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Back-to-School Shopping List for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Updated August 04, 2011

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#1 - Shop for Comfortable Clothes

People with fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) face special considerations in a lot of circumstances, and going to school is no exception. Making the most of a school year can start with carefully planned back-to-school shopping.

Here you'll find several things that may help you or your sick child get through the school year, and at the end you'll have a chance to share other things that have helped you and also read about what has helped other people in the same situation.

Avoid Clothing Pain

It's normal for people with FMS or ME/CFS to find clothing painful. Sitting at a desk in a pair of jeans may be agonizing, as can walking across campus in the wrong shoes.

To keep this pain from being a real obstacle to learning, it's important for us to dress comfortably. Loose waistbands, quality bras, soft fabrics and good shoes can really help you avoid this kind of pain.

For more ideas of what to look for as well as how to "test drive" clothes before you buy them, see: Dress for Less Pain.

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