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.

7 things I use to survive winter chronic pain

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

I am serious, this is awesome to have around. Mine is awesome. It is fuzzy and comfortable and when I really ache I just turn it on. Also when I am freezing it also helps. When you ache it is the best to have. You your temperature is gone all wonky and you just can’t get Warm it is also just awesome. I love heated blankets.

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

Sunbeam 002014-915-000 Xpressheat Heating Pad, Garnet Red, 12 x 15 inches

But this one is one of the hot and cold ones, which I rather prefer.

Pain Relief Flexible Ice Pack for Injuries by TheraPAQ | Hot & Cold Therapy Reusable Gel Pack/Heat Wrap – Great for Back, Waist, Shoulder, Neck, Ankle, Knee and Hip (Large Pack:14″ X 6″)

Fuzzy socks

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.

Like I said I have a lot, but I found these I might have to get because they are a little cute and goofy and I like that:

Womens Fuzzy Slipper Socks Animal Soft Warm Cute Microfiber Cozy Fluffy Winter Christmas Socks

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. 

Alexander Del Rossa His and Hers Lightweight Flannel Pajamas, Long Button Down Cotton Pj Set

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.

Okay so you want like this massive hoodie

ReachMe Womens Oversized Sherpa Pullover Hoodie with Pockets Fuzzy Fleece Sweatshirt Fluffy Coat

But you also want the sort of hoodie you can layer over a t-shirt

Hanes Women’s French Terry Full-Zip Hoodie Sweatshirt

Other things

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.

See other posts:

Christmas gifts for people with fibromyalgia

Christmas gift ideas for chronic pain

10 things to have for winter with chronic illness


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3 thoughts on “7 things I use to survive the winter

  1. love your recommendations Nikki. I have never heard of that tea before so I am going to check it out. it is snowing here today and i have to say, i am pretty darn miserable. hope your day is as good as it can be for you!

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    1. I have a wicked migraine today… weather is finicky. A cup of tea though always warms me up on these cold days. I love tea. I do sometimes have a cup of coffee, but tea is my favorite.

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      1. I am so sorry you have a migraine today……….i live with daily headaches and occasional migraines and it totally sucks living that way. I will be trying out all of your suggestions.
        Sending you healing thoughts…..

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