Fibro and Other Flares

In the winter of 2016, I discovered that the cluster of symptoms I had been experiencing for some time — and that had been rapidly worsening — came under the umbrella of fibromyalgia. While I found some emotional relief in having a term to name my pain, it did not do much to alleviate that pain. My doctor made some recommendations (well, one: Cymbalta, which I continue to take), and I consulted with my acupuncturist and massage therapist to establish treatment plans. Even so, many of the symptoms persisted. Fibro, I quickly learned, is a tricky, tricky business.

There are days when it feels someone has removed the topmost layer of my skin with a razor. Or when my fingers curl tightly into my palms. Or when I feel such a deep all-body ache that I swear even my teeth and my hair hurt. When the barometric pressure drops, it’s as though I’ve been hit with a tranquilizer dart. On top of this, I have arthritis in my hips, pelvis, and lower back. If the temperature gets too low or the humidity too high, the stiffness and pain escalates. This is a short list of my symptoms and experiences.

I refuse to be defeated by this. Finding tools to help me manage and persist is essential to my overall sense of well-being. Self-care comes first. Always.

I have a couple of herbal items in my toolbox. I drink cups and cups and cups of turmeric tea every day. I incorporate foods with anti-inflammatory properties into my diet. And, when I need something to ease the bodily aches, I use my warming oil, Fibro Flare.

Made from sunflower oil infused with dried ginger, turmeric, and arnica, Fibro Flare is warming and soothing on my stiff and aching fingers, and it works as a wonderful massage oil to ease taut muscles.

I carefully selected the ingredients for this oil. Ginger and turmeric have long been used in foods and medicines to treat inflammation. Studies have confirmed that their topical use can be beneficial for patients suffering with arthritis and other conditions. Arnica is a topical analgesic, providing direct pain relief.

I love working with fresh turmeric –even when it stains my hands.

Since I’ve been sharing this oil with others, I have been pleased to see how much it has helped their aches and pains, too. In order to ensure that folks know it is useful for all sorts of conditions, not just fibromyalgia, I’m giving it the new simple name of Warming Oil. Give it a try, and let me know it works for you!

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