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Living with chronic pain and fatigue is draining on the body and mind. What makes it even more tiresome is finding the right things to ease your pain. It’s a long experimental process, and it’s usually an expensive one. What works for you might not work for someone else, but with that said here are my favorite spoonie essentials:
My heating pad is practically my best friend. Even though it’s approximately 1,000 degrees right now where I live, I’m still attached to it. I love my heating pad so much I actually wrote an Ode to it. I have tried every brand of heating pad imaginable because they rarely last me more than three or four months. So far the best one I’ve found is this one. The plug comes out on occasion which really annoys me, but it doesn’t have a cover that falls off all the time, and it’s lasted the longest out of all the ones I’ve tried.
I’ve loved my Quell from the very beginning because it has cut my pain levels in half. If I don’t wear it for a few days I notice that my pain will ratchet up pretty high. The down side is the cost of the device, plus the monthly cost of electrodes. However, it’s been worth it to me because it’s improved my quality of life significantly. You check out my full review for more information.
CBD Muscle Rub
The Fay Farm CBD Warming Muscle Rub is the best muscle rub that I’ve tried. I was originally given it as a free product in exchange for a review, and since then I’ve been buying it on my own because I can’t live without it. I use it mostly on my hands and knees as those are the parts of me that hurt the worst. I have also used it on my neck to ease tension. It’s a bit pricey, but really worth it (I get nothing from the company for recommending this, I just love it that much).
Epsom salt baths are my lifeline. I initially didn’t believe they did anything because there is very little science behind the idea. However, my nephews who play sports swear by them, so I thought I’d give them a try and they worked! When my muscles are really sore it helps to soak in a hot bath with two cups of epsom salts. It doesn’t fix everything, but it does seem to reduce the muscle pain.
At the moment I sleep with two pillows, one for my head and one for my legs. Last year for the first time in my life I actually bought a nice cooling gel pillow and it has made a huge difference in my neck pain. My goal is someday buy a full body pillow , but it’s still on my wishlist.
What are your spoonie essentials?