Fibro Blogs, Fibromyalgia

My Favourite Pillow to Ease Neck and Shoulder Pain

For years I have suffered with shoulder and neck pain when trying to sleep, and I would often wake up with my head falling off the pillow, which would trigger my vertigo. Last year I invested in my first V pillow. I was looking at the massive U shaped pregnancy pillows, as I heard from… Continue reading My Favourite Pillow to Ease Neck and Shoulder Pain

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The Truth about Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is constant and never lets up I cannot remember what it was like before When I didn't suffer every minute of every day Even when I'm having fun I'm never truly free Sometimes there are signs for others to notice If you look really carefully you will see the pain The way I… Continue reading The Truth about Chronic Pain

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Pain is…

Unrelenting, it does not give in Unending, it goes on and on and on Unforgiving, it targets anyone and knocks you down at the worst of times Unaccommodating, it gets in the way all the time Unimaginable and unthinkable, surely it cannot be this bad! Uncompassionate and unsympathetic, it does not care how you feel… Continue reading Pain is…

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Chronic Illness and Feeling Guilty: The Sad Truth

I know I shouldn't blame myself for my bad health, that I shouldn't feel guilty, but I do. I have always been a people pleaser and a very empathetic person. I love helping others and being there for them. I'm great at jumping in wherever I'm needed and putting others first. But I'm having to… Continue reading Chronic Illness and Feeling Guilty: The Sad Truth

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When I’m Not Working I’m Resting

When I'm not working I'm resting On my days off that is all I can do I know I have pushed myself I am too tired, in too much pain To do anything at all except rest I have no choice but to give in And I'm mostly okay with that I accept it as… Continue reading When I’m Not Working I’m Resting

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Chronic Illness: What You Don’t See

You see me smiling and laughing You see me living my life You see me like anybody else But I'm hiding the truth You don't see the days I spend in bed The days I can barely move I am too fatigued, in too much pain Those are the days I hide away You don't… Continue reading Chronic Illness: What You Don’t See

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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