15 things to do for a life less physical

It's the weekend and the sun is starting to shine. The nights are getting lighter and it's around this time I start to get that itchy Spring feeling in my bones. The one that says, come out to play! There is fun to be had! When you suffer from a chronic pain condition it can [...]

Traditional v complementary therapy for fibromyalgia

What a dreary start to 2017. It's been cold and wet, and I just want to curl up on the sofa in my Christmas trousers (that's right, I have Christmas trousers), watch films and eat everything in sight. In fact, that's exactly how I've spent most of 2017 so far and I'm starting to wonder how [...]

I’ve got chronic pain and a wedding to dance at

The blog's been a little quiet lately, for which I can only apologise. A long flare-up often leads to periods of quiet because, quite frankly, who wants to write about (or read about, for that matter) pain and sadness for a solid nine weeks? Last week I decided I'd forget about the pain and write about [...]

The other side of chronic pain

I write about pain a lot. I wouldn't be much of a chronic illness blogger if I didn't. But in the last nine weeks, my body has been through the worst flare I have ever experienced. I have spent 74 days stunned to silence by the amount of pain in my body, whilst similarly marvelling at [...]

The 3 things to do in a flare up

Day-to-day chronic pain is hard to deal with, so it's comforting to know that a lot of sufferers spend time sharing coping strategies through wellness blogs and social media, which hopefully help to keep some of the pains at bay. But when a flare hits, everything is so different. We don't have the energy or ability to put [...]

The season of self-care for fibromyalgia

There's something so wonderful about October - and it's not just because it's my birthday. It's because it's the start of autumn; the mornings are darker, the air is cooler and I'm finally reunited with all my chunky knits. It's a love like no other. But also, it's because it's my birthday. (High five October [...]

Why we need good blogs about chronic pain

I had something of an epiphany this week. I was reading a blog post on Six Hips and Counting about the blogger's experience of living with rheumatoid arthritis, and I identified with absolutely everything she said. I know, I don't have rheumatoid arthritis, but her emotions were just like mine. I then went on a massive online [...]