Fibromyalgia

Fibro Friendly Hobbies

I have learnt to adapt my hobbies to suit my pain and fatigue, enabling me to still do things I find enjoyable no matter how I feel. Reading It is easy to forget about reading when I'm busy with work and come home exhausted, but it really does help me escape into a different world.… Continue reading Fibro Friendly Hobbies

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Still in Pain

Some days are better Some days are worse But every day I'm in pain Even when I'm smiling Even when I'm laughing I'm still in pain Whether I'm out and about Or stuck in bed Im always in pain It never stops Even on my best days I am still in pain At times I… Continue reading Still in Pain

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How Pacing is Helping me Reduce Flare Ups

When I'm working, I can sometimes manage up to 20,000 steps in a day without realising. But boy do I suffer for it afterwards. The following days I would be lucky to manage 1,000 steps. Since starting my June challenge for Versus Arthritis to walk 8,000 steps a day, I started testing my limits trying… Continue reading How Pacing is Helping me Reduce Flare Ups

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Adapting Exercise for Chronic Pain: My Latest Walking Challenge

I have come to realise that any kind of exercise causes more pain, but no exercise is far worse. When I don't do any exercise, my muscles weaken which only leads to more pain. Most days at work I would normally get quite a lot of steps in, swapping between office work and outdoor work… Continue reading Adapting Exercise for Chronic Pain: My Latest Walking Challenge

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Staying Strong during Isolation

It is a trying time for everyone in the world right now with the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of the world is on lockdown. You would think the chronically ill would be great at isolating themselves, since that is what we do in normal circumstances. The problem is, when we are feeling well enough we… Continue reading Staying Strong during Isolation

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When Family Health Concerns Take Priority Over Your Own Health Issues

I have been fairly quiet on my blog recently. Unfortunately my dad was diagnosed with cancer just over a month ago. Luckily it has been caught early but he will need an operation to remove it. Firstly I would like to just say the NHS is incredible and although they have sometimes let me down… Continue reading When Family Health Concerns Take Priority Over Your Own Health Issues

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Disneyland Paris with a Disability

I just came back from my first Disneyland Paris trip since officially being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I have been 5 times in the last 5 years as it is my happy place away from reality! When I went last year I was in the process of being diagnosed. I paid for a letter from my… Continue reading Disneyland Paris with a Disability

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Surviving Christmas with Chronic Illness

Christmas is a busy, crazy time of year even to a healthy person. When you add chronic illness to the mix christmas can seem daunting at best. The key to surviving Christmas is working with your chronic illness not against it. Below I give some of my tips for getting through Christmas. Start Christmas shopping… Continue reading Surviving Christmas with Chronic Illness

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I Long to Feel My Age Just Once

I long to feel my age just once To be able to do what my friends do To go out and have fun all day and night Without running out of energy I long to feel my age Not to be forced to cancel all my plans To be able to do what I want… Continue reading I Long to Feel My Age Just Once

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How Chronic Pain Can Affect Mental Health

Chronic pain is not only hard on the body but also on the mind It can make you feel worthless as you can no longer achieve all you could before It can make you feel lonely from having to spend so much time at home and nobody seems to understand your pain It can make… Continue reading How Chronic Pain Can Affect Mental Health