Let’s face it, it is hard to imagine what it is like to live in chronic pain, and even harder to figure out the best gifts for someone with chronic pain. This person you want to buy a gift for is probably a loved one or a friend and it kills you that you can’t take some of their pain away. So, finding a gift that they will treasure AND that they really want is your mission. Well, this gift guide is here to help you accomplish that mission!
Keep in mind though, that when you live in chronic pain, a gift that helps relieve or cope with the pain is something we really get excited about instead of “cutsy” and frivolous gifts wrapped up in big bows. So, if some of these gift ideas don’t seem like something you would normally expect to be a gift, don’t be surprised. The health costs associated with our illness can empty our pockets fast so to receive a gift that is functional and thoughtful is highly desirable for people living with chronic pain.
This gift guide is intended to help you understand what people in chronic pain really want and value.
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11 Phenomenal Gifts for Chronic Pain
Relax the Back is one of my favorite stores. I have had my Theracane for more than 10 years and it is absolutely one of my favorite products to release muscle pain and tension. When you have chronic pain, your muscles react by tensing up. The Theracane allows you to target your pressure points with more pressure than you can apply by yourself. So, having an item that can help release that tension on a moment’s notice and without having to go to a massage therapist every time is a lifesaver.
Chronic pain can make it hard to fall asleep. And since most people with chronic pain are on multiple medications, it is amazing to find ways to sleep better naturally. This DoDow is a new product to the market that is actually a metronome with a light system that helps you fall asleep naturally. (✅ See reviews and check price)
I don’t know anyone who would turn away the opportunity to get a foot massage. These washable insoles have 400 nodules that stimulate the pressure points on your feet and strategically place magnets that draw out inflammation and increase circulation. Just imagine, a foot massage when you walk! Yes, please! (✅ see reviews and price)
4. Cane chair
I wish I would have found this chair so much sooner! With my CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome) that mainly affects my lower back, I can only stand or walk for a few minutes before the pain skyrockets. So, this is amazing to have with so many occasions where I can’t find a place to sit down. This is especially helpful when I walk my kids to the bus stop and we have to wait for the bus to come.
In one of my Chronic Pain Facebook Groups, I asked, “If money was no object, what pain-related product would you love to have?” Multiple people said an Oska. It uses electromagnetic pulse therapy to mitigate pain. (✅ See customer reviews)
Another goodie from Relax the Back is this recliner called The Life Chair. Again, it is one of those “money is no object” kind of gifts, but oh how amazing this would be to have! This may not be in your gift budget, but a gift card to Relax the Back is also a great gift option.
This soft and plush microwaveable heating pad is filled with flaxseed and cherry pits. The flaxseed holds heat longer and the cherry pits produce a soothing aroma. Whether for chronic pain or just overall stress, this is something I would keep right next to my favorite recliner to help me relax. Now, I might have to wait until all my kids are in school for some peace and quiet. 😉
8. Blue tooth speaker and Amazon U
With all the medications I take, I always have back up medicines I carry with me. Seems like I get less judgmental looks when I pull out this pretty
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Heating pads are a necessity when you experience chronic pain. But most heating pads are plastic, stiff, and rough. This heating pad adds luxury comfort with the same Sunbeam quality I have come to love through the years. But a quick search on Amazon for soft or cozy heating pads reveals lots more choices. (✅ See all options)
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I experience a lot of pain, stiffness, and stress in my neck and upper back. This massage block feels heavenly, plus it is made out of super sturdy material that won’t smush and lose its support to exert pressure on your trigger points.
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Now that you’ve found this list of gifts for someone with chronic pain, you’ll never be without meaningful and helpful ideas. And although you can’t walk in your loved ones’ shoes with chronic pain, you can make their life a little more comfortable. So, don’t hesitate to spoil them a little!