I’m always on the lookout for things that will add value to my life, and improve my organization and my comfort. I want to share 10 items that you also may find helpful in dealing with your fibromyalgia. These are practical and affordable items I use.
1. Pill organizer — Fibro fog can make us second-guess whether we have taken our medications and supplements. One way to get around that is to use a pill organizer. There are so many from which to choose: Clear, colored, once-a-day or multiple times a day, etc. This is the one I use because it’s unobtrusive and easy to fill all at once.
2. eZ MELTS supplements — I love these supplements because they melt in your mouth, and each type is a different flavor. I have issues with swallowing pills, so I prefer something that is easy to take. I use the probiotic, B12, D3, CoQ10, melatonin, and others. They also don’t upset my stomach as some pills do. They get directly into your bloodstream, bypassing the digestive process. As with all supplements, you should discuss with your doctor what supplements are safe and the right choice for you. It also is recommended that you take them with meals so they are more bioavailable.
3. Microwaveable heating pad — The reason I prefer these instead of a hot-water bottle is that they mold to the area you want to heat. They come in various sizes, colors and fabrics. You can heat them up at home, or at work, as well. Heat is the comforting friend of those of us with FM.
4. Soft backpack – For women who carry a purse, a soft backpack can be a more comfortable option, as it carries what you need and distributes the weight evenly. It relieves the strain and pain of carrying a purse on your shoulder or arm. The one I’ve used for years is a soft-quilted microfiber one from Vera Bradley.
5. Soft sheets — I don’t know about you, but I hate rough-feeling sheets, pillowcases and blankets. If it touches my body, I want it to be soft. I use soft flannel sheets in the colder months, and soft microfiber sheets in the warmer months. I also love it when I can find a sheet set that includes four pillowcases because I change them more frequently.
6. Insulated cup — I keep ice water or hot tea next to me wherever I go, so an insulated cup is a must. It also must have a hole large enough to accommodate a straw for when I’m in bed.
7. Head-to-toe cleansing cloths — This is for those days when taking a shower takes more energy than you have, but you want to quickly freshen up. Although these are meant for babies, they are larger and thicker than ordinary baby wipes.
8. Dry shampoo — We all have those days when we’re in a rush to get out of the house. Trust me – dry shampoo will be your new best friend.
9. Stand to hold your tablet or kindle — I have shoulder issues and a lot of arm pain, so this has helped me over the years to read and write more comfortably. This is one of the best investments I’ve made for my fibromyalgia.
10. Caddy for cleaning supplies — This makes cleaning a bit easier if you can carry it from room to room. I used these when I had my housecleaning business about 30 years ago, and I still use one today. You can store and carry it all in one place.
I would love to hear about the items you use to help make life with fibromyalgia easier.
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