Problems Showering With Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Problems Showering With Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue


I find showers difficult and painful. Just the physical pain from climbing into the bathtub is too much. I have to hold onto both handles and sometimes I have to let go and literally lift my leg up and over the side of the tub. Everytime I shower I wish I had a shower stall. I can’t use the tub and take a bath because I can’t sit down in there and then get back up. I used to love to lie back and soak in a hot bath. I can’t do that anymore and haven’t been able to for at least 14 years.

Most of my washing up consists of baby wipes with a shower once or possibly twice a week depending on my pain or exhaustion.

Tessa – advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also devout Christian

Author – (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog

4 thoughts on “Problems Showering With Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  1. morgueticiaatoms

    Me and Spook are very familiar with the wet wipe bath, it’s sometimes quicker and easier. Now that we have only have a tub instead of shower, it’s a bigger chore. I am not lazy and not unable to get into the tub but bath or shower…depression still makes it seem like scaling a mountain.

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      1. morgueticiaatoms

        I like the large wet wipes specifically made to act as a pre moistened wash cloth. Use some Irish Spring bar soap on it and it’s just as good as a bath when in a pinch or depression. Just wish the dry shampoo was as effective but my oily hair will have none of it.
        Something so basic as bathing should not be this hard.

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        1. Tessa Post author

          I will have to look for the larger wipes. The ones I have are small and not really for washing up. I haven’t tried the dry shampoo. I had forgotten about it. I should get some. Neither of these sinks are suitable to wash my hair in. Too small. I had a shower the other night and almost couldn’t get back out of it. Not to mention the worry about falling over, trying to hold the bar and shampoo my hair at the same time and then rinsing while holding on. The pain in my back makes it hard to lift my legs up and over the tub and holding both bars makes it hard to actually use my hands to lift my legs over. It is just too damn much trouble and pain.

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