Helpful hints for living daily with fibromyalgia.

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Chutz
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   Posted 10/13/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all.....

I had an idea the other day and hope it will help us all. Let's start a list of the small things in our daily lives that we can do to make life easier and hopefully less painful. These aren't anything earthshaking, but can be ways to do a chore easier, shortcuts in cooking meals, or ways to interact with children and not raise your pain level.

My goal is to build a list of hints that we can eventually add to the Fibro 101 post. I'll start with a couple and then feel free to add ideas from your life that will help make other fibro friends live more easily and with less pain. I'll start with a couple and you'll see where we're going with this.

Daily Tips for Living Better with Fibromyalgia~~

1) Instead of scrubbing pots and pans that have food stuck on them I add hot water and a few drops of either dish soap or ammonia and top with a lid. Let sit over night and most often the stuck food comes off without hard scrubbing.

2) When peeling potatoes or preparing vegetables for supper, I put them on a tray along with a paper towel, knife or other utensil I need and a bowl. Then I sit in my recliner and get them ready for dinner. Keeps my neck and shoulders from hurting by standing over the kitchen sink or counter.

3) Another idea for soaking to lesses hard scrubbing. I pour bleach full strength into the toilets, let sit for an hour or over night then a quick brushing and you're done.

4) Use kitchen wipes with bleach to wipe the toilet seat and the remaining areas that need wiping/disinfecting. Especially helpful when potty training little ones, or even some big boys...lol...

5)



Let's see how long we can make the list...
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WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 10/13/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
5) Set up a comfy sitting spot facing the stove complete with blanket and novel. This way you can sit and read while your food is cooking, but still keep an eye on it.
6) Set a limit on how long you will clean without a break. Mine is usually 45 mins. Force yourself to relax for at least 15 mins before you go back to cleaning.
7) Take up some sitting down hobbies so that you have something to do while you rest.

WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 10/13/2009 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I forgot to mention:
8) Prep your meals throughout the day. Things like cooking up some ground beef or chopping fruits and veggies can be done any time the morning before you are going to use them in a recipe. You don't have to do it all at once.
9) Keep things that are easy/quick to make around. My freezer has healthy frozen meals so that if I really don't feel up to cooking, I can just pop something in the microwave. You can also cook a large pot of chili or soup or a huge batch of waffles or pancakes and freeze for later consumption.

Dagger
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   Posted 10/13/2009 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
10) Use your crock pot and make a pot full of boneless chicken, top round, or boneless pork loin when it's on sale. Keep it simple and divide into portions and freeze. You'll have cooked meat ready to add to almost any recipe.
11) Home Depot sells these large orange bags that clip onto the shopping cart. You can put the small stuff in when you shop anywhere so you don't have to bend over to reach into the bottom of the cart.
12)Use your cell phone calender as your shopping list. If you shop on Tuesday, make a Tuesday entry containing the items you absolutely need to buy. Set the alarm to alert you at about the time you think you'll be shopping.

WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 10/13/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
13) Amuse your husband by using the shopping buggy as a kind of walker and yell at him when he tries to take it from you.

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   Posted 10/13/2009 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
14) Use a pill box to keep track of your medications. This way you can remember if you took them or not.

15) When you feel up to it, cook large portions of food so that you can portion and freeze it for the days that you don't feel so good. Having a husband who likes to cook helps too.

16) Keep moving. As much as you can. Try little things like parking far away from the store so that you get a short workout and some walking in.  Doing simple stretches to losen up the muscles in between other things helps to keep the muscles loose throughout the day.


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Learning2fly
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   Posted 10/13/2009 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   

17) When you get groceries, have all your perishable things put into one or two bags. When you get home, then you only need to get those out of your car immediately. Then you can rest a while before you go back for the canned and bottled goods.

18) Get your clothes dryer elevated. Most manufacturer's sell stands that will do this. That way you don't have to bend over as far when you are taking clothes out of the dryer. It's a real back saver!

19) If you have to get dressed up to go somewhere, start very early. Get your shower, take a rest, do your hair, take a rest....

20) If you live in a home with multiple levels unless you need something urgently from another floor, start a list of things you need from another level before you go up or down.

21) For any one who has nerve damage and/or falls as frequently as I do... keep your cell phone clipped to your pants at all times. Since you're already paying a bill for it, no need to get one of those "Help I've fallen and can't get up" contraptions when the phone will do the same thing.

22) Vacuuming is the hardest chore on your body. If you have a multi level home, have a vacuum for each floor. This is one chore that definitely needs to be divided with rest periods between. Vacuum one room, rest, then do another.

 
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WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 10/13/2009 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
17a) It's ok to let your non-perishables sit on the counter for a day ... or a week!

Learning2fly
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   Posted 10/13/2009 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
17b) Or until you need them!
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Major depression; Bipolar Disorder; Fibromyalgia; Spinal Stenosis; right arm and leg nerve compression; cataracts; glaucoma; IBS; RLS; hypothyroidism; B12 deficiency ... that's enough or I'll get more depressed.


Chutz
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   Posted 10/13/2009 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
18b) or have a handy hubby or friend build one out of plywood. Mine works wonderful build from scrap plywood and leftover paint.

Chutz
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Learning2fly
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   Posted 10/13/2009 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
23) If you take over the counter medications for your pain... Aspirin and Advil (Ibuprofen) are better anti-inflammatories than Tylenol. Just make sure you are not taking any blood thinners or anything else that would be a problem. The best thing to do is ask your doc about them before you start, or a pharmacist. You should eat a couple crackers or something with them because they are harder on your stomach than Tylenol. I usually take 4 at a time (of the 200mg ones) about 3 times a day when I am really hurting. But ASK YOUR DOC about the recommended dose for you!!!
 
Major depression; Bipolar Disorder; Fibromyalgia; Spinal Stenosis; right arm and leg nerve compression; cataracts; glaucoma; IBS; RLS; hypothyroidism; B12 deficiency ... that's enough or I'll get more depressed.


TreeBo
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   Posted 10/14/2009 3:31 AM (GMT -7)   
23) Set reminders on your cell phone. I can set mine to ring when it's time to do some thing or someones birth day or appointment. I love it.
24) I always marinate my meat before freezing it so I don't forget and it saves time. Just thaw and throw in the oven or slow cooker.
25) plan ahead for meals. I always plan out my meals the day I go grocery shopping. No guess work. I always choose quick easy meals that take 30 mins or less unless I use the slow cooker.
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myjoy
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   Posted 10/14/2009 4:14 AM (GMT -7)   
26) Don't be a hero - have hubby or a friend carry your laundry up and down the stairs. I've fallen twice in trying to do this myself.
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FMsaddenedspirit
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   Posted 10/14/2009 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   
( 26 ) B
you can slide the laudry baskit down the stairs so you're not trying to carry it .. we even hooked a belt to it and I have control of how fast it goes down.. as its to heavy to carry and scary on the stairs.

(27 ) laundry ... fold all laundry and put back into baskit .I have hubby carry up for me and then I can put them away .
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Marlee2
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   Posted 10/14/2009 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
(28) Prioritize and get the most urgent things done in the mornings while you still have energy.
 
(29) You don't have to shampoo your hair everyday. I put up with an itchy scalp for a long time before I realized it was from shampooing everyday so now I do it every couple of days.
 
(30) Get a cheap little adjustable office chair at Walmart to use when your cleaning things like baseboards or cleaning off tables so you don't have to bend over so much.
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poodles
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   Posted 10/14/2009 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
29) Do 5 minute chores. Wash the shelves in the fridge down in 5 minutes. Fold the towels in 5 minutes.
When 5 minutes are done, you are done. Then you can rest until you are ready to do another 5 minutes.
You can use this on anything you see needs doing. The back door needs washing? It only takes 5 minutes to run a rag across the dirtiest parts. Etc. and so on....lol

crazykitty
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   Posted 10/14/2009 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
32) Before getting out of the shower, clean the stall with a squeegee; helps keep the shower clean and you get some gentle stretching exercise in.

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WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 10/14/2009 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
33) Make hubby or children fish out all the random things that accumulate under the couch.

Learning2fly
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   Posted 10/14/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
34) If you have difficulty with stairs and one leg is stronger than the other; use the good leg first when going up steps and put both feet on the same step. Going down, put the bad leg down first and then bring the good leg down to the same step. (Easy way to remember; good go to heaven - up; bad go to hell - down). If this doesn't help at all, use your butt to scoot up and down the stairs. You may feel a bit foolish doing that at first, but it sure beats a fall anyday!
 
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WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 10/14/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
34b) If the railing is properly attached, you should be able to use it to haul yourself upstairs. Also, put your worse leg next to the railing. That way your arm can support some of your weight.

Littleneck
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   Posted 10/14/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
35) Use gadgets to help make life easier when you don't feel strong: electric can openers, clamp-type jar openers, plastic clip on "handles" that help lift multiple grocery bags; easy electric choppers; etc. Helps me not rely on my BF so much and when he's not here.

36) Carry a wrap, a couple paper towels, and a bottle of water with you everywhere. A wrap for when you get cold, and paper towels and water to help any perspiring issues.

37) If you work, keep a wall calendar and a Monday-thru-Friday collection of shelves or baskets by the front door. Throughout the week, as you know you will need something for a certain day, write it down on the calendar and then out it in your daily basket. Saves a lot of running-around stress mornings.

38) Carry a small notebook and pen with you everywhere. That way when you think of something you won't have to wrack your brain trying to remember - just write it down.

39) When you're feeling good, run out to Costco, Sam's club, etc. and go grocery shopping in bulk. Get all your staples, toilet paper, paper towel, canned goods, pet food, etc. while you can and then you won't have to worry when you run low. Use your strength while it's there, then don't worry when it's not.

40) Laundry detergent and dishwashing soap can be broken down into smaller containers which aren't so heavy. I also cut my dish soap with water to make it last longer.

crazykitty
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   Posted 10/14/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
(41) To easy clean your microwave, put a cup a water in; bring it to a boil. The steam will
help loosen the food particles and make it easy to wipe down.
 
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   Posted 10/14/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
38a) Use post-it notes, stick them to anything.
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WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 10/14/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
42) Visit sites like Healing Well to get good information on things like what to ask your doc, what stretches and exercises to do, what to eat, how to cope both daily and during a particularly bad flare, and last but not least, to find a great group of encouraging, caring, and understanding people who let you know you are not alone.

MrsIdaho
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   Posted 10/15/2009 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
43) I am new to this but I have found that a warm shower really helps my aches and pains. I just cant stay in the shower all day!! LOL
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