I have written a lot about aromatherapy oils used in an aromatherapy massage as I really think it helps relax your muscles and the pain of Fibromyalgia.

I personally use Lavender oil to mix with a hand cream as I find just rubbing my hands with it before I go to sleep very therapeutic but I did not appreciate how some oils are not suitable for certain conditions.

The infographic below from Pinterest shows you in detail which ones to avoid if you have certain medical conditions.



Your brain and spinal cord actually produce their own pain killers. These are similar to pain relieving drugs like morphine.

Two of these are called endorphins and enkephalins, which, when they are released, they attach themselves to spinal receptors in your brain, which produce ‘stop-pain’ messages.

On the other hand, some substances in your body do completely the opposite. They intensify your pain. A protein called substance P then stimulates nerve endings at the site of the injury, increasing pain messages.

Other pain enhancers work by activating normally silent nerve cells in the injured area. This then sends pain messages which can actually worsen the pain you are in and make the area of pain worse.

Some herbs for natural pain relief include…
  • Ginger. … 
  • Turmeric. … 
  • Capsaicin. … 
  • Valerian Root. … 
  • Magnesium. … 
  • Cats Claw. … 
  • Boswellia. … 
  • White willow bark.

but always check with your Doctor first before starting to take any natural pain relievers.

Dr. Jokers have their list of natural pain relievers



This mattress and bedding guide for people with fibromyalgia from Tuck Advancing Better Sleep is a great help for people not knowing what type of mattress or bed to buy that is suitable for your problem. People with fibromyalgia may want to take the following factors into account when shopping for a new mattress and comparing different brands and models.


Some mattresses are designed to conform closely to the sleeper’s body and alleviate pain and pressure points throughout the body. These models can be very beneficial for people with fibromyalgia that experience widespread pain.


Every sleeper has different firmness preferences, and these often come down to two factors: body weight and sleep position. For example, individuals who weigh less than 130 pounds and prefer to sleep on their side tend to feel most comfortable, while those who weigh more than 230 pounds and sleep on their back may prefer a firmer surface. There is no wrong firmness, per se, but sleeping on a mattress that is too soft or too firm can add to the pain symptoms of fibromyalgia.


In the mattress industry, ‘support’ refers to how effectively a mattress provides a flat, even sleep surface. Mattresses that are too soft or too firm may not be supportive enough for sleepers in certain weight groups. Another factor that affects support is wear and tear — namely sagging in the mattress, which can create an uneven sleep surface that causes sleepers to experience more pain and pressure. According to most mattress owners, sagging that measures one inch or deeper is much more likely to create added pain.


Durable mattresses will perform for at least six years without excessive sagging or indentations in the sleep surface. Mattresses with below-average durability may begin to deteriorate in as few as two to three years, and the saggy, uneven sleep surface can exacerbate the painful symptoms of fibromyalgia.


Noise sensitivity is a common symptom among fibromyalgia patients. Mattresses made of certain materials, such as foam or latex, produce little to no noise when bearing weight. These mattresses may be more suitable than other models, such as innersprings, hybrids, and airbeds, which are associated with above-average noise.


Motion isolation refers to a bed’s ability to absorb motion when someone gets up or shifts position, and isolate this motion to one side of the mattress. Motion isolation is important to people with fibromyalgia because they often experience noise sensitivity, and may awaken easily on a bed that does not minimize motion.


Heat and cold sensitivity is another common symptom of fibromyalgia, and people with this condition may sleep excessively hot or cold as a result. Mattresses with springs tend to have better airflow than those with solid base layers (such as foam and latex models), allowing sleepers to remain cooler throughout the night.


Many mattress brands and retailers offer sleep trials that last anywhere from 60 to 365 nights in length. In most cases, customers can test out the mattress for the entire duration and return or exchange their bed if they are not satisfied by the end of the sleep trial. People with fibromyalgia can take advantage of sleep trial offers to determine if the mattress they have chosen will work in the long-term.


Most mattress warranties include a ‘minimum sagging depth’ to determine whether or not the bed is defective. Some warranties will replace or repair mattresses that sag deeper than one inch, while others adhere to a higher benchmark. People with fibromyalgia may want to prioritize mattresses with warranties that include a minimum sagging depth of one inch or less. Otherwise, they may pay a significant amount to repair or replace their mattress for excessive sagging.


The five most common mattress types in terms of their suitability for people with fibromyalgia. The comparison table below evaluates each type for support, firmness, conforming, and other performance factors that matter to fibromyalgia patients.

Construction Foam comfort layers
Steel coils in the support core
Polyfoam and/or memory foam layers in the comfort layer
Polyfoam layer(s) in the support core
Latex layer(s) in the comfort layer
Latex or polyfoam layers in the support core
At least 2″ of memory foam or latex in the comfort layer, as well as other components (such as polyfoam or minicoils)
Pocketed coils in the support core
Foam comfort layers or no comfort layer
Individualized adjustable air chambers in the support core
Conforming Poor to Fair Good to Very Good Fair to Good Fair to Good Fair to Good
Firmness Options Fair to Good Good to Very Good Good to Very Good Good to Very Good Good to Very Good
Support Fair to Good Fair to Good Good to Very Good Good to Very Good Good to Very Good
Durability Poor to Fair Fair to Good Good to Very Good Fair to Good Poor to Fair
Light Sleeper Rating (Less than 130 lbs) Fair to Good Fair to Good Good to Very Good Poor to Fair Fair to Good
Heavy Sleeper Rating (More than 230 lbs) Poor to Fair Good to Very Good Good to Very Good Good to Very Good Poor to Fair
Noise Poor to Fair Good to Very Good Good to Very Good Fair to Good Poor to Fair
Motion Isolation Poor to Fair Good to Very Good Good to Very Good Fair to Good Fair to Good
Temperature Neutrality Good to Very Good Poor to Fair Fair to Good Good to Very Good Fair to Good
Rating for Sleepers with Fibromyalgia Poor to Fair Good to Very Good Good to Very Good Fair to Good Fair to Good
Explanation Most start to sag within two to three years
Minimal support in the neck, waist, and hips
Little to no conforming
Limited firmness options
Typically sleeps cool
Above-average conforming and pressure relief
Many firmness options
Good motion isolation and little to no noise
Average durability with sagging potential
Tends to sleep hot
Exceptional support and durability with little to no sagging
Above-average motion isolation and very little noise
Sleeps fairly cool
Many firmness options
Conform closer than innersprings, but minimal pain and pressure relief
Sleep fairly cool
Below-average motion isolation and strong noise potential
Many firmness options
Customizable firmness settings
May not be suitable for certain weight groups
Some are excessively firm
Average temperature neutrality
High noise potential



Now let’s look at five of the top-rated mattress models for people with fibromyalgia. The comparison table below lists specs, performance ratings, and other data for the five leading mattress models.

Mattress Model Leesa Foam Mattress Loom & Leaf by Saatva Natural Latex Mattress Tuft & Needle Mattress Zenhaven Mattress
Mattress Type Mixed foam Memory Foam Latex Foam Reversible latex
Comfort Layer 2″ Avena foam
2″ Memory foam
2 1/2″ Gel memory foam
2″ Memory foam
3 3″ Latex layers
Layer firmness varies by selected firmness level
No traditional support core
3″ Polyfoam 1 1/2″ Latex
Mattress is flippable with two comfort layers of differing thickness
Support Core 6″ Polyfoam 7 1/2″ Polyfoam 7″ Polyfoam 6″ Latex
Both sides share one support core
Firmness Options Medium Firm Medium
Medium Soft
Medium Firm
Medium Firm Side 1: Medium Soft
Side 2: Medium Firm
Support Rating Very Good Good Good Very Good Good
Conforming Rating Very Good Very Good Very Good Good Good
Motion Isolation Rating Very Good Excellent Very Good Excellent Very Good
Noise Rating Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Sleep Trial 100 nights 120 nights 365-night comfort adjustment (replace one latex layer)
25-year comfort life (replace unlimited latex layers)
100 nights 120 nights
Warranty Indentation Depth 1″ 1″ 3/4″ 3/4″ 3/4″
Price (Queen) $940.00 $1,099.00 $1,349.99 $575.00 $1,899.00
Customer Satisfaction Rating 76% (74 customer reviews) 72% (113 customer reviews) 75% (98 customer reviews) 80% (84 customer reviews) 80% (924 customer reviews)



For people with fibromyalgia, the most important factor when choosing a pillow is ‘loft,’ or thickness. Using the correct loft can help alleviate pain and pressure in the neck, shoulders, and head, while the incorrect loft can make these issues worse. To determine the best pillow loft, sleepers should take their weight, sleep position, and mattress firmness into account.

Pillows that are popular among people with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions include buckwheat, latex, and memory foam models. Other pillows types, such as down alternative and polyfoam, may increase the amount of pain and pressure that these individuals feel. For more information about pillow soft and selection, please check out Best Pillows: Buying Guide and Information page.


The term ‘mattress topper’ refers to a cushioning layer that can be placed on top of a mattress for added softness, comfort, and support. Most toppers are designed to decrease the firmness of a sleep surface, although some toppers can increase the firmness.

A latex or memory foam topper will be most suitable for someone with fibromyalgia because these products conform closely to target pain and pressure points. Convoluted polyfoam toppers are considered the worst option since they are associated with increased pain and pressure. To learn more, please visit our Best Mattress Toppers guide.


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Auricular therapy as a treatment for pain is a method of healing by stimulating different acupressure points on the surface of the outer ear. These areas are pricked with small, sterile, disposable needles in order to help many complaints.

In auricular acupuncture, the ear is seen as a micro system of the body. Auricular therapists believe that there are over 200 points on the ear that are connected to a particular organ, tissue or part of the body. So, if something is out of sync, its corresponding point on the ear may be sensitive or tender to touch and pressure, or a mark, spot or lump can be visible. Stimulation of the ear is then carried out by means of acupuncture needles, minute electric currents or a laser beam.

An auricular acupuncture session involves placing 5 or 6 small, sterile, disposable needles in each ear. The needles are placed in acupoints corresponding to the area to be treated, so they may place a needle in the neck point if you were suffering from pain in that area. It is claimed that the therapy can be helpful for various chronic conditions including rheumatism and arthritis.

The actual practice of manipulating needles in the ear to cure diseases is not a new therapy, but a very ancient one. It has been used for many hundreds of years in some Eastern and Mediterranean countries and in China and is also now becoming popular in the UK.

An interesting post on the Back, Neck Pain Centre website has some FAQ from interested customers and two questions I thought said it all – Does Auriculotherapy hurt?
For most, the procedure is painless. You may feel a tiny sensation in the ear where the point is being treated. This is usually for a second or two and then the sensation goes away. If it feels slightly uncomfortable we can decrease the intensity to where you do not feel it. Most of the time this isn’t necessary as the treatment is tolerable.

What conditions does Auriculotherapy help? – Auriculotherapy is good for acute painful problems alleviating pain almost immediately or within 24 to 48 hours. Auriculotherapy is good for chronic degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and other chronic painful conditions. Other conditions include diseases and dysfunctions of the gastrointestinal, respiratory, urinary and cardiovascular systems. Auriculotherapy is very effective for treating addictions. In fact, Auriculotherapy has a seventy five to eighty percent success rate treating patients for smoking or nicotine addiction. There are currently more than 150 indications for the application of Auriculotherapy. Just ask Dr. Peck if Auriculotherapy is right for you.

A good book on the therapy is The Beginner’s Guide to Auricular Therapy: Application of Ear Seeds, by P.Sze There is also a great YouTube Video on the therapy.


How do you define chronic pain?  Chronic pain is often defined as any pain lasting more than 12 weeks. The pain can become progressively worse and reoccur intermittently, outlasting the usual healing process. In contrast to acute pain that arises suddenly in response to a specific injury and is usually treatable.

According to New Life Outlook – There are different types of pain, and pain might come from various parts of your body:

  • Somatic pain. Pain from your skin and soft tissues.
  • Visceral pain. Pain from your internal organs.
  • Bone pain. For example, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis.
  • Neuropathy. Examples include peripheral neuropathy, proximal neuropathy and autonomic neuropathy.
  • Vascular Pain. Pain caused by circulatory issues.

The conditions and symptoms that fall under the umbrella of chronic pain syndrome are vast, from fibromyalgia to rheumatoid arthritis and cancer.

An article on the NHS Choices website back in June 2016, said that “Almost half the adult population is living with chronic pain,” with 28 million adults in the UK affected by some type of chronic pain. 

With an ageing population, it is likely that the prevalence of chronic pain will increase and the need for pain management and relief will grow.

To cope with this demand it is essential that pain specialists, pain organizations and health commissioning groups work constructively to improve the provision of chronic pain services across the UK.

The NHS says the old-fashioned treatment for persistent pain, also known as chronic pain, was bed rest for weeks or months on end. We now know this is the worst possible approach. Exercise and continuing to work are key to recovery. Lying in bed for long periods may actually make the pain last longer because inactivity makes you stiffen up, your muscles and bones get weaker, you don’t sleep well, you become lonely and depressed, and the pain feels worse.

We understand the new way of thinking that if you don’t use it you will lose it but for the elderly (my Dad is 93) the moving around can be extremely painful and debilitating and the resources are not available to look after and check every elderly patient with chronic pain.

They say try to be active every day, instead of only on the good days when you’re not in so much pain. This may reduce the number of bad days you have and help you feel more in control. I personally work on this principle but I think my Dad would say he never has a good enough day to be as active as they would like him to be.

I guess with the ageing population the percentage of people in chronic pain will be higher every year but out of that list, a majority will be treated and helped with their pain in an appropriate manner, but some (in particular the elderly) will not be pain-free for long.