing a game.
  6. Distract yourself online with sites like StumbleUpon, DistractifyPinterest or one of many, many other sites to waste time on.
  7. Learn something new! There are tons of free courses and e-books in any niche you can think of where you can learn something new. Maybe you wanted to learn how to blog, learn a new hobby or just need some ideas for a crafting project to do. Keeping my brain engaged goes a long, long way to helping me forget or endure those #verybadpaindays.

It’s been several years now since my official diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and arthritis. After that diagnosis, it took nearly a year to figure out what magic cocktail of drugs (mostly) worked to allow me to cope with my chronic pain. After trying a lot of pain medications that worked for a while, or didn’t work out due to bad side effects, my doctor and I figured out that where some medications didn’t seem to work as well by themselves, with the “help” of others the pain was at least tolerable.

After my doctor explained to me that I should never expect to be pain free (as that was simply unreasonable), I came to the conclusion that I needed to decide for myself how much pain was “ok”. Believe me, it’s a daily debate!

As always, refer to your pharmacist or doctor to find out if a new medication or supplement may interfere with your current prescriptions.

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