Winter just amps up the pain and I have no temperature control so I am constantly freezing. Constantly. So I need to manage the pain but also the infernal cold. And already my fibromyalgia is flaring big time and it isn’t even Canadian cold yet. Just around -3 to -11 C. And already I am freezing in the morning and at night. So the time of year to get into my winter pattern of pain management and keeping myself warm.
Winter essentials for chronic pain and illness
Epsom salt baths
Okay, a bath is majorly relaxing and it helps with muscle aches. And I need to magnesium for fibromyalgia and migraines. This is a regular thing for me. I wrote the benefits in this post about Epsom Salts.
My absolute favourite is this Eucalyptus and Spearmint brand.
I love the scent combo. But I mean sometimes I make my own with peppermint and sage as well.
To warm up I drink a lot of tea. And at night teas without caffeine. I absolutely love a good selection of teas. Lots of different kinds. Although Earl Grey is my go-to if I have nothing else.
I buy David’s tea. And I have some absolute favourites with them,
One is Forever Nuts, which you can have at night. And so delicious.
But definitely, we both adore Cream of Earl Grey
A heated blanket
A heating pad
Since I have migraines and fibromyalgia I like one that can be cold or hot depending on my needs. Cold for migraine, hot for fibromyalgia. And this really helps manage both types of pain when I cannot do much else. I personally use the Magic Bag which can be cold or hot and is all natural. I have a small one for my forehead and a larger one. I also have an Ice Kap and a cold pad, for migraines. I mean you need a lot of ice for migraines. But just the one that works for heat.
This one looks like a good heating pad for a good price
But this one is one of the hot and cold ones, which I rather prefer.
I am just saying you got to keep your extremities warm and cozy to feel it internally. Anyway, I love them and have about five pairs. And in fact, wearing one now.
And warm PJs
I am talking warm plaid winter pyjamas. I need a new pair myself, as I get cat claw marks that turn into runs. So need some new PJs. This one in the image? I desire that a lot. It looks super comfortable. But yeah, usually I get the bottoms and then just use an old T-shirt for the top.
Sweaters and hoodies
I am picky about sweaters since with Fibromyalgia uncomfortable material is literal torture. I do have a few select sweaters that are loose and large and insanely comfortable. But I have several hoodies. Layers, man, layers are a good idea. I have hoodies to wear over T-shirts when going out. And this old large blue hoodie I wear over my PJs, as I am right now. And often wear it when I have a chill.
Now I prefer the style in the picture. With the zipper, so I can wear a t-shirt underneath with it zipped or unzipped. Just layers.
And of course, I also use pain devices like the Oska Pulse and Benepod. And I have a damn good pain cream called Battle Balm. And all that is how I get through the winter. It is all about being warm and managing the pain. And always dressing for the weather when going out. I mean a good winter coat, scarves and nice mittens. I need to keep my hands warm outside because I have nerve damage and the cold burns it, just burning pain.
So keep warm this winter! And remember your pain management strategies if your pain gets worse in the winter.