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Toolkit for Life with Chronic Pain

Inspired by folks' migraine toolkits, I'm posting a (partial) toolkit for Life with chronic pain.

In the top photo you can see my shiatsu massager, my tens machine, cranio cradle, ice packs, massage balls (kept in the freezer for a pleasant cooling affect), oversized heating pad, and extra large heat bag.

Bottom left is a collection of braces and compression garments: two different back braces, plantar fasciitis braces, ankle braces, wrist brace, compression gloves (two pairs, because I misplaced one and ordered a second), compression socks (one of multiple pairs), compression sleeve, full leg compression sleeves, calf compression sleeves, and one of my canes.

Finally a collection of medications, prescription and non, pain relieving ointments, eye drops, sunglasses and earplugs. I forgot to include my CBD oil.

Not included in the photos are my wardrobe of soft, loose fitting, comfortable clothing, made from natural, breathable fabrics (cotton, linen, and wool), and my comfortable, flat, supportive shoes (no more heels for me!) for all seasons and occasions. Also not making an appearance: my collection of essential oils (for rubbing on achy spots and putting in the bath), Epsom salts for the tub, grab bars, two weighted blankets (one for the bedroom, the other in the living room), and my pillow collection. I have a selection of regular pillows, two different designs of cervical pillow, and two body pillows.

Perhaps most important are my four legged family who keep me distracted and amused, keep my out of my own head, and encourage me to exercise.

#ChronicPain #Fibromyalgia #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #Migraine #PinchedNerve #plantarfasciitis


Hi, this is my first post!

I am a woman a girl in an old woman's body born in 1974 from the northern part of Norway above the Arctic circle. I have one daughter one husband and one cat. On disability due to several diseases that make my days an everlasting fight to endure pain and keep going. My main diagnosis are Fibromyalgia Migraines Plantar Fasciitis and Takayasu's Arteritis. For the Vasculitis ( TAK I have to take a lot of medications and some more to counteract the side-effects of them. In addition to the pain meds. I am a chronic posimist ( positive and optimist too and can't help it. That means that I can't say anything negative without finding something positive to add to it. It happened over a short time during a tough period in my twenties and now it is stuck. I think that is what has gotten me through the last ten years with TAK. My perspective on life nature values and people have altered but I still struggle to balance the will and the able. Most days I use up all my energy and overdo the physical bit. And then I regret it or just awaits the pain and the fatigue that follows. Because of the meds and the lack of exercise my body has gotten overweight. In my head I still remember the thin fit and effective me but every time I see a mirror tries to move or put on clothes I am slapped in the face. I know why and it is not because I am lazy so that is why I hold on and keep telling myself to be patient. My story ( life journey is filled with many obstacles but I am happy most of the time and thankful all of the time. As I said about ten years ago after almost two years very ill and finally a diagnosis whenever someone asked me how I was doing. I said I am here I am alive and I now know that I have a chance to see my daughter grow up. Nothing else matters : D #Fibromyalgia  #Migraine  #TakayasusArteritis #plantarfasciitis