I think most of us have tricks we've found that help take the edge off during flares in addition to prescribed meds... I started a list so I remember to use them while in a flare. I guess it could be called a fibro "tool box"? :))
My favorite tool is to wrap myself in a lap sized heating blanket. I use arnica cream or aspercream for pain in legs and bottom of feet, hot or cold mint tea for nausea -as well as apple sauce when everything else makes me sick, probiotics… read more
I love evensongs responses. All great ideas I have to note down for myself for the future besides the ones that I already use.
For me personally, like one post put down, I can actually feel a flare up creeping up on me. I immediately go into prep mode. I go to my medicine bucket and make sure I have enough medicine. I go grocery shopping for easy eats for two weeks, stock pile. Tell my hubby and kids that I feel a flare up coming, so be on your best behaviour and help where you can while I am out of commission. Then my family help clean my room, make bed, find my comfy blankets and all the pillows I will need.
When in flare up, I live in my room 60% of the time, when lonely I will lay on living room couch to watch TV with family before dinner, eat dinner and then go back to bed. Take HOT baths. Sleep in a COLD room. Get hubby to rub my back with RUB A535 extra strength heat. SLEEP a lot. I literally baby myself like I have a serious flu. Let my body go through the motions of the FLARE UP and stopped fighting finally. Explained to everyone in great detail of how I feel in a FLARE up as well. It is important everyone knows how difficult to go through the motions of this suffering.
On top of all the already suggested ones -
I find it helps me if I feel a flare coming (and it hasn't hit yet) to prepare for it like some preparer zombie hoard takeovers.
I stock up on groceries and other necessities! Also, something this I find really helpful if I feel something coming on is I look and count all meds I am on and get as many refilled as they will let me. It always sucks so much if you have to go out to get meds when feeling horrible.
I also tend to get snuggly, cocooning myself makes me feel 'safe' - does this make sense? When it's really bad, some of the feelings are so intense they make me feel a bit panicky. I always have to have stocked cupboards; but this is just me, I can't relax if there's no food to feed everyone haha - we never get to this but I feel as if we do! I agree Laura, making sure you have enough medication is vital -I found this out the had way..woah! not good. For me, I just want to shut the world away apart from nearest and dearest. I look forward to reading more posts though, as I love the idea of fibro 'tool kit' - great question @A MyFibroTeam Member xx
Hi Maggie i have bought a heated throw I find warmth really helps. Also try to have as much rest as possible. xx