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Getting A ‘Grip’ On Hand Pain In Fibromyalgia ~ 5 Budget Friendly Gadgets To Help Painful Hands With Fibromyalgia

March 16

Fibromyalgia is the great copy-cat of the medical world.  One of the reasons it may take years to diagnose, is due to it’s characteristic of mimicking other conditions.  Many people, myself included, in the beginning stages of the disease believe they have rheumatoid arthritis.  This is especially true when hand pain becomes increasingly more severe.

As the years have gone on, the pain in my hands has gotten worse.  In the past, I would have sore hands during the occasional flare.  Today I experience sharp pains and aching fingers on a regular basis. Cold and overuse seem to exacerbate the problem.

We’ve all experienced the ‘time limit’ available during an activity that involves a lot of hand movement.  It will either require frequent resting in between tasks, or a cessation of movement altogether.

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Since it seems this symptom is progressing with no signs of ending soon, I have found a few gizmos that make the challenges of everyday tasks a little easier.

These may be geared toward those with arthritis, but there is a definite ‘cross-over’ for those of us experiencing significant hand pain, and mobility issues with Fibromyalgia.

5 Budget Friendly Gadgets To Help Painful Hands With Fibromyalgia

Compression Gloves {$19.95} ~ providing strength with mobility, improved circulation, and warmth:

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Automatic Jar Opener {$19.79} ~ when you wanted to ‘do it your damn self’ anyway!
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Lamp Switch Turner {$6.54} ~ no more ‘full body gyrations’ trying to turn off the lamp with stiff fingers:

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Easy Action Bent Scissors {$10.99} ~ cutting without having to jam into the thumb holes (yay!):

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Easy Grip 16-piece screwdriver set {$11.97} ~ 2 words: ‘SELF SUFFICIENT’:

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With a few slight modifications to the ‘tools’ you use on a regular basis, Fibromyalgia no longer has to stop you from performing the necessary activities of the day ~

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25 Comments

  • Reply Chronic Mom March 16 at 11:01 am

    Compression gloves are my lifesaver! I cannot do anything without them, which means I go through them really fast.

    • Reply kristine March 16 at 12:50 pm

      I know what you mean! They’re definitely comforting, and give a sense of ‘control’. Thanks for stoppin’! Have a wonderful day 🙂

  • Reply Deborah Davis March 22 at 8:14 pm

    My dad has been wearing compression gloves to ease the pain. It’s such a pleasure to read and share your helpful and informative insights on budget friendly gadgets to help painful hands.
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  • Reply Brandi Clevinger March 24 at 5:36 am

    The jar opener is the only one I was aware of, and that alone is a need for me. Those compression gloves look amazing, too! I’ve just added four more items to my Amazon wish list (the opener was already on there)! haha

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    • Reply kristine March 24 at 6:15 am

      I LOVE my Amazon wish list!! Mine keeps growing too! Thanks Brandi! 🙂

  • Reply Becky @ vintagebeckym July 22 at 6:55 pm

    Thank You so much for sharing this. All of them are definitely going on my Amazon wish list. Now if I could just find a compression glove for my shoulder.

    • Reply kristine July 23 at 2:21 pm

      You are welcome Becky! ♥ 🙂 ♥

    • Reply Holly Littler January 24 at 7:06 pm

      That would be a Great!!!! Invention My flares most often begin with intense Right shoulder pain and almost a feeling of Carrying an overbearing amount of weight atop my shoulders. Like Pent-up Pressure which unless dealt with will eventually cause an explosion. I at that point find myself seeking “Bear Hugs” where I draw my arms into my chest and have either my husband or Strong family member complete the “Bear Hug” process. A product that could offer plausibly wearable compression would be Heaven Sent on those flare days when you find yourself alone or only with small children ( whom by nature love to hug their respective caregivers, but lack due to size, the strength to actually Release any Pressure Pain. )
      I also have and quite often use a pair of gloves that are infused with copper which help with the hand issues, but are not actually “compressive”. Gotta look into the ones listed above!!!

      • Reply kristine January 24 at 8:16 pm

        Awesome about the ‘bear hugs’ Holly! Hope you find something useful among the items! 🙂

  • Reply Michelle August 8 at 4:05 pm

    I don’t need compression gloves but do like the palm and wrist supports. Those parts hurt more than my fingers. I also use them on my knees reasonably regularly and even my ankles. Even pre-fibro my mum has joked upon seeing a mannequin with all the neoprene joint/body supports how much it reminds her of me. Lol. And it’s true. Even my elbows pre-fibro, but that was more related to my employment.
    When I think about it I wonder how much of my ongoing joint pain may not have just been from overuse. Sometimes it got better with rest but not always. Sometimes it got worse, much worse.

    • Reply kristine August 8 at 6:31 pm

      I know what you mean Michelle. Overuse can exacerbate the pain we already feel. You mom’s got a great sense of humor 😉 Thanks for stoppin’ by 🙂

  • Reply Helen Campbell September 2 at 6:51 pm

    Only someone with Fibro knows the pain involved. Some days are a complete write off. Between the aches and pains, fibro fog and just plain old inability to keep your eyes open, you just hurt. It’s not something you can explain to anyone who doesn’t have it and you really don’t want to feel like you are complaining all the time, but you HURT and there is no other word for it

    • Reply kristine September 2 at 6:57 pm

      I know precisely what you mean Helen! We try to explain, but they usually just get aggravated or impatient after a while. This is why unless it’s reached a high level, I keep my pain levels to myself. Hang in there ♥

  • Reply Helen Campbell September 3 at 2:04 am

    It is no fun and mine is aggravated by the fact that I have developed an auto-immune disease known as Sero Negative Arthritis in which the pain levels are on a par with rheumatoid arthritis (which apparently it is but without the RH factor) but without the bone disfigurement. I suppose I have to be thankful for small mercies. I am an older person and had arthritis already for which I cannot take anti inflammatory medication because of Gastric Reflux so I persist taking Panedol Osteo twice daily, krill oil and now quinine. I had been going to the same doctor forever… and they didn’t seem to appreciate the pain level and basically told me to suck it up sweetheart.. We moved and I found this wonderful doctor who completely understands fibro, thank goodness. I am now on morphine patches and although they don’t knock it on the head they make life livable. He obliges me with scans and cortisone injections when parts are just too painful. I’ve developed bursitis in the hip which is delightful but I figure wait a few weeks and it will pass, though he wants me scanned to catch it in the early phase, God bless him. It is lovely to have a doctor who actually cares about your health, which is so important when you have a chronic illness or just ageing. I’ve had fibro for 10 years now.

    • Reply kristine September 3 at 7:49 pm

      So sorry for all the physical problems you have to endure 🙁 I am glad you have a good doctor though, it makes a huge difference! Have a good week Helen 🙂

  • Reply Dawn October 3 at 5:38 pm

    I would add an electric can opener and a battery operated pepper grinder, I love to cook & bake , these gadgets make it much easier along with the oxo peeler, those handles make a world of difference.
    In the winter I also use a hot wax therapy on my hands & feet, warms up to the bone 🙂

    • Reply kristine October 3 at 11:14 pm

      Great additions Dawn! In fact, I did include an electric can opener in a recent article I wrote here. Thank you for the suggestions! 🙂
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  • Reply DIANNE SOWA October 25 at 7:48 am

    Hi 🦄My hands hurt everyday !I’ve had fibermyalgi for 30 years !Geez the pain !Thanks so much for the info!🦄🦄🦄🦄😊

    • Reply kristine October 25 at 9:47 am

      Ugh! So sorry Dianne! And I love the unicorns! 😉

  • Reply Mary Anne Jeffery November 23 at 11:40 pm

    I wanted to share with everyone something that has helped me to read a book or magazine when I couldn’t hold even a piece of paper on bad days. What it is, is a music stand it not only holds your book or magazine it also holds the page down for you. And it’s adjustable in so many ways for each individual person. And they don’t cost a lot especially if you can find a used one at a music store.

    • Reply kristine November 24 at 6:12 am

      Thank you for that tip Mary Ann! What a great idea ♥ 🙂

  • Reply Nat December 14 at 7:41 am

    Thank you for posting this. I don’t have fibro, I have ME and have painful hands and swelling. I am going to look into the compression gloves, seems like they might give some relief. I often just ask my husband to open something for me or open the curtains with the little ball chain thingy, that one is so silly, but it hurts.

    • Reply kristine December 14 at 9:40 am

      Not silly at all Nat! It’s the tasks that require certain movements and fine motor skills that can cause the most pain. I know just what you mean! Hope you get your gloves under the tree 😉

  • Reply Denysha March 12 at 8:54 am

    I was recently (a few weeks ago) diagnosed with fibromyagia and these little gadget would be a lifesaver for me. My hand pain is so bad at times and I can’t do things like I used too. Its very frustrating going from super independent to feeling like you have to rely on others so much bc I can’t do simple things anymore lol. Thank you so much for your post!

    • Reply kristine March 12 at 12:57 pm

      SO sorry for the diagnosis Denysha, but I’m very glad you found something here to help! Hang in there 😉 ♥

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