Top 8 Gifts for People with Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia & CFS/ME

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Whether the leaves are turning, the days are getting colder…and the gift giving (and receiving) season is upon us, or just any time of the year, giving (or receiving!) a gift that helps reduce chronic pain and some symptoms of fibromylagia and CFS/ME can truly make a difference.  Therefore, I thought I would share with you my top 8 gifts to give (or ask for, or heck, just buy for yourself) fir people living with chronic pain, fibromyalgia and/or CFS/ME.

 Heating Pad

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A good heating pad has got to be number one on my list because it is the gift that keeps on giving.

One of the main areas many of us struggle with pain is in the neck and shoulder area and this particular Sunbeam heating pad rocks because it gently straps around your shoulders, so you can sit up and have relief.  This means it’s perfect for using at a desk or even sitting in a chair or couch…and…it massages, too!

Aromatherapy Epsom Salts Bath Soak

Epsom salts is actually magnesium…Ultimate Epsoak Epsom Salt Bundle - 3 pack of Sleep Formula 2lbs, Muscle Soak 2lbs, Original Unscented 2lbsand as per one of my articles about magnesium, it is actually one of the BEST options to help reduce aching muscles.

Magnesium used as transdermal therapy (through the skin) is now considered as an excellent way to get magnesium into our bodies…and…a good soak can really help sleep on top of many other issues associated with fibromyalgia and ME/CFS.

Adding aromatherapy (natural plant and floral oils) takes things to the next level in regards to relaxation and relief.  I love these Epsom salts bath soaks because they come with 2 different kinds that have essential oils in them – for sleep and for muscle relief – and unscented.

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Aromatherapy Diffuser

Speaking of aromatherapy, did you know that the lovely, gentle smells that these flower and plant essential oils can provide relief in regards to everything from calming anxiety to reducing headaches?

IMPORTANT TO KNOW:  Essential oils used in aromatherapy (and in scented candles) can be toxic to dogs, birds and particularly cats.  I am not talking about them ingesting these oils, either.  Simply using them in your home, infusing their air can actually be detrimental to their health – and even kill them due their systems not being able to process them. ~My friend lost her cat to lavender oil. #fact

(Believe me, I had no idea that becoming an aromatherapist was VicTsing 300ml Cool Mist Humidifier Ultrasonic Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser for Office Home Bedroom Living Room Study Yoga Spa - Wood Grainactually a HUGE deal in regards to education…it is NOT a 1 day course in mixing a few oils together to make things smell nice – but actually considered as a very accepted holistic option for the treatment of health conditions ie a course is around a year long!).

Therefore, having an aromatherapy diffuser, where the oils are not compromised by heat (nor are you burning things with an open flame (ie a potential fire hazard)) is the way to go.

I love these funky  wooden aromatherapy diffusers.  It doesn’t just make your room (home/office) smell beautiful when you add your favourite essential oils, but it is also a cool mist humidifier…great for the winter when the heat is on and is drying out your house (and your nasal passages…).

This baby can run up to 10 hours with an automatic shut off – with just a few drops of oil!

Ok, I am obviously running on an aromatherapy theme for a bit of this…but if you are asking for (or giving)  an aromatherapy diffuser, or just wanting to use an oil burner, then you are going to need some oils! 🙂 And…you can also use them for a massage, too!


Here is a beautiful selection of  essential oils to mix and match and create your favourite blends…This particular box has some lovely oils for muscle pain, relaxation, sleep, rejuvenation  and even helping boost immunity. (What an awesome gift!).

Best Ever Body Pillow

Next (but certainly not least) on my list will have to be a body pillow.

The people who know me well know that my bed and bedding is a critical part of my life. (Some people refer to me as the ‘Princess’ (from the Princess and the Pea).

Let’s face it.  Everybody sleeps (or at least, that is the goal – not always possible with chronic pain!).

And when you are struggling with a lot of pain, not only is sleep something that is so important for healing our bodies, but in many cases, such as my own, most of our lives are actually spent IN BED. But being in bed doesn’t necessarily mean sleeping…when we are in so much pain insomnia or even being able to gain a restful sleep can be very prevalent.

Therefore, having things that can help us be as comfortable as possible is so important.

That’s why I LOVE my Sanggol pillow – it istruly the bee’s knees.

I have had mine for almost 4 years now – and it has never lost is plump loft. for more information about this pillow I wrote a full review on it, which you can read here. The ‘arms’ of the pillow are great for also using to prop a laptop on, too!

ps. Don’t let the fact that it is a maternity pillow throw you off – this pillow is truly a game changer in bed.  Seriously.

Truly Awesome Fleece Sheets

Since we are talking about being in bed a lot and the importance of being comfortable, I thought I would introduce you to sheets that my husband says ‘they are like sleeping on a cloud’.

If you have not already discovered that you can buy super soft, cozy and amazingly snuggly fleece sheets, then let me introduce you to them.

I cannot tell you how truly awesome fleece sheets are.  And on top of being super soft, they are remarkably hard wearing and dry in a flash, too!

Since purple is the colour for fibromyalgia and ME/CFS I thought you might like these sheets to brighten up your bedding!

Another great gift that is in the bed department has to an organic buckwheat pillow.  Buckwheat pillows mould under your head and neck to provide you with support, and keeps nice and cool.

They come in a variety of sizes (and prices), too.


Personally, one of the best gifts to give (and receive when you are struggling with pain) has got to be a TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation).  A gift that reduces (or even eliminates) pain  – without drugs – is a definite winner.

This particular TENS has over 2,000 reviews and has a 4.5 star Amazon rating (so I think that says a lot!).

5* Amazon Rating for HealthMate Forever TENS

By Honesty is the Best Policy (verified purchase)
I have muscle spasms in my back, legs and arms, this is a life saver! Lifetime Warranty FDA cleared OTC HealthmateForever YK15AB TENS unit with 4 outputs, apply 8 pads at the same time, 15 modes Handheld Electrotherapy device | Electronic Pulse Massager for Electrotherapy Pain Management -- Pain Relief Therapy : Chosen by Sufferers of Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Bursitis, Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Sciatica, Back Pain, Fibromyalgia, Shin Splints, Neuropathy and other Inflammation Ailments Patent No. USD723178SAfter ten minutes of the scraping mode I was pain free. As for some reviews that rate low because there are no instructions on where to put the electrodes, when you turn the unit on you see an outline of a person with all the muscles, just stick them in that area and turn on.

(I feel it is important to say that like most products, not all are the same in quality and TENS machines are no different. I like the fact this not only has excellent ratings but also has 8 pads…because let’s face it, we can probably easily find a spot to put each of these regarding where it hurts…and then some!).

Heated Foot Spa

I don’t think many people could go wrong in giving a foot spa…and this foot spa is amazing!

Not only is it heated, it has a waterfall waves effect! It also has aAll in One Foot Spa & Massager - Motorized Rolling Massage, Heat, Water fall Wave & Bubbles - Digital Temperature Control Display & Remote Control | One Year Warranty remote control, making it easier for people who struggle to bend down. Oh.  And did I mention the motorized massage rollers?  (Man, I could go for one of these right about now!).

Why not throw in some lovely aromatherapy oils and/or some Epsom salts, too?  (I great way to get magnesium into the system – through the feet and soaking!).

So there you have it.  My ultimate top 8 gifts for people with fibromyalgia and/or CFS/<E giving/wish list for Christmas/the holidays or any time you would like to give a gift to someone (including yourself) who lives with chronic pain, fibromyalgia and/or CFS/ME that say, ‘I care about you’.


  1. Hello I’m Ambreen I have fibromyalgia for 7 years and I can not sleep last 1 year. I want pillow as a gift for sleep help. Thanks.

    1. Author

      Hi Ambreen!

      Firstly, I SO get having insomnia, and it SUCKS! It not only is a drag not being able to sleep (whilst everyone else is…), it affects our mental health, increases the likelihood of accidents and increases pain.

      In saying this, I wanted to share a few things that made a huge difference for me (before I tell you about the pillow I use).

      When I was taking opiate medications (with codeine, morphine and tramadol), I spent 9 years not sleeping. These drugs initially knocked me out when I first started them, then I became accustomed to them…but at no point did I trigger (until last year), that they can totally interrupt our sleep cycles! And increase things like depression!!! When I kicked them out (because they really weren’t making that much of a benefit on my pain anyways, and heck, sleep is kind of important…), I noticed an improvement in my sleep.

      One of the things that can affect sleep (that your doctor won’t be telling you about, let alone know about), is toxicity. It also affects pain, brain fog, fatigue, insomnia, skin issues and a whole host of other health problems. The product I use (and have been for a year), to combat this is a great, all-natural, vegan and organic gentle detox tea (with no laxatives). You can find out about this product here (it is $10 a week – so very affordable for many).

      Now. The pillow…Everyone is so different regarding what they need for a pillow. For me, it has to be malleable and can tuck under my neck for support, as well as feel cool. Having a pillow that is made from natural,products (and organic, preferably) is also really important. (Poly fibre pillows etc are basically a pillow full of toxic chemicals that you are sleeping on and inhaling…).

      The pillow I recommend is called Zen Buckwheat Pillows.

      I hope this helps! Any other questions/comments, feel free to ask!

      Be well,


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