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Cheap & Easy Remedies for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By December 29, 2011

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Chronic illness is expensive. When you're paying for doctors' visits, medications, supplements and other treatments for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, you're likely to run out of money before you run out of symptoms.

However, some simple, inexpensive home remedies can really help. They're certainly not cures, but they can pick up where your treatments leave off and add a little more relief.

I've compiled a list of several things that can help:

What cheap and easy things have helped you? How important are they for managing your symptoms? Leave your comments below!

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December 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm
(1) Abot Bensussen says:

My most fabulous help is the Sunbeam shoulder hot pad, (electric). I keep it plugged in by my bed and switch it on when I need comfort. It’s cheap and portable and I recommend it to all.

Also: electric blanket, hot pad, good drugs, exercise to keep stretched out. and a healthy diet. Super important. I eat nuts and apples daily, almost. And lots of berries, I get them frozen from Trader Jo’s. I also drink green tea throughout the day.

Do try not to get over-tired, rest when possible, and have a support system. This is crucial. We are not alone in this world and more people are being educated and made aware of our illness.

December 29, 2011 at 7:51 pm
(2) Steven V says:

I have CFS/ME. I find that a heating blanket ($35) has been the single biggest influence on my comfort and happiness in the winter months.

Green tea helps clear my brainfog a bit, it’s a good way to start the day, and you can find it in bulk pretty cheap at Asian markets. (i.e. Chinatown)

Breathing exercises have also really helped me. The oxygen infusion helps relieve some muscle aches, but the greatest effect is only noticeable after a few days of deep breathing several times a day.

Ultimately, the best “remedy” for me has been keeping a journal. It allows me to track the various drugs, supplements, foods and other remedies I try and see how they influence me, positively or negatively. Keeping a journal is, in my experience, vital to finding effective methods to manage the large list of other problems CFS brings with it. My journal has even allowed me to identify foods that have been bothering me, which I was oblivious to until I noticed the pattern and tried cutting things out.

December 30, 2011 at 2:02 am
(3) Cindy says:

I’ve found a few cheap things that help me.

1. Drink LOTS of water. We purchased a filter for our faucet . Since I have been drinking cleaner water. I feel better.
2. I use a bag of dry corn. I nuke it for 5 minutes in a cloth bag. and use it where I need it and dont have to worry about it overheating.
3. Jin Shin Jytusu. it is acupuncture without the needles. Just google the name for more information.

December 30, 2011 at 5:40 am
(4) Glenda Baumann says:

I use a heating blanket to help with all over muscle pain and love it. I use a rice sock when it is just a localized area. I have allodynia and it effects my feet alot. I have to buy my socks from Lands End because they are the only seamless toed socks I can find. Although the quality of them changed since Sears took over I still buy them.
Epson salt baths help alot when I can get in and out of the tub. Sometimes the pain is too bad.
I just bought a new bed 5 months ago and wish I would have stayed with a memory foam mattress. I am highly disappointed.

December 30, 2011 at 7:10 am
(5) Santa Barbara Chiropractor - Paul Zemella says:

Santa Barbara Chiropractors may counsel fibromyalgia patients about wellness concepts such as nutrition, exercise, changes in lifestyle, and stress management, but do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery. Some Chiropractors specialize in sports injuries, Neurology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, nutrition, internal disorders, or diagnostic imaging. Like other health practitioners, Santa Barbara Chiropractors follow a standard routine to secure the information they need for diagnosis and treatment. They take the patientís medical history, conduct physical, neurological, and orthopedic examinations, and may order laboratory tests. X-Rays and other diagnostic images are important tools because of the Chiropractorís emphasis on the spine and its proper function. Santa Barbara Chiropractors also employ a postural and spinal analysis common to Chiropractic diagnosis. In cases in which difficulties can be traced to the involvement of musculoskeletal structures, Chiropractors manually adjust the spinal column. Some Chiropractors use water, light, massage, ultrasound, electric, and heat therapy. They also may apply supports such as straps, tapes, and braces.

December 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm
(6) Nancy says:

I never could tolerate capsaican but I learned early on that Aspercreme could help but that was before I was officially diagnosed with Fibro and Neuropathy. The tramadol and gabapentin take care of most of my pain problems.

But Aspercreme does help. I have very sore joints in a few of my fingers so I rub it on them. Its also great for the neck. I’m not sure that pain is fibro or arthritis.

My husband loved his hot tub with jets but the jets made me worse and I couldn’t tolerate much heat. My favorite thing is a short warm shower. And if necessary, have the heating pad ready for me when I got out and dressed.

December 30, 2011 at 5:54 pm
(7) Donna says:

Sounds like everyone loves their electric blankets. My hubby bought me a Queen size one for Christmas. It has dual controls. One for me and one for the Yorkies. LOL He also bought me a heated throw. I also find massage helps. His work benefits pay up to $600 a year per person. I also find my dogs laying against me helps. The heat of their bodies feels so good.

December 30, 2011 at 8:14 pm
(8) Lucy says:

My whirlpool bathtub and my tempurpedic bed have been life savers. The heat pad, especially in the morning to get the back and hip pain under control have been a tremendous help.

I also lost 84 lbs to date and that has made a big difference as well.

My big struggle is with the depression that has descended on me since fibro and migraines took over my life. I haven’t found a good fix for that one.

December 30, 2011 at 8:15 pm
(9) Tammy R says:

We have a mattress pad that has dual heat. This is great! If I need my side warmer or cooler than my husband’s side, I can just adjust my controller.
Also I have a back massager that I sit on and it massages most of the back muscles. It doesn’t quite get the shoulders so I really need something for that area. Shoulders and neck are problem areas for me.
The best medicine I have found and am still trying to work on is knowing how to pace myself and not overdoing it. I am a people pleaser and a “do it till its done” person. I can be my own worst enemy!

December 30, 2011 at 8:21 pm
(10) Linnya says:

I love my heated mattress pad. It has made a big difference in my sleeping and general confort.

December 30, 2011 at 9:32 pm
(11) lloyd says:

Unfortunately, heating pads have never given me relief for bad tender spots. What I use is a near-infrared device that is tedious to use, but gives temporary relief. It seems to increase circulation. Of course, insurance wouldn’t pay a dime towards this rather expensive device. Drugs and doctor visits are all that insurance considers appropriate–and I’m not into either.

December 31, 2011 at 10:15 am
(12) Kathie Blagdon says:

I use epsom salts in my bath water,it helps ease muscle pain.
And have been using two heating pads for warmth and pain
along with Pagosid by Dr.Dunner , as an anti- inflamatory.
Also St.Johns Wort by Flora for depression. These natural treatments work so well , don,t need to be on drugs. I use a heated massager to reach where the painful muscles are , like down my back, etc. For migraines i take Migra Few by Natures way , it shortens the time they stick around. I try to keep certain foods out of my diet and get exercise daily. When i can find it , there is a bath soak with Euclyptus oil that helps ease the lungs and muscles.
I also use Muscle mist to spray where i can,t reach and for my asthma along with Evening Primrose oil by Efamol. I try to stick with certain name brands, i found others just did,nt work.
My pets help me to keep warm on those very cold days.

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