I’ve ben doing this chronic illness thing for a while now. Like, I’m in my fifteenth year of pain. So this means that I know about some great products that will make your life easier. All products don’t apply to all spoonies because we’re all a little different, but hopefully this will help you enjoy life a little bit more.
A Pill Case (Or Two) – I have two pill cases so that I only have to refill them ever two weeks. This also makes sure that there are fewer doses I miss because it can be difficult to stay on top of taking all the meds when I have to refill the case all the time. CVS has a great four-dose-a-day pill case! You can also get the Apex Apex 7-day Mediplanner Pill Organizer on Amazon.
KT Tape – If you have joint issues, check out KT tape. It is my love. However, you have to walk the fine line between wearing it enough so that your joints are supported but not so much that your muscles weaken and they can’t help your joint. It comes in so many pretty colors and their website has tutorials to help you tape your joints without injuring yourself.
Heating Pad – Heat is great for muscle pain. If you have that, you need a heating pad because it can be the difference between mild and major pain. I’m looking at you, people with fibromyalgia. This is has made my life so much easier! The feeling of heat improving my muscle pain is actually rather euphoric. Pure bliss, I tell you.
Reusable Ice Packs – Do you live with inflammation? Ice, ice baby! (Sorry not sorry. I had to.) You can get them at pretty much every drugstore. Ace has them, TheraPeal has them, pretty much anywhere that sells health products has them.
Comfy clothes – Do I need to say more? Be comfy. You’re body is doing enough.
Reminders to take your pills – Whether it’s on your Fitbit or your phone, set a reminder to take your medications in case you forget! I have mine as silent alarms on my phone so that I don’t miss a dose.
Water bottle – Everyone needs to hydrate, but that’s especially true for people with chronic illnesses. We have enough problems without adding dehydration to the mix! I’m a fan of Tervises and Camelbaks, but don’t get a Camelbak with the no-spill top if you have jaw problems. Trust me.