My Toolbox

Here I'll share the tools that I've gathered into my coping with fibromyalgia toolbox. I am not a medical professional by any stretch of the imagination, and I share this all just as my own personal experiences. You should always discuss new treatments with your doctor, and more importantly, always assess what helps and feels good in your own body. 



Some with fibromyalgia can't handle the touch of massage, like my mother. Me on the other hand, massage has been one of my go-to treatments. I get a massage every single time I get back from a work trip. Often during a bad pain flare up I might go once a week. As regular maintenance, I see my massage therapist at least once a month. Keeping my muscles knot free and relaxed helps me at least take one element of pain out of the equation. 

When going to a new massage therapist, make sure you explain to them that you have fibromyalgia, explain which trigger points are most painful for you in general, as well as where you're having the most pain on the given day you see them. Like any good relationship, communication is key. You need to be vocal about what level of pressure feels good vs. what is painful. Your LMT wants you to give them this feedback, so don't worry about sounding pushy or hurting their feelings. 

Getting a consistent groove with the same LMT also lets them get to know you, your body, and your pain tendencies. Over time this will translate into a therapist who is better able to read and understand the signals your body is sending and know the right amount of pressure and technique to use specifically for you. 

Some Flexible Spending Accounts may let you use those funds to pay for massages. A note from your doctor (a prescription for massage for your fibromyalgia essentially) may be required first. 


Inserting needles into your body to alleviate pain may seem counterproductive, but the ancient Eastern healing practice of acupuncture, and I, beg to differ. I first got acquainted with acupuncture when I developed Reflexive Sympathetic Dystrophy (also called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) in my foot. 

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