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- Advil / Tylenol Combo. You probably know that over-the-counter pain relievers don’t really work to help the muscle aches or headaches cause by Fibro. If I have a really wicked headache or my aches are so bad that I can’t really move, I’ll try the Advil / Tylenol Combo. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve done this. Tylenol misuse can cause stomach bleeding and more bad stuff. What I do is take 2 Advil / wait 2 hours / take 1 Tylenol (not 2) / wait 2 hours / take 2 Advil. I normally don’t have to take another Tylenol at this point but I will if I need it. I don’t take any more medicine for the rest of the day.
- Aleve: Aleve is said to work better on muscle aches then advil or tylenol. I use it from time to time.
- Bananas for muscle cramps: Bananas have a lot of potassium which is suppose to help with muscle cramps. I haven’t notice a huge difference but I grab for bananas when my muscles are screaming.
- Biofreeze: I LOVE Biofreeze. I keep it in my gym bag, car, purse and medicine cabinet. Biofreeze is a topical pain reliever. It is the same type of product as Bengay which more people are familiar with. I prefer Biofreeze because it doesn’t sting like Bengay. It comes in different forms – the roll on is very convenient. I order mine at drugstore.com. You can also buy it at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
- Chiropractic Care: My chiropractor is awesome and I would recommend him to anyone. I also know an equally skilled chiropractor in Delaware. If you live in the Philadelphia area or Delaware and would like their information, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- That being said. Not all chiropractors are created equal. I’ve been to chiropractors who are all about the money and not about healing. Your chiropractor should listen to you, never hurt you and you must have your own appointment. I’ve been to offices where they have three people going in different rooms at once – this is crap.
- My chiropractor always give me a 1/2 hour minimum. If I need more work, he keeps me longer. He does massage, spinal manipulation/adjustment, and electro-stimulation mixed with ultrasound (if you have a muscle pulled, this eases the muscle within 24 hours – it’s amazing!)
- Get a referral to a chiropractor from someone who has used them.
- Heat: I sleep on my heating pad every night. I use a King Size pad that reaches from my neck all the way to my lower back. I use an automatic shut off pad because I always fall asleep on it. Be careful because heating pads can burn you – I know from experience.
- Massage Therapy: Massage is a good way to ease sore muscles. Make sure your massage therapist is actually a therapist – ask for their credentials. NCBTMB is the certification organization. Tell them you have fibromyalgia and let them know if anything hurts. I’ve been injured by massage therapists. Keep an open dialogue.
- Massage Chair: Getting my massage chair helped a lot. The expense was my main deterrent but eventually the daily pain I was dealing with won out. It helps.
- Steam room: I love the steam room at my gym. Steam has a way of reaching into your muscles and easing them. However, be careful! Steam rooms are very hot – most over 100 degrees. It can at times be hard to breath in steam rooms. There are warning signs everywhere. Read them
- Stretching / Yoga (Stroga): I am bolding this because stretching is one of the main reasons I have my life back. I created my own stroga routine that is a combination of yoga and stretching. Do it! Seriously. Your muscles are tight and miserable. Stretching helps relieve that tightness and feels good at the same time. I stretch at a minimum 4 times a day. 1. First thing in the morning. 2. Before going to the gym. 3. After working out 4. Right before bed. It has made an immense difference in my life. It a lot. It’s annoying. Who has the time? Make time. Seriously. I can do so much more now because I stretch before and after the event.
- Thermacare Pads: If you haven’t figured it out by now – Heat Helps! Thermacare pads are heat pads that have adhesive on them and stick to your body. You can place them over any muscles. There have been times in my life when I would have three or four parts of my body covered in pads.