Some of the very best gifts you can give someone with fibromyalgia, CFS/ME or chronic pain may not be available in the shops – such as love, compassion, kindness and caring! In saying this, sometimes a physical gift to buy that makes a difference can be most appreciated, So, here are my top 8 gifts to buy for people living with chronic pain, fibromyalgia and/or CFS/ME.
Gifts That Keep On Giving
For me, a gift that is truly useful and makes a difference in people’s lives is what gift-giving should be about.
Some of the best gifts for someone with fibromyalgia, CFS/ME and chronic pain can be things like a coupon for cleaning the house, or bringing over a nice meal or a crockpot of soup to be eaten for a few days. A coupon for a neck and back massage, is also great! 🙂
As many of us are moving away from the silly, meaningless gifts that end up collecting dust, get re-gifted or just wind up in the garbage, if we are going to buy a gift for someone, it needs to be meaningful, and hopefully makes a difference in the gift receiver’s life.
A gift that keeps on giving, is truly a wonderful thing to give (and receive!).
So, here’s my top 8 gifts for people living with fibromyalgia, CFS/ME and chronic pain. Please comment below if you have any other suggestions!
1. HEATING PAD
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A good heating pad has got to be number one on my list, because it truly is the gift that keeps on giving…and giving, for many years.
One of the main areas many of us struggle with pain is in the neck and shoulder area. This particular XL neck and shoulder heating pad rocks, because it gently straps around you, so you can sit up and have relief.
Get lovely, warm, soothing relief on your neck and back whilst sitting at your desk, in a chair or on a couch.
2. AROMATHERAPY EPSOM SALTS BATH SOAK
Epsom salt is actually magnesium…and as per one of my articles about magnesium, it is actually one of the BEST options to help reduce aching muscles and joints. Magnesium can also help with headaches, sleep, numbness in hands and feet, and so much more.
Magnesium used as transdermal therapy (through the skin), is now considered as an excellent way to get magnesium into our bodies…and a good Epsom salt soak can really help you with sleep, in addition to aches and pains associated with fibromyalgia and ME/CFS.
Here’s a great read about the Principles and Practices of Transdermal Therapy for magnesium.
I love these Dr Teal’s Epsom salt bath soaks because they have Menthol, Eucalyptus and Arnica, as whole body relief soaks. Adding aromatherapy, (natural plant and floral oils), takes things to the next level for relaxation and relief.
Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt – Muscle Recovery Soak – Whole Body Relief with Arnica, Menthol, Eucalyptus – 2lb bag (Pack of 3)
Relax, Relieve & Soothe Away Pain Naturally with Arnica, Eucalyptus & Menthol
3. AROMATHERAPY DIFFUSER
Speaking of aromatherapy, did you know that the lovely gentle smells that these flower and plant essential oils produce can provide relief in regards to everything from calming anxiety to reducing headaches?
Using an aromatherapy diffuser, where the oils are not compromised by heat (nor are you burning things with an open flame (i.e. a potential fire hazard), is the way to go.
If you love beautiful and mystical things, then this stunning multi-colored, forest art aromatherapy diffuser with mist is magical!
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…).
It is important to use only top quality, therapeutic oils, and preferably one’s that are 100% USDA certified organic. You can also use them for a massage, too!
Here is a beautiful selection of 6, 100% USDA Certified Organic Essential Oils by Botanic Hearth, to mix and match and create your favourite blends…This particular box has some lovely oils to help soothe, improve relaxation, sleep and rejuvenation. (What an awesome gift!).
CALM AND PEACEFUL MIND: Connect with nature and put your mind at ease or initiate a restful sleep with our diffuser oils Price: $19.42
Aromatherapy Essential Oils Set from Botanic Hearth – USDA Certified Organic Essential Oils Set – Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Orange, Lemongrass & Tea Tree Oil, Great gift Set – 6-10 ml
CALM AND PEACEFUL MIND: Connect with nature and put your mind at ease or initiate a restful sleep with our diffuser oils
4. BEST EVER BODY PILLOW
Next, (but certainly not least), on my top 8 gifts has to be a body pillow.
If you are living with chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and CFS/ME, being comfortable in bed, (or anywhere!), isn’t easy.
Therefore, having things that can help us be as comfortable as possible, is so important.
That’s why I LOVE this body pillow – it is truly the bee’s knees!
Not only is it great at providing support to take pressure off your back and hips, but it’s also great to position for sitting up in bed, too! (We actually rest the laptop on one of the ‘legs’ to watch movies in bed).
If you struggle with sleep, check out my article on Top 5 Best Sleep Products for People with Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME & Chronic Pain.
Ps. Don’t let the fact that it is a maternity pillow throw you off – this pillow is truly a game-changer for people with chronic pain, fibromyalgia and CFS/ME. Seriously.
Reduce Pain in Back, Neck, Hips & Legs with Full Body Support. Our #1 Best-Selling Pillow!
5. TRULY AWESOME BAMBOO SHEETS
For many of us living with chronic pain, fibromyalgia and/or CFS/ME, we tend to spend a lot more time being in bed. Being comfortable and using products to ensure we are getting a good rest to help heal is critical.
So, I thought I would introduce you to sheets that my husband says ‘are like sleeping on a silky cloud’.
When my mother first told me about Bamboo Sheets, I thought she had gone mad! All I could think of was coarse and uncomfortable fabric that was itch inducing, and well…horrible! How wrong was I!
I would highly recommend that if you do consider buying bamboo sheets – or in fact, any products to sleep on, that you choose organic options. This means that they were not sprayed with highly toxic pesticides and herbicides, such as glyphosate. (Check out my article Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME: The Real Reason You Feel Hot). It’s an eye-opener!
Amazingly Soft, Breathable & 100% Organic...Once You've Tried These Bamboo Sheets, There's No Going Back!
Comfortable, breathable and truly amazing, check out the features for these Organic Bamboo Sheets:
✔ CRAFTED FROM 100% ORGANIC PURE BAMBOO – These bamboo bed sheets are made of 100% bamboo viscose and are never blended with other fabrics or fibers, so you can snuggle up to wonderful softness every night.
✔ BREATHABLE AND WICKS AWAY MOISTURE – These bamboo bed sheets let body moisture and vapor escape, keeping you cool in warm weather and cozy during cooler months – perfect for those of you with sensitive skin. The breathability of the sheets also help them to naturally resist odors and remain fresher for longer.
✔ FULLY ELASTICIZED, DEEP POCKET FITTED SHEET – The bamboo fitted bedsheet features deep pockets and a fully elasticized bottom which ensures a snug fit that stays neatly in place on mattresses up to 16” thick.
✔ 300 THREAD COUNT SATEEN WEAVE – Irresistibly softer and more durable than 800 thread count cotton sheets, bamboo bed sheets soften with every wash, embracing you in increasing comfort over time.They also wash really well, and dry super-fast, too!
✔ Available in a whole range of sizes and colors!
6. ORGANIC BUCKWHEAT PILLOW
Another great gift that’s in the bed department has to an organic buckwheat pillow. As per my comment above regarding choosing organic options for bedding (and everything else!), it is really important to do so to safeguard you and your family’s health.
Buckwheat pillows mould under your head and neck to provide you with support, and keep you nice and cool.
They come in a variety of sizes (and prices), too.
7. TENS UNIT
Personally, one of the best gifts to give, (and receive when you are struggling with pain), has got to be a TENS unit. TENS is an acronym for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. A gift that reduces (or even eliminates) pain – without drugs – is a definite winner.
This particular TENS, the HealthMate Forever, has over 2,000 reviews and has a 4.5 star Amazon rating (so I think that says a lot!). It is also, FDA Cleared, giving you peace of mind regarding quality and safety.
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I have muscle spasms in my back, legs and arms, this is a life saver! After 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.
Like most products, not all are the same in quality, and TENS units are no different!
I like the fact this HealthMate Forever TENS unit 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!).
Specifically designed mode buttons make pain management quick and easy. Simple and easy to use! Safe, Non-Invasive, All-Natural and Drug-free.
8. 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 a 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!).
Relaxing bubbles to help soothe and relax you. With intelligent heat control, infrared healing heat & 14 massage rollers.
This Dr Teal’s Epsom Salt Bundle to help relax, relieve pain, soothe and sleep are just the ticket! (And also a 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, chronic pain and/or CFS/ME for gift-giving (or receiving!). Of course, they’re great gifts, to give yourself, too! :). If there is someone in your life who lives with chronic pain, fibromyalgia and/or CFS/ME, these gifts truly say, ‘I care about you’.
Please leave a comment below about your favorite products that make a difference for you!