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Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

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To all of us who suffer with the constant chronic pain of fibromyalgia, and have the strength to go on and live out lives in spite of the pain, happy Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. Our pain may be strong, but we are stronger.

Let's continue to be proud of our fight, and work to make this invisible illness visible to non-sufferers and the medical community. We are fibro strong.

EH Review: EarthWise

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Pain relief can come in many forms, but when it comes to soothing muscle rubs some like it cold and some like it hot. Lucky for everyone, EarthWise's natural skincare offers both!

The EarthWise Natural Skincare Company creates products that are not only good for us, but good for our planet. Their certified organic line takes consideration for the workers who grow and harvest their ingredients by only using fairly traded items, and their packaging isn't harmful to our environment. The products themselves are created by using nature's intelligence to achieve healing. They do all they can to promote sustainable agriculture, cleaner water, and fair incomes all while providing a skincare line that delivers on it's promise to help you feel good. And what's not to feel good about when your purchasing from such a conscious brand like EarthWise?

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EarthWise sent Everything Hurts two of their coveted pain relieving products. The Warming Muscle Rub offers relief for sore and aching muscles, perfect for conditions such as fibromyalgia and lupus. It also treats bruises, swelling and sprains and arthritis pain. I gave the rub a try right after finishing a light hike at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in No. California. The hike was beautiful but challenging and left me with swollen, sore calves and arthritis pains in my feet — which is to be expected with just about any level of physical activity, especially when sliding down old volcanoes. As soon as I got home to rest I decided to apply the rub. I found it really helps if you massage it deeply into the muscles. Be generous with the amount that you use, as it doesn't burn or sting, but leaves a nice slightly warm sensation. Within 10-15 mins I started to notice a difference in my muscle swelling and joint stiffness. 

The cooling soothing relief of the 26 Mile Salve is really something you have to see for yourself. This handy salve stick sure is powerful. I love to use it on my stiff neck and shoulders, since it really feels like it penetrates deep into the muscle and tendons. The menthol crystals get to work immediately once applying it, giving you a slight anesthetic for sharp pains. My advice is to make sure you only push up the salve from the bottom as needed, and not push it up all the way, because you're unable to roll it back down (my original mistake). Despite my clumsiness with the container, I've been using the salve every morning to get me going and really love the results!

If you've been searching for a new way to feel okay, head over the EarthWise and check out these awesome products and the rest of their line up. Everything they make is packed with great stuff, and their company is run with such care and conscience. I hate to be punny here but I have to say it — EarthWise really is a smart choice.

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EH Reviews: Botanical Delights

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My eyes light up every time I see a product with one of my chronic conditions printed on the label. For me? Don't mind if I do. I had to try these two pain relieving products from Botanical Delights, I mean, they practically had my name on them.

Nerve Pain Relief Butter is pure creamy goodness.

Nerve Pain Relief Butter is pure creamy goodness.

If you suffer from nerve pain caused by fibromyalgia, arthritis, sciatica, diabetes, etc.. you have to check out the unique pain relieving blends created by Botanical Delights. It is really inspiring to see a company focus on the creation of products specifically for nerve pain. When I was diagnosed twelve years ago, such products were nearly impossible to find. 

Botanical Delights takes pride in their all-natural handmade products, only using the highest quality ingredients. They carefully create powerful Synergy Blends. Synergy Blends occur when two or more highly concentrated essential oils are combined, and the molecular composition changes, resulting in a more powerful product. Each one of their blends results in a highly effective way to help you both physically and emotionally.

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BD sent Everything Hurts two products to try out. Their Nerve Pain Relief Butter and their Fibro Survival Synergy Blend roll-on.

The Nerve Pain Relief Butter is super creamy and silky. It's so luxurious, but don't let that fool you — this stuff is strong. Really, I didn't know essential oils could do what they're doing in this butter. This product really targets the shooting, burning, and stabbing that is often associated with nerve pain. Rub a dab of it into the affected areas on your body, and feel it getting in deep and going to work almost immediately. The ingredients in this blend include Clove Oil, Black Pepper, Copaiba, and Frankincense. Each of these oils have strong pain relieving properties and are amazing natural substances. The combination of these in a Beeswax, Vitamin E and Arnica Oil base are really something you need to try to believe. Use it up to 3-4 times a day, and pretty soon you'll notice your pain isn't nearly as bad as it once was.

Fighting Fibro has never been easier with this roll-on relief.

Fighting Fibro has never been easier with this roll-on relief.

If you have fibromyalgia, do yourself a big favor — go grab one of these Fibro Survival Synergy Blend rollers right now. Ever since I got mine, I've been taking it along almost everywhere I go. When you have fibro, literally EVERYTHING hurts. Botanical Delights understands this. That's why they've created this really unique concoction that provides relief specifically targeted for fibromyalgia pain. They've carefully chosen anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and anti-spasmodic oils that are known for their healing properties. This roller is PACKED, I mean absolutely PACKED with essential oils. How the hell they fit all of them into this carry-size roller? I have no idea. Plai, Lavender, Black Pepper, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, Marjoram, Peppermint, Geranium, Roman & German Chamomile, Pine, Wintergreen, Apricot Oil and Vitamin E??? All in one amazing Synergy Blend? Seriously. Go, get it. Apply it to your trigger points. Thank me later. No, thank them. This stuff is a game changer.

Check out all of Botanical Delights natural essential oil blends in their Etsy Shop. They have such a wide range of products focusing on conditions such as autism, arthritis, anxiety, ADHD, sleeplessness, PMS, menopause... the list goes on.

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EH Reviews: Sock Style

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If there's one thing I've noticed in the online spoonie community, it's that spoonies have some great socks. And of course we do, they're a great way to express ourselves and be cozy and comfortable doing so. I'm a sucker for socks – fun patterns, silly sayings, chunky knits – I even collect a pair from wherever I go on vacation.

But socks could do more for you than just look cute and keep your feet warm. Because of my fibro, my calves tend to cause me a lot of pain.The muscles in my calves tighten, making the pain sharp and throbbing, especially during a flare. I purchased a pair of "old people's" compression socks at an airport newsstand. They were nothing special... but I was on my way to a 6 hour flight, and my legs were already pulsing with pain. They were worth the try.

Since then, I've used my bleak, unsexy compression socks to help me get the blood flowing on bad leg days. They help quite a bit, but gosh... do they have to look so unflattering?

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I was on the hunt for some cute compression socks I could rock without feeling like Grandma Moses. That's when I came across these bright colored beauties from Samson Hosiery. They remind me of the basketball socks all the cool kids are wearing, but they provide the same relief I felt with the "medical" pair. These unique socks come in an endless variety of colors, and provide compression gradually to help increase circulation. 

Samson Hosiery sent me 3 of their fun pair to try, the blue and pink were definitely my favorites, and fit the same as the purple. I have wide calves and size 8 feet, and they were just right. The 3rd pair was a slightly different neon green pair with great traction on the bottom of the feet, but a bit too long on my legs – I'm only 5'2".

Samson also carries compression sleeves, providing calf support without the foot being covered – perfect for under your pant leg when you're wearing flats or sandals. Their socks are all one size, unisex, and are performance socks... but if your performance consists of getting out of bed each day, these are perfect for you.

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Here are some stats about the socks:
15-20 mmHg* (medium support compression)

  • Help prevent and relieve minor to moderate varicose and spider veins.
  • Relieve tired, aching legs, and minor swelling of feet, ankles and legs.
  • Help prevent varicose and spider veins during pregnancy.
  • Help prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Used in post-sclerotherapy treatment to prevent the reappearance of veins.
  • Ideal compression level for those traveling long distances.

When I first wake up, I'm a little shaky when stepping out of bed. Pulling these socks on in the morning makes me feel like Ariel in the Little Mermaid when she discovers her new legs. They help me to feel stable, giving me a little boost in getting the day going. 

Check out all of Samson Hosiery's amazing compression socks, as well as their fun and unique regular socks over on their Etsy shop. Got to tell you... I've got my eye on their laser cat socks :-P

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Comfy Fall Finds

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This fall, let's look good – even if we might not feel good. Luckily, fashion seems to be in our favor  this season. Drawstring drapey pants are everywhere, along with light loose tops and oversized cardigans. Get excited, leaves are about to turn, PSL's are being served and leggings are not just for your flare days. Here are some pain-free must-haves for the fall.

Cute coat
Throw it over whatever you've got on and like magic, you're well dressed and warm. It's a struggle to find something that's easy to put on/take off, and won't restrict your movement when wearing it. Unfortunately you'll never know until you try on about 100 different styles (and swear off ever shopping again) but this green zip-up from H&M is a great place to start.

Leggings to love
We all own our favorite pair of leggings. And yes, we know... leggings are not pants. BUT... what if they could be? I absolutely love these body fit leggings from Zara. They're high waisted with wide elastic banding on the hips, perfect for bad back days. They're soft and stretchy but thick enough to pass as pants.

Too tired tunic
Dreaded dress-up occasion? This tunic's got you covered (literally). Long and flowy, you can wear it with leggings or tights, or with no bottoms at all. I love the small metal detail on top that gives it a classy casual feeling without causing any harm. 

Cozy cardigan
Wish you could bring your big blanket out shopping or to a doctor's appointment? You sorta kinda can with an oversized cardigan like this one from H&M. The half sleeves are perfect for transitioning from warm to cool, and it comes in 4 patterns and costs only 14.99?! 

Perfect Portofino
The Express Portofino shirt is the shit. It's light and soft, fits just right and comes in endless colors and patterns. You'll feel like you're wearing a button-down pajama shirt, but will look like you're ready for a big meeting... or a nice dinner... or a trip to the supermarket... (seriously, it works for everything).

Check mate
Plaid shirts are a fall staple, but often these tops are stiff and itchy. I've been on the hunt for a cozy, comfortable plaid and I think this shrunken boy shirt from J.Crew is just the one.

Transitional tank
I'm super excited to say so long to summer clothes, but as the weather gets cooler, I still refuse to part from my abundant collection of sleeveless tops. I've become a purveyor of silk and cotton tanks in just about every color and pattern, because, like Michelle Obama, my arms were meant to be free! I have my eye on this adorable hashtag tank from Madewell. Pair it up with a cozy cardigan or button down when venturing outside and you're ready for anything.

Wrap it
My favorite purchase this season has been my oversized light weight scarf from RL. Wear it as a shawl, a scarf, a head wrap, a papoose for your ferret. Seriously... I do. Stuff it in your bag on your way out and know that you'll have a cute instant way to warm up.

Loose legs
Drapey drawstring pants are everywhere this season and I can't wait to grab myself a pair. My leg muscles expand and contract throughout the day, so a pair of these green drawstrings from Banana Republic would be a great fit. 

No mess dress
Sometimes I'm just too exhausted to pick out and put on multiple items of clothing. A solution to this is one great versatile dress that's comfortable and warm. Check out this Banana Republic knit contrast dress. It's loose fitting and cute as hell. It's appropriate for a work day or a night outing. Pair it with leggings or tights for that extra layer of warmth and ta-da, outfit complete.